Bring your dancing shoes to the Franke Center Downstage Club on Saturday, June 3, for a fun night of Rock/Funk music with Lansing’s four piece band Big Willy. Doors will open at 7:00 PM with music by Marshall’s own band ¾ Lb. Cut (Adrian Bagale, Kjell Croce, Joni Bagale), followed by Big Willy at 8:00 PM.
A cherished part of the mid Michigan music scene, Big Willy is a one of a kind group that hails from Lansing. Their unique sound brings a high energy experience to every audience, featuring a blend of Rock and Roll, Funk, and classic Soul, intermixed with their own original compositions. The band includes leader Will “Big Willy” Rideoutt on guitar and vocals, Will “Super Size” Metz on Tenor Sax, Eric Payne on drums, and Mike Smalley on Bass. The band has shared the stage with any number of big acts, and appeared on WKAR TV’s show Backstage Pass in 2012. No matter what your musical taste, Big Willy has something for you to get excited about! Whether you want to listen to excellent musicianship, or just want to let your hair down and dance, Big Willy fits the bill!TICKETS
Tim O’Brien Friday, August 18
Sarah Jarosz Saturday, August 19
Music each night by Mike Marshall, Caterina Lichtenberg, and Don Stiernberg
Tickets $38 Advance per night or $68 Advance for both nights.
$40 At the Door per night
Doors open at 7:30 PM, Music at 8:00 PM
On August 18th and 19th The Franke Center will host two nights of world-class acoustic music centered around the mandolin. Premier mandolinists from the US and Europe will lead the audience on a sonic journey through the ages and around the globe. The accolades and recordings credited to the featured performers could fill pages. These concerts will truly be a rare event that will not be forgotten.
Musical director Mike Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists in America today. This true pioneer of progressive acoustic music is also a respected authority on the various genres the mandolin is historically found in, including bluegrass, jazz, and Brazilian choro.
Caterina Lichtenberg is one of the most important mandolinists of our time. It is not a stretch to name her the top instructor of classical mandolin in the world as she holds the only professorship of it’s kind at the prestigious Music Conservatory in Cologne, Germany. Her virtuosic ability and vast repertoire are not to be missed.
Don Stiernberg is regarded as a leading exponent of jazz mandolin style. He tours the world performing music that few can handle on any instrument let alone a mandolin. Always a charismatic entertainer, Don’s performance is sure to delight as well as amaze.
Friday night will feature the legendary Tim O’Brien. Tim is a deeply treasured musician in the world of traditional singer-songwriter fans. His formidable ease on the mandolin as well as many other stringed instruments is virtually unsurpassed. Among his many distinctions are Grammy wins for Best Bluegrass Album and Best Traditional Folk Album.
Saturday night will feature the wonderful songstress and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz. At only 25 years old Sarah took home two Grammys this year including Best Folk Album. She also makes frequent appearances on the new Chris Thile-hosted A Prairie Home Companion. She has a penchant for writing hauntingly powerful songs that don’t allow listeners to turn their ears away.