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When Gospel Meets Jazz – A Black History Month event

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Lanard Perry and the “Gospel Meets Jazz” band will perform a concert kicking off Black History month to benefit the Pleasant Street Historic Society, an organization formed 35 years ago to preserve, protect and promote the Black History of the Pleasant Street Historic District. Due to the efforts of the PSHS, the Pleasant Street neighborhood was the first in the state of Florida to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places that was a predominately African American neighborhood. The goal of the Society is to renovate the Smith-Griffin House into a Black History Exhibit Museum.

Lanard is uniquely connected to the Smith family since his grandfather, Oscar Perry, and Claronelle Smith Griffin’s father, Virgil Smith, were in a vocal group named the “High Speed Quartet.” They drove around the state of Florida 100 years ago raising money for World War I Liberty Bonds, and other charitable purposes. Lanard continues this tradition by holding concerts with the “Gospel Meets Jazz” band as fundraisers. The high energy concert on February 1st at the historic Thomas Center is not to be missed!

Admission is $20 in advance, or $25 day of show.


February 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Thomas Center
306 NE 6th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601 United States
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