Saturday Night – Premier Concert
Saturday night’s concert will be an amazing musical experience featuring full sets of each artist in a variety of creative configurations. This is a unique chance to see some of the best acoustic musicians in the world showcasing their mandolin talents and mixing things up in some unexpected collaborations.
Mike Marshall made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 20 with jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli as a member of the David Grisman Quartet. In 1985 he would perform in that famed hall with his own classical ensemble The Modern Mandolin Quartet in 1985. Mike has been at the forefront of New Acoustic music for over 40 years having been the founding member of many groups including the Montreux Band, Psychograss, Choro Famoso and The Anger Marshall Band. He is indeed a living compendium of musical styles and has the ability to seamlessly blend his American roots background with a deep understanding of European classical music, Brazilian choro and other world music. Mike is a fluid Jazz improviser and a master on mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin. Learn more about Mike Marshall.
Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice. Learn more about Sierra Hull.
John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards. He’s also a powerful bandleader, touring his band the Jaybirds all over Canada and the United States. But most of all, he’s an understated visionary, the kind of master craftsman whose music is virtuosic without ever being flashy and who is renowned for his impeccable taste and tone as an artist. John Reischman embodies the true spirit of acoustic music in the 21st century. Learn more about John Reischman. (Photo credit: Stephen Schauer)
Caterina Lichtenberg is one of the most important classical mandolinists in the world today. Raised in Germany, Caterina graduated with highest honors from the Music Conservatory in Cologne. She now holds the position of Professor of Classical mandolin/Soprano lute at that prestigious institution. (The only position of it’s kind in the world today.) For over 20 years Caterina has been recording, teaching and touring throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan, South America, Canada and the U.S. to rave reviews. In January of 2016 Caterina was signed to the Artist Works online teaching school as the Classical mandolin teacher. Mrs. Lichtenberg collaboration with American mandolinists Mike Marshall brought together two of the greatest mandolinists in the world. Their first recording blurred the lines between their classical, jazz, bluegrass and Brazilian musical backgrounds. Their second release were duets by Johann Sebastian Bach (The Two Part Inventions, Organ Duets and Canons) on mandolin and Mandocello was released in 2015. Learn more about Caterina Lichtenberg.
Don Stiernberg recently began his fifth decade as a working musician. Along the way he has been involved in many musical activities: performing, writing, recording, producing, and teaching, but is best known for his mandolin playing. Born and still based in Chicago, the mandolin found Don as he grew up “out in the woods” in the nearly-rural suburb of Wauconda, IL. A desire to make music with his banjo and guitar playing brother led Don to appropriate a mandolin that had been given to him. Things came into focus both mandolin and life-wise when his parents sent Don to study with Jethro Burns, famous comedian (Homer and Jethro)and the greatest mandolinist of his time. From the very first lesson, Burns was more than a teacher. He was role model, hero, mentor, and friend, and Stiernberg was hooked and hooked bad on the mandolin.His earliest professional experience was in a bluegrass band with his brother (The Morgan Bros.)and a bit later in The Jethro Burns Quartet. Learn more about Don Stiernberg.
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On August 10th and 11th 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 U.S. 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 and Performers 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 40-person orchestra takes the stage. Each artist instructor leading the 4 day class seminars held during the weekend will perform and then lead the larger ensemble through various arrangements they have worked. A mandolin variety show of sorts and a great opportunity to see a lot of mandolins singing in harmony!
Enjoy the classic sound of the Hammond B3 organ as the Tony Monaco Trio presents an evening of Jazz and Blues classics and original compositions in the Downstage Club. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. “Tony Monaco burns!” (CriticalJazz Review2012).
Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have never heard of, flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Monaco has made DownBeat magazine’s Critics’ Polls and Readers’ Polls every year since 2003, and has also been voted into the JazzTimes Readers’ Poll since 2003. With eight critically-acclaimed CD releases to his credit and a growing list of national and international gigs, Monaco’s star continues to burn brightly, solidifying his reputation as a major force on the Hammond B-3.
Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime experience for Tony.
In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed “Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. Tony has since released 8 International releases and toured around the globe many times.
As an ardent student of the organ, it’s no surprise that Tony is an accomplished teacher as well. His passion for teaching allowed him to secure his “Artist in Residence” status at Hope College in Holland Michigan where he teaches students both online as well as regular workshops, groups, and one-on-ones at the College.
“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.”
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 mini malls. 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 show.TICKETS
Jimmy Thackery is one of the few blues guitarists still performing who learned firsthand from the masters of the blues. Early in his career, he played several years with the legendary Muddy Waters Band. Later, he helped found the well-known band The Nighthawks, and he recorded three albums with his all-star R&B and funk band, The Assassins.
In 1992, Thackery put together a three-piece band called The Drivers to highlight his explosive guitar, and together they hit the blues highway. Since then, he has recorded eight discs on the Blind Pig label, and he continues a busy schedule of live performances.
Whether Jimmy headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of the 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. As Thackery puts it, “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!”
We are very excited to again be able to present Laith Al-Saadi and his Power Trio on the main stage to close out 2019! One of The Franke’s favorite performers, this is a show we always look forward to.
“Al-Saadi surges mighty musical squalls of electric blues, with a bit of soul and some rock ‘n’ roll mixed in. With precise command of his voice and the frets along his fender, he’s an alchemist of emotional blues ballads, twanged-out toe-tapping rockers, face-melting solos, and everything in between.”
After years of playing numerous venues on the local scene in Ann Arbor, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of the 2016 season of NBC’s The Voice. His love of classic Rock and searing guitar work brought a different genre of music and performance to the show which typically features modern pop music, featuring Blues/Rock classics such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, “The Thrill Is Gone”, “White Room”, and the classic Dylan tune “All Along the Watchtower”. Laith is well known for his ability to make a Telecaster sing, filling every performance with stunning improvisations woven into a wide range of music including classic rock covers, jazz standards, soul, blues, and original compositions.
A graduate of the University of Michigan school of music with degrees in Jazz and Bass guitar, Laith spent years on local stages in Ann Arbor and across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King. One of the hardest working musicians in Michigan, he played upwards of 300 gigs a year and endeared himself to legions of local fans. Entertainment Weekly called Laith Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.”
This will be a great way to close out 2019 – Make your plans now to be at The Franke for what promises to be a fantastic night of music in The Franke’s intimate theater with a performer that is truly a Michigan treasure!
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Now a Franke Center January tradition, this year’s event features the award winning six-piece Celtic band Kennedy’s Kitchen from South Bend, Indiana. Enjoy an evening of music and storytelling with traditional Irish instruments, outstanding vocals, and good cheer!
“Irish Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart”
“Kennedy’s Kitchen is all things Irish from pub songs and sing-a-longs, stories, recitation, to ripping dance tunes; from pounding on the tables to crying in your beer. It is voices raised in song, rich harmonies, fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki, guitar, and bass . . when we are being serious we can bring you to tears; and every now and again, a kazoo or two. We sing and play from the deep tradition while also composing our own tunes, songs, and recitations.”
Kennedy’s Kitchen has been making Irish music together since 1998, averaging about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals. From their home in South Bend, Indiana, they have travelled as far as New York and Naples, Florida, recording five CDs along the way (they are working on their sixth).
They are family and friends, gathering every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories, and songs adding their own compositions along the way. They play traditional instruments including fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bodhran, and bass. It’s a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving….and it’s always fun!
The band is led by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player. Joining in is joHn’s nephew Liam Ladewski, then Theresa Kubiak, Chris O’Brien, and Jacob Turner. Liam, Theresa, and Jacob are award winners themselves having competed in the All-Ireland Fleadh on their respective instruments.TICKETS
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Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. Within the Blues world he is described as a “living legend” and has performed at many of the world’s most renowned music festivals.
“A legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern Blues” (NPR Music)
A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans. Walker’s 1986 debut album Cold Is the Night on HighTone announced his arrival in stunning fashion, and his subsequent output has only served to further establish Walker as one of the leading bluesmen on the scene.
Born on December 25, 1949 in San Francisco, at age 14, he took up the guitar. Just two years later, he was a known quantity on the Bay Area music scene, playing blues with an occasional foray into psychedelic rock. For a while, he roomed with Mike Bloomfield, who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. Walker even made a brief pilgrimage to Chicago to check out the blues scene there. In 1975, burned out on blues, Walker turned to God, singing for the next decade with a gospel group, the Spiritual Corinthians. When the Corinthians played the 1985 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Walker was inspired to embrace his blues roots again. He assembled the Boss Talkers, and throughout the 1990s merged many of his gospel, jazz, soul, funk and rock influences with his trademark blues. Through the years Walker has collaborated with a diverse group of first-rate artists including Branford Marsalis, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Ike Turner and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. He has released twenty five albums since 1986, including his most recent effort “Journeys to the Heart of the Blues” in 2018.
Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues. Sometimes I feel I’ve learned more from my failures, than from my success. But that’s made me stronger and more adventurous. And helped me create my own style. I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.’”
Make your plans now to be at The Franke for an evening of great Blues with this legendary performer!TICKETS