One of the country's most recognizable names in metalcore will pay a visit to the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center next month.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, Norma Jean will close out a six-hour, six-band show that is being hosted through the joint effort of promoters Mike Ball, of BallPoint Productions, and Riley Gustafson, of Break and Walk Away Productions.
The logistics behind Norma Jean's appearance in Jamestown, announced last week, is a feat in and of itself. The Atlanta-based band is currently touring the United States and Ontario, Canada, in support of its recent album, "Wrongdoers," in what is known as "The Zero Fun Tour." Ball said he managed to secure the band for a Jamestown performance upon discovering that the band had a select few open dates, coupled with the fact that he had previously worked with the band's tour manager.
"At this point in time, Norma Jean is definitely the biggest band I've ever booked," Ball said. "Ever since we announced it, people have gone nuts. We've had calls from people in Buffalo and Binghamton looking for tickets."
Due to the gravity of having such a big-name act come to the Jamestown area, Ball said there is a bit of added pressure to make sure everything goes off without a hitch in terms of promotion and turnout. He said he is going all out in the way of promotion in order to make a good impression for the band on behalf of Jamestown.
"I'm trying to put Jamestown on the map, because it's a unique scene that most bands absolutely love," he said. "So I'd like to see at least 150 people come to this. If we could get 200 people, and the bands end up selling a lot of merchandise, there's a chance they might come back and that their agents might send some other bands our way."
Ball cited multiple reasons why getting 200 people to attend is an attainable goal, and pointed to the Renaissance Center as an ideal venue for touring bands.
"The Renaissance Center space is absolutely incredible, and for an all-ages venue, it's one of the nicest venues in Jamestown hands down," he said. "All the bands coming in will have everything they need in terms of amenities."
The Aug. 2 show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with five opening acts and Norma Jean as headliner. The other bands included on the bill are: Night Verses, The Teeth, I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Help, Misled and Amongst the Thorns. Each band will perform for approximately a half-hour, with the exception of Norma Jean, which will play for approximately 45 minutes.
Ball said presale tickets are available for $15, and can be purchased online at www.ballpointproductions.bigcartel.com, or in physical form through Ball or Gustafson. If not sold out in advance, tickets will be available at the door for $18. All tickets are general admission.
For more information, search for "Norma Jean with special guests" on Facebook.