VIP Mystery Contestant Revealed | Goldie Mask
VIP Mystery Contestant Revealed | Whistly Hatter
VIP Mystery Contestant Revealed | Pughead
#211 | Flower Bear
#213 | Tassel Shades
#214 | Tangled Girl
#215 | Feather Kitty
#216 | Purple Cape
#217 | Rainbow Hat
#218 | Glumpy Cat
#219 | Top Hat Crew
#220 | Strawberry Moon
#221 | Redhawk
#222 | Miss Floral
#224 | Green Pearl
#225 | Sun Hat Songstress
#227 | Cutie Lauper
#229 | Shawl Diva
#230 | Pinq (not to be confused with the famous pop star)
#231 | River Wind
#232 | Teal Posies
The safety of our patrons, staff, and performers is our top priority. Therefore we will adhere with all safety guidance from the state and the CDC. By purchasing a ticket at The Franke, you agree to cooperate with whatever safety protocols are in place. The specifics may change depending on what restrictions exist when a given show takes place, but when visiting The Franke this season, you can expect to see some or all of the following:
The season FlexTicket allows you to pick any six from a wide range of world-class concerts and performances. Choose what inspires you!
Fresh off a stint performing with Brantley Gilbert, Bath Michigan-based Sadie Bass and her killer band are ready to blow the doors off The Franke Center—country style.
Generally acknowledged to be the finest Ragtime Pianist performing today, Bob Milne brings his outstanding musical talent, wit, and historical knowledge to the Franke’s main stage.
Irish Pub Night | Blackthorne
Featuring traditional songs combined with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs, Blackthorn creates a musical experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people
Wolf Tree Film Festival
In its 3rd year, Wolf Tree features standout short films and talented filmmakers from across the Great Lakes Region. Enjoy screenings, networking mixers, awards, and more.
Pete Seeger Tribute | 3LB Cut & Friends
Celebrate the music of folk icon Pete Seeger, writer of classic songs such as If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and Turn, Turn, Turn. The show will feature Marshall’s own band “3LB Cut”, which includes Kjell Croce, Adrian Bagale, Derek Smith, and Alvin Lautzenheiser, with other special guests.
Chicago Dance Crash
One of the premier hip-hop / contemporary dance companies in the Midwest, Chicago Dance Crash brings their flashy blend of reparatory pieces and freestyles to The Franke. See the dance troupe the Chicago Tribune called “supremely fun to watch.”
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
A first at The Franke, enjoy an evening of exceptional classical music with this 30-piece ensemble from the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.
Part of the Michigan Stars Series, Kalamazoo-based rapper, vocalist and cellist Jordan Hamilton weaves stellar vocals and sharp, thought-provoking lyrics over hypnotic cello loops to create a unique brand of Michigan hip-hop.
You shop local. You eat local. You drink Michigan craft beers. But do you listen to Michigan music? Our new Michigan Stars Series brings you the Michigan artists you need to know—from new innovators to established legends.
Fresh off a stint performing with Brantley Gilbert, Bath, Michigan-based Sadie Bass, and her killer band are ready to blow the doors off The Franke—country style.
The Verve Pipe
Icons of the alternative rock scene, Michigan’s own The Verve Pipe has journeyed from their roots in East Lansing to the top of the charts with hits including The Freshmen, Photograph, and Colorful. The Verve Pipe is known for powerful live performances, and this is one you won’t want to miss.
Kalamazoo-based rapper, vocalist and cellist Jordan Hamilton weaves stellar vocals and sharp, thought-provoking lyrics over hypnotic cello loops to create a unique brand of Michigan hip-hop.
The Franke is known as one of the finest blues venues in the Midwest. Each year, we select standout artists from across the world and bring them right here to Michigan.
A member of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Matt Schofield is considered one of the top British blues guitarists of all time, alongside icons like Eric Clapton and Peter Green.
A Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, Joe Louis Walker celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century and is known within the bluTICKETS
Fresh off a stint performing with Brantley Gilbert, Bath, Michigan-based Sadie Bass and her killer band are ready to blow the doors off The Franke—country style.
The Franke Center of Marshall invites filmmakers to submit to the Wolf Tree Film Festival which will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2020. Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 13, 2020. In its third year, Wolf Tree Film Festival aims to showcase films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes region is defined as any state or territory that touches one of the Great Lakes (including Ontario, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York). Submitted films should be no longer than 30 minutes, and all genres will be considered.
The festival will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, a networking mixer, and a toast to the filmmakers.
The Wolf Tree Film Festival takes place in historic Marshall, Michigan, a gorgeous small town with a vibrant artistic community. Hosted by the Franke Center for the Arts and Marshall’s Youngish Professionals Committee, the festival is held at Franke Center*, originally a church built in 1921, now an arts complex that is the proud home of world-class concerts, inspiring theater, and award-winning movies.
The lore of Marshall’s Wolf Tree is one of a lone, prominent tree, with a stately position in the middle of what is now Mansion Street. Perched high between its large oak branches was a platform, where it is said a sentry, seeking the faint glow of eyes – wolves’ eyes – would sit, eager to protect his village from the threats hidden in the darkness below. The legend continues that the first person to stay in Marshall sought refuge in the heights of this same tree, as wolves and bears would roam the dirt lanes and forests of what would soon become Downtown Marshall. It is a wild history, a bold story, and a great homage to the films that will be featured at this exciting new event.
*Wolf Tree Film Festival will adhere to guidelines dictated for health and public safety. It is likely this year’s festival will be a hybrid of in-person and livestreamed screenings and events.
Filmmakers who wish to submit a film can do so here:
A 2-day celebration of winter, booze and blues! Friday’s popular festivities feature a wine and beer tasting throughout Marshall’s downtown. Craft beers, and specially-selected wines, and delicious appetizers as well as live ice sculpting.
Saturday, experience a night of exceptional blues from Matt Schofield. A member of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Schofield is considered one of the top British blues guitarists of all time, alongside icons like Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Part of the Franke Center Blues Series. www.mattschofield.com
5th – 9th Grade Students
Performances February 18-21, 2021
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
Auditions in late November 2020
Rehearsal beginning in January 2021TICKETS
The Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s debut performance at the Franke Center features Brahms’ most famous and popular First Symphony. The program will open with Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, a fresh, fanfare for strings. Additional works to be announced.TICKETS
In this season’s annual Franke Center Fundraiser, legendary improv troupe Second City takes aim at Marshall and West Michigan. The Second City finds laughs in local history, events, hot-button issues, and headlines from the hometown newspaper. Experience the classic Chicago-style sketch comedy and improv created by some of Second City’s most lauded alumni, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. Cap the night off with a dinner and raffle supporting The Franke Center, and it should be an unforgettable evening!TICKETS