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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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There‘s No Run in these Nylons: Quartet Brings Sheer Energy to Interlochen

Ross Boissoneau - January 13th, 2005
Where can you hear songs by Three Dog Night, the Police, the Platters, James Taylor, McFadden & Whitehead, Gene Pitney and Prince?
Well, you could spin the radio dial back and forth, from oldies to classic rock to r stations. But a better option would be going to Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium this Friday, Jan. 14, where the Nylons will be wrapping the above and more in their inimitable four-part harmonies. Claude Morrison, the lone remaining original member, says the group is sounding better than ever.
“There was a period in the early ‘90s where one member had died (the angelic-voiced Marc Connors, who passed away from AIDS-related cancer) and one left (Paul Cooper). It wasn’t the apex.
“But at a crucial point Garth (current member Garth Mosbaugh) and Gavin Hope joined. After three or four years Gavin went off to do major musicals, then we got Mark Cassius, who’d just finished major musicals. He was feeling a need for change.
That was seven-plus years ago. But according to Morrison, “We still refer to him (Cassius) as the New Guy.”
Keeping pace with the times, the group has added songs by Daryl Hall & John Oates, George Michael, and Stevie Wonder to its repertoire, along with favorites like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Chain Gang,” “Dream,” “Town Without Pity” and others.
“We keep the chestnuts like ‘Drift Away,’ ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Happy Together,’ Morrison said. “It’s a good mix with the new stuff from the past couple albums. It harkens back to day one.”
It was with Connors, Cooper, and longtime bass Arnold Robinson, who joined the group in 1981, two years after its inception, that the quartet hit its stride in the late ‘80s. Albums like “Seamless,” “One Size Fits All,” “Happy Together” and “Rockapella” showcased their delicious harmonies on familiar favorites and zesty originals.
Morrison says even longtime fans who were enamored with the hit-making quartet in its heyday see the current group as every bit the equal of days gone by. “People who saw us back when Marc and Paul were with us say the stage show and musicality is still every bit as good.
“As you take it around to different audiences you keep it fresh. We don’t want to get to the point where we phone it in. The music keeps you alive,” Morrison added.
Opening for The Nylons will be Christine Evans, a 14-year-old freshman at Interlochen Arts Academy, and an up and coming star in her homeland, Canada. The first single off her debut album, “Take Me Home,” won Song of the Year at Vancouver’s Third Annual Island Music Awards and has been included on the “Women & Songs” CD, alongside performances by Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and
Sheryl Crow.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $8, $18, and $24 Call the Interlochen box office at 276-6230 or go online to interlochen.com.

 
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