June Round-Up at The Franklin Theatre - Franklin-Theatre

June Round-Up at The Franklin Theatre



June Round-Up at The Franklin Theatre

Things at The Franklin Theatre began to heat up in the month of June! We played host to a star-studded CMA Fest Week, icons in the music and entertainment industry, and had an incredible Juneteenth Celebration at our historic venue! Let’s look back at what proved to be another tremendous month on Main Street!

Charles Esten: We kicked off the month of June in style as we celebrated country music’s biggest week of the year! During CMA Fest Week at The Franklin Theatre, Charles Esten captivated audiences with his “loose, rough-cut country” style, showcasing songs from his acclaimed independent debut album, Love Ain’t Pretty. Known for his acting roles in Outer Banks and Nashville, Esten’s concert reflected his multifaceted artistry and dedication, further solidifying his reputation as a beloved entertainer and humanitarian. He was joined by special guests Julie Cole, and former Nashville co-star, Sam Palladio.

Tom Dreesen: Tom Dreesen's recent concert at The Franklin Theatre was a poignant blend of stand-up comedy and heartfelt storytelling. From his humble beginnings shining shoes in Harvey, Illinois, to touring the nation as Frank Sinatra's opening act, Dreesen captivated our patrons with tales of laughter and tears. His deep bond with Sinatra, from jet-setting to heartfelt moments at Sinatra's last performance and funeral, offered a unique glimpse into showbiz history. Dreesen's rich anecdotes and profound insights left a lasting impression, showcasing his enduring legacy in entertainment.

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter's concert at The Franklin Theatre last month was a testament to his storied career in music. From his early days forming a surf band in Mexico City to his pivotal roles in bands like Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Baxter showcased his virtuosity on stage. The performance resonated with fans, highlighting Baxter's iconic guitar fills and solos that have shaped rock and jazz fusion over decades. His influence as a session musician was palpable, spanning collaborations with a diverse range of artists and solidifying his status as a legendary figure in the music industry.

Juneteenth Celebration: The Juneteenth celebration at The Franklin Theatre was a soulful tribute to R&B's golden era and beyond, honoring freedom and creativity. Produced by Anthony Smith and curated by Stephen Miller, the event featured Nashville's rising stars including Sheldon Thomas, Carmen Dianne, Shyanne, and William Davenport. They captivated the audience with timeless hits from Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, and more, blending genres seamlessly from Motown classics to modern pop and soul. The performances resonated with passion and showcased each artist's unique talent, making it a memorable evening of music and celebration.

Crystal Bowersox: Crystal Bowersox's concert at The Franklin Theatre last month showcased her distinctive blend of tender yet tough music, drawing from a variety of genres that reflect her diverse influences. Known for her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, Crystal's performance resonated deeply, embodying her mission to spread positivity and healing through music. Her journey from Ohio to Nashville has shaped her into not just a talented artist but also an inspiring advocate for causes like Type 1 Diabetes awareness.

As Main Street buzzes with the echoes of these stellar performances, we look back on June with gratitude for another remarkable chapter at “The Jewel of Main Street!” Be sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest and greatest shows making their way to The Franklin Theatre!