Tony Trishka and Brittany Haas to Perform at the Jewel Box Concert


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 Friday, June 19, featuring the legendary Tony Trischka and virtuoso fiddler Brittany Haas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door - cash or check only, please.

Tony Trischka, renowned for tutoring the great Bela Fleck, is considered to be the consummate banjo artist, and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Fleck says of Trischka, “My springboard was Tony Trishka, and without Tony, none of what's happened with my music would have happened.” For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.

In 1984, Trishka performed in his first feature film, ”Foxfire,” and three years later, he worked on the pre-recorded music for the off-Broadway production of “Driving Miss Daisy.” In 1991, he released “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular,” featuring appearances by Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice and many other luminaries. In 2007, Tony received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award for Banjo Player of the Year award and “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular” received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year and a Grammy nomination. In 2011, Trishka produced Steve Martin’s Grammy-nominated “Rare Bird Alert,” which features performances by Paul McCartney, the Dixie Chicks and the Steep Canyon Rangers. In 2012, Trishka continued to broaden the reach and influence of the banjo as performer and band leader for the Shakespeare in the Park, NYC performances of “As You Like It,” placing the banjo in even newer ground. In December 2012, he was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work.

To view a sample of Tony Trischka’s music, visit

California-born Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. She grew up honing her craft at fiddle camps nationwide, and came to her unique sound through the old time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative stylings of Darol Anger, her mentors. A prodigious youth, Haas began touring with Anger's Republic of Strings at the age of 14. Brittany joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Abigail Washburn and The Waybacks. She played her fiddle on Steve Martin's Grammy Award-winning CD, “The Crow,” and performed with his band on “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Saturday Night Live.” She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Allison Brown and others. Currently residing in Boston, Haas recently released “You Got This,” the debut album of all original music with her trio Haas Kowert Tice (with Punch Brother's bassist Paul Kowert and New York guitarist Jordan Tice). She also plays in a duo with Swedish fiddler Lena Jonsson, the avant-garde fiddle/dance ensemble 4tet and a Norwegian/Appalachian project with composer Dan Trueman.

To view a sample of Brittany Haas’ music, visit

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 is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532, or contact Joseph Saccocci, vice president Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., at or 352-373-5514.