The Imposters

The Beatles Tribute Band, The Impostors, Performs at “Free Fridays” on Sept. 20.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department are hosting The Beatles tribute band, The Impostors, at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 20.

The Beatles forever changed the face of popular music in America with their 1964 performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The Impostors, formed in 1984, are one of Gainesville’s most popular local groups, featuring some of the area’s most accomplished musicians. The Impostors include local musicians Michael Derry (guitar/vocals), Mike Boulware (guitar/vocals), Don David (guitar/vocals), Ron Thomas (bass/vocals), Brad Bangstad (keyboards) and Rob Rothschild (drums).

The Impostors play a wide selection of The Beatles’ favorites from the popular hits of their early heydays, through the experimental era of the “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” albums, to the “Abbey Road” album and their final rooftop appearance.

According to band leader Michel Derry, “This year we will be searching up a slice of Abbey Road, the Beatles last recorded album, completed on July 20, 1969. The very same day, Neil Armstrong made, ‘one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.’ Also, this year The Impostors will be playing two songs of their own. At that point we will be Impostors impostering Impostors!”

The Impostors concert is one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that are sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).

“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. It is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and Culture Builds Florida. “Free Fridays” runs 8 – 10 p.m. each Friday night, from May 4 to Oct. 19 at Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. The entire “Free Fridays” 2018 schedule can be viewed at For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at or 352-393-8746.

About Gainesville150!

In April 2019 the City of Gainesville launched Gainesville150! to commemorate the 150th anniversary of its incorporation. Gainesville150! provides an opportunity to reflect on our past, celebrate this milestone in history and look toward a boundless future as the “New American City.” During the anniversary year, the City of Gainesville and its partners will host interactive, engaging and inclusive programs and exhibits – leveraging education, technology, personal experiences and family lore that define the City’s shared heritage. Events include concerts, poetry, history projects, public art exhibits, dance, and community discussions and will conclude with a community-wide celebration to be held in April 2020 to launch us into the next 150 years. Since its earliest days, progressive thinking has defined Gainesville and that same spirit remains steadfast. Gainesville150! showcases the community as a dynamic, expanding city and a great place to live, work and play, and paves the way to a future built on innovation, inclusiveness, excellence, economic vitality and community pride.


A HUGE Local Favorite, Catch The Imposters do their thing.  It’s a “Free Ticket to Ride”  always  at Free Fridays!


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