Evening of Blues to be held in Marietta Friday

MARIETTA — An Evening of Blues and Americana will be presented 8 p.m. Friday at the Gathering Place at Marietta.

Sponsored by Station House Records, Marietta College and the Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society, the show will feature The Dany Franchi Band and The Kara Grainger Band.

The Gathering Place is located at Seventh and Butler streets in Marietta.

The event will benefit music education in local schools. Beer, wine and food will be available at a cash bar.

Doors open at 7 pm. Admission is $10 cash at the door.

Dany Franchi was born in 1990 in Genoa, Italy, and is considered among the best young blues musicians of today.

In 2014 he recorded “I Believe” in Ohio, which was produced by the International Blues Challenge winner Sean Carney.

In February 2017, Texas blues legend Anson Funderburgh and Don Ritter of Category5 Amps in Dallas produced Franchi’s third album, “Problem Child,” that was recorded at Stuart Sullivan’s Wire Recording Studio in Austin, Texas, with blues musicians in USA Jim Pugh, Wes Starr and the Texas Horns.

The album was released May 18 by Station House Records and reached No. 4 on Billboard Blues Chart.

In the last two years Franchi has performed at blues festivals around the world, including From the Top in Colorado, Bayfront Blues Festival, Greeley Blues Jam, Doheny Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Festival, Blues’n Jazz Rally, Olsztyn Blues Festival and the Augustibluus Festival.

Kara Grainger’s career in music career began in a small town near Sydney, Australia. At age 16, Grainger joined her brother Mitch Grainger to form Papa Lips, a band that consistently toured throughout Australia and produced two studio albums that received national air play.

Papa Lips was influenced by Stax recording in Memphis and by the funky style of blues and soul from New Orleans.

In 2008, Grainger signed with the Australian label Craving Records and was invited to the United States by producer David Kalish where she recorded her debut solo album, “Grand and Green River,” which received critical acclaim and remained in the top 30 of the Americana charts for 38 straight weeks.

She has since made two other albums in the United States, “LA Blues” in 2011, which was recorded live at Studio City Sound, and “Shiver and Sigh” in 2013 through Los Angeles record label Eclecto Groove, which was produced by Grammy-award winning producer David Z.

Also performing on the album were Mike Finnigan, Hutch Hutchinson, James Gadson and Kirk Fletcher.

For more information call Jay Phillips at 304-481-8389 or Peggy Bolen 740-376-0222.