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Letters 08-03-2015

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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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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