The Jewel Box Summer Concert Series Continues with The Gatorbone Band


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 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.

Lon Williamson is the band’s director and his virtuoso bass playing is the foundation for The Gatorbone Band’s music. He's also a renowned songwriter, and is the engineer behind the Gatorbone recording studio frequented by some of the industries finest players.

A photograph of The Gatorbone Band can be viewed at

Guests are welcome to bring their favorite beer or wine, and an attendant will tend their bottle. Plastic glasses will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own glassware as well. Organic, vegan, gluten-free cuisine is available for purchase from Sarah's Seasonings.

The summer series is a combination of bluegrass, Americana and folk music from a mixture of multi-Grammy and award-winning performers. The summer series continues every Friday night until July 22 when the Jewel Box Concert season ends. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows are $20 each admission, cash or check only at the door day of the show. The remaining summer concert series lineup features:

  • Friday, July 8: Nothin’ Fancy
  • Friday, July 15: Claire Lynch Band
  • Friday, July 22: Lonesome River Band

In its second season, the Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center are a series of multi-genre musical events staged in the Historic Thomas Center’s Spanish Court. They 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 Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville, Florida. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532, or contact Joseph Saccocci, vice president of Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., at