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Letters 05-23-2016

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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Brian Setzer

Ross Boissoneau - December 3rd, 2007
When Brian Setzer brings his Christmas show – and his swinging 17-piece orchestra – to the Odawa Casino in Petoskey for Saturday night’s show, the place will be both swingin’ and rockin’ - that’s a given. But what fans might not realize is just how much holiday music they’ll hear, and just how it will be... well, Setzerized.

SWINGIN’ SETZER
Since bursting onto the scene with his big band in 1994, Setzer has headed the swing revival, but while many of the bands that rode that wave have all but disappeared (think Squirrel Nut Zippers or Royal Crown Revue), Setzer has kept on keeping on.
While some of his music already has a certain cheesiness – it’s been compared to Doc Severinsen’s “Tonight Show” band with tattoos – that cheese factor increases dramatically as Setzer & crew take on the holiday sounds of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things,” and everyone’s favorite, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” So what? The soulful saxes, punchy trumpets, and rollicking trombones make short work of any criticism.
That’s the thing with Setzer’s orchestra. You’re not likely to get too many surprises (though the sensitive arrangement of “My Favorite Things” may qualify), but you’ll get the most soulful, swinging, and well-played big band music out there. And while his holiday show concentrates on tunes from his two Christmas-themed CDs, there’s plenty more to enjoy. Tracks like “This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof,” “The Dirty Boogie,” and his signature tune, “Jump Jive & Wail” get their place in the set as well.

AND... CLASSICAL SETZER?
On his most recent release, Wolfgang’s Big Night Out, Setzer makes short work of classical favorites like Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusic,” Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” and even Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Some of those semi-familiar tunes will surely be in the holiday set as well.
It’s hard to beat the sight of a big band decked out in holiday regalia, complete with red and white (bowling?) shirts under faux leopard-skin blazers, with the backup singers in slinky little red dresses with snow-white trim. And then there’s the merry bandleader, looking his lounge-lizard best.
Of course, it wouldn’t mean a thing if it didn’t have that swing, and Setzer and company assuredly do. There’s a reason beyond novelty that this group sells out dates across the globe; they bring the goods every night. Great arrangements, inspired performances from the entire group, and a bandleader who puts it all on the line promises concert-goers a great time.

Tickets for the 6th Annual Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza, set to take place on December 8 at 8:00 p.m., are $60 and $45. For ticket information, call the casino at 1-877-442-6464 or log onto www.odawacasino.com. Also appearing will be special guests
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