With a state swim meet diving into Gainesville this weekend, three local organizations combined forces to sponsor a free concert Friday night on the downtown square.
Stokeswood will perform from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 26, on the square.
“We wanted to have something going on for (the swimming competitors) and everybody,” said Regina Mansfield, manager of Main Street Gainesville.
Mansfield said more than 3,000 competitors are expected in Gainesville. Therefore, the Main Street organization along with the city’s parks and recreation and tourism department wanted an event to draw the visitors downtown.
“Stokeswood is a fun, hip, family band,” she said. “It’s good for younger crowds. A lot of the swimmers will be of a junior age.”
The concert will be free. Visitors are encouraged to bring chair or blanket and listen to the music.
The Monkey Barrel sponsored the band.
Before the concert starts, the downtown farmer’s market will continue on its regular schedule, Mansfield said.