Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival

Downtown Gainesville
NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
United States
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Event Description:

The 49th annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, 2018, will feature performing artists on two different stages. In addition, there will be an evening concert with local band GrüvTherapy opening for the headliner, guitarist Taylor Roberts, at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Bo Diddley Plaza.

Festival hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 8. The location is Northeast (NE) 1st Street from 2nd Avenue to 8th Avenue in downtown Gainesville. Admission is free.

Performing artists will be featured on two stages, the Actors’ Warehouse at 619 NE first Street and the Bo Diddley Plaza at 111 E. University Avenue. The full entertainment schedule is included below.

Saturday evening’s concert headliner at the Bo Diddley Plaza, Taylor Roberts, is a Gainesville native who switched to the guitar at age 13 after taking piano lessons for nine years. At 16, he discovered jazz—Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery—and new musical horizons opened for him. Roberts went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida. He has played at jazz festivals in Jacksonville and Gainesville and at clubs, restaurants and private events throughout the Southeast. His solo guitar album, “Short Story,” is available on iTunes. Gainesville’s own GrüvTherapy—known for their special blend of jazz, rhythm and blues and instrumental funk—will open the Saturday evening concert at 6 p.m.

The Spring Arts Festival is organized and supported by Santa Fe College and the Santa Fe College Foundation. The festival is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Visit Gainesville, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council; the festival’s Purchase Award sponsors; and the Santa Fe Fine Arts Patrons.