“Heywood’s act is a visual bombardment. Heywood Banks is a geek. One part science lab, one part ‘The Day After’. The man is a walking, talking computer error.” Laughtrackq Magazine
Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe, with a style his very own. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon, with a show that appeals to college students, stoners, businessmen, yuppies, rednecks, punks, kids or your grandmother. Heywood intersperses his humorous observations of life with twisted, inventive, bizarre songs, sung and played in a variety of styles, from folk, to country to rock to pop, and way beyond.
“His comedy is musical. He’s in the tradition of Weird Al, I suppose. But he’s more insane and funnier. He writes and plays full-band full-on crazy songs about absolutely everything. “Wiper Blades” is playing right now. He has a great Michigan attitude—and I can only blame his genius on growing up around here, among the vacant lots, drainage ditches and minimalls. Lots of songs about “if I only had a bulldozer then everyone would be polite” or “be friendly to the crabby little old lady because you never know…who’s got a gun”…or “She’s the one-eye love”—the puns start picking up speed, like the one that says “I want to get you a loan.” There’s a song about “It’s Just the Television” about a guy overlooking scary sounds until it’s too late.”
An internationally known veteran of the comedy circuit, Heywood Banks has appeared on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” MTV’s “1/2 Hour Comedy Hour,” CNN’s “Hollywood Minute,” “Caroline’s Comedy Hour,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Showtime Comedy Club Network,” “Dr. Demento Show,” “12th Annual HBO Young Comedians Special with Paul Rodriguez” and is a frequent guest on the national Bob and Tom radio sh
Visit Heywood Banks Website :http://heywoodbanks.com
Tinsley Ellis returns to the main stage of The Franke Center to perform a special show celebrating his 40 year career as a touring musician. “Guitars Along the Blues Highway” explores Ellis’s numerous experiences on the road including shows with Blues masters B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, and Freddie King, and celebrates the music of these artists as he and his band play selections from each, plus selections from Ellis’s 18 albums.
Ellis easily ranks as one of today’s most electrifying blues-rock guitarists and vocalists. He approaches his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as his Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman and Freddie King, and his old friends Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Since first hitting the national scene in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and has released numerous critically acclaimed albums. Rolling Stone writes that his guitar skills ”rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”
Born in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southern Florida and first played guitar at age eight. He soon was immersed in the music of the British Invasion bands The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones, and especially loved the Kings — Freddie, B.B. and Albert. Ellis’s live performances have become legendary for their unique blend of blistering guitar licks and soulful vocals.
Acoustic Blues featuring Kalamazoo’s Doug Beckman starts in the Downstage Club at 7 PM with beer and wine available. The main stage show starts at 8:00 PM.
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One of the most-loved movies of all time – “Casablanca” – will be the focus of a grand evening at the Franke Center for the Arts. The classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will be screened as part of the center’s annual gala fund-raiser Saturday, April 7. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for early-bird patrons to obtain concessions and contest tickets. The film program will begin at 7 p.m. Admission tickets are being sold on a reserved-seat basis at $10 each.
“The movie was made in 1942 and it’s still one of the most-loved American films ever made,” said Franke Center Executive Director Patty Williams. “That probably has something to do with Bogart and Bergman in the leading roles.”
Audience members who show up in period costume or as patrons of “Rick’s Cafe” might have an especially good chance to win some intriguing prizes, the organizers said.
“People can come as they are, but they also might even want to show up as casino patrons or people trying to get hold of Rick’s letters of passage,” said Dave Deppe, the Franke’s events manager.
The movie will be shown in two parts, with a 25-minute intermission, during which food and concessions will be available. Raffles, prizes, intermission treats and other entertainment will fill out the evening, Williams said.
“We’ll also have a gift basket stocked with items related to the stars and the movie – and there’s going to be a lot more fun as well,” Williams said. John Sherwood, who will serve as master of ceremonies, said he hopes to hold a contest among those who show up in costume.
“We’ll have them come up on stage and have the audience vote for the best,” Sherwood said. “And we’ll have our resident movie expert Marty Overhiser on hand to act as a judge.”
“We’re building on the momentum launched during our fund-raiser in 2014, when we featured ‘Gone With the Wind,’ and last year when we showed ‘Doctor Zhivago,’” said Williams. “All of these evenings have been so much fun, and many people have come together to make this year’s gala even more special.”
The community fund-raiser will support ongoing projects intended to further upgrade the building’s infrastructure and performance venue.
“Casablanca” won the Academy Award in 1943 for best picture, along with two other Oscars. The film’s 75th anniversary just a few months ago was celebrated and written about nationwide.
In 2003, the American Film Institute recognized the character of Rick Blaine as portrayed by Bogart as the fourth-greatest screen hero of all time, after Atticus Finch, Indiana Jones and James Bond.
“It’s clear that the unusual, almost indescribable magic of ‘Casablanca’ has withstood the test of generations, been re-watched and analyzed, and elevated atop a pedestal as one of the finest Hollywood films ever made – certainly one of the most loved worldwide,” Sherwood said.
“’Casablanca’ always deserves a second and third viewing,” Sherwood said. “When it’s on the big screen, it’s especially easy to marvel at its entertaining, broad-brush view of a transitional world where none of us can be at ease, but which reminds us of the dreams and choices that shape the world where we truly would like to live.”
The Franke Center is very excited to welcome David Lindley to the main stage for a solo performance of eclectic music and instruments. Lindley’s incredible career in the music industry most famously included 10 years playing as a guest instrumentalist 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.
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.
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
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.TICKETS