The second annual Marshall Mandolin Summit once again will bring a group of world class musicians to The Franke Center’s main stage. Five premier mandolinists from the US and Europe will lead the audience on a sonic journey through the ages and around the globe.
This concert promises to be an amazing musical experience featuring full sets by each artist in a variety of creative configurations. Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg will take the stage performing everything from Bach to Vivaldi – Bluegrass to Brazilian. Darol Anger will ignite the stage with his fiddle, pulling out all the stops as he and Mike Marshall, “The Duo”, celebrate 40 years of making music together. The Don Stiernberg Trio will bring in the swing – laying down the groove that’ll have you crooning deep into the night. Don Julin will bring his own creative compositions into the fold. He’s a connoisseur of the mandolin with many styles at his finger tips.
This promises to be a memorable night of acoustic music at The Franke as these talented musicians showcase their talents together, mixing things up with some unexpected collaborations.
For more information visit MARSHALL MANDOLIN SUMMIT WEBSITE: https://marshallmandosummit.com
On August 11th and 12th The Marshall Mandolin Summit is proud to present two must-see concerts hosted by the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall, MI. They will feature world-class acoustic musicians with performances 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.
Sunday’s afternoon concert will feature the Marshall Mandolin Summit Student Showcase. A celebration of three days of classes, jamming and rehearsals goes on display with duos, trios and more in a variety of musical styles and culminates when the 35-person orchestra takes the stage. Each artist instructor will perform a few tunes and then lead the larger ensemble through various arrangements they have worked up during the Summit classes. A mandolin variety show of sorts and a great opportunity to see a lot of mandolins singing in harmony!
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MARSHALL MANDOLIN SUMMIT WEBSITE: https://marshallmandosummit.comTICKETS
The Franke Center Children’s Theater hosts
AUDITION, ACTING AND DANCE WORKSHOPS
Dates: August 14, 2018 – August 24, 2018
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Times: 9am – 11am (For students entering Kindergarten – 2nd) Limit 20 Students
1pm – 3pm (For students entering 3rd– 5th) Limit 20 Students
Registration deadline: August 6, 2018
No experience necessary
From August 14th– 24th, 2018, Jocelyn France will lead an Audition workshop for Kindergarten through 5th graders. This workshop will prepare students for upcoming auditions of Madagascaras well as teach acting and audition skills. These workshops are open to all. Participation not required to audition for the fall production, nor does this workshop guarantee a role in the show.
Fee:$150 per child covers two-week workshop, supplies, t-shirt, cast photo and showcase. CHECKS PAYABLE TO FRANKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS (fee is non refundable and must accompany application to secure a spot) or sign up and pay online at https://summerworkshops.wufoo.com/forms/2018-audition-summer-workshop/
Scholarships are available.
More Information:Allison Ebner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-274-5795
All workshops take place at The Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion Street in Marshall
All VIP TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.
Tickets for The Second City show at The Franke Center ONLY will go on sale Monday, July 16th for $40.
Ticket prices $40/advance | $45/door
A SPECIAL VIP TICKET FOR THIS UNIQUE FUNDRAISER gives each VIP ticket holder the rare opportunity to walk through the first floor only of The Cronin House (known from the John Bellairs book and upcoming movie as “The House With a Clock in Its Walls”), a ticket to see brilliant improv comedy from Chicago’s own SECOND CITY touring group AND a “CHICAGO STYLE” dinner (catered by Grand River Brewery) will be under the tent located on the front lawn of The Cronin House.
Space is limited to 80 persons. Don’t miss out on this GALA event and fundraiser for The Franke Center for the Arts.
VIP Ticket Price – $75 – Dinner, Drink & Show!
BETWEEN 5:30 or 5:45 – 6:15 PM – Tour 1st Floor of the Cronin House (open house style) at 407 N. Madison St., Marshall
6:00 – 6:30 PM – Gala Social Hour under tent @ Cronin House with appetizers & beverages (beer, wine, soda & water)
6:30 – 7:30 PM – “Chicago Style” Dinner
8:00 PM – Second City Comedy Show @ The Franke Center – 214 E. Mansion St.
Street parking will be available around The Cronin House at 407 N. Madison Street, Marshall. Guests will provide their own transportation to The Franke Center from The Cronin House to see the show. VIP ticket holders will receive an email/letter in September with details for the evening.
Tickets for The Second City show at The Franke Center ONLY will go on sale Monday, July 16th for $40.
Ticket prices $40/advance | $45/doorTICKETS
Chicago’s acclaimed comedy troupe brings their trademark brand of American satire to the Franke Center’s intimate stage for an unforgettable night of fun. Described as “Legendary” by the New York Times, The Second City inspired the original TV show “Saturday Night Live”.
Chicago’s best known sketch and improv comedy group will bring their touring show “The Best of The Second City” to The Franke Center, featuring the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more–as well as their trademark improvisation. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.
No need to travel to Chicago, as the Franke Center’s Downstage Club will be transformed into a traditional Blues Club complete with Chicago beers and snacks. Music for the evening will feature long time Chicago Bluesman Maurice John Vaughn in a rare acoustic duo performance. Raised in Chicago, Vaughn’s music is brimming with influence form Chicago’s Blues greats Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Black Top 40 and James Brown. Well known for his guitar and saxophone skills, Guitar World Magazine sums up his shows as “Great playing, great singing, humorous storytelling and that deep, deep feeling”.
CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL 2010 ON TOUR with Maurice John Vaughn on guitar and vocal, Nick Charles on bass-guitar and Willie Hayes on drums in Rotterdam, Holland december 2, 2010
May Erlewine, named “Michigan’s Songbird” by many of her fans, is one if the state’s most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation. May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness and held a lot of space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. May pulls from a wide variety of sounds and influences to create her unique musical landscape. You’ll hear traditional folk roots, old time country swing, soul and rock and roll but mostly she’s inspired by the hearts of the people and the one in her chest. This music is about feeling and it’s about telling life’s stories.
Veterans of the Franke Center stage, Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. “The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo.” – American Roots UK. Over seven years of touring, Red Tail Ring has performed their brand of acoustic roots all over the United States, traveled overseas to play in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, and has also appeared at some of the most notable festivals and venues that the US has to offer, such as The Ark, Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, Wheatland Music Festival, and Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.
RED TAIL RINGTICKETS
One of the earliest of British Blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK Blues boom movement that brought this traditional American musical style back into prominence in the US, invigorating it forever. Performing in Detroit to an enthusiastic audience during their first American tour in 1969, this performance is widely credited as their stepping stone into the lucrative US music scene. Their hit singles “I’m Tired”, “Tell Mama”, and “Run To Me” are on Billboard’s Hot 100 all time hit list. The band has recorded an incredible 37 albums since their first release “Shake Down” in 1967, and continues as the longest running Blues band in history.TICKETS
$34 Advance, $36 at the Door
Doors open at 7 PM, show at 8 PM
This eight piece band brings their highly acclaimed tribute show to The Franke Center’s Main stage for what promises to be an outstanding night of classic rock from one of the world’s most iconic and loved bands, Pink Floyd! Not only a musical treat, the show also features a stunning laser light show that harkens back to the days of Pink Floyd’s legendary live tours. The chance to see this show in The Franke Center’s intimate theater should not be missed, and will be a great way to close out 2018!TICKETS
The Franke Center’s popular Pub Night returns in 2019 with one of Michigan’s best Irish bands, Blackthorn. Featuring traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs combined with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs, Blackthorn creates a musical experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people. Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, including wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones and more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard McMullan and the band’s tight blend of four part harmony. This show has sold out quickly for the last two years, so get your tickets early!
Again featuring all Michigan bands, the Winter Blues Fest will present Jimmy Stagger as a solo acoustic act in the Downstage Club where a barbecue dinner will be available for purchase. The Main Stage show at 7 PM begins with Kalamazoo’s Seventh Son Blues Band as the opening act. Founded in 1986, this seven piece band is the oldest Blues band in Kalamazoo, and features a wide array of instruments including harmonica, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and two saxophones.
The headline band for the evening will be Lansing’s popular band Root Doctor. Celebrating their 30thanniversary in 2019, Root Doctor plays a diverse mix of classic soul and R&B alongside traditional blues and inspired original material. Along with over 20 years of club, concert and festival performances, they have released four recordings to local and national acclaim. Led by founding members Freddie Cunningham (lead vocals) and James Williams(bass guitar & vocals), the band also includes veteran performers Mike Skory(Hammond B3, keyboards & vocals), Bill Malone(guitar & vocals), and Bobby Gardner(drums) Root Doctor has been voted “Best Blues Band” by Lansing Top of the Town three times, and also has garnered two Wyce Jammie awards for their recording efforts.TICKETS
Help us celebrate the Mardi Gras as The Michigan State University Professors of Jazz bring a leading edge Jazz sound to The Franke Center including updated jazz standards, jazz classics, and original compositions. Led by Bass virtuoso and Juno nominee Rodney Whitaker, this brilliantly talented ensemble has performed locally, nationally, and internationally with a who’s who of greats in the Jazz world. Together as a group, they represent a true Michigan treasure that continues to educate, perform, and promote the best Jazz anywhere!TICKETS