Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Tex-Mex spirit of Los Lonely Boyskicks off National Cherry Festival

Robert Downes - June 28th, 2010
Tex-Mex spirit of Los Lonely Boys kicks off National Cherry Festival
The three-man power-pop of Los Lonely Boys will light up the crowd this Saturday, July 3 as the opening act on the Bayfront Stage at the National Cherry Festival.
Los Lonely Boys is the vanguard of a week of music that includes the return of several old favorites as well as some new faces. That lineup includes:
• Sunday, July 4: Gregg Rolie’s tribute to Santana (see related article).
• Monday, July 5: “Heroes’ Salute” with the NMC Community Band, featuring patriotic music to fit the 4th.
• Tuesday, July 6: Tommy Castro blues with Harper and The Midwest Kind
• Wednesday, July 7: 1964 - The Tribute, bringing back the popular Beatles tribute.
• Thursday, July 8: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - a high-energy swing dance band from Southern California.
• Friday, July 9: Randy Houser country rock.
• Saturday, July 10: Think Floyd -the Pink Floyd tribute accompanied by fireworks.

Los Lonely Boys
The Texas trio of guitarist Henry Garza and his brothers, bass player Jojo and drummer Ringo bring three-part harmonies and the power-pop energy of Mexico to their music, alternating between originals from their three albums and their own take on a number of cover songs.
Originally from a small town in West Texas, the Boys started performing with their father, Ringo Garza, Sr., as children. Music was a family tradition for the Garzas: The Boys’ father performed with his seven brothers in a conjunto group called The Falcons, mixing country music with Spanglish sounds.
When their father’s band broke up, his sons started backing him, taking their act on the road to Nashville, where they performed off and on through the ‘90s, playing a mix of country, Tex-Mex and classic rock. When things went flat in Nashville, the family moved back to Texas and the brothers organized Los Lonely Boys.
The band had a multi-platinum hit with their 2003 debut album, “Los Lonely Boys,” and went on to hit the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s album chart with their 2006 follow-up, “Sacred.” Currently, they’re promoting their third album, “Forgiven.”
Expect a wide mix from the Boys. In addition to originals, such as their Grammy-winning hit, “Heaven,” they play a number of classic rock chestnuts, including the Spencer Davis/Stevie Winwood hit, “I’m a Man,” Santana’s “Evil Ways,” The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues,” Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie,” and The Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.”
“It’s kinda crazy, we’re like the Mexican Beatles,” says Henry Garza in their bio. “People always ask us what kind of style we play. I tell ‘em it’s a cross between Stevie Ray meets Santana, Jimi Hendrix meets Richie Valens, or the Beatles meet Ronnie Milsap.”

Tommy Castro
Straight outta’ San Jose, California comes Tommy Castro, who got his start performing in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970s and has since hammered out a reputation for a searing stage show that samples everything from Southern rock to Chicago blues and the Memphis sound.
Castro leads the next generation of top-flight electric blues performers on the heels of B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Bo Diddley, all of whom he’s been associated with, sharing stages or as a guest recording artist.
With 12 albums to his credit, Castro has a reputation for a hybrid style that mixes many influences and genres. As the saying goes, expect the unexpected.

Harper and The Midwest Kind
One of Michigan’s most notable performers, Harper is an expat from western Australia who toured the U.S. throughout the ‘90s before taking the plunge and moving to Jackson, MI several years ago.
An ace on the harmonica as well as the digeridoo, Harper brings a blues-rock sound to the stage, often with socially-conscious lyrics that speak to issues such as justice and personal freedom. Top it off with Harper’s smooth vocals and Down Under attitude and you and your mates are sure to be rockin’.

Check out next week’s Express for info on 1964: The Tribute, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Randy Houser and Think Floyd.

-- by Robert Downes
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