Vertigo plays a soulful blend of blues rock, funk, and southern blues covers, as well as original music inspired by their vast, eclectic musical influences. Members have enjoyed gracing the stages of several local festivals and venues including Playing with Fire, Jazz on the Green, The Summer Arts Festival, Sumtur Amphitheater, Riverfest, The Waiting Room, Lincoln’s Kimball Recital Hall, The Holland Center, even performing on the same stage as music royalty at the Grand ‘Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.
This summer, Vertigo has the honor of opening the area’s largest Blues Festival, Playing with Fire, on July 13th at Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park!
Vertigo will also perform at The Kickoff to Summer Blues Festival, The Taste of Omaha, Chrome Lounge, The Waiting Room, The Slowdown, and several other local festivals and venues!
When they’re at PwF
The band, up close
Vertigo is made up of nine talented, multi instrumental musicians, ranging in age from 13 to 18.
- Natalie Dark – Vocals
- Delaney Fitzgerald – Vocals
- Jade Griffin – Bass
- Mason Sanwick – Guitar
- Jackson Fuller – Guitar
- Bryce Graybill – Drums
- Elsie McCabe – Sax
- Matt DeLong – Sax
- Miles Divis – Trumpet
Just for PwF fans
BluesEd is a non-profit youth talent development program sponsored by Blues Society of Omaha with the mission of “Keeping the Blues Alive.” The BluesEd program began in 2001 and was created to provide opportunities for Middle School and High School age musicians to play with other students in a performance band format.
Through a series of workshops, BluesEd students learn a repertoire of blues music, along with learning the art of improvisation and solos, the methodology of rehearsals, techniques of jamming, stage presence and performance, and the historical origins of the blues genre.
Students have multiple performance opportunities at some of the finest festivals and venues in and around Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.
BluesEd relies on donations and a modest tuition fee from our students to keep their program running.
Band Members Accolades and Awards
- Delaney Fitzgerald (vocals): Member of Brownell Talbot’s acapella group, Pirate Radio. She is involved in the production of several school musicals and will be attending NYC in the fall.
- Jade Griffin (bass): Member of Brownell Talbot’s Gold Tones Jazz Combo, Involved in the production of several school musicals. She will be attending St. Louis University in the fall.
- Mason Sanwick (guitar): All-State vocalist 2017 and 2019, All-State Show Choir 2019, Member of WHS Varsity Show Choir which earned a National Grand Championship in 2019. First student to be involved in every musical aspect WHS offers.
- Jackson Fuller (guitar): Member of Liberty Middle School Show Choir as both singer and instrumentalist.
- Bryce Graybill (drums): Member of MWHS Show Choir band and West’s Best Jazz ensemble.
- Elsie McCabe (sax): Member of WHS Jazz Band which won 2018 All-State Nebraska Jazz Festival’s Sweepstakes Award. Member of WHS Varsity Show Choir band which earned Best Band at a National Grand Championship in 2019. Selected as Drum Major for WHS Marching Band and chosen to play with a WHS Select Jazz Combo.
- Matt DeLong (sax): Member of MWHS Show Choir and Show Choir Band. Selected to Jazz 1 as a Freshman.
- Miles Divis (trumpet): Member of Buffet’s Percussion Ensemble. Performed with OPS’s All-City Middle School Band. Performed at Blair Honor Middle School Band Festival. Received the Buffett Band Blackbelt Award. Earned Superior Rankings as well as a gold medal for music theory at Regional and State Music.
- Festival Natalie Dark (vocals): All-State vocalist 2018 and 2019. Soloist in MWHS Show Choir 2 years running. Member of MWHS Transcendence Chamber Choir 2018/2019. Attending UNO in the fall.
Insights from PwF Producer Jeff Davis about Vertigo
When did you first hear about the artist, or when did you first hear them perform?
I am really excited to see Vertigo at their first ever PwF performance. From what I hear they are terrific. Fans should be proud of new stars in the making.
What is it about the artist that made you select them for the 2019 PwF concert series?
Our mission is to have a BluesEd band open every PwF free concert. Our philosophy is that if you want young people to play the music we love, you need to present them the opportunity to do so.