Give thanks, for local music


Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.

Happy Turkey Day. Yes, that's right, hopefully you're reading this with glazed-over turkey eyes. Stuffing, potatoes, gravy, mmm mm mmm. Is Thanksgiving all about turkey, though? NO. It's about being American; a time to be thankful for your nationality, and so much more. What else should we be thankful for, you ask? Plenty of things come to mind, but music is among the most important ones, don't you think?

Not only are you American, but you're a Gainesvillian, which kind of sounds like a special kind of villain, but you are anything but, so long as you go see local music. Be thankful for living in a musical island in a sea of mundane dad bands doing cover numbers. Gainesville, you are lucky — even Orlando's jealous, and they have like 10 times the population. We smoke ‘em every time.

But seriously, we are so lucky that people come from all over the region just to start a band. That happens. This town is a little musical mecca that could take much bigger cities any day. Bring it. So next time you're sitting at home watching “Two and a Half Men” reruns, check the local listings and go out and see some scintillating bands.

This week's High Dive listings are as follows:

Hours Eastly performs in promotion of their new album along with the very groovy Movers, Shakers & Risk Takers and locals Ole Gumbo, starting at 9 p.m.

Local bluegrass extraordinaires Boilin' Oil perform along with Big Boat and Crunky Tonk Non Stars on Saturday, starting at 9 p.m.

One-man-band Zach Deputy performs his swampy take on R&B and soul with III Cosby on Wednesday, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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