Before you say ‘See ya later, summer!’ and start drinking pumpkin spice lattes, go out with a bang and hang out with us this weekend. There’s sure to be at least one reason to make your way downtown and directly into Loosey’s. Check out all the awesome happenings below!
(Writer’s Note: This is a long post, but it’s cool! – I promise they won’t all be this long, we just really have that much going on this weekend and it’s really exciting! There’s even a sweet tip you might be interested in if you’re planning on going to any football games this year. Plus my bubbling excitement… what’s not to love?)
Thursday: Open Mic Night
It’s both the 1st of the month AND the first Thursday of the month, so of course we are kicking off our Labor Day festivities with a little Open Mic Night. If the weather man is right, it’ll be a Hurricane Party (ok fine. “Tropical Depression”) too. And you know everyone loves a hurricane tropical depression party.
Friday: Free Rock Show
It’s the night before the first home game which if you don’t already know, is a night game. This is important because now we can all acknowledge there is no reason for you to stay home Friday night. I don’t want to hear any excuses. You’re coming out. And you’re coming downtown. I know this because Midtown is going to be.. well, all “midtowny”. Avoid the sloppy, over served crowds and head downtown for an adults night out – we have a rock show at Loosey’s. And it’s free!
The other bands are awesome too, but the Honorable Mention goes to Wolf Face. I’ve seen them at FEST and loved the set, but this is the first time they’ll be playing at Loosey’s (woo!) so please come out and show them some local love! They are such a FUN band! I repeat, it’s FREE!
Saturday: – Football & Karaoke
Are you ready for some GATOR FOOTBALL!!!!!! It’s been a long year and we’ve earned this!! And if you bleed orange and blue like I do, it doesn’t matter if you have tickets or not, you’re going to be watching the game somewhere… Funny, I know just the place (ha).
*Last minute edit: Could this game be rained out? Let’s hope not!!
Pro tip: If you got tickets, there’s a Gator Aider stop in Lot 10 directly across the street from us.
Grab a pint and some grub while you wait for the bus to fill up (and take advantage of all the street parking that is available on Saturdays)… Take the bus back downtown after the game and fill up on burgers and karaoke.
I’ve done this many times and it works out great. We’ve even taken the bus down to the stadium and then walked back after the game – hitting a couple bars along the way (i.e. Gator City *RIP* and Mothers) – and it was pretty fun to get swept up along with the crowd. But it is a CROWD, so hop on the bus if you’d feel more comfortable avoiding all that and it’ll bring you right back to our front door.
On the other hand, if you prefer AC and cold beer with your football, we have all that–as well as great food & service!
Following the game, DJ Wolfton will get the karaoke going and trust me, that’s always entertaining 😉
Sunday: Less Than Jake (AM) & John Moreland (PM)
If you’re still with me, thanks for hanging in there, this section of the post is worth it, I promise! Sunday Funday is taking on a whole new and awesome meaning this Sunday!
Quick question, do you like acoustic shows? I do. They’re mellow and not too rough on the ears and I really enjoy them.
How about two to choose from (or if you’re like me, you’ll be at both) on the SAME DAY?
The first show: First off, it’s so exciting to be able to say that we are hosting this… Gainesville natives Less Than Jake Wake & Bake Weekend Acoustic Brunch. Yep. Less Than Jake. Acoustic. Brunch. All very fun words for a Sunday.
Vance is cooking up some yum specials like he always does and we also have a few interesting drink specials in the works. Don’t miss this show, doors are at 11, the guys are going to play around 12:30 and we’ll be wrapping it up by 4pm.
The second show – John Moreland with Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lance Howell, and Matt Burke is also a huge deal for us. It’s going to be an ass ton of talent in the same room at the same time. Doors are at 7pm and all these guys are going to be worth seeing, trust me on this one! Click through for all their social media links, try out some of the music, get goosebumps, buy a ticket, come to the show on Sunday, and then you can thank me later.
Pro-tip: Sunday is Happy Hour. All Day Long. Plus $1 PBR Tallboys.
Monday: Labor Day Lunch, Cheap Beer, & Trivia
For actual Labor Day, the day most businesses are having an annual workers’ holiday, we’re still open and doing are usual cool Monday things. For you! So you don’t have to suffer your hangover alone. But don’t feel bad for us. We all get Thunderdome Day off and you ask any of us, Thunderdome Day is awesome and makes working other holidays totally worth it.
The open sign clicks on at 11am, we have $3.50 pints and yummy food, and then we get the brain games going at 7:30pm. Don’t get it twisted, this is NOT easy trivia, you need a pretty strong, well balanced team to survive! And if you manage to win, free drinks and food will start raining from the sky. Just kidding, you could win gift cards though AND you win the thrill of winning. Which is really what it’s all about.
So that’s it – that’s our long Labor Day weekend! Excited? Why wouldn’t you be?