Alvin Youngblood Hart To Headline Winter Blues Festival In Marshall, February 6

With Special Guest Big Boss Band

The Franke Center for the Arts has announced that Alvin Youngblood Hart will be the headliner for the Winter Blues Festival, being held on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Tickets for the event are $26 advance, $28 at the door, and students are half price.

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Alvin Youngblood Hart

This annual event promises to offer a full evening of live blues, beginning with acoustic blues by the Duffield/Caron Project and Cliff Babcock in the Lower Level from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and a barbecue dinner will be available for purchase.

The main stage shows will start at 7:00 pm with  Kalamazoo’s Big Boss Band.  A special acoustic set by Alvin Youngblood Hart will follow, after which he’ll bring out the whole band.

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is a live explosion of roots rock that is a test of time in the world of music. He creates a blurred line of blues, roots, country and rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades. The band bends the strings and drops the groove to a level that is only achieved with experience and true love of playing with such passion. This trio brings a very eclectic music experience that you will be telling all of your music- loving fans about the next day and for years to come. Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. He won the W.C. Handy award for “Best New Artist” in 1997.

Big Boss Band

Big Boss Band

Hart is also an accomplished and acclaimed solo acoustic roots/blues performer. His 2011 album “Home Sweet Home” was nominated for “Best Acoustic Album” at the Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards. As a special addition to the Franke Center show, he will be opening with a solo acoustic set before bringing the full band on stage for the second half.

Tickets are $26 in advance, $28 at the door and can be purchased by calling the box office at 269-781-0001. Tickets can also be purchased online at As always, student tickets are half price.

The Franke Center for the Arts is a small, 270 seat theater located in historic downtown Marshall, MI. Unlike a night club, the show experience at the Franke focuses on the talent and music of the performers in an intimate setting, and is quickly becoming one of the Midwest’s premier Blues listening rooms. Make your plans now to come and “hang out” at the Franke Center for this Evening of Blues on February 6!

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