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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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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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