Kelly Richey is known for her engaging stage presence and high energy live shows, and this promises to be a great evening of hot blues at The Franke. Festivities for the evening begin at 7:00 PM in the Downstage Club, featuring local musician Cliff Babcock, where beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available. The main stage show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $22 in advance, $24 at the door, and students are half price.
Based in Cincinnati, Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians in the business. During her 28- year professional career, which began at the age of 15, she has logged over a million miles touring and has performed as many as 275 days out of the year. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Community in 2011, and frequently draws comparisons to blues icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown.
Playing live is where Richey shines, literally bringing down the house at every show she plays. She also is a seasoned songwriter, weaving together gritty blues-based rock and Americana-ish roots-based music that’s filled with introspection and cutting emotion. Born in 1962, Richey’s musical roots began with the Black gospel music she heard in church as a youth, and later on by artists like Roy Buchanan, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Blues had the raw soul that she deeply connected to and that gave her a musical platform for her emotional intensity to let loose, unfettered.
Asked what she feels when she plays, Richey responds with a broad smile, “When everything is working, I get to go away, like floating in a cloud”, and indeed it shows; watching her play is a joy in itself.
The Franke Center for the Arts is an intimate, historic, 270 seat theater in downtown Marshall, Michigan, and is quickly becoming known as one of the premier small concert venues in the Midwest. Make your plans now to be at The Franke on October 22 for a great evening of blues! Tickets can be purchased online at www.frankecenterforthearts.org, or from the box office at 269-781-0001.