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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.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center Tuesday, Dec. 20 featuring The Currys. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door day of the show (cash or check only) or presale tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2713514. This holiday performance showcases the release of The Currys new album, “West of Here.”

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the final Jewel Box Summer Concert at the Historic Thomas Center. The summer series concludes Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Lonesome River Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Summer Concerts at the Historic Thomas Center. The next concert in the series is Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Claire Lynch Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Lynch’s career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 1997, 2010 and 2013.

At the 2014 IBMA Awards, Lynch received the Song of the Year trophy for “Dear Sister,” a song co-written with Louisa Branscomb and title cut of her latest Compass Records release and Recorded Event of the Year for a guest vocal appearance on Special Consensus’ song “Wild Montana Skies” from the album “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver.”

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Summer Concert at the Historic Thomas Center. The next concert in the series is Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Nothin’ Fancy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Summer Concert at the Historic Thomas Center. The next concert in the series is Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. featuring The Gatorbone Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

The Gatorbone Band features Gabriel Valla on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Jason Thomas on fiddle and mandolin; Lis Williamson on rhythm guitar, frailing banjo and vocals and Lon Williamson on upright bass and vocals. Valla, Thomas and Williamson are also songwriters and their tunes are a vital part of the Gatorbone sound.

Gabriel Valla won the Merle Watson Festival Flatpicking Championship when he was 16 years old, and has evolved to become one of the premier flatpicking musicians in today’s acoustic world. Valla has produced and released several albums, including “Union” with virtuoso guitarist Sam Pacetti.

Jason Thomas is a Canadian Open Mandolin Champion, as well as a two-time Florida State Champion on both fiddle and mandolin. Thomas has been in a regular house band at Disney World for more than a decade and wears many hats in the music world, including Celtic bluegrass and folk.

Lis Williamson is a renowned, award-winning songwriter whose musical skills and incredible voice are the forefront of The Gatorbone Band. Her album “Deep” has gained high praise in the music industry. Although the band plays folk, Americana and swing music, most of the original songs they perform are written by Williamson.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the upcoming Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center, Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the legendary Tony Trischka and virtuoso violinist Shad Cobb. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

Tony Trischka was the recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) award for banjo player of the year in 2007 and the United States Artists Fellows in 2012. Trishka is considered to be the consummate banjo artist, and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, Trishka’s stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians, and he's renowned for mentoring the great Bela Fleck. Shad Cobb’s present-day virtuosity puts him at the forefront of top fiddlers in the country. Cobb began playing the fiddle at the age of 13, and has recorded with some of Nashville’s top artists, including the Osborne Brothers, Marty Raybon and country music icon Willie Nelson.
Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
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