The Jewel Box Summer Concert Series Continues with the Claire Lynch Band


The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Summer Concerts at the Historic Thomas Center. The next concert in the series is Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Claire Lynch Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Lynch’s career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 1997, 2010 and 2013. 

At the 2014 IBMA Awards, Lynch received the Song of the Year trophy for “Dear Sister,” a song co-written with Louisa Branscomb and title cut of her latest Compass Records release and Recorded Event of the Year for a guest vocal appearance on Special Consensus’ song “Wild Montana Skies” from the album “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver.”

Dolly Parton credits Lynch with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Lynch’s harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by the Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.

Blazing her own trail in the mid ‘70s when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the ‘80s and ‘90s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005, and has consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the USA and beyond.

The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety and genre-defying sophistication of Lynch’s music. The Claire Lynch Band features like-minded musicians blending tradition and innovation including two-time IBMA-winning bassist, clawhammer banjo playing, dancer and percussionist Mark Schatz; soulful mandolinist, guitarist Jarrod Walker and young, string wizard Bryan McDowell, who, at 18 years old, won an unprecedented triple win at the Winfield, Kansas National Flatpicking Championship.

A photograph of the Claire Lynch Band 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. Organic, vegan, gluten-free cuisine is available for purchase from Sarah's Seasonings.

The series is a combination of bluegrass, Americana and folk music from a mixture of multi-Grammy and award-winning performers. The summer series continues every Friday night until July 22 when the Jewel Box Concert season ends. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows are $20 each admission, cash or check only at the door day of the show. The remaining summer concert series lineup features:

  • Friday, July 22: Lonesome River Band

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