On Saturday, April 22, the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall is excited to present blues
great Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers as part of the Eaton Blues Series. Festivities for the evening will start at 7:00 PM in the Downstage Club with acoustic blues featuring Hunt and Gator, followed by the main stage show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $26 advance, $28 at the door, and students are half price.
Thackery is one of the few blues guitarists still performing who learned firsthand from the masters of the blues. Early in his career, he played several years with the legendary Muddy Waters Band. Later, he helped found the well-known band The Nighthawks, and he recorded three albums with his all-star R&B and funk band, The Assassins.
In 1992, Thackery put together a three-piece band called The Drivers to highlight his
explosive guitar, and together they hit the blues highway. Since then, he has recorded eight discs on the Blind Pig label, and he continues a busy schedule of live performances.
Whether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of the numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he’ll always unleash an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent. His double-edged guitar dynamics allow him to fire off tracer missiles, bend a note so it will fit under a limbo bar, run off dive bomber riffs, and find space within the trembling of one stinging note. As Thackery puts it, “I put all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what’s inside. There’s an electricity from your mind to your heart to your fingers. You just try and remember to breathe!”
The Franke Center for the Arts is an intimate, acoustically superb 270-seat theater located in downtown historic Marshall, Michigan. With top-shelf shows like Savoy Brown, Laith Al-Saadi, and now Jimmy Thackery, this unique venue is quickly becoming one of the best listening rooms in the Midwest. Reserve your seats by calling the Franke Center box office at 269-781-0001, or visiting the website at www.frankecenterforthearts.org. Make your plans now to be at the Franke on April 22 for this legendary performer!