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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Ready to rock

Robert Downes - April 19th, 2010
Ready to Rock: Volcanic battle of the bands explodes with 8 contenders May 1
By Robert Downes
If you feel the earth shake the weekend of April 30-May 1, relax -- that’s
no earthquake -- it’s the finals weekend for the Rock Your Way to the Top
battle of the bands that has been raging in Northern Michigan every other
weekend since January.
“We thought this would be a good way to kick off the grand finale. We’re
going to party for the whole weekend,” says Joey Callahan of TC’s Radius
Recording, who is winding up his second year of Rock Your Way to the Top.
And party on dude it will be: On Friday, April 30, the weekend kicks off
with tribute artists Mini Kiss doing a “mini tour” of Traverse City
nightclubs with fans in tow. The evening will culminate in a CD release
party at the Leelanau Sands Showroom with Crooked Chord (last year’s
runners-up) and New York City classic metal band Titanium Black.
On Saturday, May 1, the action explodes with up to eight finalists
competing in a mammoth battle of the bands at the Leelanau Sands.
Celebrity judges will award the winning band a Radius Recording session,
$2,000 in cash, and the chance to open for national headliners Saliva.
Mini Kiss will also perform, along with David “Shred Demon” Shankle, one
of the world’s fastest metal guitarists.

ON AN UPSWING
Callahan is happy to report that the series is building pressure despite
the flat economy, thanks to strong support from local rock fans, WKLT-FM,
and the Leelanau Sands and Turtle Creek Casinos, which have hosted the
events.
“The response has been real good. It seems like the event is getting more
well known around the state,” he says. “We’ve also had quite a few bands
competing from our area this time. There’s been a good mix of downstate
and local bands competing this year.”
Contenders from Northern Michigan at the upcoming finals include TC’s
Dream Scar Reality and Bender (along with possibly Callous and Bloodshot
Victory, who were playing in the eliminations as the Express went to
press). Also representing the region in the finals is The Darwin Project
from Cheboygan. Rounding out the list are The Banana Convention from Bay
City, Panic Trigger from Detroit, Atrium from East Lansing, and Brena from
Grand Rapids.
One sad note for the event involves the case of 4Warned guitarist Greg
Miller, who is fighting for his life after being stricken with cancer and
undergoing emergency surgery. 4Warned was the winner of last year’s
series and was scheduled to perform this year at the finals before Miller
fell ill. “It is tragedy we didn’t anticipate at all,” Callahan says,
adding that members of the band will be on hand at the show with their CD.

CELEB JUDGES
Rock Your Way to the Top is noteworthy in that the judges have included
musicians and producers of national renown, such as Mark Farner, the
guitarist and frontman of Grand Funk.
Judges to be on hand for the May 1 finals include:
• David “Shred Demon” Shankle (credited with selling more than 9 million
CDs);
• Martin Atkins (formerly of Johnny Rotten’s band, Public Image Limited);
• Howie Beno (major label producer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie,
Ministry);
• Rae Dileo (Grammy-winning producer for Billy Idol, Stone Temple Pilots
and Henry Rollins);
• and John Pettigrass (music industry exec involved in global tours,
events and marketing).
“I’m proud to say that our battle of the bands is the only one I know of
where we’ve flown in all of these celebrity judges from around the
country,” Callahan says.
He adds that he’s also bringing in a professional film crew from Chicago
to catch the Friday night performance of Titanium Black for a live music
video. “That video will be going out around the world, so anyone who
comes to the show will have a chance to be in it.”
Callahan is also happy to report that major product sponsors are starting
to take notice of Rock Your Way to the Top, with sponsorships by the Dean
Guitar Company, ProCo Sound, LeRoi Body Jewelry and a guitar string maker.
Dean Guitar will be giving away a Flying V axe to some lucky shredder at
the show, while ProCo Sound will pass out distortion boxes and guitar cables.

In short, if you rock, this event rocks. Following is a rundown of the
weekend’s activities:

Friday, April 30
• Mini Kiss a.m. interview with Omelette & Finster, WKLT-FM
• Mini Kiss mini tour of TC nightspots, 5-8:30 p.m.
• CD release party for Crooked Chord & Titanium Black at the Leelanau
Sands Showroom, 9:30-11 p.m.
• Afterparty with The Hangers On, 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Saturday, May 1
• Eight bands compete in the finals at the Leelanau Sands Casino
Concert Showroom at 7 p.m. $5 cover.
• Intermission: Kiss tribute performance by Mini Kiss along with
performance by David “Shred Demon” Shankle.

Info: Check out http://www.myspace.com/rockyourwaytothetop











 
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