Florida Theater of Gainesville has full slate over next six days

Matisyahu performs Tuesday at the Florida Theater of Gainesville — part of a slate of shows at the venue this week that includes Colt Fold Thursday night, and Minus the Bear and Cursive on Sunday. (AP photo)

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

It's been a busy fall at the Florida Theater of Gainesville, the venerable downtown venue that's hosted countless big-name concerts over the years and has been going through a renaissance of sorts the past few months. The theater hits a stride this week with no less than three performances planned over a six-day period starting Thursday. A fourth is planned a week from Thursday.

Musically, the lineup ranges from Thursday night's show by country rapper Colt Ford to Tuesday's appearance by Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu with others for good measure. (One band previously announced to play Oct. 24, Blackberry Smoke, has been rescheduled to Dec. 6 due to touring logistics).

Gainesville promoter Pat Lavery, whose Glory Days Presents! handles most of the shows at the theater including all four this week, says the increase in traffic is due not only to the busy touring season this month but also because the Florida Theater, with its capacity for 900, works so well for mid-size performances.

“The Florida Theater is set up acoustically perfectly, and it's got the right-size stage and the right set-up to do live music,” Lavery says. “Just the set-up of the room is perfect for live music."

Here are the performances planned starting today and continuing over the next seven days at the Florida Theater, 233 W. University Ave., where tickets for all shows are available through Ticketweb.com.

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COLT FORD: The country rapper, who performs at 9 p.m. today, has scored a number of hits both on his own, including “Country Thang” and “Chicken & Biscuits” and in collaborations with other country stars such as Jake Owens, who teamed up with Ford for this year's “Back,” and with John Michael Montgomery, who joined Ford for “Ride Through the Country.” Tickets are $23-$40.

MINUS THE BEAR: The indie-rock band from Seattle performs Sunday with Nebraska's Cursive and Girl in a Coma, from San Antonio, Texas, in a show that starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.

MATISYAHU: The Hasidic reggae singer known for such hits as “One Day” and “King Without A Crown” performs at 9 p.m., Tuesday. With the release of his recent album “Spark Seeker,” the performer, previously known for his full beard, began sporting a new clean-cut look and has begun acting in films, including the recent “The Possession.” Tickets are $22.

IRATION, EXPENDABLES: Joining forces for a co-headlining show on Oct. 25 are two California-based bands: the surf-reggae-rock group The Expendables, and the band Iration, whose members are originally from Hawaii and play a style of reggae-rock dubbed “sunshine reggae.” Tickets are $18 for the show, which starts at 8:30 p.m.

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