Gypsy Swing Group Caravan of Thieves to perform at the Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Concert at the Historic Thomas Center is Friday, April 3, featuring Caravan of Thieves.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door - cash or check only.

Within their first year, Caravan of Thieves began to win immediate praise for their unique blend of gypsy swing and popular music, inspiring them to record and release their full-length, debut album “Bouquet” (2009). To accompany this collection of dramatic and satirical tales, they built an interactive stage set of percussive junk, and the quartet took their newly animated show on the road, sharing stages with world renowned artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, Keb’ Mo’, Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, John Hammond, John Jorgenson and many others. Caravan of Thieves successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bills, proving their act to be understood and appreciated by folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages.  The group continued to reach new fans with each release, including “Mischief Night” (2010) and “The Funhouse” (2012). 

Now the group is gearing up for their newest release, “Kiss Kiss,” which comes out March 31. “Kiss Kiss” combines the dark humor and sarcastic social commentary of their previous efforts, with an added emphasis on love and all the beauty and danger it brings. They have created the music to match, adding in tuba, beat box and everything including the kitchen sink to draw listeners in to the Caravan of Thieves’ world.

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Guests are welcome to bring their favorite wine or champagne, and an attendant will tend their bottle. Plastic glasses will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own glassware as well. Authentic homemade Indian cuisine will be available for purchase.

The Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center are a new series of multi-genre musical events staged in the historic Thomas Center’s Spanish Court. They will feature a spectrum of national and international touring artists from folk to classical and from jazz to bluegrass, with special holiday shows and surprise guests.

The Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center 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 Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, interim cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532, or contact Joseph Saccocci, vice president Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., at or 352-373-5514.