Independent Showcase Continues Feb. 28 in Ferris’ Rankin Art Gallery

Mark RoseThe Independent Showcase mini concert series continues with R&B pop-rock artist Mark Rose on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Ferris State University’s Rankin Art Gallery.

Rose, former frontman of emo/indie group Spitalfield, will talk about his chosen career during a question-and-answer session following the show. The event, from 7 to 9 p.m., is the second of three concerts being presented by the Music Industry Management Association in collaboration with the Imagine More Art Association, both registered student organizations on campus. Lucas Carpenter opened the series on Feb. 7.

“Our mission is to host musical and artistic talent to inspire creativity by other students and the community,” said Melissa DiVietri, a senior from Jackson and president of IMAA.

The concert series is part of Festival of the Arts, a month-long celebration that includes daily entertainment, educational and cultural events offered throughout Big Rapids and on the Ferris campus.

Rose, a Chicago native, recently released a solo EP, “The Sound of a Turnaround.” To learn more about Rose, visit

The series wraps up on Thursday, March 21 with The Icarus Account, an acoustic pop-rock duo.

Shows are free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For additional information, visit the Ferris Events Calendar:

MIMA and IMAA members plan to organize additional music and art events this semester, said DiVietri, a New Media/Graphic Media Management major.

The Rankin Art Gallery is located in the Rankin Student Center above the bookstore.

Last updated: 02-09-2016