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City of Akron

Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival Presents:

Norman Brown

with Hubb's Groove

 

City of Akron

Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival Presents:

Norman Brown

with Hubb's Groove
Saturday Sep. 10, 2022 at 8:00pm
Akron Civic Theatre

“A culmination of Jimi Hendrix and George Benson with some of Wes Montgomery thrown in.”
- JazzTimes Magazine

The joy that emanates from guitarist Norman Brown while he is playing is palpable. The guitar is simply an extension of him. The multi-platinum selling and chart-topping musician is an artist who is truly in service of the music with the goal to be a force for positivity. “I wish to be of service to my fellowmen as I journey through life,” he explains. “I look upon my work as an opportunity to be overcome with joy and to make the most of it. I want to inspire others to search inside themselves for the silver lining. We all have an opportunity to grow in gratitude for our lives and the blessings we have.” A dedicated meditation and Tai Chi practitioner, Brown confides that there are definite parallels between his practice of the aforementioned Ancient Art and his music. Brown reveals that it comes down to one thing - “balance.” With all of the accolades that Norman Brown has amassed the past three decades, including Grammy and Soul Train Music Awards, he has stayed the course for one reason. “Knowing that I’ve been commissioned by the Most High to channel a message of inspiration and motivation, brings me happiness,” he states.

The Atlanta-based musician’s love affair with the guitar began at age eight. Watching his older brother play, Norman was drawn to the energy radiating from what he now calls his “Spirit Catcher,” the strings on the guitar. Waiting for his brother Roy Brown Jr., “Popsicle” to leave, Norman couldn’t wait to get his hands on his six string carefully stored in the closet. Luckily for us, Brown’s love affair with the guitar is still going strong. His technical wizardry, genre-bending facility, soulful finesse, and charisma, have made him one of the most sought-after internationally renowned musicians in Contemporary Jazz. Just ask his devoted
and loyal fan base affectionately dubbed ‘Normantics.’

A musician’s musician, Brown has collaborated with everyone from George Benson, Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, and Miki Howard, to Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Peabo Bryson, and Chanté Moore, to name a few. Shanachie Entertainment VP of Jazz A&R, Danny Weiss, states, “At the risk of being blasphemous, Norman is the true successor to Wes Montgomery and George Benson. Like them, he's a jazz musician of the highest order, but you hardly notice because you're having so much fun listening to him.” At the core of Brown’s life and work are the 11 laws of God, the principles of universal law and wisdom from the Ancient Egyptian Spiritual Studies, The Ausar Auset Initiation System, "The Paut Neteru Of Anu," The Tree of Life, which focuses
on peace, harmonious unification, wisdom, spirit power, order and truth, balance, justice, free will, creativity, thoughts and morality, manifestation and devotion for divine earthly living.

The Akron Civic Theatre thanks these
foundations and corporations for their support:

Knight Foundation
GAR
PNC Bank
Akron Community Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Peg's Foundation
Corbin Foundation
Lehner Family Foundation
Thomas & Lisa Mandel Family Fund
Akron Civic Commons
Huntington National Bank
City of Akron
Welty
County of Summit
ICF Foundation
Orr Family Foundation
Thomarios
Akron Civic Theatre Women's Guild
DFA
Knox Marketing
Sisler McFawn Foundation
Ohio & Erie Canalway
Synthomer Foundation
FirstEnergy Foundation
Burton D Morgan Foundation
Dominion Energy
M G O'Neil Foundation
Wayside
Roetzel
GPD Group
Printing Concepts
Vorys
Calhoun Charitable Trust
Akron Childrens Hospital
Greer Family Foundation
GOLO
Harwick Standard
Steere Enterprises
Hilton Garden Inn
Northern Ohio Golf Charities
Sattler Machine Products
The Berroteran Group
Cohen & Company
DAP
Ernst & Young
Feth Family Foundation
Great Lakes Honda
Greater Akron Chamber
Leaf
Malco Products
Maynard Family Foundation
McAfee Tool and Die
Metis Construction Services
Metro RTA Akron
Nova Title Agency
Oriana House
Rubber City Arches - McDonald's
S.A. Comunale
State & Federal Communications
Stifel
Summa Health
SummaCare
United Way of Summit and Medina
The University of Akron
Wichert Insurance
Fed Ex Custom Critical
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Summerville
Gay Community
Acme Fresh Market
Advanced Insurance Designs
Akron Summit CVB
Baird
BFG Federal Credit Union
Crystal Dental Lab
First National Bank
Fifth Third
Lake Erie Electric
MS Consultants
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