The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall invites everyone to join them for a night of suspense and intrigue on Saturday, January 27, as they present the classic Alfred Hitchcock film “North By Northwest”. Released in 1959, this award winning film stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. Generally accepted as being one of the greatest films of all time, the American Film Institute lists North By Northwest as #7 overall in the mystery film genre, and #4 on their “100 years – 100 thrills” list. In keeping with the theme of the film, the Franke Center Lobby Bar will have a special Martini selection for this event.
The movie starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. The Franke Center film series is sponsored by the Marshall Rotary Club. Make your plans now to be at The Franke on January 27th for what promises to be an entertaining evening on the big screen.
Plans for the 2018 Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest in Downtown Marshall and at The Franke Center are underway. This year’s event hopes to be bigger and better than ever before. There will once again be spectacular ice carvings, as well as tastings of specialty red and white wines and craft beers from three local breweries. This event is a great way to beat the winter blues, and have some fun in Downtown Marshall. The Ice Wine Beer and Blues event has become the go-to fundraiser that everyone is talking about, so don’t miss out this year. What better way to have some fun and support your local arts and civic center? “We are so blessed to have a gem like The Franke Center right here in Marshall. All the live shows they put on are first-class and their Children’s Theater is one of a kind!” says event co-chair, Caryn Drenth.
On Friday, February 2nd, the wine and beer tasting will begin at 6 p.m. at ten downtown business locations and will continue until 10 p.m. Individuals over 21 will be able to purchase a wristband for $25 and receive 10 wine/beer 2 oz tastings. At each location, you will also be able to sample some complimenting heavy appetizers. Joe Caron, who is an event volunteer, will be choosing the wine selections this year. “Every year, I take special care in selecting the wines. I want to make sure there is a good variety from different regions around the world with a good representation of the standards, along with some wines that people have not tried before.”
In addition, unique pottery goblets (an event favorite) will be available for $10 each beginning on Wed. and Thursday, Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st at select locations, as well as the day/night of the event. Once again, these goblets are being made by EastEnd Gallery artist, Romelle Frey. Various styles and color glazes make these goblets a high point of the event. “Each year we have sold these goblets out so plan to buy early,” says event co-chair and Franke Center Executive Director, Patty Williams.
On Friday late afternoon and evening, International ice carver extraordinaire, John Merucci, will be creating ice sculptures in Downtown Marshall with a Comic Book theme this year. Look for possibly your favorite super hero, Peanuts character or Archie and Veronica.
The carving of the ice sculptures will continue on Saturday, February 3rd at 10 a.m. until completed. We want to make sure that people understand that the carving times are somewhat dependent on the weather conditions that weekend”, says Drenth, “He has difficulties carving the ice, if it gets too soft”.
The fun will continue with several Downtown merchants serving ‘Morning After Mac Snacks” with shopping specials from 11:00-3:00 on Saturday. Stroll the streets of Downtown Marshall on Saturday and admire the great sculptures while you take in a lunch snack and pick up a shopping deal at participating retail stores.
The best way to finish out the weekend festivities is to attend the blues concert at The Franke Center for the Arts Saturday evening. The evening starts at 5:00 with the Big Boss Band playing blues in the Downstage Club with beer/wine/BBQ dinner available for purchase. Local favorite, The Jake Kershaw Band, opens the show on the main stage at 7:00pm followed by Blues Headliner, Harper and Midwest Kind. “This year’s blues fest will be sure to please all with some fantastic award winning blues/rock music being played,” says The Franke Center Event Manager, Dave Deppe.
This super fun Downtown Marshall event would not be possible without the generous sponsorships from Chemical Bank, Marshall Eye Care, Eaton, Oaklawn Hospital, MAEDA, Southern Michigan Bank and Trust, Townsquare Media, Calhoun County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Kellogg Community Credit Union, Marshall Community Credit Union and HCB Marshall Banking Center.
Ice Wine Beer and Blues is a fundraiser for The Franke Center for the Arts and MAEDA. For more information on the Blues Fest weekend, visit www.frankecenterforthearts.org or call 269-781-0001.
Winners of the 2014 Lansing Capital Area Blues Society “Blues Competition”, The Big Boss Band promises to lay down some powerhouse roots blues, rock and R&B during our dinner hours. This versatile band from Kalamazoo features Bill LaValley on bass, Joe Ferguson with vocals and harmonica, Max Brown on guitar, and Eric Busch on drums. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and a BBQ dinner will be available for purchase from 5 to 7 PM.
Opening the evening on the Main Stage will be the Jake Kershaw Band. Jake Kershaw is the 17 year old guitar slinging, blues/rock singing teenager that everyone in Michigan is talking about! This is a high energy group that plays their own original blues rock as well as their versions of classic blues with a rock edge. When not on stage or preparing for a show, Jake is a junior at Marshall High School. Jake holds down a 4.0 GPA which includes honors classes and was inducted into the National Honor Society this past spring. He also performs with the high school marching band and the symphonic band playing the euphonium (which he has played for the past 6 years). Jake performs for many charitable events to help those less fortunate with health issues or just down on their luck.
Headlining the evening will be Harper and Midwest Kind. An amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, multi award winning Australian singer/ songwriter “Peter D. Harper” creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled “World Blues”. Harper has received an amazing 14 x Music Awards in four different countries. His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. No Depression Magazine,’s (USA) Rod Ames, adds that Harper ” has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I have ever heard”. Harper is backed by his very talented Detroit based band “Midwest Kind”.
Check out Harper and Midwest kind website at:http://www.harper.biz
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The Franke Center Children’s Theater is please to announce the cast for its production of Grease School Version. This talented group of 5th through 9th graders will welcome audiences to the singing and dancing world of “Grease,” the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome new student, Sandy, and a leather-clad bad boy, Danny, have a summer romance. Will it withstand the pressures of Rydell High’s Pink Ladies and T-Birds? This raucous show will make audiences of all ages want to tap their feet and sing along.
“We had over 100 youth from two counties join auditions for this show. It is astounding how much talent is in this area. I’m absolutely ecstatic with our cast and cannot wait to share this crowd favorite with everyone” says Jennifer Conley Darling, Director of Grease and the Franke’s Children’s Theater.
The cast stars Anna Lunger as Sandy, Ethan Twiss as Danny, Morgan Miklusicak as Rizzo, Jack MacQuaig as Kenickie, Kaylyn Vollink as Jan, Joni Bagale as Marty, Paul Butterfield as Doody, Hayden Schaub as Roger, Drew Millard as Sonny, Audrey Smith as Frenchy, Saylor Rozell as Miss Lynch, Abbi Klepper as Patty Simcox, Adam Foreman as Eugene Florczyk, Tim Simonds as Vince Fontaine, Grant Rupp as Johnny Casino, Hannah Barnard as Cha-Cha, and Christian Bowman, Stephen Klepper, Sam Rodgers as the Teen Angels.
Rounding out the ensemble is China Anderson, Emilea Atchison, Makayla Bailey, Mason Bartlett, Noelia Barroso, Maia Bedwell, Rylee Becker, Lily Berlinger, Lillian Bowman, Savannah Brummels, Halle Burrows, Sofia Casey, Carter Damon, Kendall Davis, Maddie Davis, Mary Claire Davis, Camille DeCola, Isabelle DuFresne, Adrienne Dysinger, Elliana Ebner, Hannah Eggleton, Olivia Ellenwood, Noah French, Ciara Funk, Emma Garrett, Lucy Gensch, Makenna Groeneveld, Chance Hamilton, Jordan Harrell, Violet Holbrook, Landon Holibaugh, Gabby Jude, Tyler Kiplinger, Shane Klepper, Emily Lemon, Elizabeth London, Hallie Machalka, Eliza MacQuaig, Remee Morse, Ryan Murphy, Ben Perry, Max Perry, Elle Peterson, Trinity Razkowic, Jenna Rissi, Isabella Rupp, Leeanna Silkworth, Kayla Smith, Elena Stolberg, Leia Young, Linda Young, and Alyson Zulewski.
“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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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