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Music and art converge for the Arts Council's first major fall exhibition
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Eagles tribute band 7 Bridges will perform in combination with The Arts Council’s international art exhibition opening Oct. 17 at The Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville. - photo by Get Out file photo

‘A World Of Art: International Art Exhibition’ and 7 Bridges

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, exhibit and concert; exhibit runs through Nov. 17

Where: The Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville

Cost: $25

More info: www.theartscouncil.net or 770-534-2787

Iconic songs and a splash of color are poised to treat the eyes and ears of Gainesville residents next Friday night with The Arts Council’s first big event of the new season: “A World Of Art: International Art Exhibition” and 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience.

Both events will open at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

The dual event, presented by the Arts Council and Memorial Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, will feature work from the private collection of Memorial Park owner Jack Frost. The opening day celebration will include a performance by 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center on Spring Street.

“A World of Art – An International Art Exhibition” will remain on display through Nov. 17 at the Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE. The exhibit will feature multimedia pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Gates to The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center will open at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 for the 8 p.m. concert. Local favorite the Fly Betty Band is the opening act for 7 Bridges.

The Nashville-based band has dedicated itself to becoming the most authentic tribute experience to the Eagles, the prolific American rock band that produced some of the most iconic music from the 1970s according to band member James Manning.

Each member of the band portrays a member of the Eagles, which officially disbanded in 1980. Manning, who portrays the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, says the group’s aim is to be indistinguishable from its namesake.

“Our goal is for people to be able to close their eyes and hear the Eagles live,” Manning said. “We don’t use harmonizers or background tracks. Everything we do is authentic.”

Manning said you won’t find a concert that covers as many genres as 7 Bridges’ upcoming show.

“It’s a show that spans different genres of music, so there’s something for everyone,” Manning said. “The overall concert experience is not a huge niche experience. A Kiss tribute concert has one specific audience, but the Eagles had multiple audiences: rock, country. They were one of the greatest American bands of our time, so obviously there’s something for everyone at the concert.”

The family-friendly event also may entertain those who weren’t even born when original the Eagles were in full flight. 

“Bring the whole family,” Manning said. “If you like the Eagles, you’ll definitely like our show for sure. If you’re on the fence, we guarantee you’ll be entertained for sure, even if you’re just a quasi-Eagles fan.”

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