Zelly’s hosting Old School Jam

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.

East Gainesville residents and others will have a chance to enjoy some old-school music and good eating at the Zelly's Eastside Old School Jam.



* What: Zelly’s Eastside Old School Jam, with music, food and a raffle.

* When: Noon-until Saturday.

* Where: Friendship Park at Phase III Building Supplies Inc., 2120 SE Hawthorne Road.

* Cost: $5 for a raffle ticket.

* Information: Call 352-375-7793.

The event will be held at noon Saturday at what is being called Friendship Park, located on the property of Phase III Building Supplies Inc. at 2120 SE Hawthorne Road, across the street from the Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center. The purchase of a $5 raffle ticket will be required to enter the park and will qualify patrons to win prize packages.

Lin Shell, owner of Phase III, said the event is being held because of the buzz the first event generated. It was held in October.

"We had a nice crowd and people lined the streets," said Shell.

Shell said Saturday's event will feature Jimmy Young and the Passion Band of Gainesville, disc jockeys Adrian "DJ Deuce" Johnson and Dontarious "DJ Sidekick" Farmer, both of Blichton in Marion County. The emcee will be radio personality Quincy "Qquincy" Taylor of Smooth Jazz 100.9 FM.

Shell said the event will cater to residents of all ages, but he would especially like for the community's elderly residents to come out. Those attending will be allowed to bring in small coolers with their prescribed medicines, if needed, and he is encouraging everyone to bring their lawn chairs.

Those arriving early also will have access to the picnic tables in the park, which is adorned with trees, mulch and lighting. There also is a mobile stage for performers that can be seen with little or no obstruction from anywhere in the park.

Parking is available along both sides of Hawthorne Road and near Phase III.

Also, the Zelly's (Shell's nickname) mobile restaurant, owned by Shell's wife, Rosalind Shell, will be selling fried fish, chicken, fries, hamburgers and other items. Felix "Dr. Bone" Johnson of Blichton will be selling barbecue chicken and ribs. Pound cake and red velvet cake baked by Carolyn Johnson, Shell's mother-in-law, also will be sold.

"People really liked those pound cakes she made last time, so we are planning to add red velvet cake this time," Shell said.

Scherwin Henry, a former Gainesville city commissioner and longtime east Gainesville resident, said he enjoyed the last old-school jam at Friendship Park.

"I thoroughly enjoyed myself," said Henry, adding that he and his sister, Janice Henry, were invited on the stage to sing with the band. "It was truly a family atmosphere."

Henry also said the event fills an entertainment void in east Gainesville because most events held in Gainesville do not cater to the black community.

"It reminded me of the 1960s and 1970s, when we had our own social venues that we all could go to," Henry said.

Gainesville resident and singer Jimmy Young, who has been performing at the 5th Avenue Arts Festival and the Hawthorne Homecoming for years, said he is thrilled to be able to provide the entertainment at the park.

"It's the old-school concept," Young said. "This is where old-school people can enjoy old-school music, fellowship with one another and simply have a wonderful time in a safe and friendly environment."

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