Are you new to Gainesville and you are tired of going to the same ol’ club and seeing the same ol’ drunk people after 2 a.m.? Or maybe you have lived here for a good amount of time, but you don’t have new “spots” to go to because the atmosphere in all the places are quite similar, so you rather stay at home? Well, this post is aimed specifically for you! (If and only if you have not attended this location, which is known as the “epicenter of live music and events in Downtown Gainesville.”)
The High Dive, located at SW 2 Avenue, has welcomed several owners and name changes since the 90s, but it’s probably best known as the flagship location of Nigel Hamm’s legendary venue “Common Grounds.” The High Dive shares the building with Five Star Pizza, (an easy way to kill two birds with one stone – order some oozey-cheese-dripping pizza before or after watching some performances) which is next to the southwest parking garage and across from Jones B-Side. The High Dive has the biggest dedicated parking lot of any venue in downtown, and parking is always free, so you won’t have to worry about your car getting towed.
Common Grounds has lived up to its name; this weekend venue mingles national acts with emerging indie artists and side projects, comedians, college kids and plenty of Gville locals. To this point in time, the High Dive continues the tradition, ensuring that Gainesville remains Florida’s most alternative city and a cool place to see live music.
This venue is unlike any other in Gainesville. It provides a professional concert experience in a gritty rock ‘n’ roll environment, something that is seen more often in bigger cities. This historic venue has maintained the warm and friendly rock ‘n’ roll feel with a fresh rustic-chic sheen.
The High Dive has the largest and highest quality sound system of any venue in Gainesville, and it recently updated its lighting and video systems. Along with its lighting and video systems, the High Dive’s renovation includes numerous permanent seating, refinished bars, refinished artist backstage and much more!
Last but not least, if you are not craving pizza, you will have the option to choose from several food trucks! Yes, you read it right: food trucks! Local food trucks set up in front of the High Dive’s entrance at various times, serving a wide variety of dishes at affordable prices. Maybe you’ll get lucky enough and you’ll be present when the High Dive hosts the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally with over 10 local trucks on site, which occurs every six weeks (jot this on your calendar).
What are you waiting for? Click the link below to see which performance you would like to attend this month and go; try a new environment and enjoy it with a special someone, with your friends or by yourself (no one is judging).
Come out to this venue and enjoy the first-class, front-row ticket to this country’s most vital concert halls. I hope to catch you there; until next time!