The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center Tuesday, Dec. 20 featuring The Currys. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door day of the show (cash or check only) or presale tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2713514. This holiday performance showcases the release of The Currys new album, “West of Here.”
Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana trio featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen Curry. Like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. On their second record, “West of Here,” their songwriting chops match those interlocking voices, with all three members contributing songs to an album that deals with the constant search for home.
This album is one that was born on the road. Following the release of the band’s official debut, “Follow,” The Currys packed up their van and spent nearly two years on tour, playing everywhere from Los Angeles to New York to the Florida panhandle. Performing and traveling together on a daily basis tightened the trio’s melody-driven sound - a sound captured by producers Chris Keup and Stewart Myers (Lifehouse, Jason Mraz) on “West of Here” - but it also left them feeling adrift. Tommy and Jimmy had grown up in the Sunshine State, and Galen in upstate New York. After college, they all relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia to record and release “Follow.” The trio found themselves hopping between the basement couches of friends and relatives as they drove around the country for months at a time, trying to figure out where they might like to plant their own roots.
The Currys played their first songs together as teenage boys, swapping tunes during family reunions in the Florida panhandle. “West of Here” pays tribute to that history, while simultaneously pushing the band forward, with one foot in the folksy sound of The Currys’ early writing and the other pointing toward something new. As its title suggests, “West of Here” is the sound of a band on the move.
Videos of some of the songs on their new album can be viewed on The Currys’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCurrysMusic. A photo of The Currys can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gainesville/31371597000.
Along with the music, an incredible dinner from Radha's Kitchen will be available including lasagna, butternut squash soup, dinner or side salad, veggie burger, eggless egg salad and desserts. All entrees are $5.00 or less.
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 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 Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-393-8532, or contact Joseph Saccocci, vice president Shakerag Culture Center, Inc. at email@example.com or 352-373-5514.