The Jewel Box Summer Concert Series Concludes with Lonesome River Band


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the final Jewel Box Summer Concert at the Historic Thomas Center. The summer series concludes Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Lonesome River 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).

Lonesome River Band’s enduring career includes 17 albums, three of which were released in 2012 in celebration of the group’s 30th anniversary. The band received the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for their song “Angeline the Baker ” from their “Chronology Volume One” album, along with Sammy Shelor taking home his fifth win as the 2012 IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year.

Lonesome River Band has received more than 40 other various awards, including awards from IBMA for Album of the Year, along with numerous awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) being named Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Shelor as Banjo Player of the Year.

Sammy Shelor received the Second Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. In honor of this award, Lonesome River Band, with special guest Steve Martin, made an appearance and performed on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

The band is celebrating their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album, “Turn On a Dime,” released on Mountain Home Music Company. This long-awaited project includes numerous chart songs, including the hit “Her Love Won’t Turn On a Dime,” which reached the no. one spot seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20.

For more than 30 years, Lonesome River Band continues to set the standard in the bluegrass music world. Whether performing on the famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major concert events and festivals, their loyal fans continue to support one of the most loved and most influential acts of our time.

Photographs of the Lonesome River 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.

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