Grammy award winner Peter “Madcat” Ruth will be taking the stage this Saturday evening at Williams Auditorium on the campus of Ferris State University as a part of the Festival of the Arts. Madcat is a multi-talented musician from Ann Arbor who has excited crowd’s world wide with his virtuoso harmonica playing and witty banter. He will be joined on stage by Shari Kane on guitar and vocals, Mike Shimmin on drums, and the always entertaining Mark Schrock on bass and vocals. Together they are called Madcat, Kane & Maxwell Street and are “certainly not your average blues band.” Prepare to be transported out of the cold, snowy north and into some sort of mystical otherworld dominated by a deep. swampy, quirky, acoustic, living and breathing blues. The journey begins this Saturday, February 13th at 8:00 P.M. and will only cost $5.00 general admission. If you have never been transported by Peter before, do not miss this opportunity. You will not be disappointed.
While you are in Big Rapids to see Madcat, Kane & Maxwell Street be sure to check out some of the other festival events. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an opportunity to experience the paintings and sculptures of this beloved author and artist, the ones that he did at night for himself, the ones that he rarely exhibited. The exhibit is located in the Rankin Student Center Art Gallery on the campus of FSU. The hours of availability are Tuesday through Friday, 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. and Saturday 10A.M. until 3:00 P.M. One could easily enjoy this exhibit on Saturday, dine at Schuberg’s, and return to campus for the Madcat, Kane and Maxwell Street concert.
Other unique events coming up this week as a part of the Festival of the Arts include a concert on Sunday by the FSU Winter Band and Orchestra and the fifth annual Taste of Mecosta County on Tuesday. Walt Perryman –The Cowboy Poet of Luckenbach, Texas will entertain at the Dome Room at FSU on Thursday the 18th and at Artworks on Friday the 19th. The Neptune Quartet will perform at The Blue Cow on Thursday and there will be a big band dance with the Flat River Big Band at the Gate on Saturday. For additional information on upcoming events go to www.ferris.edu/festival.