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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Rockin‘ for a reason

Rick Coates - August 31st, 2009
Rockin’
For A Reason
14 bands stage a charity jam at The Terminal

By Rick Coates 8/31/09
Ida Reed, lead singer of Northern Michigan based rockers Callous, is “Rockin’ For A Reason” this weekend. Actually, Rose has several reasons to rock.
“We are raising money for two worthwhile charities with an all-day music event featuring 14 bands at The Terminal,” said Reed. “But I want this to go beyond the charities; I want to help put rock and roll back into the live music scene in Northern Michigan.”
Rockin’ For A Reason takes place Sunday, September 6 at The Terminal in Traverse City. Doors open at Noon and the $10 ticket price will go to benefit The American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan and The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Traverse City.
“When I was looking at charities for this first event I wanted to be sure that the money raised would stay here in Northern Michigan,” said Reed. “My goal with my production company R.I.P.-Rhoda Inc. Productions is to host six events of this nature a year. I have a three-event deal with The Terminal and I am looking at other venues for the other events. Each event we will designate two charities.”

OVERLOOKED
As for putting “rock” back into the local music scene, Reed said there is a lot of great music in the region being overlooked.
“I love all kinds of music, but there is an emphasis on blues style music for the live scene up here. I do not have a problem with that and I know a lot of others want to see some diversity,” said Reed. “There are a lot of bands rockin’ out, with a lot of talent and we can fill up the bars if we are given a chance.”
Rockin’ For A Reason includes an eclectic collection of bands and musicians.
“We have all genres of rock covered, from heavy metal, classic rock, ‘80’s metal, modern rock, modern metal to easy listening, along with Top 40, progressive and alternative rock and even an Ozzy tribute band,” said Reed. “All of these bands are donating their time. I am real happy about that. When I got started in the live music scene years ago with Riot Akt, there was this brotherhood among musicians around the state and somehow over the years that seems to have disappeared, so we are hoping that these types of events will help to reconnect the brotherhood.”
Rockin’ For A Reason will feature two stages along with a unique fundraising opportunity.
“We are going to have a really cool silent auction throughout the day,” said Reed. “But what I am really excited about is we have Candid Lens Studios coming in and they will take pictures of you with your favorite bands and the proceeds will benefit the charities.”

CALLING ALL GUITAR HEROES
In addition to the bands, auction and photograph and autograph session there will be a Guitar Hero Competition and something for country music fans.
“We will have both a competitive and non-competitive Guitar Hero Competition with all the proceeds going to the charities,” said Reed. “In the Double D Saloon there will be country music and line dancing all afternoon and evening.”
Rockin’ For A Reason will be co-hosted by Joey Callahan of Radius Recording with a special appearance by Howie Beno who has worked with Blondie, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.
“I am certainly grateful for everyone who has stepped up to help make this happen,” said Reed. “My band mates in particular for donating their whole day to help with the staging and assist the other bands throughout the day with their technical needs.”
Rose has another “reason” to be excited about the day.
“My 15-year-old son Tyler Cervenka will be joining us on stage for the first time. He will play rhythm guitar on the first two songs and his father John Cervenka will join us as well, playing bass,” said Reed.
Reed is also looking for charities, bands and venues for future events.

Doors open at Noon with music starting at 2 pm. Tickets are $10, available at the door. For details check out rockinforareason.com or contact Ida Reed at 231-645-2014.
 
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