The Jam, 817 W University Ave, Gainesville FL, has been my home away from home for a while. The Jam is a local music venue that has a full backline and shared instruments. Anyone of any skill level can jump in and play some music with new friends on one of their open jam nights. They book great shows as well and bring some of the best music to Gainesville (The Wailers, Dopapod, Herd of Watts, just to name a few).
I recently helped them get a wordpress site up and running so that those Luddite-facebookless folks like I can find whos playing when at The Jam. I just wanted to give them a quick link because they are the best kind of folks, and The Jam has changed Gainesville’s music scene immeasurably for the better. Come check them out if you are around.