Tom Petty Honored In His Hometown

It's been one year since Tom Petty passed away, and the songwriting legend will be honored this weekend in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville is hosting not one, but two Petty-themed festivals this weekend - the 'Tom Petty Weekend' and the 'Tom Petty Birthday Bash', both filled with local bands and Petty tributes galore. A previously unreleased Petty song called "Gainesville" is the lead single from the new Petty box set An American Treasure.  This Saturday would have been Petty's 67th birthday. We miss you Tom Petty!! 

Tom Petty Birthday Bash

What: Two-day music festival features 31 local and national performances including Have Gun Will Travel, The Artisanals, Hedges, Whiskey & Co., Scott Free and Friends on Friday; Heavy Petty, The High Divers, Edan Archer, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, Mud Pies on Saturday

When: 5-11 p.m. Friday and 1-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave.

Cost: Free, with special packages available


Tom Petty Weekend

What: Four-day celebration features live musical acts, storytelling events, food trucks and vendors. Outdoor performances include Free Fallin, The Bayjacks, Jake Thistle, The Mudpies, The Shambles and The Relics on Friday; and Free Fallin, Robbie Litt, The Bayjacks, The Impostors, Flipturn, The Hails and Wild Blue Yonder on Saturday

When: Begins 5 p.m. Thursday, continues through noon Sunday. Musical performances on Friday run 3-11 p.m. and Saturday from 4-11 p.m.

Where: Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S Main St.

Tickets: $ 25-weekend pass

Info: 448-4849,

CLICK HERE for more information on the FREE birthday bash!

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