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Gainesville staple Ricky Kendall performs Sunday at the Atlantic


Ricky Kendall performs Sunday at The Atlantic with Company Man and Chris Staples. (Courtesy of Ricky Kendall)

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.

Ricky Kendall is a Gainesville staple. Seriously, if you’ve ever heard him sing or play guitar, or both, then it’s quite difficult to imagine a word without him; and if you’ve never heard him, that’s your loss. Ricky is the kind of guy that will play a packed house at The Atlantic one night, and then turn around and play on the steps of the Hippodrome the night after. If a show needs an opener and you happen to see him walk by, chances are he’ll stop in and dazzle the audience for a half an hour if you ask him to.

Ricky Kendall is the kind of performer who can get in the middle of an awkward audience and sing and stomp until said audience is practically in tears. Soulful, smooth, original; Ricky Kendall has what every musician wants: talent.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing Ricky pour his heart out, then Sunday is your chance. He performs with some fellow musician friends that will be helping make the experience all the more deeper, along with alt-folk-rockers Company Man and Chris Staples, at The Atlantic, starting at 8 p.m.

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On Thursday, Paleface performs with Big Shoals and local space-rockers Rosewater at Looseys, starting at 9 p.m.

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Friday, American two-tone ska-rockers, The Toasters, perform with reggae-rockers from Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Skanatto, local ska-soul rockers Savants of Soul, pop-punkers Houdini’s Liquor Cabinet and local reggae-rockers Naked Jane at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Local indie-band and mustache enthusiasts Morningbell performs with garage-soul-fun-time-dance-band Heartburglars and locals Pseudo Kids on Friday at Looseys, starting at 9 p.m.

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Lance Howell performs for the Rwanda Sustainable Families Benefit Concert on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m. at The Atlantic.

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The Aggrolites play with Banditos, The Mighty Mongos and Partials on Tuesday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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