Music returns to downtown?

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Live music returns to downtown Gainesville on Friday night – virtually. 

Heartwood Soundstage on South Main Street, along with First Magnitude Brewing Company, is teaming up to present a live-streaming event featuring performances by, in order, Richy Stano, Sam PacettiThe Divebombers and Tabajara Belo.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Although there will be no live audience for the show, music lovers are encouraged to go online to to watch a livestreaming of the concert — and hopefully contribute a donation that will go to the performers.

Sam Pacetti

To comply with CDC guidelines, each performer will be alone on stage for an hour. Set times will be staggered to avoid having multiple performers on standby at any one time. The only other people in the studio will be three camera operators and the audio engineer, all of whom will be at least 6 feet from each other.

Tabajara Belo
Kim LeCouteur

This will be Heartwood’s second such event since the coronavirus scare began in mid-March. On March 20, Kyle Keller, Jordan Foley, Beartoe, Kim LeCouteur and Tanna Townsend streamed live. Heartwood has not had a live show with an audience since Zach Deputy performed outdoors on March 14. Here’s giving credit to Heartwood and First Mag for finding an innovative way to keep live music alive in Gainesville!

About the Author

Noel Leroux is the publisher of, a website dedicated to covering all things downtown. His mission is to inform, entertain and engage readers with compelling articles about arts, entertainment, and the foodie scene in Gainesville.

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