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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/30/2016

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, city offices will be closed Monday, July 4.

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).
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/29/2016
“Free Fridays” hosts the popular local band Idylwild Friday, July 8. Idylwild’s repertoire is about half originals and half covers. In addition to their originals, they perform songs by Dave Mason, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bill Withers, Fleetwood Mac, Etta James, Wings and Chuck Prophet.  
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 City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, together with the Friends of Nature Parks, are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Living History Farm at Morningside Nature Center with a historical celebration Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. While this morning of family fun is free, we hope attendees will consider a donation to support the future of the farm. Ice cream and old-fashioned wagon rides will also be available for attendees to purchase.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/22/2016
The Gainesville Big Band kicks off the Fourth of July weekend at “Free Fridays” with the All-American Song Fest Friday, July 1.

The Gainesville Big Band began as the Gainesville Community Jazz Band. Since 2007, the band has brought big band jazz to Gainesville and the surrounding areas. They are an 18-piece jazz band that plays a wide range of big band styles such as traditional swing, dance, Latin and contemporary jazz. Under the direction of Marco Thomas, along with the sultry vocal sounds of Pattie Glenn, the band delivers a rich full sound from Basie to Ellington, Gershwin to Miller, Porter to Mercer, Vegas to Broadway and favorite ‘60s television soundtracks. The “Free Fridays” concert will have a patriotic theme to celebrate American independence.

Members of The Gainesville Big Band include Paul Gader (alto sax), Anne McReynolds (alto sax), John Leibach (tenor sax), John Gregory (tenor sax), John Hiemenz (baritone sax), Katey Sands (baritone sax), Paul McReynolds (trumpet), Dan Neal (trumpet), Rod Butler (trumpet), Chuck Riggs (trumpet), Nick Simpson (trombone), Garry Davis (trombone), Dan Wells (trombone), Albert Issac (trombone), Marco Thomas (bass trombone), Geena Cesar (piano) Anthony Clark (guitar), Chad Young (bass), Angel Vera (bass), Masa Enomoto (drums) Marvin Ripner (drums) and Pattie Glenn (vocals).

Director Marco Thomas began his professional music training at Florida Southern College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in music education while studying under Director of Instrumental Studies and Director of Jazz Ensemble Dr. Brian S. Brink. Thomas was also a student of world-renowned jazz composer and trumpet player Nat Adderley (“Work Song”). Thomas was awarded a Master of Arts in music performance on trombone from the University of Florida, while studying under Dr. Arthur Jennings. He played with the UF Jazz Ensemble while there. Thomas is a past member of the Atlanta-based African-American Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra. He currently performs with several local groups and has published articles in Instrumentalist Magazine. The Gainesville Big Band vocalist Pattie Glenn has been singing big band and classic jazz since 1992.

The 2016 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by grants from Visit Gainesville and Culture Builds Florida. The concerts play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 6 through Friday, Oct. 21 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza, at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2016 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.
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.
Don’t hit the snooze button this Saturday morning! Grab your running shoes, swimsuit and a friend to take up the 2016 Gainesville Biathlon Challenge. The third race of the 2016 Gainesville Biathlon Challenge is this Saturday, June 25 at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, which is located at 1001 NW 31st Dr.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/20/2016
DFAS posterThe 35th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is proud to present this year’s poster and t-shirt image created by Gainesville graphic artist Jim Harrison. This all-new design, created exclusively for the Downtown Festival & Art Show, features Harrison’s signature typographic flair and a bold graphic composition that balances the festival's unique atmosphere of art and music with an icon of Gainesville's natural beauty. A continuation of the artist's commitment to celebrating the nature of the Gainesville community, the design symbolizes the mix of nature and culture that the Downtown Festival has come to embody.
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