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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center Friday, June 2. The concert features the return of international touring artists Flagship Romance.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Flagship Romance performs at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door - cash or check only, please. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at http://www.evansmediasource.com//index_files/shakeraghome.htm.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/24/2017

A celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month occurs every Friday night in June at the Bo Diddley Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. Inspired by the dream of late local musicians Richard Baxter and Roland Burns, African-American Music Appreciation Month has been celebrated in Gainesville since 1998.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the June lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/17/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents the Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie Friday, May 26 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater, and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is happy to announce a new season of the popular Jewel Box Concerts in conjunction with Shake Rag Cultural Center. The concerts are a series of multi-genre musical events staged in the historic Thomas Center’s Spanish Court.
 
A tremendous amount of planning has gone into the development of the upcoming series and we are happy to announce that the first show of the series will feature returning national touring artists Flagship Romance Friday, June 2.  Their harmonic alternative folk performance will debut tunes from their latest CD. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. (www.facebook.com/events/1617778958295443). Admission is $20 cash or check only at the door on the day of the show or presale tickets can be purchased at www.evansmediasource.com or by calling 904-886-8378.   
 
Past concerts have included an array of legendary artists and Grammy award winners such as, the Lonesome River Band, Latin jazz pianist Chuchito Valdes,  the Claire Lynch Band, Helen Highwater String Band, featuring award winning bass player, Missy Raines, the Atlantic City Boys, Flagship Romance, Nothin Fancy, Tony Trishka and more.
 
Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc. is a community-oriented, non-profit arts organization promoting an atmosphere for the creation and appreciation of the arts, including community educational programs and workshops. “There are so many artists out there that don't get exposure through main stream media, and we couldn't be happier to present these worthy artists in this magnificent venue while enriching the community at the same time,” said Debi Evans, Shake Rag treasurer.
 
The concerts are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The concert series is another example of the 352Arts Roadmap, part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department Master Plan.
 
For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532, or contact Ernie Evans, vice president Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc. at eanddmedia@gmail.com or 904-886-8378.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/10/2017

The “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents a tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead Friday, May 19 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/3/2017

The band Fast Lane will feature funk, soul and R&B at its “Free Fridays” concert, held Friday, May 12 from 8-10 p.m.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the May lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a family-friendly DJ from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday evenings feature live music from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays feature hands-on arts activities from 2-4 p.m. in the kid’s area. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, shade and blankets to sit and relax.
 May's Schedule
Friday, May 5
7-8:30 p.m.
DJ E-LO returns, bringing a skillful mix of your favorite songs. If audience members don’t hear something they like, they are encouraged to make requests.
Saturday, May 6
7-9 p.m.
Masune plays hip-hop with a Brazilian percussion influence, and brings the beats to the hill. We can’t promise you will be able to sit still.
Sunday, May 7
2-4 p.m.
Are you looking for a fun craft for your kids? These crafts are easy, and your kids will love creating and decorating using their imagination. Materials and supplies are provided by the Music & Arts Program for Youth, Inc.
Friday, May 12
7-8:30 p.m.
Join DJ DAD and his family-friendly roller skating party. Come out and dance - bring your wheels, skates, roller blades, or what have you - to roll around the promenade accompanied by skater dater music. Don’t forget your protective gear!
Saturday, May 13
7-9 p.m.
Paradise in Hand is an alternative rock trio playing originals and cover songs. Rock out on the hill with friends.
Sunday, May 14
2-4 p.m.
Tiger Monkey Puppets by George O’Brien will run a workshop teaching puppet making for all who are interested. All materials will be provided.
Friday, May 19
7-8:30 p.m.
DJ South Beats spins dance mixes and gets the party started. Everyone enjoys the group dances and contests!
Saturday, May 20
7-9 p.m.
Dance on the promenade with Jazz Bandits. This great band will be on the stage by the promenade. It is your opportunity to dance, dance, dance.
Sunday, May 21
2-4 p.m.
Music and Arts Program for Youth, an arts foundation with workshops that emphasizes the fun of art and community, presents “Karaoke for Kids,” which encourages creativity, promotes literacy, builds self-confidence and is the place where kids steal the show!
Friday, May 26
7-8:30 p.m.
This Friday marks the return of DJ E-LO! Regular attendees know that he plays a mix of everyone’s favorite songs, along with lights, games and line dances, new friends are made and fun is had!
Saturday, May 27
7-9 p.m.
Phillip Thomas’ Forever Miles Band brings the sundresses, sandals and shorts Memorial weekend picnic in the park. Classy, colorful dresses and shorts encouraged. Phillip always brings a rousing show!
Sunday, May 28
2-4 p.m.
The Repurpose Project Trash Princess treats kids to repurposed crafts with an educational environmental story included. All materials will be provided.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
4/19/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents The Detours Friday, April 28 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater, and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

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