1200 Weimer Hall | P.O. Box 118405
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-5551

A service of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

© 2024 WUFT / Division of Media Properties
News and Public Media for North Central Florida
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WUFT's Fanfares & Fireworks

Wednesday, July 3, 2024, 6 to 10 p.m.

University of Florida Bandshell at Flavet Field


Keep up with the action on social media using the hashtag #Fanfares24. Enjoy an evening of live music and spectacular fireworks presented by WUFT-FM, WUFT-TV, and WUFT Classic.

WUFT-FM Morning Edition and WUFT Amplified host Glenn Richards will serve as emcee for the event.

Musical groups include:

The fireworks by Skylighters of Florida will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers, drones or alcohol are allowed at the event. Coolers are allowed, but may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.

Quick Video Recap

Photo Gallery

View Album on Facebook »

Food Trucks

  • Fat Gs
  • Bz Gelati
  • Mayflower
  • Vegan Gator
  • Big Island Bowls
  • Honey Nitro + Cold Brew Coffee

PBS Kids Zone

The PBS Kids Zone will be a special child-friendly area accommodating local businesses and organizations who will provide educational and hands-on learning activities at different stations. A Daniel Tiger Trolley for pictures and PBS Kids educational materials and activities will be available.


Flavet Field at the University of Florida, 605 Woodlawn Drive, Gainesville.

Title Sponsor of WUFT's Fanfares & Fireworks

Florida Credit Union

Title Sponsor of WUFT’s PBS Kids Zone

Children's Trust of Alachua County

Fireworks Show Presenting Sponsor

Dan Newlin Injury Attorneys

Special Thanks to our Premiere Supporting Sponsors

Covering Florida
City of Gainesville

Full Livestream Video

WUFT's Fanfares & Fireworks 2024 Live-stream

About the Performers

The Late Night Losers

The Late Night Losers are a Gainesville, Florida-based indie rock band formed in 2021. Comprising lead singer Thomas Allain, guitarist Jacob Weldon, and drummer Wilson Gaberino, the Losers craft what they call "sentimental indie groove rock". Their sonic signature is characterized by infectious melodies and earnest storytelling—these losers wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Inspired by their favorite genre-benders: Death Cab for Cutie, Hippo Campus, The Black Keys, and Manchester Orchestra, The Late Night Losers have crafted their own unique musical identity that could have only been forged in the swampy student apartments of the University of Florida and birthed in the backyards of college rental-house ragers.

Working alongside renowned music producer Dan Hannon, the band has refined their sound, reaching new heights with their double single At the End of the Road (2023). Despite their recent formation, The Late Night Losers have made waves, captivating audiences throughout the southeast with their electrifying and dynamic live performances. The future holds an ever-growing fanbase for these Losers and an upcoming debut EP that showcases their talent and artistic growth.

The Late Night Losers
The Late Night Losers

Buko Boys

After having earned a degree in Neurobiology from UC Davis, singer-songwriter Raquel Lily pivoted from a career in medicine and instead, pioneered the Music category on Twitch. The self-produced bedroom artist explores the sonic space with keyboardist/producer Mart and drummer, Jonathan Ziegler. Together, they deliver dreamy bossa nova vibes with an indie-pop flair. A spin-off of their band, Raquel Lily, the newly evolved project, Buko Boys, command a unique experience with their sun-kissed island groove and feel-good bops.

With roots in the Philippines and hailing from Miami, FL, Buko Boys continue to build a global community while touring the United States with band members: aron! (guitar) and Aidan McCarthy (bass).

Buko Boys
Buko Boys


MADWOMAN’s roots trace back to 2014 as an ethereal garage funk soul trio, and they have since blossomed their sound into a five-piece psychedelic alternative-indie pop machine. With members Leni Luna (vocals), Chandler McFarland (guitar), Riley Sechrest (bass), Samuel Arnold (guitar/keys), and Unmil Patel (drums), the electric synergy and story behind their music will soon far outreach Florida’s borders.

Infused in a kaleidoscopic dreamscape of modern ferver, Leni’s soul-filled angelic voice rings out in cathartic release, leaving the band and fans alike mesmerized and ever present. The MADWOMAN name came about in the ponderings of what it means to live a life both dynamic and fulfilling - attracting fans who are also mad to love and mad to live. The band transmutes their energy and takes the crowd with them in ascending into a space for healing, growth, and connection.

The “Make the Moment'' EP is really the beginning of the journey for MADWOMAN. In August 2021 they won the Fall MusicGNV Recording Grant and used the studio time to record four original songs, including “Unfold” and “Strething Thin”, that were written amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic.

MADWOMAN was complete in January 2022 with the addition of Riley, while simultaneously joining the Swamp Records community. With the EP and newer singles like “Nowhere To Run”, “Inside My Head”, and “IDK” available on all streaming platforms, the band has amassed over 65k streams and nearly three thousand monthly listeners on Spotify alone. The group has since headlined a multitude of shows, hosted wildly successful release parties, performed at several music festivals (most notably Okeechobee Music Festival), and created a tech-driven experience for their audience. Their strong, engaging presence during performances is their forte, and that has allowed them to quickly grow their fanbase and appeal with live shows in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Miami, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Melbourne and more.


Related Content