Music Monday: October Concert Highlights

By Alexandria Ugarte

It’s no secret that there’s never a shortage of good music in Gainesville. From classical tunes flowing from the Phillips Center of the Performing Arts to the synthetic grooves of electronic music concerts dancing their way onto the streets of downtown, Gainesville’s music scene fulfills all of your melodious tastes. We’ve comprised a list of some of the most noteworthy music events hitting town this October.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Every Friday night from April to November, Bo Diddly Community Plaza is home to free concerts provided by the Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs. The concerts are held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and all ages are welcomed.

Friday, Oct. 4 – The Relics

Friday, Oct. 11 – In Flyte

Friday, Oct. 18 – Patwork

Friday, Oct. 25 – Sixth Street Rhythm and Blues Review

Black Taxi

Wednesday, Oct. 2 at High Dive, 9 p.m.

Black Taxi is an upbeat party rock band that formed in Brooklyn in 2007. Their website compares their sound to that of the Talking Heads and Daft Punk.


Robbie Rivera’s Forever Young Tour

Thursday, Oct. 10 at Simon’s, 10 p.m.

Puerto Rican DJ Robbie Rivera incorporates a variety of tribal, garage, and Latin sounds into his house music. His music has been making waves since 2000, when his hit “Bang” made it to number one in the UK dance music charts.


Aaron Carter

Sunday, Oct. 13 at High Dive, 8pm

Yes, the same Aaron Carter you may have listened to in your tween years. Carter now tours the country playing more intimate shows at small clubs. Early entry tickets can be purchased on The tickets include a meet-and-greet, photo opportunity and signed photograph. Early entry tickets are $65.


Flux Pavilion

Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Forum, 9 p.m.

Best known for his 2011 hit “Bass Cannon,” Flux Pavilion is an English dubstep producer and DJ. His mixes have revolutionized the electronic dance music scene, and his work can be heard in a multitude of artists’ music, such as Kanye West and Jay-Z.

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The Fest 12

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Sunday, Nov. 3 in Downtown Gainesville

Gainesville’s renowned music festival returns this October for its twelfth year. For this weekend, a variety of Gainesville’s music venues, bars and clubs play host to a number of punk rock, indie rock and folk acts. Check out the Fest’s website for a list of the bands and locations at this year’s event.



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