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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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MICKEY HART: The “Grateful” One Pursues Musical Infinity

None - August 19th, 2011  

Mickey Hart headlines the 9th Annual Hoxeyville Music Festival west of Cadillac this weekend.

There is no “mailing it in” with Mickey Hart, the percussion guru of the Grateful Dead, who could easily cash in year after year touring and playing the hits of his former band.

“What’s the point of always doing the same thing? I don’t eat my favorite meal everyday; I explore different foods in search of my new favorite meal, and that is my approach to music,” said Hart. “My whole life I have constantly been exploring different types of music, even during my Grateful Dead days.

“Sure I have a great appreciation for that music and being able to be a part of creating that music,” he added. “I am sure all of us will get together again in the future and revisit it, but for now I am focused on my current projects as I know the other members are busy with their own projects.”

At 67, Hart is as energized now as he was 45 years ago when he joined the Grateful Dead. His current project is the Mickey Hart Band and he will test the musical waters this weekend at the 9th Annual Hoxeyville Music Festival (45 miles south of Traverse City, just off M-37 near Wellston).

“I am not touring, just doing a few dates to see what works and what doesn’t work with this new project and band,” said Hart. “I will do a full tour next summer, but for now I am just doing a couple of club dates, theaters and music festivals. I was impressed with what I saw last year at Hoxeyville so I wanted to come back and let them be among the first to hear my new project.”

BAND BACKGROUND

It has been 16 years since Jerry Garcia passed away and since that time, Hart has toured with his former Dead bandmates as The Other Ones from 1998 - 2002. In 2003 the band changed its name to The Dead. They decided to take a hiatus in 2009.

Last year Hart visited Hoxeyville with his band, The Rhythm Devils (a name Jerry Garcia gave the duo one night when he looked back at them and said “you guys are the Rhythm Devils). That band included his Grateful Dead percussion mate Bill Kreutzmann.

“I am excited about this new project on several fronts,” said Hart of his latest group. “Certainly the musicianship and I know the people of Michigan are going to be equally impressed with the band I have assembled. Musically I consider this to be the best work I have done in my 50-plus years of performing.”

A strong statement coming from a musician whose work with the Grateful Dead landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Again, I think if you say your best work was that from the past how can you grow as a musician or a person? I believe that each project I am working on is and will be my best work. You have to or you are just going through the motions.”

NEW STUFF

Hart will release a new CD early next year, his first studio work in five years since he produced the Grammy winning “The Global

Drum Project.” He doesn’t want to give too much away about what to expect from his new CD, but points to his musical research as the foundation for the project.

“Over the past several years I have I been working with leading scientists from NASA and other institutions to capture raw light waves from space and then transform those light waves into sound waves. Afterwards, using those sounds to compose universal music. I have started with the sounds of the Big Bang from 13.7 billion years ago and continued my personal investigation through our current time,” said Hart. “Basically I am exploring what the universe sounds like.”

Hart enthusiastically furthers his point. “Music is a universal language, every culture and society has used sounds and rhythms throughout its history. It is only natural to believe that this inspiration for all of this came from the sounds created by the universe,” said Hart. “I firmly believe that like water and air we need music to survive, it is what defines and it is part of what makes us human.”

AROUND THE WORLD

Prior to searching space, Hart explored and captured music from cultures around the world. That work will now be recognized by the Smithsonian with the release of “The Mickey Hart Collection’” this October to preserve and further his endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons.

“The Mickey Hart Collection” will begin with 25 albums drawn from “The World,” a series Hart curated that incorporated his solo projects, other artists’ productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the 25 albums form the “Endangered Music Project,” a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk.

“This is a real honor because the Smithsonian will be around for future generations so I consider this to be my best honor of my musical career,” said Hart. “Grammys and other awards tarnish after awhile they end up in a closet and they really mean little in the bigger picture.”

For now that bigger picture for Hart is exploring the musical offerings of the universe where he believes the opportunities for discovery are infinite. Festival-goers this weekend to Hoxeyville will be among the first to hear Hart’s discoveries. For more information on Mickey Hart go to www.mickeyhart.net or follow him on Twitter.

HOXEYVILLE HIGHLIGHTS

Here are some additional highlights to the 9th Annual Hoxeyville Music Festival, August 19-21. Located near Wellston the festival grounds occupy nearly 100 acres of farmland and hardwood forest within the Manistee National Forest.

Joining Mickey Hart as the headliner for the weekend will be Umphrey’s McGee. Other performers include Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Itals, Greensky Bluegrass, Todd Snider, Ella Riot and a host of Northern Michigan favorites.

Hoxeyville has two stages of national touring artists as well the best talent from Northern Michigan. Next door is a modern campground with full amenities including a swimming pool, showers, plug-ins, dump station and wireless Internet.

In addition to music, Hoxeyville will offer disc golf and the festival grounds are close to mountain biking and hiking trails. For the those into fly-fishing or kayaking, the Pine River is nearby. The “Vendor Village” will feature artisan, craft and food vendors.

There are several different ticketing options for Hoxeyville and the “Early Bird” tickets have already sold out. For a complete look at the line up and to purchase tickets and camping passes in advance check out www.hoxeyville.com.

 
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