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Our season came to a close this past week with our annual presentation The Curry's Holiday Show. This was a sold out crowd with everyone standing and cheering at the end. We will announce details on next years event when a date is set do advance tickets can be purchased. 
Our next show will feature the legendary Rodney Dillard, former cast member of the Andy Griffith Show's "Darlin's". This will be a true cultural experience of nostalgia. This evening will be much more than just a concert, it will be a journey back in time, right to the set of the show and a peek behind the scenes of the filming through story and song.  
Advanced tickets ensure a good seat and are always recommended. See link below.
On behalf of Shake Rag Culture Center Inc, and the City of Gainesville, FL, we wish you all a safe and Happy Holiday Season. Thank you for making our 2017 Season a success!
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., is pleased to announce 
Jewel Box Concerts at The Thomas Center  
Performances are held at
the Historic Thomas Center 302 NE 6th Ave Gainesville Florida 32601
It's open first come seating with no reserve seats "except Disabled'
--- Children 12 and under free ---
Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm
Admission is $20 cash or check only at the door day of the show
or pre-sale tickets can be purchased at
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or by calling (904) 886-8378
Patrons are welcome to bring bottles of wine or beer and we will tend them for you. We have plastic glasses, however, you are welcome to bring your own glasses.
 Dinner is available for purchase on site by
Ticket Office (904) 886-8378
January 4th, 2018
An Evening in Mayberry with
Rodney Dillard & the Walker Brothers 
$30 VIP Seating (Limited)
$20.00 General Seating
This will be a one of a kind evening featuring one of the cast members of the Andy Grifith Show. Hear the fascinating stories of how it really was in Mayberry first hand by Rodney Dillard as he worked on the st with Andy, Barney, Opie and Aunt Bea. You will also be able to ask questions. Of course, this will be accompanied by an unforgettable musical experience to boot. 
Rodney Dillard has had a long and varied career resulting so far in two Grammy Nominations, induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, a well-known acting stint on the Andy Griffith Show, many other movie, commercials and TV appearances, recipient of The Outstanding Missourian Award, and worldwide acclaim for his over 50 years of recording both traditional Bluegrass and his own brand of ‘DILLARDGRASS’.  Rodney Dillard as founding member of the legendary group, ‘THE DILLARDS’ (aka the Darlings) is seen nearly everyday somewhere in the world thanks to the still enormous popularity of The ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW reruns.
THE WALKER BROTHERS: In their younger years, the brothers played at numerous in-state festivals and well beyond, including in France, where they performed in the Young American Mandolin Ensemble. That same year, Corey and Jarrod were asked to play a bluegrass festival near Tokyo.
Some may remember Claire Lynch Band making a visit to the Thomas Center last year sporting a young virtuoso multi-instrumentalist that looks a lot like Jarred Walker. Well that may be because it was in fact Jarred. 
Cory and Jarrod also performed together at the Grand Ole Opry and the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. They've also played on national TV with the likes of country music star Keith Urban and bluegrass icons Ricky Skaggs and Earl Scruggs. 
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Thursday February 8th, 2018
Kenny & Amanda Smith
$30 VIP Seating (Limited)
$20.00 General Seating

Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003. Since then, they have also earned multiple IBMA awards such as Female Singer of the Year and numerous Guitar Player of the Year awards. Add a Grammy nomination to the mix and that is only the beginning.

Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combine gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds today.

A creation of the intensely personal musical and romantic connection between Kenny and Amanda, the band shares an all-too-rare sense of intimacy and cohesion where each musician feels an almost telepathic connection. Musicians call it being in the groove, where the group collectively accents each beat in precisely the same way. With Kenny leading the way on guitar, this band never has trouble finding the groove.
Wednesday April 11th, 2018
Tim Kliphuis

$30 VIP Seating (Limited)
$20.00 General Seating
Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. His improvised sound is totally new and has popular appeal.
Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, regularly on tour with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, Kliphuis is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator.
He has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy.
He was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award (International), has collaborated with the Richard Strauss Festival and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and is the curator of the Fifty Fiddles Festival, in Rotterdam’s De Doelen concert hall.
“Prodigiously talented, fearsomely fast and fun” 
- Time Out

“Free-flowing, elegant and improvisational in feeling” 

“One of the world's finest fiddlers” 
- County Times

“Playfully inventive and technically brilliant” 
- Scotsman

“The foremost ambassador for the music of Grappelli”
- The Strad Magazine
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
This is a once in a life time show. Peter has had such an unbelievable long successful career and has announced that he will be taking some time off. It is unknown what his intentions will be when he does. We do know that we are very fortunate to be able to bring your the show that may become the biggest event of the year forJewel Box Concerts. Add the magic of Sam Pacetti and you couldn't find a better reason to join us and get your tickets in advance as soon as you can to ensure a seat. 
$40 VIP Seating (Limited)
$30.00 General Seating
(L-R  Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Peter Rowan)
Peter Rowan
Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and band-leader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.
Sam Pacetti

Not much can be said that hasn't already been mentioned about the unique artists that perform Jewel Box Concerts. Sam Pacetti is one who brings it all together. A fingerstyle guitar wizard. A deft songwriter, capable of haunting depth and wry humor in the space of one song. A impassioned and ecstatic vocalist, as well as a mesmerizing live performer, seamlessly melding head-spinning guitar pyrotechnics and raw emotion into one breathtaking package. Sam keeps the bar set high and returns each year reaching new heights. 
"Like all good storytellers, he has a talent for finding poetic, even mystical weight, in seemingly ordinary events".

- Matthew Shaw
First Coast Magazine
"Ten Years ago Sam Pacetti released "Solitary Travel." He won "Best New Artist" at Falcon Ridge. He was 22. Unfortunately, over the past decade he's been hanging more drywall than playing music. The other day while working on future playlists, I put on "Union," the new one with partner Gabriel Valla. Whoa. One song after another, I could not concentrate on my computer screen".

- Jim Blum
Folk Alley Blog
"Enter Sam Pacetti, whose musical stylings and deft fingerpicking have taken the folk music world by storm... his talents and dexterity around the guitar's fretboard have been heralded by critics and fellow musicians alike."

- Martin Bartels
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June TBD 2018

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Some artists make it seem utterly courageous to follow their own muse. Neil Young makes it seem like there's no other choice. For the last 45 years, Young has glanced at his options, shrugged for a moment, and lit off for the place that seemed right. Young has always kept his fans guessing, turning an array of stylistic corners — country twang here, poignant picking there, and a whole lot of blaring guitar rock everywhere between. It doesn't matter if the songs are personal confessions, allusive tales, or bouncy throwaways — since the mid-1960s Young has filled each with immediacy and passion, two hallmarks of a career that has been utterly influential and wildly fun to follow. He's like your weird old uncle — if your uncle were a rock & roll genius.

Shake Rag Culture Center has hand selected a cast of north Florida's finest performers to present another stellar Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center.
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