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Kick off summer with karaoke on the square

Main Street Gainesville is sponsoring a free karaoke event Friday night for the second straight year

POSTED: July 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Singers and nonsingers rejoice as Main Street Gainesville’s karaoke summer kickoff is back for a second year.

For those who love to sing for a crowd or those who just sing in the shower, New Vision Entertainment is bringing its lights, sounds and stage to the Downtown Gainesville square from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

“Last year, it was such a hit and people had so much fun,” said Regina Mansfield of Main Street Gainesville. “When you think of karaoke, you may think of some not so great singers, but we had a lot of really good singers come out. It’s a nice variety.”

The public is encouraged to bring chairs and blankets, picnic dinners or take-out from restaurants and watch or sign up for a song from the more than 1,000 choices provided.

“The singing starts right around 7,” Mansfield said. “They will have a book with sign-up spots to schedule it, and Xavier Gomez, the DJ, he gets the whole crowd jumping and dancing.”

People are invited to shop around at the farmers market on the square from 2:30-6:30 p.m. before grabbing a spot on the lawn for the entertainment.

“It’s a great family event,” Mansfield said. “There will be music from oldies to today’s hits and country, and everything in between.”

Throughout the free event, Main Street Gainesville’s booth will also give out free popcorn and other snacks to visitors along with incentives for performers.

“Anybody (who) sings or participates will get a little goodie or giveaway prize like a tote bag or Frisbee or something,” Mansfield said.

She also noted while the official hours are until 9 p.m., the event usually runs later.

“Last year, we were out there past 10 p.m., and we probably will be again this year,” she said. “We just have to cut off by 11.”

With the event’s popularity, Main Street Gainesville is looking for ways to put on a similar event more often throughout the year.

“It’s hard for us to have too many things going on with the concerts and other festivals, but if someone wanted to host this type of event with us, we would definitely be open to that,” Mansfield said.


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