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Featuring a Friday night beer and wine tasting in downtown Marshall, live ice sculpting, and a Saturday night concert by blues virtuoso Laith Al-Saadi, IWBB is a can’t-miss winter event!
Friday evening join your friends in downtown Marshall to sample beer and wine at 10 different business locations. Enjoy appetisers, mingle with friends, and watch live ice sculpting. Each tasting ticket entitles you to ten samples, one at each location.
Saturday’s concert features Laith Al-Saadi.
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the Season 10 finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.
Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops – honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Paul Rodgers and recently opened for Bob Seger on his farewell tour in January, 2019.
“Laith is one of the most diverse talents we have,” said Maroon 5 frontman and ‘The Voice’ coach Adam Levine. “Incredible guitar player, incredible singer.”
Entertainment Weekly called Laith Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.”
Audiences have agreed, propelling Al-Saadi’s most recent CD release, “REAL” to the top of the blues chart for five weeks and the top 20 album chart for two weeks. Laith also had four singles in the top ten iTunes singles charts, and his albums “In The Round” and “Long Time Coming” spent time at the top of the rock and album charts. Al-Saadi also received a Detroit Music Award in 2018 for Best New Recording for his Digital EP “A 75th Birthday Tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
Guitar World Magazine has called Laith Al-Saadi a cross between “Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best,” and in 2006 Guitar Center crowned him one of the top four blues guitarists in the United States.
Currently in the process of writing songs for his debut album, Luis performs regularly as a solo acoustic act and with his trio, the Blaine Luis Band. Their performances comprise a list of unrecorded originals and covers that includes everything from ZZ Top to James Brown, Chris Stapleton, and KC & The Sunshine Band in a cohesive blues rock package. In July of 2023, they performed at and won the Adventure Bound Green Valley Battle of the Bands and received a $2,500 live recording package at The Starlight Room from their performance during the White Lake Walk The Beat Festival.
From EastEnd Artist Leann Thornton
One of the most fun Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues traditions is the collectible goblets! Each year, we offer limited-edition goblets custom made by a local artist. This year, they are from EastEnd’s Leann Thornton. There are many unique stiles, so there’s sure to be one to fit your mood and personality! Pick your favorite and bring it back every year, or get a new one each year and build a collection. Proceeds benefit the goblet maker and The Franke Center. You can pre-purchase a goblet along with your tasting pass online, buy one on the night of the event, or get one of our goblet presale locations in the days leading up to the festival (more info coming soon!)