Either music has it, or it doesn't.
We don't know what it is, or what to call it, but we know it when we feel it. And that's it.
Norman Frank and the Ghost Dance are all about - if not ONLY about - that feeling, and they've got it in spades. They're all about what's universal, what's direct, and what speaks loud and clear in any musical language, in EVERY musical language. Some call it Soul, some call it Blues, some call it Jazz, and some just call it a groove. But it's not about what it's called anymore, or where it's from. It's about Imagination and dialogue now. Like imagining that Stevie Wonder might have something to say to George Harrison via piano. That Ravi Shankar and Ray Charles might decide to play on the front porch, and maybe invite John Coltrane. That Howlin' Wolf might write the lyrics to Van Morrison's new melody, and Fela Kuti would bring the orchestra. After all...wouldn't the great ones all agree on The Feeling? Why shouldn't we?
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Norman Frank (Norm to his friends) began a life's work of music-making as a teenage saxophonist, sitting in with the city's finest Blues and Jazz artists. He received his tutelage from the likes of Eddie Tigner, The Breeze Kings, Oliver Wood, Gary Motley, and the late Sean Costello. A natural multi-instrumentalist, Norm quickly discovered that he could play twice as often if he brought twice the sound. Gigs on guitar, clarinet, piano, and even the occasional sitar were soon to follow, along with appearances at Bonnaroo, the Bear Creek Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest. After a brief residence in New York City, it was an easy transition to begin touring and recording full-time as a sideman with some of the South's most active and entertaining bands: Cadillac Jones, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, and with members of the Zac Brown Band to name a few. But the life of a sideman was just never enough; There was just too much ground to be discovered and too much to say. In 2011, Norm decided to step into the spotlight, writing and singing his own material.
Tyler Neal, 23, is a guitarist/singer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Tyler is a dynamically multitalented musician as a guitarist, drummer, singer, bandleader, songwriter and arranger. He and his band consist of world-class musicians who have traveled the world playing music with the best in the business. They bring passionate energy to every live performance and are well versed in many musical styles be it blues, soul, folk, funk, gospel, rnb, jazz, and other styles. Not only has Tyler played at some of the best live music clubs and festivals in the southeast (including the famous Cox Capitol Theater (GA), Muscle Shoals Champy's Chicken (AL), Buckhead Theater (GA), Bradfordville Blues Club (FL), Asheville Music Hall (NC), Lafayette's Music Room (TN), Blind Willie’s Blues Club (GA), Northside Tavern (GA), Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival (GA), Inman Park Music & Art Festival (GA), CukoRakko Music & Art Festival (AL)), but has played alongside and befriended members of the Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company, Derek Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi Band, Dumpstafunk, Beyoncé Knowles' live band, Col Bruce Hampton, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon, Randall Bramlett, Royal Southern Brotherhood, the Nth Power, Jeff Sipe Trio, AJ Ghent Band, Delta Moon, Donna and the Buffalo and many more. In addition to his performances with his band, Tyler is a fulltime member of legendary Col. Bruce Hampton’s current band, “Col. Bruce Hampton and the Madrid Express”. Tyler’s live shows are heart-moving and consist of his original music as well as timeless classics of American music. He is an old soul who has been called among the "next generation" of great musicians out of Atlanta.
TYPES OF TICKETS
There are no bad views of our stage at The Vista, even if you are standing! Often these are the best tickets if you want to be up close and personal with your favorite artist. Be aware that holders of Standing Room - Main Floor tickets have not purchased a seat and are not guaranteed a seat. This means that for sold out shows, holders of these tickets will likely be standing. If you want to assure the exclusivity and comfort of a reserved table at a show that is likely to sell out, we recommend purchasing a Reserved Table. However, at most shows, we only allow up to half the tables to be saved as reserved and the remaining will be available for General Admission ticket holders. Any reserved tables not purchased will be available for General Admission.
Don’t like standing or bumping elbows, or maybe you want to take the worry out of fighting traffic to be early to get a table? Exclusivity may be for you! Reserved Table tickets provide ticket holders the option to have a table saved for you. When the doors open to our venue, your reserved table will be waiting for you. Please note, Reserved Table tickets must be purchased in groups of 4 or 6, as there are 4 or 6 seats per table.
Food menu and full bar service available. Outside food and drink may not be brought into the Vista Room.
Please call us at 404-321-5000 for any questions before the show.