FATF 2024: Simply In Time


Simply In Time was formed in early 2022 by Robb Hughes, Eric Nollett, and Steve Boersma out of a ten-piece horn driven band they met in. The original purpose was to create and play their own instrumental versions of some popular music spanning genres from funk to rock to pop and dance for some small venues, open mics, and event background entertainment. When Jake Oakey was introduced to the band, he came with a catalog of original songs that he had written and performed in Colorado. Adding his vocals, guitar skills, and incredible ability to write music changed their goals overnight! Kendra DeVrou joined the band in early 2023 bringing amazing lead and backing vocal layers. From a four-song open mic debut at The Park Theater in July 2022, they have since become a sought-after band for West Michigan venues.

FATF 2024: The Band CORDERO


Hailing from West Michigan with groovy bass lines, clever hooks and soaring harmonies, The Band CORDERO has come to play. The group came together in the spring of 2022 to combine their pop-rock sensibility with sassy but sincere songwriting. Runner-up of the Grand Rapids’ local battle of the bands, The Band CORDERO received high praise from Local Spins stating they, “Pulled out all the stops with a high energy and engaging set, ending with a standing ovation.” Their highly anticipated debut single release hot off the press, Falling For You, takes their magnetic synth-pop vibes into your listening space.



Created by multi-disciplinary artist Laura Hobson, Phabies is a universe within her imagination. Their lyric-focused music is a blend of 60’s-era folk and genre-blending pop, alternative, and indie. “Phabies has carved out a unique, artistic and entertaining niche in West Michigan, releasing EPs and singles over the past few years, with their full-length debut album, ‘Fire Seed’” released in 2022 (John Sinkevics, Local Spins). Laura’s voice, “both lyrical and literal, is the shining star of Phabies’ sky of sounds, celestial yet terrestrial, rising from the earth and the core of her being so beautifully” (Eric Mitts, Revue Mag). Their album “Fire Seed” was awarded Critics Choice Album of the Year at the 2023 WYCE Jammies. See you June 28th at the Brooks Memorial Fountain for a live performance from Phabies! #FridaysAtTheFountain

The second show in our #FridaysAtTheFountain concert series features the Phabies, who won Video of the Year, Best Cinematography, and Best Alternative Video at the 2024 Michigan Music Video Awards, held at Marshall’s Franke Center for the Arts. Catch the band performing live next Friday, June 28th from 7 – 9pm! You can also check out the “Pink Christmas Tree” MV:

FATF 2024: The Fat Animals


The Fat Animals are much like a river of water. Currents of music ebb and flow through whirlpools of sonic exploration and waterfalls of emotional bliss, filling the ears and soul with love and appreciation. Every performance is a unique experience of their interpretations of the great masters of music past, present, and future. The Fat Animals also bring an ear-pleasing selection of original music. Join us June 14th from 7 – 9pm as The Fat Animals kick off #FridaysAtTheFountain2024. These five friends produce a fantastically fun vibe that will make you want to get up and groove by the fountain!

Fridays at the Fountain 2024!


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


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!


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


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.


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?


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.

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


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


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)