This 2-day celebration of winter, booze, and blues is one of Marshall’s most popular events each year! Choose to attend one or both nights of fun.
Friday’s festivities feature wine and beer tasting throughout Marshall’s beautiful downtown. Stroll through shops and enjoy delicious appetizers, craft beers, specially-selected wines, and live Olympics-themed ice sculpting. This year, you can purchase your tickets online! Simply click your link below, print the e-ticket, and bring it to a tasting location to exchange for your wristband.
Click here to purchase beer and wine tasting tickets ONLY. (To purchase concert tickets and tasting tickets together, see below).
At 8pm 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. His concert is part of the Franke Center Blues Series. www.mattschofield.com
Opening in our downstage club at 6pm will be one of our favorite local bands, The Fat Animals, providing a jam-infused soul-rock experience. While you watch, enjoy a delicious dinner from Grand River Brewery including pulled pork, slider brioche buns, coleslaw, individual bagged chips, and mini chocolate chip cookies for $15 (to be purchased when you arrive).
Advance $15 | Door $18
+ $2 ticketing fee per ticket
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Come see this cast of talented 5th – 9th graders bring this classic tale to life!
The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area since 1949. The orchestra has performed with many legendary figures in the world of music including Dizzy Gillespie, Grant Johannesen, Ralph Votapek, and Ian Hobson. Mannheim Steamroller, Ann Murray, and the Manhattan Transfer have invited the orchestra to do multi-state regional tours with them. The repertoire of the orchestra has been adventurous (including two entire seasons where every piece performed was from the 20th Century) and has drawn national attention as evidenced by frequent grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The orchestra has premiered works by such distinguished composers as Jeff Beal, Crawford Gates, David Gibson, Robert De Gaetano, Falla Guitar Trio, and its own composer in residence, J. Bruce Brown. Operas including Tosca, La Boheme, Merry Wives of Windsor, Die Fledermaus have been presented in fully staged productions and eight different collaborations with the Indianapolis Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet have resulted in magical productions of Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker. www.jacksonsymphony.org
Josh Vreeland is a native of Marshall and a recent graduate of Western Michigan University. Josh is no stranger to the Franke Center and has been performing on the main stage since he was a child. This is his first time performing in the DownStage, and he is so excited to share an hour of music with you!TICKETS
In this season’s annual Franke Center Fundraiser, legendary improv troupe The 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!
Olivia Dear (formerly Olivia Millerschin) captivates audiences with her celestial voice, wrapping them in a gossamer blend of modern pop with a pinch of folk. Her last record Look Both Ways was nominated for a 2018 Independent Music Award. Dear has won two John Lennon Songwriting Awards, the Great American Song Contest, and she was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent. Backed by TIDAL streaming services and distro partner EQ, Olivia Dear is ready to make a statement with new releases in 2021. Part of the Michigan Stars Series and Music on Tap Series.TICKETS
The mission of The Gilmore is to promote and develop world-class keyboard musical experiences that inspire present and future artists and audiences. The Gilmore Young Artist Award is presented every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of U.S.-based pianists, age 22 and younger.TICKETS
This star-studded new awards show will celebrate the year’s best music videos by Michigan artists and feature a live performance by folk rock masters “The Accidentals.” Enjoy a screening of the video finalists, watch artists accept their awards, and mingle with some of Michigan’s greatest musical talents and video directors.
The Accidentals are a multi-instrumental songwriting power trio. They kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut album on Sony Masterworks. Composing, arranging, and playing tracks for bands like BTS, Keller Williams, and Flint Eastwood, while also scoring an indie film, teaching workshops across the country, and playing alongside symphonies, this band is only just getting started.