The Jewel Box Summer Concert Series Continues with Nothin’ Fancy


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 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).

Nothin’ Fancy has won Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year six times (2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2008). They have a very large Florida following synonymous with the group’s national popularity. Nothin’ Fancy blends suburb musicianship with a contagious audience appeal, fueled by their wit and interaction with their fans. Their shows are always a delight, and a reason for their popularity and devoted fan base.

Nothin’ Fancy was formed as a bluegrass band in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition. Ever since then, they have grown in popularity, released 11 full-length albums and continue to perform at festivals all across the United States, Canada and Norway. They have appeared at notable American venues including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the Lincoln Center in New York City and The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. They have successfully hosted their own Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival every year since 2001 in Buena Vista, Virginia.

A photograph of Nothin’ Fancy 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 pm. 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 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