Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.

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
“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.

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
• Martin Atkins (formerly of Johnny Rotten’s band, Public Image Limited);
• Howie Beno (major label producer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie,
• 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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