Frank's Weekend Faves, April 15, 2018

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 15, 2018

Rarely am I contacted both by a promoter and by a reader or fan requesting that I mention a particular musical act's upcoming concert in our area in this space. In fact, this is a first. But then again, Blackberry Smoke pretty much demands such attention. And so do their fans.

The Atlanta-based Southern rock band will bring its Find A Light Tour to The City Center, 503 S. Chestnut St., C, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Blackberry Smoke is vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr; bassist/vocalist Richard Turner; drummer Brit Turner; guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson; and keyboardist Brandon Still. The quintet will be showcasing songs from their new album "Find A Light," released April 6.

Already known for their signature blend of classic rock, blues, country and folk, the guys have gone a bit heavier with the new album, particularly its first single, "Flesh and Bone," and having checked out the "scorched-blues" YouTube video more than once this week, I have to say I'm impressed. I have a feeling you will be, too.

Tyler Bryant and The Showdown will open the show, which is expected to wrap up by 2 a.m. and is designated for ages 19 and older. Tickets are $28 to $40.

The past week has been a good one for catching a variety of quality music performances across the area with the annual Boneyard Arts Festival going on through today, but this week offers still more musical treats in store. Here's another you won't want to miss.

Singer/songwriter Caitlyn Smith is bringing her Starfire Tour to The Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U, on April 22. So, of course, this concert will be highlighting songs from her debut album, "Starfire," released in January. But while this Minnesota native is a first-timer as a recording artist and tour headliner, she's no newcomer, having gotten her start writing songs for the likes of Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, James Bay and the multi-platinum John Legend/Meghan Trainor hit "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," and appearing on NBC's "TODAY" show and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," and in a "CBS This Morning" profile on Feb. 23.

Now, she writes songs for her own voice which The New York Times describes as "striking," while Rolling Stone says she channels "James Brown by way of Janis Joplin." Having checked out the dozen tracks on "Starfire" for myself this week, I have to agree. The lady's blessed with both angelic pipes and smoldering soul. Andrea Davidson will open this show for ages 18 and up at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of show, available at etix.com and CaitlynSmith.com.

Earth Day is next weekend. What are you doing to celebrate? Here's an idea: See a couple locally made films, check out some locally created art and gain a new appreciation for butterflies on Saturday afternoon at The Vault Art Gallery in Tuscola. You might even come out of it with an idea for how to do something nice for the planet.

Gallery owner-operators, monarch butterfly conservationists and visual artists Cynthia and Kirby J. Pringle invite you to celebrate Earth Day (which actually falls on Sunday) at The Vault from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, with the Tuscola debut of their two new documentary films: "Touched by a Butterfly," which looks at butterflies from a spiritual perspective; and "A Landscape for Life" which encourages people to plant native flowers to attract pollinators, birds and other creatures of the prairie.

The Pringles will also talk about the best native flowers to plant before the two films are shown (each run abougt 30 minutes). In addition, a limited number of milkweed plants will be available for sale at the art gallery, located at 100 N. Main St., in downtown Tuscola.

Have a question, suggestion or fave nomination for Frank? We'd love to hear from you. Please email it to fpieper@news-gazette.com.

Topics (3):Art, Film, Music