Fridays at the Fountain 2024!

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Get ready, Marshall! 🙌 We are gearing up for the sixth annual #FridaysAtTheFountain concert series, a beloved tradition that brings together music enthusiasts of all ages. Hosted at the iconic Brooks Memorial Fountain, this summer event promises an unforgettable lineup of live performances, spanning various musical genres. The 2024 series will feature five different bands, and run every other Friday, starting June 14th through August 9th, from 7 – 9pm each night. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

*In case of rain, FATF will move to the beer garden covered area at Dark Horse Brewing Co.

The Marshall Rotary Club will once again be on-site at the events offering beverages, ice cream, and snacks for donations that benefit their support of various programs, including the FATF concerts.

2024 DATES
⛲️JUNE 14: The Fat Animals
⛲️JUNE 28: Phabies
⛲️JULY 12: The Band Cordero
⛲️JULY 26: Simply In Time
⛲️AUGUST 9: Kait Rose’s Shania Twain Tribute

Marshall’s Youngish Professional Committee organizes the concerts and presents them free of charge with the generous support from the Marshall Community Foundation, as well as the Cronin Foundation, Marshall Rotary ClubSturgis Bank & Trust, State Farm Heeter Agency, Choose MarshallCopper Athletic ClubTeam1 PlasticsGrand River BreweryGreen SceneParty Time Events, terraNOVA Collective, Black Lab Five & River Run Press.

Happy Hours @ The Franke: 80’s and 90’s Karaoke

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Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024
Time: 5:30PM – 8:00PM EDT

Location: Franke Center For the Arts
214 E. Mansion St. Marshall, MI 49068

Every last Thursday of the month, join us at 5:30 for an evening of fun in The Franke Center’s Downstage Club! For May’s event, we’ll be hosting 80’s and 90’s karaoke. The mic will be hot, the bar will be pouring your favorite cocktails, there will be yummy food and treats on hand!

So dust off your favorite power ballads, grab your friends, and come on down.

Thank You Wolf Tree 2024!

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Thank you to everyone for another great #WolfTreeFilmFestival! Shout out to The Franke, our sponsors, the talented filmmakers, and our YPC crew, and we hope to see you for the next one!

💥Wolf Tree 2024 Winners💥
🏆Best DramaTin Can
🏆Best ThrillerNot Him
🏆Best DocumentarySydney G James: How We See Us
🏆Best Student FilmThe Devil Wants a Promotion
🏆Best in FestivalSydney G James: How We See Us
🏆Audience ChoiceTin Can

Left to Right: Pat Battistini for Best Drama and Audience Choice Award, Tin Can; Juanita Anderson and Demetrio Nasol for Best Documentary and Best in Festival, Sydney G. James: How We See Us; Jordan M. Ketter for Best Student Film, The Devil Wants a Promotion. Not pictured is Sarah Young for Best Thriller, Not Him.

2024 Wolf Tree Official Selections

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Wolf Tree Film Festival is proud to announce our Official Selections for 2024! 🎉

*CW: Some films included in this festival contain mature content that may be inappropriate for young viewers and may be triggering for others. Viewer discretion is advised.

Boogie Bob & Chuck Berry

Directed by Geri Alumit Zeldes

This documentary dives into the remarkable career of Bob Baldori, known as “Boogie Bob” by his peers. Both a musician and attorney, Baldori was a member of the band “The Woolies” and toured with Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock n Roll.

Madina

Directed by Kevin Coval

Madina is an unconventional love story of connection and self actualization, as Madina takes a leap into who she always hoped to be, a writer of culture.

Not Him

Directed by Sarah Young

When her husband turns strange and violent, a wife becomes convinced he is possessed. But will anyone believe her?

Peabrain

Directed by Steve Blackwood

A former soap opera actor contends with his father, an assisted living resident with alcoholic dementia, and reflects on his earlier relationship with him.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Directed by Vanessa M. H. Powers

Mrs. Clemens is determined to be the perfect wife and mother, keeping her son happy and house sparkling while her husband is away at war. When Tommy has had a bad day, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is just what the doctor ordered!

Sydney G. James: How We See Us

Directed by Juanita Anderson

Visual artist/muralist, Sydney G. James, addresses the status of Black women in society, police brutality, family and community through bold brushstrokes and hues that evoke the complexities of Black reality, joy, pain, and resilience. Inspired by personal experiences, current events and her hometown of Detroit, she invites conversations with family members and fellow artists as she creates a new work on canvas and transforms vacant walls into creative spaces.

The Devil Wants a Promotion

Directed by Jordan M. Ketter

The devil is sick of his life in hell so he comes to the surface to try and be an angel once more.

Tin Can

Directed by Pat Battistini

J.C. came to America as an illegal immigrant when he was just a child. Now, as an adult, he’s still an illegal alien but has managed to persevere and prosper working as a rodeo clown. However, after a series of unfortunate events, J.C. finds himself down on his luck and in search for a new happiness.

What If

Directed by Julian Fellah

Kids share their thoughts on a better society in this heartwarming and sincere film that turns comedic.

Eric Ebner

Wolf Tree Focus: Eric Ebner

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Perpetual Plastic

🏆 Wolf Tree Best Documentary Award Winner (Perpetual Plastic, 2022) and Marshall local, Eric Ebner, has gone on to win awards at various film festivals including the first prize at the National Geographic Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge. He’s also directed other amazing films such as The Bull, Nuestros Muertos, Opening The Earth: The Potato King and more.

Check out his website here:

And check out his past YPC Spotlight:

The Bull
Nuestros Muertos
Opening The Earth: The Potato King

Happy Hours @ The Franke: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Every last Thursday of the month, join us at 5:30 for an evening of fun! Free admission and no cover. Bust out your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and help us kick off the holiday season with this screening of the classic 80’s comedy movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chat with your friends, quote along with the movie, and enjoy some delicious food from Pastrami Joe’s in our intimate Downstage Club. There will be prizes, trivia, holiday beverages, and more! Bring your friends and let’s get our Christmas on!

Learn more at: https://thefranke.org/events/national-lampoons-christmas-vacation/

Date & Time: Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 5:30PM – 8:00PM EDT

Location: The Franke Center for the Arts (214 E Mansion St, Marshall, MI 49068-1151)

Happy Hours @ The Franke: 80’s & 90’s Karaoke

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Every last Thursday of the month, join us at 5:30 for an evening of fun! To kick off this event series, join us for 80’s and 90’s karaoke. St. Samuels food truck will be onsite serving delicious meals and appetizers. The bar will be pouring your favorite cocktails, and you’ll have a chance to unwind with your friends in The Franke Center’s Downstage Club! So dust off your favorite power ballads come on down. No tickets or cover charge required!

Learn more at: https://thefranke.org/events/80s-and-90s-karaoke

Date & Time: Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 5:30PM – 8:00PM EDT

Location: The Franke Center for the Arts (214 E Mansion St, Marshall, MI 49068-1151)

Wolf Tree Film Festival 2024

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Independent filmmakers – submissions are now open for #WolfTreeFilmFestival2024!

Key Dates

  • Deadline for Submissions: NOVEMBER 12, 2023
  • Filmmaker Notification Date: DECEMBER 11, 2023
  • Wolf Tree Film Festival: JANUARY 20, 2024

The Franke Center for the Arts is gearing up again for the popular community event, The Wolf Tree Film Festival (The Youngish Professionals Committee). The submission site, FilmFreeway.com, is now open for entries.

Everyone is welcome to attend, including cinema fans as well as industry professionals. The Wolf Tree Film Festival is in its 6th year and is set for January 20, 2024 at 7:30pm ET. The festival will once again showcase short films (under 30 minutes) set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region.

This year’s event will again include screenings of each selected film, a meet and greet with the filmmakers and an awards presentation. Selected films will include a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, documentary and others.

Submissions can be submitted at the button below. Deadline for the submissions is November 12th.

FATF 2023: Norman Light And Friends

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Guess who’s returning to #FridaysAtTheFountain? Marshall local and fan-favorite: Norman Light!

Performing at previous FATF’s with Chameleon and Rae of Light, we’re excited to have him close out this year’s event by bringing back Norman Light & Friends. The only thing guaranteed is that there’ll be a night of good music, with fantastic musicians. Playing songs that everyone knows from a wide range of genres, every show brings a different line-up that makes each experience unique and memorable. Don’t forget to join us for our last show at the fountain – August 18th at 7pm EST!


AUGUST 18 – Norman Light & Friends

Please give a warm welcome to FATF alum, Norman Light & Friends, and we’ll see you August 18th at 7pm EST!

THE YPC: What kind of music/instruments do you enjoy playing the most?
NL: Favorite instrument – guitar of course 🙂 And music? I love playing songs from all eras and all genres. I like playing a mix so that the youngest kid will find a song they like, all the way up to the grandparents enjoying the music together.

THE YPC: What is your funniest memory about playing a show or being on tour?
NL: Too many to remember, but so many funny times driving back and forth to Florida with my band Rae of Light.

THE YPC: What are you most excited about for FATF?
NL: Praying that we actually play at the actual fountain. We’ve been scheduled twice before: once it got canceled, and the other we relocated to Dark Horse. Still a great show/venue, but not the fountain!

THE YPC: What is your biggest achievement thus far?
NL: Writing our own songs that we’re proud of.

THE YPC: If you could make an instrument out of a piece of food, what would it be?
NL: A pineapple-tar.

FATF 2023: The RockShow

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The RockShow: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey must be seen and heard to be believed. This fun 80s rock tribute band will take you back to the days when Journey topped the charts playing all your favorite hits. When the band takes the stage, you will see and hear why fans all over the nation are raving about their Journey experience as Tommy K’s remarkable ‘Perryesque’ vocal performance will leave you amazed that it is not Steve Perry himself. Levi Goodwin (bass/vocals) and Chris Bartnikowski (drums/vocals) round out the Journey Tribute. The RockShow also performs covers from a variety of different 80s rock bands. Come rock out with us and The RockShow – August 4th at 7pm EST!


AUGUST 4TH – THE ROCKSHOW

Get ready to rock out 🤘with The RockShow at FATF on August 4th! But first, let’s go on a little Journey with them in this interesting interview:

THE YPC: What kind of music/instruments do you enjoy playing the most?
TRS: Performing the music of Journey.

THE YPC: What is your favorite thing or special memory about Michigan?
TRS: Opening up for many National Artists such as Great White, Eddie Money, April Wine, Whitesnake, Tesla, Blue Oyster Cult, Firehouse, Ratt, The Guess Who, and many more!

THE YPC: What are you most excited about for FATF?
TRS: It will be our first time in Marshall in about 5 years.

THE YPC: What is your biggest achievement thus far?
TRS: Fremont Street, Las Vegas. (3 times) and opening up for many National Artists.

THE YPC: If you could compose a movie soundtrack, what sort of film would it be?
TRS: I (Tommy K) actually wrote the music for a documentary on the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes by Ric Mixter called “DEEP SIX” Titanics of the Great Lakes. It aired on PBS and is available online to purchase.