Fly Betty Band is returning to the square for an evening of popular songs from the ‘70s to today, as a part of downtown Gainesville’s First Friday Concert series.
The group will perform live from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.
Doug Harkrider, who plays keyboard for Fly Betty, said the band started up its shows in April 2021, after putting their gigs on hold during the pandemic. The group — which recently added Tim Harkrider, Doug’s brother, as their sixth member — is based in Northeast Georgia. They have been performing across the state and Southeast for 10 years.
Doug Harkrider said he is looking forward to playing in downtown Gainesville again and entertaining the large crowd.
“If you don’t like what we’re playing, wait five minutes, and you will,” Harkrider said. “The band plays generational hits from the ‘70s to current radio hits. The production is on par with what you’d see with a national touring act.”
Starting at 6 p.m., people can set up their chairs and blankets. Nicole Ricketts, Main Street manager, said attendees are encouraged to grab a bite and beverage at one of the downtown businesses. She said Inked Pig will have a food truck set up on the square, and Atlas will sell pizza by the slice. The Collegiate Grill will keep its door open until 7 p.m. to accommodate concert goers.
The event will have free outdoor games for kids and adults, including cornhole and a large Connect Four.
The following First Friday Concert will feature Jonathan Ingram, local country rock musician, Friday, Sept. 3.
For more information about Gainesville’s First Friday Concert series, visit downtowngainesville.com.