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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Imported From Detroit Motor City rockers make their way north

Rick Coates - July 25th, 2011
Imported From Detroit Motor City rockers make their way north
By Rick Coates
A new wave of Detroit rock and roll is making its way onto the music scene and three of those bands helping to revitalize the Motor City’s claim to being the “home of rock and roll” will make their way to Northern Michigan Friday, July 29 at the Ground Zero Nightclub inside the Streeters Center in TC.
Detroit has a long history of producing great rock and roll and two of the industry’s hottest artists Kid Rock and Eminem are currently carrying on the Motor City Music Torch. But that Detroit rock reputation is a big one and requires more players at the table so here comes The Dirty Americans, JTX and Jocaine.
JTX (JT Harding) is certainly making a name for himself of late. His current single “Love In America” spent a few weeks at the top of the charts on Sirrus Radio and remains in the top 10. Helping the cause are the commercials currently running for the new Justin Timberlake movie “Friends With Benefits” that features “Love In America” throughout the promotional spots. The song is his second single and a follow up to his smash hit “Party Like A Rock Star.”
JTX has been on a radio station blitz of the country to promote his song.
“I have been going to major radio stations and playing a live set during their lunch hour,” said JTX. “It is a great way to get publicity for the song.”
With the song’s success he has been spending time in the studio in New York City finishing up a new CD.
“I basically released just one song on my website and on YouTube and it took off, soon Sirrius was playing it and it went number one there and now mainstream radio has picked it up,” said JTX. “So I had to get into the studio and put out a CD and that should be out soon.”

TWO TOP HITS
Finding time to record a CD and write songs for himself has not been easy for JTX as he has become one of the hottest songwriters in the business. Over the past year he has penned two number one songs with “Smile” being a major chart topper for Uncle Kracker and “Somewhere With You,” the smash country hit for Kenny Chesney that spent three weeks at No. 1 earlier this year. Coincidently, Chesney and Kracker are currently touring major stadiums together performing those songs in front of 60,000 plus.
“The song with Chesney certainly has opened the doors for me to write songs with other major country stars. That is in the works and I can’t say now with who, just stay tuned,” said JTX. “Working with Kracker is great because we head to Northern Michigan and write songs together. We wrote ‘Smile’ up there along with ‘Good To Be Me’ that features Kid Rock. We hung out up north this past winter and wrote 15 songs together and Kracker will pick the best of those and head into the studio after his tour ends. I expect a new CD out from him around Christmas.”
JTX has also written hits for the Jonas Brothers and The Stereos; and recently three-time Grammy winners Train asked JTX to start writing songs for them. He is looking forward to returning to Northern Michigan to perform live.
“Northern Michigan has always been good to me. Not only does it provide a creative setting for songwriting but the people there have been really supportive of my music,” said JTX. “Doug Street and Streeters was one of the first places to book me and then of course the students from Boyne Falls High School asked me to be their commencement speaker a couple of years ago.”

DIRTY AMERICANS
JTX will join the Dirty Americans, who actually will be headlining the Imported From Detroit bill Friday, who are releasing their new CD “Black Feather” that night. The Dirty Americans will give out their new CD to the first 50 ticket holders through the door.
There are great expectations coming out of Detroit for the Dirty Americans. Gary Graff who has covered the Motor City music scene for 40 years for Rolling Stone and various Detroit publications had this to say about the Detroit rockers who have a couple of Northern Michigan members: “They’re a gritty, down and dirty Michigan rock band, I think they’re one of the best bands we’ve produced in Michigan, ever.”
Opening the show will be JoCaine, who just played the main stage of the National Cherry Festival. JoCaine is part of the Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker family and has been a regular guest of the the Ground Zero stage. He is out hyping his new album, titled “Can’t you Smell Whats Cooking?”, which features the legendary saxophone of Alto Reed, from Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, blowing on the instant classic “Underprivileged Baby.” Uncle Kracker also joins JoCaine on the CD.

This “Imported From Detroit” show on Friday, July 29 at Ground Zero Nightclub inside The Streeters Center in Traverse City with the Dirty Americans, JTX and JoCaine will give a taste of the new music scene emerging out of the Motor City. Tickets are only $8 and may be purchased online at www.groundzeroonline.com or calling the box office at 231-932-1300.
 
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