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It looks like High Dive “found a way” to bring the 2000s to Gainesville.

Matthew Landoli never expected to see one of his childhood favorites in North Florida. But now the 21-year-old UF finance senior hopes to hear the “Drake and Josh” theme song live in Gainesville.

Musician and actor Drake Bell, known for his role in Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh,” will perform Dec. 4 at High Dive, located at 210 SW 2nd Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., said Pat Lavery, the High Dive facility and events manager. 

General admission tickets for ages 18 and older are $15, and attendees under 21 will be charged a $3 cover at the door. Meet-and-greet tickets will cost $100, Lavery said.

Local opening acts will kick off the show at 8 p.m., followed by Bell’s hour-long set of his own songs and covers of bands like the Beach Boys and the Beatles, Lavery said. High Dive has not announced who will perform the opening acts. 

Bell was not sought out by High Dive. The agreement was made after his team reached out to the venue, Lavery said. 

Although Landoli kept up with Bell’s recent cover of “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump, he said seeing him in person would be surreal.

“I never expected someone that I watched as a 10-year-old to be performing in my college town and I would get a chance to see them almost 10 years later,” he said.

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