AM/FM Showcase to feature 18 local bands on Sunday
Published: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.
This town of ours is relatively small. We don't have amusement parks, sandy beaches or big business tempting average folks to migrate to our little corner of paradise. But what we lack in exotic attractions, we more than make up for with art and culture.
What: Free concert featuring 18 local bands
When: 3-11 p.m. Sunday
Where: 8 Seconds, 201 W. University Ave.
Performers: The Careeners, The Ones To Blame, Duppies, Young Hookers, Flatland, Ricky Kendall, Marshal Patrick, Hannah Harber, The Slims,Greenland is Melting, Big Shoals, Bodega, Nook & Cranny. The Routines, Patchwork, Devon Stuart, and Movers, Shakers And Risk Takers
Musicians Marshal Patrick, Jose Peruyero, and Danny Hughes are more than aware of the great qualities Gainesville has to offer, and want to solidify our town's distinctiveness as a mecca for well-crafted music by organizing Sunday's daylong music event – the AM/FM Showcase – which will feature performances by 18 local bands on two stages.
Patrick, one of the main organizers of the event, had a vision for a more united music scene.
"We started this to try and create some kind of solidarity between all the great and diverse bands that exist in this little town," he says. "For too long great bands have labored on their own islands, and we thought benevolent unity would be a good thing."
Patrick says the conception for the showcase, which is from 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday at 8 Seconds, came from the idea that Gainesville never really had a strictly local festival.
"Our mantra was 'completely local and without any corporate sponsorship'," he says. "Not that anyone was offering."
So why hold the showcase at 8 Seconds? Originally, the event was planned to take place at Bo Diddley Community Plaza, but without major sponsorship the organizers couldn't afford the cost of putting on an all-day event.
"Danny Hughes called me and asked if we could put on a show at 8 Seconds," he says. "It was perfec. It saved us so much money, and it turned out to be the exact space we needed."
Peruyero, who along with helping to organize AM/FM also plays in the band Movers, Shakers and Risk Takers, also will perform Sunday with a gang of newcomers to the event, the post-punk band The Careeners, as well as local all-girl heartthrobs, The Ones To Blame.
Peruyero says that the showcase branching out to new bands in the area isn't about cliques or musical preferences.
"We put our ears to the streets and find out who is making waves, getting noticed," he says of the process of selecting bands. "We ask trusted friends and family in the scene also for input and try our best to support the art of music in all its forms."
Hughes, another organizer and owner of Loosey's Downtown, hosted AM/FM in February at Loosey's when 8 Seconds wasn't an option for the location. Hughes says that expanding the event to two days with performances at both Loosey's and 8 Seconds is still a long way off.
"The last AMFM we did was at Loosey's over two days, and really what happened is that we just kind of dropped the ball, and it got too late to do anything with it, so we had to back up and punt," he says.
As for the future of AM/FM, Patrick, Hughes and Peruyero are optimistic, to a point.
"The future is completely uncertain right now. We want to keep doing it but the local culture, which is emblematic of the culture on a whole, needs to change." Patrick says.
Slightly to the contrary, Hughes says they aren't going anywhere.
"I think the future looks good," he says. "The idea is growing, the name is established and the community has embraced it."
Let's hope for the sake of the local music scene here, he's right.
Contact Scott Kauffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.