Photo courtesy of The Duppies

WUFT’s Fanfares and Fireworks Welcomes The Duppies and Hedges to 2017 Line-up


Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM Morning Edition host, Glenn Richards, spoke with Brian Hiebel, singer and founding member of the Gainesville rocksteady ska group, The Duppies, and Jason Hedges, leader of the bands HEDGES and Heavy Petty.

Both bands are making their first appearance at WUFT’s annual Fanfares & Fireworks at the UF Bandshell at Flavet Field.

Hedges / Photo courtesy of Suzanna Mars

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with music by Bears & Lions (returning for their third year), followed by The Duppies around 7:00 p.m., Hedges (with some Heavy Petty) around 8:00 p.m., and as always, wrapping up the event with the Gainesville Community Band under the direction of Gary Langford at 9:00 p.m., followed by a spectacular fireworks show (around 9:40 p.m.).

Food trucks scheduled include:
o Humble Pie (Humble Wood Fire)
o Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops
o Cilantro Tacos Gville
o Big Island Bowls Gainesville

LifeSouth Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive.

For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers or alcohol are allowed at the event.

Coolers are allowed, but may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.

Be sure to tag us with #fanfares17 on social media!

Fanfares And Fireworks is presented by WUFT and sponsored by the City Of Gainesville and the Florida Credit Union with additional support provided by GRU.

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About Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.

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