Get out and enjoy the FESTivities

The Fest lineup includes the Canadian punk band Propagandhi, which performs at 11:20 p.m. Sunday at the Florida Theater of Gainesville. (COURTESY OF SMALLMAN RECORDS)

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 1:21 p.m.

This weekend is the Fest, and as a result there's not too much else going on in town. So let's focus on what we're in store for. You have your obligatory punk bands like Canada's Propagandhi (11:20 p.m. Sunday at the Florida Theater), old schoolers 7 Seconds (11:10 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Theater) and Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag (12:30 a.m. Friday night at the Florida Theater), along with local-punk sensations Post Teens (4:30 p.m. Sunday at Boca Fiesta).

But there's also a softer side with singer/songwriter Andrew Cream (12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lunchbox) and other poppy bands that are basically interchangeable. It's OK, though, because the Fest brings a lot of people from all over the world funneling right into our downtown, pumping their foreign currency into our restaurants, bars and thrift stores. This is a good thing, and we should all be grateful for the business.

Plus, the whole event is INTERESTING. If you haven't been out on the town during one of these three-day events, you're in for a treat: stud-cladded, Mohawk-sporting 19-year-olds interacting with the local black T-shirt, bearded brigade is definitely something every Gainesvillian should witness. So go out for the experience. Enjoy the FESTivities.

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The few non-Fest shows this week include reggae rockers Iration sliding through Gainesville tonight as part of their co-headlining tour with fellow mellow players The Expendables and opening acts Cisco Adler and Morning Fatty at the Florida Theater of Gainesville. The show starts at 8 p.m.

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On Friday night at Tall Paul's Brew House, blues-rock locals Flat Land perform along with car-and-gun enthusiasts Truck Thunders and Deputy, starting at 10 p.m.

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Also at Tall Paul's, local garage/soul sextet Heartburglars and Pseudo Kids perform Saturday starting at 10 p.m.

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On Wednesday, or Halloween as you might call it, Boca Fiesta, in conjunction with the Palomino, hosts a Halloween cover show and co-benefit for the Civic Media Center and Citizens Co-op, with performances by Silver Jews cover band Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, the Sisters of Mercy cover band Lipstick on My Cigarette, Frost Upon My Windowpane; a gothic mix-match cover band Cities Up a Hill and DJ Blonde Ambition starting at 9 p.m. in the Boca Backyard.

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