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A celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month occurs every Friday night in June at the Bo Diddley Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. Inspired by the dream of late local musicians Richard Baxter and Roland Burns, African-American Music Appreciation Month has been celebrated in Gainesville since 1998.

The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center announce the opening of The View from Paradise – The Paintings of Alyne Harrisat the Historic Thomas Center in The Doris Bardon Gallery Friday, May 25. An opening reception to honor the artist will take place from 7-10 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/16/2018

The Gainesville Big Band kicks off the Memorial Day weekend at “Free Fridays” on Friday, May 25.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/9/2018

The “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents a tribute to the music of Jackson Browne Friday, May 18 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents the Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie as part of the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, May 11 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater, and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
4/25/2018

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department announces the highly anticipated 2018 “Free Fridays” season concert schedule. The public is invited to join us for our annual series of free, family-friendly concerts at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., welcomes Grammy Award winning musician Peter Rowan to the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center to be held Thursday, May 3. Opening for Rowan is singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Sam Pacetti. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $30, and VIP seating is $40 at the door. Seating is limited, but tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.evansmediasource.com.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., welcomes Tim Kliphuis and his accompaniment Alfonso Ponticelli​, to the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center to be held Wednesday, April​ 11.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/7/2018

The Gainesville Woman's Club (GWC) is hosting a special concert featuring the University of Florida Jazz Band with trumpeter Scott Wilson Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m. at the Gainesville Woman’s Club, located at 2809 W. University Ave. This event is a GWC signature project, which will benefit the community and the Gainesville Arts and Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the GAP Foundation for future park improvements at the Northeast 31st Avenue Park. The park is in need of substantial upgrades to its playground and tennis and basketball courts, as well as new features such as picnic pavilions and walking paths. Research shows that children benefit greatly from outdoor play and being in nature. Parks give children the opportunity to appreciate and interact with the natural world around them and to play outside.

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