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Big names in rock are coming to downtown Gainesville
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Roosevelt Square is located off the downtown Gainesville square behind the Hall County courthouse annex. - photo by David Barnes

After announcing the construction of a new venue in the heart of Gainesville, B Entertainment is bringing big names in rock to downtown.

The Groundbreaking Show on Friday, Oct. 1, will feature voices from iconic rock bands. The concert will be at Roosevelt Square in downtown Gainesville with gates opening at 3 p.m. 

Southern Accents will open performing covers of classic country songs at 4 p.m., and local rock singer Matt Rogers takes the stage at 6 p.m. The headliner act will start at 8:30 p.m. after a groundbreaking ceremony with the Voices of Rock Radio and singers Kevin Chalfant, John Elefante and Randall Hall. 

Chalfant is the former lead singer of The Storm who rose to fame with the 1991 hit  “I’ve Got A Lot To Learn About Love” for which he received a BMI award. He also performed with Journey in the ’90s.

Elefante is a singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer known as the frontman for the rock group Kansas. He charted in the top 100 in the Billboard Mainstream Rock for writing “Play the Game Tonight,” “Chasing Shadows,” “Right Away,”  “Fight Fire with Fire” and “Everybody’s My Friend.”

Groundbreaking Rock Concert

When: 3 p.m. Oct. 1

Where: Roosevelt Square, 117 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville 

More info: thehallatbbg.com

Hall is a former guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, who is known for many Southern rock hits including “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”

The groundbreaking concert is being held to celebrate the planned 15,000-square-foot venue set to open in the late summer of next year. Chief Operating Officer at B Entertainment Bob Mudd said that they’re excited to bring this opportunity to Gainesville.

“We just love the growth that’s happening here,” he said. “Frankly, the location is just perfect for what we’re trying to create.”

Along with the music coming downtown, a Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch, a bourbon bar with an 8,000-square-foot patio and a rooftop bar. 

“It’s certainly going to draw people downtown,” Mudd said. 

Along with giving the community a show to enjoy , Mudd said that they will also be providing complimentary tickets to local first responders and nurses.

Downtown Drafts will be selling beer and wine and Harvest Kitchen will be serving barbecue at the event. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Masks and social distancing will not be required at the outdoor event.

The concert is only available for those over the age of 12. General admission tickets are $20 per person and VIP are $75 per person and include a meet and greet with the artists and seating close to the stage. Tickets can be purchased at thehallatbb.com

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