Bring a canned food donation for the City of Norcross "Can Do" Campaign for the Norcross Co-Op. Donations can be dropped off near the stage. Please do not place out blankets or chairs prior to Friday morning in Thrasher Park.
Jazz at its best will be taking over Betty Mauldin Park late summer thru early fall from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Local eateries are jazzing things up with some delish chef specials to-go that make it a perfect date night or girl’s night out. During the band breaks, take an easy stroll and check out the deals in our downtown shops! Bring chairs, a cooler (no glass, please) and come chill.
With an incomparable sound, Eric Thomas has captivated and electrified audiences all over. Based in Atlanta, GA and a graduate of Georgia State University, Eric has performed at various shows and events from Bermuda to California and everywhere in between. In every city Eric has played, he left the audience with only one question, “When is he coming back?”
Born in Miami FL, raised in Riverside, CA, Eric engages listeners with such intimate delivery of his music. His distinctive tonal quality in addition with his soulful bends allow you to not only hear his story through his playing, but you also feel the experiences and passion linked to his music. Eric possesses the rare ability to make any musical composition sound riveting and paramount.
Serious about his musicianship combined with an engaging sense of creativity, this multi-talented Saxophonist approaches the art of Jazz by fusing it with other genres and elements of music, the exploration of various time signatures, and unique textures of sound. Eric says, “I’m just a cat trying to join this conversation of Jazz. I am trying to develop my voice and a sound that inspires people and changes lives.”
Living by one principle – don’t fake it – in music, Eric only pulls from real life experiences and manages to find inspiration in the simplest mediums of sound and silence. Motivating moments in time are the key ingredients for capturing harmonic rhythms, melodic beats, and the overall soul that goes into Eric’s music.
Through unique composition, years of life experience manifests through the song selections on his debut CD, “Take it Easy”. “Take it Easy” is a collection of arrangements that reflect a new era of Jazz – a touch of Hip Hop draped with a dash of Soul. “Take it Easy” was released in June 2011 and is a must-have CD for jazz lovers all over the world.
The art of cool has been wayward since the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. As represented by these legends of jazz, cool is a state of mind, an attitude of confidence and strength in one’s craft. Jazz artist Tony Hightower encompasses a new age cool that is part homage and part regeneration. Being not only an admirer but a student of the genre, Hightower’s passion and direct connection to jazz music allows him the advantage of properly emulating the timelessness of the classics without the kitsch while still injecting his own interpretations.
His latest release, The New Standard, is a nod to the sounds of big band and vocal jazz, a sonic bridge between contemporary and purist forms. A project he has long desired to tackle, Hightower’s approach to The New Standard is all about maintaining the integrity of jazz’s deep, expansive and historical roots: neat vocal styling, multipiece instrumentation, scat and swing elements. Enlisting The HC3 and The Good Time Brass Band, Hightower reinterprets four popular songs and arranges six original recordings, blurring the line between modern and classic.
Tony Hightower was immersed in multiple forms of music as a child. The son of prominent jazz vocalist Theresa Hightower, his experiences with music, jazz in particular, were ingrained in his upbringing. Regularly witnessing not only his mother perform but a wide range of talented artists helped shape his own penchants for singing and arranging.Hightower’s inherent musical expertise spans genres, allowing him opportunities to create with such talents as Lionel Ritchie, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Outkast, Dottie Peoples, Charlie Wilson and a roster of other artists and producers. Critically acclaimed musicians Freddy Cole and Wycliffe Gordon have both acknowledged Hightower’s ingenuity in regards to The New Standard, with Cole providing musical guidance throughout the conception while Gordon praised the project as a “great recording.” However, accolades for this album don’t stop there; The New Standard received a nomination, amongst veterans and major label-backed artists, as a candidate for the Grammy’s 2015 Best Jazz Vocal Album. Although the candidacy did not manifest into an official nomination, this high achievement further validates the authenticity of Hightower’s purist jazz vision.
The bare honesty in Tony Hightower’s works emit not only through his albums but also in his performances. Speaking on the live experience, he reflects, “Performing live is like a conversation, a conference call; the musicians are having a conversation on stage and then having a conversation with the audience. I enjoy the connection I’m able to have with the [listeners].” With only his passion and vocals on stage, along with the assistance of his band, Hightower confidently shares his labor of love and his respect for the cool.
Gabbie McGee’s voice is as rich as the Mississippi Delta soil she proudly calls home! Currently residing in Atlanta, GA for the last 15 years, Gabbie has been honing her skills as a vocalist and building her resume as a music industry professional.
With two successful independent albums under her belt (Certified Soul, 2005 & Mississippi’s Daughter, 2010), BMI Independent Songwriter’s Recognition for her song “Mississippi’s Daughter”, The 2014 Belk Modern Southern Music Award, the 2014 Mississippi Arts Council Artist of Year Award, a cameo appearance in the 2015 Emmy Award Winning HBO feature film “Bessie” starring Recoding Artist and Star of Stage and Screen Queen Latifah, Gabbie McGee is earning her place among this generation’s young Jazz elite! Building her career by using the blueprint of Jazz heroines Dianne Reeves and fellow Mississippian Cassandra Wilson, Gabbie embarked on her first independent tour this summer (2015); placing her in front of thousands of jazz enthusiast and landing her on historic stages like the E.E. Bass Auditorium in her hometown of Greenville, Mississippi, The Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina, The Historic 4th Street Jazz Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, the Los Angeles, California Jazz & Art Festival and the famed Blues Alley Jazz Club in Washington, D.C.
Heralded by Talkshow Host, Author and Celebrated Comedian Steve Harvey as one of the best singer to ever stand on his stage, listeners, fans and followers appreciate Gabbie’s fresh take on jazz standards as well the passionate approach she takes in presenting her original works.
Start your weekend right with concerts in Norcross on the first Friday of every month!
First Friday of the Month (Jan-April and October-December)
7 - 9 p.m.
Norcross Community Center
10 College Street
Norcross, GA 30071
Reserve your Seat by calling 678-421-2049. Enjoy your evening by bringing your own food and favorite beverages! For a perfect evening, order dinner to go from one of the great downtown Norcross restaurants.
Holiday Show with The Rainmen
This show will combine a mix of holiday tunes and rock music by The Rainmen. The band has been playing together as a group for over a decade now. Its’ members came together to play the kind of upbeat, danceable, and fun rock n roll that they all loved and wanted to play. The audience response indicates that the idea is working quite well. Crowds continue to grow at Rainmen shows. The band likes to bring in special guests from the many musicians they have friendships with in the music industry and will be doing so in the Holiday Show.
The Legacy Band
Rock and Old School R&B band taking cover music and re-arranging the music to their own style! Legacy has had the opportunity to open up for many National Grammy winning artists including the Carlos Santana Band.
http://thelegacy-band.com/videos/midnight- star-concert- 2015
Michael and Jennifer McLain Band
See their Facebook page with music clips…
Bluegrass performers, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up touring and performing in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, The Nashville Network, Country Music Television, RFD Television, National Public Radio, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.
The Rat Pack
Who needs to go to Vegas anymore? These talented performers draw you in to themselves and their love of a spectacular era of music and entertainment with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
http://www.atlantaspecialevents.com/corporate-event- entertainment/the-rat- pack-show- tribute/
The Breeze Kings
Voted best of Atlanta Blues by Creative Loafing, and our audience agrees. So well received last year, we’re bringing them back. The Breeze Kings have performed performed over 150 shows per year since 1997. They currently perform regularly at over 40 clubs in Georgia and all over the southeast. A don’t miss show!
Visit their You Tube channel to experience some of their performances at
Ph.D. Jazz Band
Ph.D.Jazz Band is composed of talented,musicians with more than 30 years of combined experience. The band specializes in traditional, contemporary (smooth jazz) as well as R&B dance music. Gospel music is also a specialty.