The Next Jewel Box Concert features an intimate evening with HuDost and Special Guests Christie Lenée and George Tortorelli


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, Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. featuring HuDost, a neo-folk world rock ensemble, and specials guests Christie Lenée and George Tortorelli. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online before the event for $18 (credit cards only) at, or are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

HuDost, the neo-folk world rock ensemble, hails from Montreal and Kentucky. Their collaborations include artists Ani DiFranco, Jon Anderson of Yes, Joan Osborne and the California Guitar Trio. They will be joined by special guest Christie Lenée, whose most recent album “Live at Hideaway Cafe” was a finalist for the Indie Acoustic Project Awards’ Best CD of 2014. Lenée has often performed with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin and Stanley Jordan. Gainesville native George Tortorelli will also join the cast. Tortorelli is a master bamboo flute designer and player who has appeared with Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Richie Havens and Pat Metheny.

The music of HuDost has been said to, “weave a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating that nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts.” HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the USA, Canada and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, traveled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. In this time, Sommer and Hines have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family, with their son being brought into the world in 2013.

HuDost’s highlight performances include Bonnaroo, being the resident band at FloydFest, World Café Live, Blissfest, Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, the Salvador Dali Museum, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, the Annenberg Center for  the Performing Arts, headlining the Islands Folk Fest (Vancouver),  WoodSongs at the Kentucky Theater (on PBS), Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Music City Roots, Tim Robbins’ WTF?! Festival and many more. 

A sample of HuDost's music can be heard online at
A sample of Christie Lenée's music can be heard online at
A sample of George Tortorelli's music can be heard online at
The entire Jewel Box Concert season lineup can be viewed online at
A photograph of HuDost can be viewed at

Guests are welcome to bring their favorite beer or wine, and an attendant will tend their bottle. Plastic glasses will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own glassware as well. Authentic organic vegan gluten free cuisine is available for purchase from Sarah's Seasonings.

In its second season, 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 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 Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville, Florida. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532, or contact Joseph Saccocci, vice president of Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., at