Wilberts: (Norman & The Guys opening up for
Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers!!!) New club Downtown
Cleveland across from "The Jake" (Jacob's Field)
9 p.m. - 1 p.m. - Fri.
Full house, love that! Norman said he was excited to be
opening for blues legend Jimmy Thackery. He said he
talked to Thackery and said he was gonna kick
everybody's ass. "Boilermaker" started the festivities
off on the right note. A powerful version of "Rock N'
Roll City" followed. "Mr. Right Now" put a smile on
everybody's face as did "Who Dat, Do Dat". A rockin'
version of "End Of The Line" shook the house. Norman
then called longtime Thackery drummer, Mark Stutso to
the stage. The lazy bar room shuffle, "Down To MY Last
Million Tears" gave Stutso room to soul shout.
"Victoria's Secret" flat out rocked the house. Then
Stutso crooned the Otis Redding sounding tune "You Go
Your Way". Hey! This guy Mark Stutso sings his ass off!
An old classic cover song "Work Together" kept things
rollin'. Stutso then crooned the ballad "Three Times
Your Fool" and left no doubt that soul music is alive
and well. The set closed out with Norman, Whitey & Harry
singing background vocals to straight up rocker
"Heartbreak Shake". Very cool gig tonight and a great
way to open a Jimmy Thackery show!
Billy's Road House:
10150 Old Perry Hwy
Wexford, PA 15090
9:00 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Sat.
Norman started off nice n' easy tonight. It was like he
was tryin' to get the audience comfortable before he
whipped the whole hammer out and that's the way it came
down because by the end of the night it was ragin'!"You
Go Your Way", "Million Tears", "Over, Said & Down" and
"Sick N Tired" all stood out in the first set. The
second set rocked way hard. "Wild Yonder Blues" soared,
as did "Burnin' Up". The last set started with an old
Pittsburgh rock n roll classic "Easy Money". Norman
then turned bassist Harry Bottoms loose for two lead
vocals..."Pots N Pans" and "King Of The Road" which both
got serious rounds of applause. Pittsburgh rock n roll
in the burbs...Love it!
Moondog's: 378 Freeport Rd, Blawnox, PA (412)
10:00 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Fri.
Hockey Hall of Famer, Mike Lange was in the club all
night. Kenny Neal badass blues man performed tonight
doing an early 8 o'clock show. Kenny was still on stage
at 10:15 just rippin' up the joint! Norman didn't get on
until 11 o'clock. He immediately banged out
"Boilermaker" and went straight into "Rock n Roll City"
which he followed up with a great version of new song
"Graceland". At this point, Nardini called Kenny Neal
back up to the stage. Kenny sang a great up tempo
version of the old classic "Big Boss Man". You could see
Whitey and Harry smile as they banged out the rhythm
while Kenny sang and played harp. Then the guys backed
up Kenny on a very soulful version of "I'm A Man".
Louisiana Blues meets Pittsburgh Rock N' Roll! It was
quite a sight to see and hear! Norman's set lasted 2 1/2
hours. Manful indeed!
555 W High St,
Waynesburg, PA 15370
10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sat.
Tonight just sounded good. You could really appreciate
the rhythm section of Whitey Cooper and Harry Bottoms
this evening. They both just seemed to exude power and
confidence. Norman sent out the song "Shackin' Up" to
Bobby Moore, an old friend in the audience. The second
set started with "Nightclub" straight into "Loverboy"
(Norman doesn't play "Loverboy" enough). New song "Wild
Yonder Blues" gave Norman a chance to blow some serious
slide guitar. Two local singers got up, each to sing a
cool cover song. Dave, sang Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed
Girl", Larry, did the Stones' "Dead Flowers". Both guys
did a good job and gave Norman a chance to just play
guitar. Great show tonight. The boys from the burgh did
VFW Turtle Creek: Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post
207, 912 Penn Ave, Turtle Creek, PA 15145 (412) 823-3260
10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Fri.
Valentine's Day Part
party! This is always a great party with lots of great
food, booze and Norm & The Guys Rockin' The Night away!
"Lazy Bones" and "Looks Are Deceivin'" got it
all started. "Minimum Wage" found that good rockin'
groove. During the first set, a lot of the guys were
dancing with a blow up doll. It was pretty weird. The
newer songs sounded great tonight, especially "Shackin'
Up" & "Wild Yonder Blues". Norman sent out "Bow Legged
Woman" to his sister Ann. Whitey Cooper sounded great
tonight singin' "My Girl", "Shama Lama Ding Dong" and
"Mustang Sally". The second set ended up with the Rat
Man jumpin' up on stage and singin' "Wild Thing". He
ended up in his shorts on top of a table with a top hat
and cane...kinda like an x-rated Fred Astaire. Not
Moondog's: 378 Freeport Rd, Blawnox, PA (412)
10:00 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Thurs.
Slow night but Norman and the guys made the most of it.
The guys played a lot of different songs. An old Norman
song showed up big "Latin Shuffle" hadn't been played in
quite a while. Old friend, Chuck Kohler got up and sang
a couple songs including an old song called "A Man In
Love". Harry sang Roger Miller's "King Of The Road" and
got a great round of applause. New Norman songs "Shakin'
Up" and "Wild Yonder Blues" sounded great tonight. Award
winning club owner Ron "Moondog" Esser got up and sang
some good ole fashioned country music.
February 9 -
Tangled Up In Blues Presents!!!!
The SUPER BOWL of
BLUES at The
Cellar in Struthers Ohio with Norm as special guest
opening show for San Francisco Blues Man Tommy Castro
-162 S. Bridge Street - Struthers, Ohio Phone (330) 750
- 0199 Also see
The Cellar Official site for more info!
8:00 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Wed.
Big PA, packed house and the hottest show in town!
Cornel & Casey from the Wolf CD 93.3 FM Youngstown, OH
got up and got the crowd goin'. "Boilermaker", "White
Trash Tragedy", "Rock n Roll City" , "Graceland" and the
joint was rockin! Norman pulled out a slide and did "End
Of The Line" and "Down to My Last Million Tears". Whitey
and Harry were both drivin' so hard you could feel the
power. Norman then dedicated a seldom played tune
"Minimum Wage" to Cornel. "Send You Back" and "Smoke Two
Joints" closed out a serious set. Tommy Castro took the
stage and did his thing. He really put on quite a show.
For his encore he brought Norman up to jam on three or
four tunes. It was a real treat hearin' Norman and Tommy
tradin' licks. The good rockin' fans of Youngstown got
all they bargained for tonight. Magic was in the air.
876 E Midlothian Blvd
Youngstown, OH 44502
9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Tues.
A Cleveland band,
Colin Dussault's Blues Project was on stage when we
arrived and the club was packed. Cornel Bogdan of Wolf
Radio CD93.3 in Youngstown, Ohio kept the crowd busy
during the stage change over. His insane banter got
everyone ready for Norman. There was no pussy-footin'
around tonight. It all came tumblin' down. The Manful
Pittsburgh rock n roll poured off the stage touching
these Ohio rock n blues fans in their hearts. "Burnin'
Up" stood out in the first set as did "That Ain't Gonna
Happen". "Smoke Two Joints" closed out the first set.
The second set was a more intimate affair with a lot of