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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Thornetta Davis

Erin Crowell - December 28th, 2009
Thornetta Aims for the Big Time
Fundraising concert will help send her to Memphis
By Erin Crowell
Thornetta Davis may be Michigan’s best-kept secret. – For now.
The blues singer from Detroit has proven talent, performing at home and overseas and opening for R&B greats such as Etta James, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles and Buddy Guy. In 2000, she sang with fellow Detroit native Kid Rock at the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards.
But when Steve Soviak of the Mid North Michigan Blues Society told members of the Blues Foundation that Davis would be competing at their annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January, the reply was always the same:
“Who?”
Davis, whose voice has been described as “rich and soulful – the next Aretha Franklin,” is on the verge of evolving from a talented singer with a great resume, to a world-class star. The MNMBS hopes the singer will come out from under the music radar when she and her band performs at the International Blues Challenge, in Memphis, January 20-23.

THE ANSWER WAS YES
The MNMBS, among other groups, has spent the last five years coercing Davis into performing at the Challenge – and the answer was always no.
Davis has had a busy schedule, performing over 200 shows a year. She developed a following in the Traverse City area performing in the late 1980s with The Chisel Brothers Band. Finally, on a return trip to TC with the Thornetta Davis Band –while performing downtown at Phil’s on Front – the singer finally said yes to Memphis.
“She told me things were slow in Detroit because of the economy and she asked me if I could get some bookings for her around here,” says Paula Adams of WKLT. “So I asked her about Memphis thinking, ‘Oh, she’s going to say no for sure,’ and she said yes right away.”
Adams brought the good news to Soviak, saying she couldn’t believe it at first.
“We’re really excited to have her representing Northern Michigan. She’s never played on Beale Street before, which is kind of the home of the blues,” says Adams. “She’s not on a record label at the moment. This is an opportunity for her to do that.”
The International Blues Challenge has the potential to push Davis mainstream, gaining her attention from all the important names of the American music industry.
“She’s already a regular star in Europe,” says Soviak, chairman of the MNMBS. “Blues artists are worshipped like gods all over the world. It’s in America where they don’t know her well.”

MEMPHIS BOUND
As always, there are steps to everything – and the first one will be getting Davis to Memphis. That is why the MNMBS is holding a fundraising concert, on New Year’s Eve, at the UAW Hall in Traverse City.
The evening will begin with special guest duo JUKE, at 8 p.m., followed by The Thornetta Davis Band.
“Thornetta will be performing a standard set of blues songs that will be recorded live for people to purchase. She will also be performing some of her original stuff,” says Molly Malewitz, Davis’ friend and ‘biggest cheerleader’ as Soviak puts it.
“When I see Thornetta perform, it’s like going to church,” says Malewitz.
The fundraiser is an opportunity to hear the blues artist before she competes against 120 artists and bands at the IBC. For those who have already experienced the performance of this Soul Town singer, it’s the beginning of a much-bigger journey.
“She’s under the radar, but we’re going to change that,” says Soviak.

Tickets to the December 31 Thornetta Davis Memphis Bound Fundraiser are $30.Advance tickets are going fast, so reserve yours now at mnmbs.org or by calling 231-620-1963. The event is happening at the UAW Hall at 703 Rose Street in Traverse City. Doors open at 7pm. BYOB (alcohol allowed). There will be a raffle, give-aways, a 50/50 drawing and more. For more information on Thornetta Davis, go to myspace.com/thornettadavis.

 
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