The 1000 Voices of Florida Inc. 2019 Benefit Concert will be held this weekend.

It will begin with praise and worship at 3:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at Springhill Baptist Church, 120 SE Williston Road.

The choir is comprised of 70 musicians, choir directors and music ministers from Orlando to Reidsville, North Carolina, who have served in the faith community for 40 years or more.

Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Miriam's Basket.

For more information, call 352-870-5481.

 

 

The Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie will perform this weekend at the “Free Fridays Concert Series."

The free concert will be held from 8–10 p.m. Friday at the Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.

The Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie will play classic rock. Luca, a guitarist who got her first Stratocaster while attending Buchholz High School, and in 1974, took guitar lessons from Mike Campbell, guitar great and longtime guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Gainesville resident Anna Marie is locally-known for her band Anna Marie and Friends. Joining Luca on stage will be Larry Thompson, a well-known Gainesville drummer, who teaches at the Gainesville Guitar Academy, Joe Loper, a fellow Buchholz graduate on bass guitar and vocalist Anna Marie, who Luca describes as “a lead singer with attitude.”

 

 

The Alachua Branch will host a book launch for Sudye Cauthen’s "Florida’s Bellamy Road: A Place Remembered."

It will feature a panel discussion of award-winning authors and contributors to the book at 2 p.m. Sunday at 14913 NW 140 St. in Alachua.

"Florida’s Bellamy Road: A Place Remembered" chronicles the people and places of the region and features Barbara B. Gibbs’ photography. The book is a companion piece to Cauthen’s Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place, which won a Florida Book Award for nonfiction. Both books focus on Alachua’s town and countryside.

The panel will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis, fifth-generation Bellamy Road resident Jeff Means, Cauthen and Gibbs. This event is presented by the Alachua Friends of the Library. Copies of Cauthen’s book will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 352-334-3909.