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Music: Fest 10th anniversary: Fests 1-3 remembered


The Fest in Gainesville has become an institution, and Scene Point Blank has hit numbers 6-9 and lived to tell the tale. As the event is celebrating their tenth anniversary with an alumni theme, SPB decided to catch up with some of the old timers to see what they remember about their experiences.

To kick off our countdown, we talked with Fest founder Tony Weinbender in length. As is the nature of planning, several changes have occurred since our conversation, the most notable being the re-opening of venue Common Grounds, albeit with a new name: Double Down. Rather than edit for updates, Scene Point Blank has decided to keep the text of the interview as is, to share just how hectic Tony’s organization can be as he puts together a schedule for nearly 300 bands.

  • Fest 1: Tony Weinbender
  • Fest 2: Dave Drobach of Grabass Charlestons
  • Fest 3: Kathleen Stubelek and Drew Speziale of Circle Takes the Square

Stay tuned for interviews abouts Fests 4-6, 7-9, and of course, our coverage of this year’s #10.

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Words by the SPB team on Aug. 31, 2011, 5:01 a.m.

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