Blues & Americana concert scheduled at The Gathering Place on Feb. 1

Kara Grainger sitting in the back of a car

Marietta College is hosting An Evening of Blues & Americana Music at 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 1st, at the newly renovated Gathering Place — at the corner of Seventh and Butler streets.

Featuring The Dany Franchi Band and The Kara Grainger Band, the event will benefit music education. Admission is $10. Beer, wine and food will be available at the cash bar.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Franchi was born in Genoa, Italy, and is widely considered one of the best young blues musicians on the scene today. In 2014, he recorded “I Believe,” in Ohio along with “International Blues Challenge” winner Sean Carney.

Between 2016 and 2017, Franchi performed at several prestigious blues festivals such as the Blues From The Top in Colorado and the Dallas International Guitar Festival in Texas. 

In February 2017, the Texas Blues Legend Anson Funderburgh and Don Ritter ’81 of Category5 Amps decided to produce Franchi’s third album “Problem Child,” recording at the world-famous Wire Recording Studio in Austin Texas with Grammy® award-winning engineer Stuart Sullivan. 

Grainger is an Australian singer, guitarist and songwriter who has toured around the globe in places like Japan, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, England and the U.S.

She is known for her sultry, mesmerizing vocals and fiery approach to blues and slide guitar. She has opened shows for Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal, Marc Cohn and Eric Johnson.

The event is a presentation of Station House Records, Marietta College and the Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society.