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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Atlantic and the Top are revving up their engines for a three-day-long block party starting this Friday.

What’s the best part of a three-day-long block party? It’s free! The Top and the Atlantic dub this their anniversary blowout for 2016. On social media, the Atlantic said, “We have one hell of a week coming up!”

That week consists of live bands, DJ’s, giveaways and thumpin’ good rowdy fun at the Atlantic, the Top and the Wooly.

On Friday night, there will be simultaneous events at the Atlantic and at the Top. Doors at the Atlantic open at 8 p.m. for a six-band show, and the Top will have DJs spinning tunes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Wooly will host a free block party loaded with local acts, including Danny Pynes, Ghost Fields and a Talking Heads cover band Saturday. Closing down the party will be the Ordinary Boys — a Morrissey & The Smiths tribute band.

Vocalist A.J. Navarrete, who started the band in 2010, said he’s excited to be back in Gainesville for the party.

“The appreciation we have for this town, and its people is through the roof,” Navarrete said.

The Ordinary Boys, the only tried and true tribute to Morrissey & The Smiths, will perform at the Wooly at 12:20 a.m. as the final act of the evening.

“We’re more than excited and overwhelmed with elation for this show,” Navarrete said.

Outside of the block party, Saturday will also feature an “all-out dance party” at both the Atlantic and Arcade Bar, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Sunday will wind out the anniversary party event, with brunch at the Top from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and another night of performances at the Atlantic, with doors opening at 8 p.m.

The party kicks off on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic. With over 450 people interested and 300 people confirmed on Facebook, the 2016 block party will have Gainesville in recovery for days to come.

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