The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall is excited to bring the legendary Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown to the main stage for a concert on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Contemporaries of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Eric Clapton during the formative
years of the classic rock movement in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Savoy Brown remains the longest continuously running band from the era. Festivities for the evening begin at 7:00 PM in the Downstage Club, featuring acoustic blues with Doug Beckman from Kalamazoo, where beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available. The main stage show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $28 in advance, $30 at the door, and students are half price.
One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA, invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today. The band recorded their first singles in 1966 and quickly followed up with the landmark album “Shakedown”. The band recorded numerous songs that became radio staples, including “I’m Tired”, “Louisiana Blues”, and the four now classics “Tell Mama”, “Street Corner Talking”, “All I Can Do Is Cry” and “I Can’t Get Next To You”, which took the band to platinum status and placed them in front of wildly enthusiastic rock audiences in arenas all over the world. Savoy Brown’s Michigan connection began with a live show in Detroit in the late 60’s, and they captured, forever, the spirit of the music on the live side on “A Step Further” (1969) with a twenty-minute boogie “The Savoy Brown Boogie” dedicated to fans in Detroit. Going into 2013 Simmonds has returned to a three piece band once again, singing and playing guitar along with Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums.
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 November 19 for a great evening of music with one of the music world’s true legends! Tickets can be purchased online at www.frankecenterforthearts.org, or from the box office at 269-781-0001.