Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble HuDost 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 upcoming Jewel Box Concert at the Historic Thomas Center is Sunday, April 19, featuring the neo–folk, world rock ensemble HuDost.  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.

The music of HuDost, the neo–folk, world rock ensemble from Montreal and Nashville, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating that nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the USA, Canada and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain, and marveled at all they can learn and explore. In this time, Moksha and Jemal have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. In 2013, their son was brought into the world.

HuDost’s highlight performances include Bonnaroo, being a resident band at FloydFest, BhaktiFest, World Café Live, Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, the Salvador Dali Museum, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, World Fusion Fest, headlining the Islands Folk Fest (Vancouver), WMNF’s Tropical Heat Wave Festival, the Levitt Pavilions, WoodSongs at the Kentucky Theater (on PBS), Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Music City Roots, Tim Robbins’ WTF?! Fest, the Mason District Amphitheater, the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts and many more. The band has collaborated with or opened for Ani DiFranco, Philip Glass, Jon Anderson, Joan Osborne, California Guitar Trio, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale and many more.

To view samples of HuDost music, please visit ("Hunger") and ("Waking").

Photographs are available for viewing and downloading at

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.