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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., is pleased to once again welcome The Currys to the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center on Tuesday, Dec. 19.  The Currys’ show will feature a unique mix of originals, along with special renditions holiday favorites.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $20, and VIP seating is $30 at the door. Seating is limited. and tickets may be purchased in advance online at

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Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 36th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), the festival draws a crowd of 90,000 visitors each year. On Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy live music and sample international cuisine.

The soulful sound of blues will usher in the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend Friday, Nov. 10 with a free Downtown Blues Concert on the Bo Diddley Plaza from 7-10 p.m. The North Central Florida Blues Society is pleased to announce an evening under the stars featuring three incredible blues performances.

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The University of Florida’s World Music Ensembles present a “Free Fridays” concert at the Bo Diddley Plaza Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.  The event features student and faculty musicians and dancers from UF’s College of the Arts. The lively evening of music and dance also features a guest appearance by internationally-renowned Brazilian percussionist Renato Martins.

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GramFest, the annual concert tribute to the life and music of country rocker Gram Parsons, joins the “Free Fridays” concert lineup Friday, Oct. 13 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. Parsons was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist, and is considered to be the father of the country-rock music genre. He was a member of The International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Parsons is also known for teaming up with country star Emmylou Harris on recordings and duets, as well as performing as a solo artist. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him no. 87 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. During his short life, Parsons was considered a cult figure whose songwriting and musical style influenced many groups of his era including such notables as The Rolling Stones. According to longtime GramFest organizer Mick Marino, “Gram was the first artist to blend real country music with rock and roll and rhythm and blues. He was a real innovator.” Parsons died in 1973 of a drug overdose at the age of 26.

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Local musicians Tony McMahon, Mark Miale and friends have put together a special tribute concert celebrating the music of two of the world’s greatest electric guitarists, Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale. This tribute plays at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Oct. 6 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza.

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The “Free Fridays” Concert Series and the Gainesville Latino Film Festival (GLFF) have partnered to bring the Gainesville community a “Night in El Barrio” with Latin music played by the JP Latin Allstars Friday, Sept. 29 from 8-10 p.m.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting Wild Blue Yonder at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 22.

The Thomas Center Galleries, in conjunction with the Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, announce a weekend of activities as part of the “Year of Cross Creek,” which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the publication of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ “Cross Creek” and “Cross Creek Cookery.” This weekend of free activities includes an evening of social dance, an afternoon of fun and folksy entertainment and a concert inspired by Rawlings’ work. All three events will feature the music of virtuoso mandolin player Sam Bartlett and violin player and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer. These events are being held in anticipation of the Sept. 29 opening of the Thomas Center Galleries’ newest exhibition CROSS CREEK RISING The Consciousness of Land and Water.

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