Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Big Blues Birthday Bash in Gainesville on Sunday, December 3, 2023 - Joey Gilmore, Brandon Santini, Barbara Armbrecht and Bridget Kelly Band!

*DUE TO DEMAND Streaming access added for this show if you can't make it!

Be Present,
No Presents,
There Will Be Cupcakes!

Sunday, December 3, 2023 ~ 5:30PM (Doors at 5pm)
A wide-ranging roster of exciting Blues performers will be at the 
High Dive in downtown Gainesville for Tim Fik’s Blues Birthday Bash: 
Brandon Santini
Joey Gilmore 
Bridget Kelly Band
Barbara Armbrecht
The High Dive
210 SW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville FL 32601  (352)872-5949
General Admission
Members: $10  Public: $20
Membership available on-site.
Invite Your Friends to Join You!

Brandon Santini is an international touring Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that sharpened his skills in Memphis for many years. Several of his releases have made the national Billboard Blues Chart. He has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards and multiple Blues Blast Music Awards. Blues Blast magazine called him "one of the best harp players in the blues scene today. His playing evokes the skills and spirits of Paul Butterfield and the original Sonny Boy Williamson. His easy-going stage presence, fluid lyrics, and audience interaction complement a fervent intensity in his instrumental phrasing and technique.

Joey Gilmore is an electric blues and soul blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Gilmore won the International Blues Challenge in 2006 after being a finalist in 2005. In the 1960s Gilmore gained popularity in South Florida accompanying legends including James Brown, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, and Little Milton. He’s become a Florida legend himself, providing highlights at Blues festivals and nightclubs all over the world as one of the best Soul Blues and R&B singers in the business.

The Bridget Kelly Band is a three-time semifinalist at the International Blues Challenge and has numerous charting albums and world-wide radio play. Inspired by classic & electric blues, the Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the Blues-rock genre with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature sound that combines female urban blues with dynamic riff-driven blues, all held together by a rugged rhythm section. Fik has gained renown for his powerful guitar sound and fiery fretwork and he has even been called a “magician of the instrument” and a “pinnacle of artistry” in recent reviews, and praised for his tasteful tone, fluidity, and expressiveness.

Barbara Armbrecht’s music has evolved over the years to now include an eclectic mix of folk, pop, blues, ragtime and classic favorites, all of which have been flavored by Barbara's finger picking style, use of open tunings and occasional use of slide. Barbara was an International Blues Challenge participant in 2013 and 2015.

The North Central Florida Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing and promotion of Blues Music. The Society also hosts monthly electric and acoustic jams. See website for more information and membership.

This program/event is funded in part by a

Funded in part by


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Toronzo Cannon
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Ana Popovic

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