The Franke Center for the Arts is excited to announce blues great Thornetta Davis as the
headliner for the Winter Blues Festival, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. This event returns to its Michigan roots with special guests Keith Scott and the Out of Favor Boys, supporting Davis for a diverse evening of blues music. Tickets for the event are $26 advance, $28 at the door, and students are half price.
Festivities for the evening begin at 5:00 PM in the Downstage Club, featuring acoustic blues with New Buffalo singer/songwriter Keith Scott. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and a BBQ dinner from Zarzuala will be available for purchase. The main stage shows will start at 7:00 PM, featuring Kalamazoo’s Out of Favor Boys. After a short intermission,
Thornetta Davis and her band will take the stage, bringing one of Detroit’s best blues bands to the Franke.
Blues musician Keith Scott has been at his craft for the last 30 years. Originally from White
Plains, New York, he made it to college in Gainesville, Florida, where he met Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. With the inspiration of his music heroes he proceeded to relocate to Chicago to pursue his musical journey. While hanging on the scene at the Checkerboard Lounge and Teresa’s, Keith met and jammed with blues legends such as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Little Milton. Now located in New Buffalo, Michigan, Keith tours, records and performs his own brand of blues-inspired music at clubs including the House of Blues and Hard Rock Cafe, and at festivals throughout the US and Canada.
Since coming together in 2003, the Out of Favor Boys have developed a reputation as an entertaining, interactive and energetic contemporary blues band with every venue from bars to festivals to private parties, and everything in between. The OFB first performed in the Franke’s Downstage Club as a trio two years ago, and we are delighted to have their full 5-piece band back as a show on our main stage.
For over twenty years, Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues”, Thornetta Davis, has graced and dominated Michigan’s most attended events. She has performed over two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more. She first gained attention in 1987 when she became backup singer for Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” on the Seattle based label “Sub Pop”, which received a rave review in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. The song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama “The Sopranos”. Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more. Her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song which received a standing ovation. Thornetta has won over 20 Music Awards over the last 15 years, and is one of the most celebrated Detroit musicians of all time. We are delighted to have her as part of the 2017 Winter Blues Festival!
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 www.frankecenterforthearts.org. 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 4!