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Gainesville in Florida.

Gainesville is a city in Alachua County, Florida, United States. It is the county seat and the largest city in Alachua County. Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, which is one of the largest universities in the United States. Santa Fe College is also located in Gainesville.

Music scene

Gainesville is traditionally well-known for its music scene and has spawned a number of bands and musicians including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steven Stills, Don Felder and Bernie Leadon of The Eagles, Against Me!, Less Than Jake, Hot Water Music, John Vanderslice, CYNE, Sister Hazel, Roach Motel, I Hate Myself, and For Squirrels. It is also currently the location of independent label No Idea Records and the former home of Plan It X Records, which moved to Cairo, Ill. No Idea puts on the annual 3-day rock festival known as The Fest. The Gainesville non-profit organization called Harvest of Hope Foundation hosts the Harvest of Hope Festival in St. Augustine, Florida.

Between 1987 and 1993, Gainesville had a very active rock music scene, with Hollywood star River Phoenix having the local club Hardback Cafe as his main base. Phoenix's band Aleka's Attic was a constant feature of the rock scene, among others. The Phoenix family is still a presence in Gainesville with Rain Phoenix's band Papercranes and Liberty Phoenix's store, Indigo.

Today, Gainesville is still known for its strong music community and was named "Best Place to Start a Band in the United States" by Blender Magazine in March 2008. The article cited the large student population, cheap rent, and friendly venues as reasons.

Over the past decade, Gainesville has been home to a wide variety of bands, from the latin/afrobeat sounds of Umoja Orchestra, to the rock of Morningbell, to ska staples The Know How.

Gainesville's reputation as an independent music mecca can be traced back to 1984 when a local music video station was brought on the air. The station was called TV-69, broadcast on UHF 69 and was owned by Cozzin Communications. The channel drew considerable media attention thanks to its promotion by famous comedian Bill Cosby, who was part-owner of that station when it started. TV-69 featured many videos by punk and indie-label bands and had several locally produced videos ("Clone Love" by a local parody band, and a Dinosaur Jr song).

Annual cultural events

* The Gainesville Improv Festival, provides a venue for new talent.

Points of interest

* 34th Street Wall
* Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field
* Civic Media Center
* The Devil's Millhopper
* Florida Museum of Natural History (including the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit)
* Gainesville Raceway NHRA Drag Racing
* Haile Homestead
* Harn Museum of Art
* Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
* Lake Alice
* Newnan's Lake
* Paynes Prairie
* San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
* Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
* Stephen C. O'Connell Center
* William Reuben Thomas Center

Dozens of examples of restored Victorian and Queen Anne style residences constructed in the city's agricultural heyday of the 1880s and 1890s can be found in the following districts:

* Northeast Gainesville Residential District
* Southeast Gainesville Residential District
* Pleasant Street Historic District

Historic structures on the Register in and around downtown are:

* Bailey Plantation House (1854)
* Colson House is a Neoclassical Victorian which was occupied by the family of Dr. James Colson for more than 70 years (1905)
* Matheson Center Home (1867)
* Thomas Hotel (1919)
* The Old Post Office (now the Hippodrome State Theatre) (1913)
* Masonic Temple (1913)
* Seagle Building (1937), eleven stories, downtown's only "skyscraper."
* Baird Hardware Company Warehouse (1910)
* Cox Furniture Store (1887)
* Cox Furniture Warehouse (c. 1890)
* Epworth Hall (1884)
* Old Gainesville Depot (1850s)
* Mary Phifer McKenzie House (1895)
* Star Garage (1903)

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