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Jere Flint’s Last Hoorah!

Jere Flint’s Last Hoorah!.


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It’s almost summer time and nothing more evocatively describes this season than the music of Jimmy Buffett. Bring out your multi-hued Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, palm tree topped sombreros, lawn flamingoes and join us on our lawn for care-free “Lounge at the Lagoon” atmosphere. The music is guaranteed to be electrifying. Self-indulge and allow for a late evening sunset to evade all life’s obligations. Let the rhythmical beats remind you of pounding waves under a cerulean sky. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets or reserve tables up front and personal; bring picnics and beverages of choice, cut up some limes and ENJOY this high energy musical extravaganza. Celebrate with the intensity of a Parrot Head and you will find no stranger in sight. It will be an evening to remember. Bring your pineapple and Caribbean state of mind! We are thrilled A1A keeps searching for the lost shaker of salt finding Gainesville on its way.


The Arts Council, Inc. is offering you a chance to find your lost shaker of salt by announcing A1A’s return to our stage on Saturday, June 1st at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center (331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA 30501). Our gates will open at 6:00PM and the concert will start at 8:00PM. Tickets are $18 each plus 7% tax. Tables of 8 can be reserved for $200 each plus tax). We are offering a Caribbean dinner (Jamaican Jerked Chicken, Black Beans and Rice, Mango Salsa, Dessert and Iced Tea) for $10 plus tax. For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit


A1A brings to life a highly energetic, colorful, family friendly, Parrot Head Extravaganza Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. The band has performed exclusively for clients such as Ted Turner, Bill Gates and Microsoft, CNN, NASCAR, Hewlett Packard, The Atlanta Braves, The United States Navy, Bellsouth, AT & T, Georgia Pacific, The Maui Ocean Center, The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Transplant Association, Angel Flight, Delta Com, Team National, The MGM Grand, and many more. You will also be treated to some classic Reggae as well as some original A1A Trop Rock music, all mixed together in one big Caribbean beach party musical gumbo!

A1A was first formed in 1991 by band member Jeff Pike, who had already developed an enormous following in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with his one man, first of its kind tribute to Jimmy Buffett. In 1992 Jeff and A1A won a Margaritaville Records-sponsored Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest. As the first band ever to showcase a high-energy 4-hour concert composed of nothing except Buffett’s best songs spanning every era of his career, A1A became the only Tribute Band personally sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett. While countless other bands have followed in A1A’s wake and cited them as their main inspiration, A1A remains the first and foremost Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. Period!


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When: Friday, July 20, 2012
Where: The Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA
Time: Gates open at 6:00PM; Concert starts at 8:00PM
Cost: $35 adults; $32 seniors (65+); $28 Students; reserved tables of 8 up front $320
What to bring: picnics and beverages of choice, lawn chairs/blankets

The Orchestra’s performances in Gainesville have been nothing short of impressive, making our audiences leap to their collective feet bravo-ing in many elated instances. What makes these performances spectacular is that they are open-air, under the moonlight. Whether it is Shostakovich, Bizet, Wagner, Offenbach or Gershwin, the smooth and flawless string sound, liquid brass and percussion sections, so immaculately realized, never let us down. It is a glamorous amalgam of silk, silver and steel. The warmth and richness of the playing is always exceptional, with every department contributing its share of complex timbres and holding them together in a finely achieved soundscape.

One cannot get past the impressive ease with which these musicians prove that the sound of this Orchestra is simply extraordinary and electrifying, wherever it plays. Nothing is rushed, phrases are carefully rounded off with loving care, and everybody seems to breathe in unison – performers and spectators.


Garrett Keast will be conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Gainesville. His professional conducting career began at New York City Opera where he served as associate conductor for several productions over three seasons. Mr. Keast’s 2012 season includes performances with the Opera National de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, and Oper Bonn with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. Mr. Keast has a deep interest in performing and promoting new music. He is passionate about teaching young people, building audiences for classical music, and developing stimulating programs for the modern symphony orchestra. Garrett Keast lives in Berlin.

Grab your lawn chairs and cozy blankets, picnic baskets, beverages and candles or reserve tables up front and ENJOY the Orchestra’s many layers. Let the music flow effortlessly from one dynamic meter and tempo to another, eloquently and compellingly, carrying you to the edge of the moon. Through the skirt of darkness, catch a glimpse of the stars and the smiling moon, soaking in the sheer exuberance of life! Hearing IS believing!!!


DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Opus 96

GEORGES BIZET Suite No. 1 from Carmen

JACQUES OFFENBACH “Intermezzo and Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann (Tales)

RICHARD WAGNER Overture to Der file gene Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)


LEONARD BERSTEIN Overture to Candide

CHARLES IVES “Country Band” March, S. 36 (for Theater Orchestra)

AARON COPLAND from Rodeo “Saturday Night Waltz” “Hoe-Down”

GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris

YouTube Video of Garrett Keast

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Our summer flowers are in full bloom and our grass is thick and deep green… MOVIES ON THE GREEN and SUMMER MUSICFEST 2012 are here at The Arts Council. This is going to be a summer to remember – we have something for every age group!

June 29, 2012 we proudly present the U.S. ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND – JAZZ GUARDIANS at The Smithgall Arts Center. This is a FREE concert for all. If you would like to enjoy a purchased dinner, catered by The Holbrook of Lake Lanier, on our lawn before the concert please make a reservation. No outside food will be permitted at this event.

Bring in our country’s birthday with a concert and movie July 3, 2012! VERTIGO BAND will perform outdoors followed by a screening of TOP GUN at The Smithgall Arts Center.

Gainesville’s very own superstar Chandler Massey (Days of our Lives fame) will star in 16 LOVE, July 13, 2012! This is a movie for tennis lovers and lovers of innocent romance movies. Of course, it is a sure treat for all fans of Chandler Massey.

July 20, 2012 THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will perform outdoors (rain date July 22) for its 37th season with The Arts Council. This is the perfect date night for all music lovers!


August 3, 2012 we bring you THE SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS!!! Bring your dancing feet and join us for a night of thrilling entertainment.

CASINO NIGHT at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center on August 18, 2012 will offer you a night of exciting games, live and silent auctions, raffles and grand prizes. We will roll out the red carpet and entertain you in style. All proceeds to benefit and aid The Arts Council to enhance, educate and expand public interest in the arts throughout Northeast Georgia.

Dr. Seuss’ masterpiece THE LORAX will screen on August 24, 2012! Travel with us to Thneedville and experience the wonders of animation.

We bring our summer to a close with a tribute to our local schools – public and private. The Arts Council is hosting an ARTS IN SCHOOLS BENEFIT FESTIVAL, on our lawn, September 15, 2012. Proceeds from this festival will directly benefit participating schools. We encourage every school to take this opportunity to raise funds for itself! This will be a fun filled day for the entire family.

For more information on The Arts Council, ticket sales and events call 770.534.2787 or visit us on the web at

For all our outdoor events you are welcome to bring your lawn chairs and blankets or reserve tables of 8 up front and personal! Most events permit picnics and beverages of choice. Call 770.534.2787 for details.


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The Arts Council announces its line-up for the summer! We have a variety of entertainment for ALL ages! Come enjoy this summer at The Arts Council – bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics or reserve tables up close and personal – make this summer memorable; share the joys of music and movies with your family.

Feeling patriotic??? The Arts Council is bringing The U.S. Army Grounded Forces Band – Jazz Guardians to you for FREE June 29th.

Looking for a great way to bring in our country’s birthday – July 3rd we bring you live music by VERTIGO and a screening of TOP GUN!!!

Teen girls and tennis enthusiasts keep a look out for the screening of 16 LOVE, July 13th, starring local heart throb CHANDLER MASSEY!

Music Lovers, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra comes to Gainesville for its 37th season with The Arts Council July 20th. A perfect date night under the stars!

If it’s dancing you love, wear your most comfortable shoes and come watch The Swingin’ Medallions on August 3rd.

Our little friends we have much to offer you too. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked will be screened on a huge outdoor, inflatable screen as will The Lorax (and our other Movies on the Green). Always remember, our gated green lawn loves your little feet enjoying it – we will have lots of pre-movie activities just for you!

All our events are family friendly!!!

P.S. Like our new LOGO?

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Face painting, turtles, juicy hotdogs, slithering snakes, ballerinas, arts and crafts, butterflies, music, balloons, candy and loads of people – all have something in common! They were all present at the 16th Annual Butterfly Release presented by Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways at Wilshire Trails Park. Giggling children, happy feet, the distinct and friendly voice of WDUN’s Bill Maine…all made for a terrific way to bring in the start of summer vacation. Were you there??? We certainly were!!! Parents and children excitedly discussed The Arts Council’s upcoming Summer MusicFest and Movies on the Green. “Y’all are screening Top Gun on your lawn,” gleefully squealed a starry eyed teenage girl. “I love Tom Cruise!” Another was excited by The Lorax. Young dads, wishfully reminiscing college frat days cheered when they saw The Swingin’ Medallions on our summer calendar while moms are excited about date night with The Atlanta Symphony under the stars! This promises to be one hot, fun-filled summer for all!!!

The Arts Council’s booth. How many artists do you recognize?

People eagerly awaiting an envelope with a Painted Lady Butterfly in it to release. Spot yourself or a friend?

Beautiful art work found all along the trail

No community event is complete without the presence of WDUN. Bill Maine where are you?

A young boy excited to see the beautiful butterfly in his envelope take flight

Captain Conservation (Gainesville Public Utilities Department) whose special message and water saving tips were a huge hit with the children! Did you get to sign the water barrel?

Ballerinas from Gainesville School of Ballet dressed for the occasion. This is the regional dance company responsible for bringing the wonderful holiday tradition of the Nutcracker to Gainesville each year!

Little boy swaying to some wonderful summertime music played by WDUN. May I have this dance, please?

A Painted Lady Butterfly about to spread its wings. Just imagine 1500 of them in the park – a sight to remember!

We will be back with the butterflies at next year’s event!!!

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Buy Local, Give Local, Live Local

The Arts Council salutes its affiliates for producing high quality entertainment and events for our wonderful community. To showcase a few scroll down to see some upcoming performances and events for the ENTIRE FAMILY:

Main Street Gainesville presents The Spring Chicken Festival & Parade

 April 28 9am-4pm in Downtown Gainesville



Gainesville Ballet Company 

Dancing at Dusk

One of our newest affiliates:  Fifth Row Center


Memorial Day Concert, May 28, 2012 at 7:30pm at First Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA


Come celebrate our great nation and its heroes!


The Arts Council presents Northeast Georgia resident The Larry Barker in a quartet as the last performance in the Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series 2012!


The Larry Barker Quartet will perform at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center

Saturday May 19, 2012 at 8pm

Go to our website to purchase tickets or call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787


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