Where’s the party? At the High Dive, haven’t you heard?
This Sunday, July 23 at the High Dive, The Norman Jackson Band comes to town! International Blues Challenge 3rd place finalist in 2016, these guys put on a fantastic show. You are guaranteed a good time, these guys have been getting rave reviews all over the country – now they come to Florida for the first time ever, and the Gainesville stop will be the only North or Central Florida chance to see them.
The band is led by Norman Jackson, who was born in Canton, Ohio, but raised in Detroit and the south side of Chicago. They are a truly original and unique act that promises to not just play the finest and most genuine Blues you’ll ever hear but also transcend what a “band” does by thoroughly entertaining the audience. Norman’s true and entertaining storytelling is paired by his young apprentice and saxophonist Rick Shortt’s energy and showmanship.
Norman has lived the Blues and as he says, “By the time I’m done singing about me, you’ll leave here feeling good”! Years of struggles with addiction and life’s challenges penned his long and winding journey. He is proudly sober for 10 years and loves to spread the word to young people that they can reach their dreams by being sober and living for true happiness. Jackson is the true article that has become nearly extinct today. The magic of his voice, his thoughtful yet hilarious storytelling through song and his powerful grooving guitar are unlike any you’ve ever heard. There is only one Norman Jackson and you’ll never forget him or his amazing voice.
$15 General admission/$8 NCFBS members.
Root Redemption (Alan Yeatter, Gus Olmos, Rick Wagner, and Mark Armbrecht) opens the show.
And next Thursday, July 27 at Satchel’s: The NCFBS Acoustic Blues Open Mic. The North Central Florida Blues Society acoustic Blues open mic is held on the last Thursday of every month at Satchel’s Pizza (1800 NE 23rd Ave) in Gainesville. Open mic will start at 6pm and run until 9pm. Bring your acoustic instruments and a few songs and join us! Leave those amps at home and join us! Slots usually fill up quick so be sure to arrive early. No cover charge! Sign up for a three or four song slot (depending on attendance), and PLAY THE BLUES!!!!!