Introducing the Mask & Mic singing competition and fundraiser! The way it works is simple. You create a video of yourself singing a song wearing a mask (it must be a mask covering your full face, not just your mouth and nose.) Your video will be shared on The Franke Center’s website and social media feed. Everyone in the community will be able to watch the videos and chat about who their favorite singer is– and what their identity might be. You’re encouraged to share your video in your social media feed, and your friends (and fans) can vote for you by making a $5 donation to The Franke Center. The cost to enter the contest is $20, and all funds will go to benefit The Franke Center for the Arts.
The singers receiving the top 3 votes will be invited to appear on The Franke Center stage for a livestream unmasking (date TBA) and one talented winner will be crowned the Mask & Mic Champion!
We hope this will be a fun way to entertain our community while also raising the needed funds to keep the arts alive in Calhoun County!
Sign up for the contest and upload your video here.
1. Your face must be completely covered at all times throughout the video (we’re talking about full-face masks, not cloth virus-prevention masks)
2. It must be your voice singing. No lip-syncing.
3. Duets are allowed, but no more than two singers may appear in a single video. You may, however, have other masked musicians playing along with you provided they do not sing. You may sing along to a backing track that includes background vocals.
4. No explicit lyrics are allowed. This is a family-friendly competition.
5. Videos are limited to four minutes in length.
6. All ages are welcome to enter. Those under 18 require a parent’s consent.
7. The public will be able to vote online by making a donation of $5 and specifying the contestant number of the contestant they’re voting for. Each $5 donated equals one vote, and there are no limits on how much or how often a person may vote. You may also vote for yourself if you wish. All proceeds are tax-deductible and will go to support The Franke Center for the Arts, a 501c3 organization.
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A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter, Walker 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 Records 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. He has been described by NPR Music as “a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues.”
Born in 1949 in San Francisco, Walker took up the guitar at age 14. 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 guitarist and composer 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.’”