The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall is very excited to welcome music icon David Lindley to the main stage for a solo performance on Saturday, April 21. Doors and beer/wine bar open at 7:00 PM with pre-show music by Marshall’s own 3 Lb. Cut, followed by the main stage show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $26 in advance and $28 at the door.
From the beginnings of the Classic Rock era, Lindley’s incredible career in the music industry most famously included 10 years playing as a guest instrumentalist and vocalist with Jackson Browne, but also included numerous contributions to albums with other famous groups. A small sampling includes 11 albums with Jackson Browne, 7 albums with Warren Zevon, 10 albums with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and 4 albums with Rod Stewart. He continues to be constantly in demand as a talented session musician and featured vocalist.
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.
“A David Lindley performance isn’t just an awe-inspiring demonstration of string prowess. It’s a portal to far-flung realms, a magic carpet ride skittering around the globe offering vivid glimpses of Jamaica, the Mississippi Delta, Madagascar, Turkey and Cuba.” – San Jose Mercury News
David Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager, and subsequently winning the annual Topanga Canyon banjo and fiddle contest five times as he explored the American folk music tradition. Between 1967 and 1971 Lindley founded and led what must now be seen as the first world music rock band, the Kaleidoscope. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Jackson’s most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on ‘Bop Till you Drop’ and ‘The Long Riders’ sound track, a musical collaboration that lasts to this day, and has spawned many recording projects and several world tours as an acoustic duo.
Tickets can be purchased here, or by calling the Box Office at 269-781-0001. Make your plans now to be at The Franke for an evening that promises to be tremendously entertaining, with one of the finest string instrument musicians anywhere!
Check his website http://www.davidlindley.com
“The Voice” Finalist
Yes, he’s coming back! Saturday, April 21, The Franke Center in Marshall has announced the return of Ann Arbor’s Laith Al-Saadi. This show date, originally scheduled for David Lindley, was unfortunately cancelled due to medical issues with the artist, and Laith kindly stepped in on short notice and agreed to bring his band back for another night of great music in Marshall!
After years of live performances on the local scene in Ann Arbor, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of the 2016 season of NBC’s The Voice. His love of classic Rock and searing guitar work brought a different genre of music and performance to the show which typically features modern pop music, featuring Blues/Rock classics such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, “The Thrill Is Gone”, “White Room”, and the classic Dylan tune “All Along the Watchtower”. Laith is well known for his ability to make a Telecaster sing, filling every performance with stunning improvisations woven into a wide range of music including classic rock covers, jazz standards, soul, blues, and original compositions.
A graduate of the University of Michigan school of music with degrees in Jazz and Bass guitar, Laith spent years on local stages in Ann Arbor and across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King. One of the hardest working musicians in Michigan, he played upwards of 300 gigs a year and endeared himself to legions of local fans. Entertainment Weekly called Laith Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.”
Audiences have agreed, propelling Al-Saadi’s most recent release, “Real”, to the top of the blues chart for five weeks and the top 20 album chart for two weeks. Laith also had four singles in the top ten iTunes singles charts, and his albums In The Round and Long Time Coming spent time at the top of the rock and album charts.
Don’t miss this chance to see Laith Al-Saadi and his band in the intimate surroundings and superb acoustics of The Franke’s 270 seat theater!
Franke Center Music On Tap Series
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM
$16 Advance, $18 at the Door
Pre-show music beginning at 7:00 PM featuring Steve Trosin
The Franke Center for the Arts is excited to present Richard Buckner as part of our Music On Tap Concert Series, a collaboration with the Jackson Symphony’s Weatherwax Hall. A Critically acclaimed Singer/Songwriter, Buckner has attained cult status in the American alternative music scene with his brilliant solo performances and expressive lyrics.
“There are three kinds of American folk artist: those who sit, contented, on a back porch contemplating America’s landscape and ways; those for whom its landscape and ways are something to stand against or move boldly through; and those whose America is a shadowy, impressionistic place that moves inside of them. This [latter] is the area that the sombre-voiced Richard Buckner has been exploring since 1994.” —Sylvie Simmons, The Guardian, 2004
Born in San Francisco in 1964, He started playing guitar and writing songs while in college. Buckner’s music contains influences of folk, rock, and country, and is well known for lyrics drawn from his eclectic life experiences. A “mesmerizing and transporting” artist, “Buckner is far too peculiar to become a star,” expressed Michael McCall of Nashville Scene magazine. He has recorded five solo CD’s since his debut album “Bloomed” in 1994.
A 2018 Gilmore Young Artist, Elliot is also the first prize winner in the 2015 Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artist and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Elliot Wuu is a rising star in becoming an exceptional young artist. Since his early years, Elliot has captured audiences with colorful tones, sensitive musicality and emotional depth in his music.
Elliot has performed in major venues in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and China. In NYC, he performed at the United Nations Headquarters in the presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and at the WQXR Greene Space. His performances at the Merkin Concert Hall were also aired on WQXR. He was featured on NPR’s From the Top program broadcasted nationwide. Other notable venues include Holywell Music Room where Haydn performed before, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the Ravinia Festival and the Chicago Millennium Park. He also performed in Steinway Society Young Artist Concert, Pacific Musical Society Centennial Gala, Peninsula Symphony Family Concert, and Junior Bach Festival. Furthermore, Elliot likes to share his music with all ages and supports the community. He has regularly performed for benefit concerts, fundraising events, senior homes and school outreach.
As the annual “Franke-ly Extraordinary Raffle” nears, Patty Williams, executive director of the Franke Center for the Arts, works with event co-chairs Jeff Greene and Barb Crowle to process submissions for the event at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, supporting the Marshall Civic Center Trust. Tickets submitted by April 30 will be entered into a special drawing for “Franke-ly First Responders,” allowing two winners to receive $250 each. The event in the center’s Downstage Club at 214 E. Mansion St. will feature a variety of donated prizes, appetizers, desserts and beverages for all ages. There is no overall admission charge. Raffle and door-prize tickets will be available for purchase, and holders of raffle tickets do not need to be present to win. The price of an individual raffle ticket is $20 and can be applied to any individual prize. Additional tickets may be purchased at six for $100, 12 for $150 and 20 for $200. For information about the event and purchase of tickets, call the Franke Center’s box office at (269) 781-0001. Tickets may be paid either by cash, credit card or check.
Print at home entry forms: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SPzUGgGrLTQSFhYbawiltfSim6U2kqf-/view?usp=sharing