The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall invites everyone to a Comedy Night on Saturday, February 25, featuring comedian Kevin McPeek. McPeek, a 20 year veteran of the comedy scene, is one of the most requested comics in the country, and promises to bring an entertaining evening of laughs to the Franke Center stage. The show starts at 8:00 PM, and tickets are $18 advance and $20 at the door. Students are half price.
“Clever, clean and funny” are the words most frequently used to describe Kevin McPeek. An exciting and hilarious comedian, Kevin has been entertaining audiences of all ages all over the world for 2 decades. He has written for TV (ABC, CBS, FOX) as well as screenplays and countless other comedians. Kevin is always on the cutting edge of what’s trending in comedy, social media and in entertainment. His hilarious facial expressions as well as exceptional performances and storytelling makes Kevin, as the DETROIT FREE PRESS put it, “one of the breakout comics to watch, he is destined for stardom”.
Doors open at 7:00 PM with beer, wine, and soft drinks available in the Lobby Bar. The show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased on this website, or by calling The Franke Center Box Office at 269-781-0001. Make your plans now to be at the Franke on February 25 for a great night of comedy!
In The Downstage Club
Students 1/2 Price
Hot Jazz comes to the Franke Center in Marshall on Friday, March 3, for an evening of live music with Detroit’s award winning R.J. Spangler Quartet. Held in The Franke’s intimate Downstage Club, this show promises to be a great evening of Jazz music, featuring a diverse selection of tunes from 1920’s jazz standards up to the latest music from today’s Jazz world. Doors open at 7:00 PM, with the main show starting at 8:00 PM.
Led by W.C. Handy award nominee R.J. Spangler, the Quartet will be joined by Trombonist and vocalist T-Bone Paxon and celebrated pianist Michael Zaporski for an evening of Jazz which promises to include everything from 1920’s Jazz standards up to the latest R&B and Reggae tunes. The Quartet’s influences include Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington & the Harlem Jive of Fats Waller, as well as the proto jump/swing of Louis Jordan. Elements of these Jazz greats are prominently featured in their performances. In March 2016, RJ and his band members were nominated for Five Detroit Music Awards, including Outstanding Jazz Recording, Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist, and Outstanding Jazz Artist/Group, and his Planet D9 Project won the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Traditional Jazz Group.
The Franke Center for the Arts is an intimate, historic, 270 seat theater in downtown Marshall, Michigan, and is quickly becoming known as one of the premier small concert venues in the Midwest. This show spotlights the Downstage Club, an intimate 100 seat performance space in the Lower Level featuring convenient bar service and a nightclub atmosphere with flexible seating.
Make your plans now to be at The Franke for a fantastic night of Jazz on March 3!
The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall is excited to announce the addition of Blues great Jimmy Thackery and his band The Drivers to the Eaton Blues Series. Thackery will take to the Franke Center stage on Saturday, April 16, 2017. Festivities for the evening will start at 7:00 PM in the Downstage with acoustic Blues, followed by the main stage show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $26 advance, $28 at the door, and students are half price.
Thackery is one of the few blues guitarists still performing who learned firsthand from the masters of the blues, not off a blues record or DVD. It was Thackery’s time on stage with Muddy Waters that is branded deep within his musical soul. “Muddy was one of those guys who was constantly encouraging. He never told you what to do, but he always told you what you were doing wrong. He never minced words about that. “The first time on stage with Muddy, I was in such awe of him that I just kept my eyes and ears open and just picked up on everything he did. It was the dynamics they had that became so ingrained in us. We heard it on the records and then stood on stage and saw how it worked.”
Co-founder of the well known band The Nighthawks, Thackery left in 1987 because he wanted the opportunity to write and put newer material into the sets. First he formed a six piece R&B band, the Assassins, an all-star R&B, funk band from the DC area, and recorded three albums with them. Then, in 1992, Thackery put together his three piece band called the Drivers to highlight his explosive guitar and hit the blues highway. Since then he has recorded eight discs on Blind Pig records, and continues a busy schedule of live performances.
Whether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he’ll always unleash an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent. His double edged guitar dynamics allow him to fire off tracer missiles, bend a note so it will fit under a limbo bar, run off dive bomber riffs, and find space within the trembling of one stinging note. “I put all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what’s inside. There’s an electricity from your mind to your heart to your fingers. You just try and remember to breathe.”
Make your plans now to be at The Franke on April 16 for what promises to be an enjoyable evening of hot Blues with this legendary performer!TICKETS