The Music On Tap Concert Series is a collaboration between The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall and Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s Weatherwax Hall.
Folk, Americana, Rock, Jazz, Blues etc. Great music across multiple genres with the great live performance being the common thread. See these performers in an intimate setting while you still can; they’re headed for the big time
September 30, 2017
“One of my favorite discoveries of recent years, it’s always a joy to watch the faces of audience members who haven’t seen Lisa Mills before. What a voice…If you like your Americana with some southern soul and blues, and a big, big voice, then this is the singer for you.”
–- Andrew Heaps, Maverick Magazine (UK)
Equally at home playing authentic Mississippi Blues, Gospel, or 1950’s Country covers, Singer/songwriter Lisa Mills promises to take the Franke Center’s audience on a tour of uniquely American music styles from the deep South. We are thrilled to have her performing in the Downstage Club for the first show in our newly named “Music On Tap” Series. This concert series highlights the intimacy and fine acoustics of the Downstage Club, and is a partnership with Weatherwax Hall in Jackson, Michigan. Preshow: Featuring Steve Trosin doors open at 7:00 PM
Oktoberfest / Rocktoberfest with Delta Saints
October 14, 2017
Delta Saints, a Nashville-based quintet, craft raw and visceral rock music with psychedelic flares, fuzzed-out guitar riffs, arresting drum patterns and blues tendencies. Their new record, Monte Vista, released in 2017 is a triumphant culmination of a long journey comprised of ceaseless touring in the United States and Europe and fan favorite records such as the crowd-funded Death Letter Jubilee in 2013 and 2015’s Bones. The latter yielded “Sometimes I Worry,” which landed a prominent placement on the most recent season of Showtime’s Shameless. It also spiritually set the stage for Monte Vista, an album brimming with a restless spirit and coming-of-age ruminations on life, love, self-discovery and the world at large.
Soul / Funk with The Mainstays
November 4, 2017
The Mainstays are a funk & soul band based in Kalamazoo, MI. Featuring Andrew Schrock (singer/songwriter), Neal Conway (bass), and Nate Heymoss (guitar) of Michigan’s funk/dance band Funktion, the band draws heavily from the groovy elements that made Funktion a bonafide dance party, while crafting dynamic, insightful, and almost folk-influenced songs. Paul Bauer behind the drum kit and the dirty playing of Tom McRockin Eldred (BMF Band) on keys bring the sound fully together, and provide that elusive answer to your missed connection.
Irish Pub Night
January 13, 2018
The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz performs on a mix of world percussionist instruments and drum kit. Their polished, high-energy show and unique sound are redefining strings’ role in contemporary music, and have quickly made the band one of the country’s most promising instrumental acts.
Hot Jazz on a Cold Night with The Elden Kelly Trio
January 20, 2018
The Elden Kelly Trio features Carolyn Koebel on percussion and Denis Shebukhov on bass. Carolyn and Elden have worked together since 2010, cultivating a musical vocabulary based on a shared affinity for instrumental improvisation and exploration, unusual instrumentation, and original songs. Denis completed the trio in 2015, and they have been performing together ever since. The trio has performed around the Midwest region at numerous clubs, summer festivals and performing arts centers. In 2016, the ensemble collaborated with internationally renowned balafon master Famoro Dioubate from Guinea for unforgettable performances. They recorded their first CD as an ensemble in the spring of 2017.
June 23, 2018
The Weather Wax’s annual party under the summer sky is here again! Come celebrate long days, great music, cold drinks, and old friends!