Loosey’s hosts Fourth of July Party with local musicians


Michael Claytor performs during Loosey’s Fourth of July Party, which runs from 4 to 10 p.m. today.

Courtesy of Michael Claytor
Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

Happy America birthday, everybody. That’s right, this old gal lady liberty turns a whopping 237-years young, and here’s to another 200-plus years. So what kind of music would YOU find fitting on this festive occasion? If you answered “Americana,” then you are on to something, that something being Loosey’s Fourth of July Party (and barbecue), with such locally famous acts as Michael “Johnny Handcock” Claytor, Will “Thomas Jefferson” Thomas (of the Careeners) and the local Wilco-inspired quartet, Big “Benny Franklin” Shoals, among the performers. It’s sure to go down as the most patriotic, music-filled fun time of the summer.

Since it’s a barbecue, this event starts a little early so be sure to head over to get at all the good grub at around 3 p.m., today, and stick around to enjoy some tunes all evening long.

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If Americana doesn’t strike your fancy, how’s about some more Americana? After stuffing your face with some prime barbecue, head down the street to The Bull for an intimate set by Gainesville’s favorite adopted son, Devon Stuart, joined by so much local talent your head will explode. Check it out tonight, starting at 9.

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The Display is an art gallery on South Main Street that features some really awesome shows, and this week we have the pleasure of getting two occasions to which we should all take advantage. The first is Friday’s all-day event featuring the Chicago duo Zigtebra, hip noise-makers Burak and Tinnitustimulus, locals Dungeons and Dagrons, Jimmy Wesson, Frog and the sometimes solo act, Velma and the Happy Campers. So head on down and support these deserving national and local acts.

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The second event hosted by The Display features metalcore quintet Among Giants, local electro-pop five-piece You Vandal, Orlando indie-punk trio Zap Dragon & The Attack, and local punks Paper Dolls on Monday, starting at 9:30 p.m.

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Ocala’s only (to my knowledge) eight-piece reggae band, Kreepah, performs with touring New York rock-steady sextet, Mrs. Skanatto, along with local punk quartet The Partials on Wednesday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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