It's the final countdown ... of 2012


(Courtesy of The Irie Ones)

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

When the clock strikes twelve, it's time to get yer ya-ya's out. As part of Downtown Countdown, the city of Gainesville's free New Year's Eve celebration on Monday, the Gainesville band Nasty Habits will roll out a special tribute to The Rolling Stones in honor of the latter's 50th anniversary.

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(Courtesy of The Irie Ones)

Facts

Downtown Countdown

What: City of Gainesville's New Year's Eve celebration featuring music by The Nasty Habits and The Irie Ones
When: 9 p.m. Monday
Where: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.
Cost: Free

Mick Marino, lead guitarist for the Nasty Habits, says the show, which begins at 9 p.m., is modeled after the Rolling Stones' current 50th-anniversary tour performance. It'll feature many new songs not heard at the Nasty Habits' “Free Fridays” performance in September, including “Start Me Up,” “You Can't Always Get What You Want,” “Let It Bleed” and “It's Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It).”

“There will be many new tunes. It's a revamped show, and it'll feature some great guest artists,” Marino says.

The Nasty Habits also includes members Bill Kellogg, Tony McMahon, Kenny Shore and Gregg Jones, who receives lots of positive feedback for his Mick Jagger impression, Marino says.

“All the girls scream at our Mick Jagger. We're lucky to have him — he does the theatrical part of the Stones that's so important,” he says.

Local reggae group The Irie Ones will open for The Nasty Habits at 9 p.m. David Ballard, coordinator of the Free Fridays concert series for the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, says he chose the lineup because of the success of the bands' previous plaza performances.

Complimentary noisemakers will be passed out to the audience, and a countdown clock will mark the progress toward midnight, Ballard says.

“When we get to the stroke of midnight, everyone will make a joyful noise,” he says. “Then the band will strike up and play a few more.”

Previous plans for the Downtown Countdown had the event being held on Southeast First Street, but since the temporary ice skating rink at the plaza has been canceled, Ballard says the concert will be held on the plaza stage.

“It's a great stage, it's a great venue and people really enjoy coming out,” Ballard says.

Marino, who also organizes the annual Gram Parsons tribute concert and plays in the Skydogs, an Allman Brothers tribute band that played the Bo Diddley Plaza in 2010 and 2011, says he grew up during one of the greatest times for music.

“We love sharing music we grew up with. It's hard to top. It was brand new; no one had done anything like it before,” he says.

Marino says he also is excited to play the venue because of the positive feedback he receives from the audience.

“The opportunity to play for Gainesville, and for our family and friends, is what we love the most,” he says. “We'll probably never stop playing until they put us in wheelchairs.”

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