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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Rock to the top

- April 27th, 2009
Rock to the Top
8 bands battle for the best at Leelanau Sands
4/27/09

The wait is over for dozens of rock bands that have competed for the title of “the best” over the past four months: This Saturday, May 2, eight finalists will duke it out at the Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom.
In addition to the scrutiny of a full house of fans, the contestants will face a panel of judges culled from the top of the music industry, including players from some of America’s superstar bands.
Competing bands have entered from all over the state, battling it out in a series of competitions since January, says Joey Callahan of Radius Recording in Traverse City, who organized the event. The winning band will take home $2,000 cash, as well as a recording deal at Callahan’s studio valued at $8,000. The winner will also open for Puddle of Mudd at the Leelanau Sands Showroom on June 27.
A former guitarist with the industrial metal group 13MG, Callahan has extensive ties to the music industry from his days touring and recording with the band, and also as a result of a music services and web design business he owned in Chicago, which had clients on par with John Mayer and Smashing Pumpkins.
Rock to the Top will include a set by David “Shred Demon” Shankle, one of metal’s’ top shredders, who vows to “rip your face off.” WKLT will sponsor and emcee the event, which runs form 8 p.m. to 1 am. Additionally, there will be a 3 p.m. seminar for musicians by Martin Atkins focusing on the fine points of touring, based on his bestselling book, “Tour Smart.” For details, check out http://www.myspace.com/rockyourwaytothetop.

The Judges:

David “Shred Demon” Shankle
One of the top 10 shredders and fastest guitarists in the world and a member of the platinum-selling metal group Manowar. Voted twice in the Guinness Book of World Records as Loudest band in the World.

Martin Atkins
Member of Public Image Limited (lead by Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols), Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. Also president of the independent underground record label, Invisible Records. Author of world-renowned musicians guide to successful touring, “Tour Smart”. His newly released film about the Chinese rock & roll music scene 16 Days in China has won the CIMM Fest Award for Best Documentary.”

Howie Beno
Grammy award-winning producer/engineer whose projects include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Blondie, Static-X, Blink, Jesus and Mary Chain, Smashmouth and American Idol contestants.

Rae Dileo
Grammy award winning producer/engineer for Filter, Veruca Salt, Army of Anyone, Henry Rollins and Grand Master Flash among others.

Mark Farner
At the age of 20, he was leader of one of America’s biggest bands, Grand Funk Railroad. The band recorded 17 albums with total sales of more than 30 million records, and toured the world.

Suad Majors
Professional event photographer & styling artist International fashion, commercial and runway model and professional photographer from Ghana.

 
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