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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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Splendid Havoc Puts Passion in Pasticcio

Valerie Kirn-Duensing - July 1st, 2004
For old fans of the Traverse City band “Splendid Havoc,” change is in the air. For those not yet acquainted with the band, a treat is in store as their second CD is being released this summer, entitled “Pasticcio” – which, incidentally, is Italian for medley or combination of work.
“In the past we used to be sort of folksy, but now we have new band members and have taken a different path,” says Michelle Socha, lead vocalist and founder of the band.
If you are a tried and true fan, don’t freak! The primary focus of the group is still tight vocal harmonies; the band just decided to stretch its legs, so to speak, and flex the musical muscles of some of the new members. The result is a variety of styles and sounds that piece together like a beautiful patchwork quilt.
“What I like about this new CD is that there’s a lot of passion and energy in the music,” Socha says. “Not one song sounds the same.”
The CD consists of nine original songs, each written and composed by various band members. The sounds range from pop, to rock, to funk, to do-wop and everything in between. Socha was involved in writing seven of the songs, including “Standing” which is a tribute to September 11.
Two of the songs have been getting significant airplay on local radio stations. “Bottle Boy” was a WKHQ “New Music Challenge” winner and “The Smile” was a “Song Wars” winner for four consecutive nights on WTCM FM. As a side note, “The Smile” competed against several national bands and show host Norm Jones did not announce to listeners beforehand that this was a local band.
“We definitely have a vocal niche,” Socha says. “In the past, we had two to three vocalists. With the addition of guitarist Scott Hawkins, we now have up to four vocal harmonies that sound awesome.”
Band members consist of Michelle Socha (vocals, percussion), Donnel Grahl (vocals, percussion), Scott Hawkins (guitar, bass, vocals), Steve Weldon (saxophone, keyboards), Roland Woodring (drums, percussion), Debbie Street (keyboards, guitar, vocals), and Kim Tripp (percussion, drums).
Guest artists on the new CD include Marty Sage from “Fourth House In,” guitarist Joe Krellwitz, and Dale Smith, the band’s former bass player who moved to Arizona.
Drummer Woodring produced all of the artwork for the new CD, including his original design and sketch for the cover and came up with clever title of the CD.
So where does the band go from here?
“Right now, we are all getting along great and are trying to have fun with this,” Socha says. “We do hope to jump to a higher level of performance. We have our eye on opening act opportunities at Interlochen and things like that. Basically, we’ll have to wait to see where this new CD takes us.”
Splendid Havoc will kick off the release of their new CD with a performance on Saturday, July 3, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. out on the deck at the Holiday Inn in Traverse City. They will be performing several songs from the new CD, as well as several cover tunes.
Their new CD, “Pasticcio,” will be available at the Holiday Inn gig for $15 or can be purchased at Borders, New Moon Records and on the band’s website, www.splendidhavoc.com


 
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