by Gargs Allard (w/ Brandon Telg contributing writer)
Photos by Lindsy Carrasquillo (instagram and twitter)

The first ever Sofar Sounds took place in Gainesville on February 26 at the Actor’s Warehouse to a sellout crowd, with people sitting in the chairs and on the floor as they tuned into the artists.

Ricky Kendall, who opened the show, performed basically in the middle of the audience, a few feet in front of the people sitting on the floor.


The second act, Flipturn, played a stripped back set, which was basically unplugged and really allowed the singer Dillon Basse’s vocals to stand out. Many in the audience commented on his unique voice.

Brass band, Sooza, closed the night standing in a line in front of the stage with their soothing horns blowing out in harmony. All the bands told stories in between their songs, making it almost like an episode from VH1 Storytellers.

MC Jaron Jones got the audience participating with lots of storytelling games and icebreakers.

“That was fucking amazing,”  said a man standing behind event director Brandon Telg after the show. About the project, Gainesville representative Brandon Telg said, “[Sofar] is a new and unique endeavor in Gainesville. [It] is an international organization that does secret house-show-style shows in cities all over the world, and I’m starting to book these shows in Gainesville. The locations are secret until a day before to ticket buyers, the bands are a secret until you arrive, and the shows are all filmed beautifully to be posted online later.”

Everyone left with a smile and the host added, “Ricky Kendall’s last song made me cry.” Ditto on that one for many of us as well.

For more information about Sofar Sounds.
For the next show, on March 27, you may apply for tickets at this link.

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