$34 Advance $36 at the Door
Doors open at 7 PM, show at 8 PM
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers road-hardened, seemingly telepathic musicianship bring an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. In 2009 Castro won four of his six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). Well known for his entertaining live shows, this promises to be a great night of live Blues at The Franke. “Castro plays gritty, string-bending blues like a runaway soul train…a glorious blend that rocks the soul and lifts the spirits.” (No Depression Journal of Roots Music).TICKETS
It’s all happening Saturday, May 4: Get ready to taste fivedifferent varieties of Kentucky bourbons and one local bourbon, enjoy a scrumptious Kentucky Derby-style dinner catered by Grand River Brewery, watch the Kentucky Derby as it happens liveon the large, professional-grade screen in The Franke Center’s auditorium, AND enjoy the evening while all dressed up in your finest Derby attire (optional). Show up in your most dashing derby hat and you just might even win a prizeif yours is judged to be the best!
4:30 (all times p.m.) The Franke Center’s doors open for this fundraiser event
4:45 – 5:30 Dinner catered by Grand River Brewery. Cash bar available.
Seating on The Franke Center Main Stage
5:45 – 6:40 Bourbon tasting in The Franke Center’s Tom/Collins Lobby Bar,
tended by Jonah Curtis
4:30 – 6:45 Pick your favorite horse and make a small wager.
6:50 The 145th Run For the Roses! Kentucky Derby. The greatest two minutes in sports! Shown in The Franke Center Auditorium
Small race wagering opportunities will enhance your derby watching … SO….why not pick a few favorites to root for?
You must be 21 or older to attend this fundraiser.
To purchase tickets, please call Box Office at
269-781-0001. Tickets limited to 50.
Party favors and giveaways included.
Sponsored by The Marshall Manhattan Club
7:30pm – 10:00 p.m. MUSIC ON TAP: Live concert in the Downstage Club
with Travis Meadows.
Separate ticket required: $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
Doors open 7:00pm
Cash bar with beer, wine and bourbon
One of Nashville’s most revered songwriters, Travis Meadows brings his country influenced music to The Franke Center’s intimate Downstage Club for what promises to be a great evening of entertainment. Performing as a duo, Meadows is known for his unforgettable live performances, and his ability to draw the audience into his life experiences through his storytelling.
Peers have been dancing by Meadows’ fire for years. Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Mary Gauthier, Brandy Clark, Blackberry Smoke, Hank Williams, Jr., Wynonna Judd, Randy Houser, and others began writing with, recording, and praising Meadows as soon as they heard his work. Songs such as “Riser,” the title track for Bentley’s 2015 album; Church’s “Knives of New Orleans” and “Dark Side”; and Owen’s “What We Ain’t Got” are all Meadows-penned chart-climbers.
Meadows’ life has been filled with challenges and changes that come through in his songwriting. Speaking about his latest album, First Cigarette, Meadows says “Life can be a little challenging for all of us. It’s beautiful and it’s tragic, it’s awesome and it hurts,” Meadows says. “I hope people sense that through this record and want to come to a show, which is a lot of storytelling, a lot of tears, a lot of laughter. They’ll come face to face with a damn lot of humanity. I hope they see themselves in it.” And his live shows? Meadows comments “You know, my shows are not a ‘honky-tonk’ experience. There’s a lot of storytelling, you know, Mississippi back-roads kind of storytelling, and some songs that go with that. It’s almost like—god, I don’t know—like a Springsteen video with Eudora Welty or Flannery O’Connor directing the video,” he says with a laugh.