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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Musical Roots on the River in Manistee

Kristi Kates - June 27th, 2011
Musical Roots on the River in Manistee
By Kristi Kates
Roots on the River is the moniker that’s been given to a relatively new
music series in Manistee, at the impetus of two locals who simply wanted
to bring more music to the community.
“In 2007, Noah Joseph and I decided that with so many talented musicians
in Michigan, we wanted to support them,” organizer Erin Garcia explains.
“Recently joining the Manistee Jaycees, we thought this would be a great
community project to initiate. The community has really embraced Roots on
the River, and we are now celebrating our fifth season.”

RIVER SETTING
The name of the series wasn’t merely thrown together, either - it’s a
literal interpretation of how the performances are presented, in a setting
that Garcia says “couldn’t be more beautiful.”
“The musicians play on the banks of the Manistee River as it flows through
downtown Manistee,” she says. “The hillside seats hundreds of people who
bring chairs or blankets and listen to the music as the sun sets behind
them.”
The Jaycees’ bandshell, which is on Memorial Drive across the street from
the Oleson’s Food Market in Manistee, will play host to a diverse roster
of performers, heavy on heartwarming Americana music and include some
regional favorites.
“We have an incredible lineup this year starting on June 30 with Detour, a
Michigan-based bluegrass band that combines original contemporary
bluegrass sounds with great traditional favorites. The Joshua Davis Trio
on July 28 will be backed by his roots-rock band; Joshua is also the lead
singer of Steppin’ In It.”
Seth Bernard and Daisy May are scheduled for August 4, and Sister Wilene
will appear on August 18.
“Sister Wilene will take you back to the days when country music was a
pocketful of heartfelt ballads and songs you could dance to,” Garcia says.
“From the traditions of Patsy Cline to Bob Wills, this band will take you
down memory lane or perhaps introduce you to some of the greatest American
music ever played.”

BIG AND SMALL
From these more established acts to up-and-coming bands, Garcia says she
is looking forward to pretty much all of the talent on this year’s roster.
“We have some that have never played before, such as Red Tail Ring and The
Nephews, as well as some new musicians to the lineup, including Lindsay
Lou and the Flatbellys, and a Manistee duo, All Strung Out and Getting’
Hammered. Luke Winslow-King has played before, but this summer he is on
tour with his trio,” she says.
A special partnership with the Vogue Theater Promotions Group has also
been set up for this year, to assist funding for both the Roots on the
River events and the Vogue Theater Restoration Project itself.
“We will be selling raffle tickets for a hand-crafted canoe package, and a
golf package,” Garcia says, “you’ll be able to buy tickets at all the
Roots on the River concerts, and the drawing will be held during the last
performance (of the season) on August 25.”
After the summer Roots on the River series closes, things quiet down
around Manistee - but occasionally, Garcia says, they get the opportunity
to offer a few winter shows at Manistee’s Historic Ramsdell Theater, such
as the presentation of Chris Bathgate’s Salt Year Tour, so make sure to
keep your eyes and ears out.
“To hear about future winter or spring events, just keep in touch with us
through our Facebook page, the Roots on the River Concert Series page,”
she says.

To get more information about the Roots on the River concert series, visit
them on Facebook (see above), check out the Jaycees website at
http://www.manisteejaycees.org/events-roots.htm, or email them at
manisteejaycees@gmail.com.
 
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