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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Best Solo Performer: Levi Britton

Rick Coates - March 29th, 2010
Best Solo Performer: Levi Britton
By Rick Coates
If you ask singer/songwriter/guitarist Levi Britton about his life, he
will tell you that he has the best of “three worlds” and soon plans to
have the best of four worlds. Britton took home the Best Solo honor in
this year’s Readers Poll, but despite his win in the solo category
Britton is known for his band work as well. In fact, last week he was
in Chicago rehearsing with his band mates Down The Line for their much
anticipated new release Open The Door. They held a CD release party at
Chicago’s Lincoln Hall and the group is putting the final touches of a
major summer tour.
“I really do have the best of all worlds right now,” said Britton. “I
am in this amazing band Down The Line and we have been together for
nearly 10 years. it has been a great ride and it is still going.”
Britton was part of the first graduating class of Traverse City
Central in 1998. During his high school days he was in a local band
Eternal Circle, after graduating he headed to Kalamazoo not for
college but for a short musical pit stop before heading to Chicago. In
the Windy City Britton met up with percussionist Kris Myers and they
formed Blue Logic, the band built a following but Britton broke away
to form two other bands and Myers went on to form Umphrey’s Mcgee.
Britton’s two new bands would eventually fuse together to form Down
The Line and along with Umphrey’s anchored the Chicago jam band scene.
Down The Line has toured nationally opening for America, the Gin
Blossoms and Peter Frampton.
“It was pretty cool being on the Frampton tour and coming to play in
my hometown at Interlochen,” said Britton.
“America really took a liking to us and we plan to do some dates with
them this summer and there are some other big shows in the works but
the ink is still drying so I’m not allowed to say anything yet.”
But what about a Northern Michigan show?
“Yes that is definitely in the works,” said Britton. “I can’t wait to
introduce this new music to my friends here in Northern Michigan, this
is definitely our best songwriting effort to date, we are very pleased
with every aspect of it.”
The new CD was produced by three-time Grammy winner Glenn Rosenstein
(Peter Gaberial, James Taylor, Ziggy Marley, Talking Heads and the
25th Anniversary Saturday Night Live Soundtrack).
Joining Down The Line for the CD was percussionist Chad Cromwell who
got his start as Joe Walsh’s drummer and is currently Neil Young’s and
Mark Nopfler’s drummer. The album was mixed by the legendary George
Massenburg who has worked with a who’s who in the industry including
Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Journey, Linda Rondstant and Phil Collins
to name a few.
“I am also happy to be in Levi & The Good Boys,” said Britton.
“Basically we are a full band extensionof my solo work. I have great
musicians in the band and they all are in other projects. We only get
together once a month or so. I want to make each show special so we
just don’t play out much.”
so, world one being in two bands, it sounds like that is going well
and world two must be solo work?
“Yes my solo work, I love it and what I like is I get to be me all the
time on stage,” said Britton. “Look, I like my bands and it is great
performing with world class musicians but the solo work affords
different opportunities to express myself. I don’t have to worry about
what I say or play. it is just me up there.”
Britton is keeping busy around Northern Michigan with standing weekly
gigs at Kilkenney’s, Union Street Station and the Sail Inn.
“I am gigging out three to five times a week and feel fortunate even
having gigs three nights in a row in Traverse City. in the middle of
the week people fill these places up,” said Britton.
“I even have a sort of an odd approach; I use the live stage
essentially as my experimental studio. I take songs that are not
finished and try and finish them on stage, it is pretty cool and fun
and the audience seems to groove on it.”
So what is that “third world” that he has the best of?
“I get to live in Traverse City. Look I travel all over the country to
play music and see a lot of towns and Traverse City kicks ass compared
to anywhere else,” said Britton. “This is the best damn little big
town in America. I am looking forward to raising my family here.”
I am getting married to Krissie Twomey, who owns Krissie’s Creative
Gems on Front Street in Traverse City,” said Britton. “We are getting
married this July, so that will be my fourth world and we are going to
raise our kids here in Traverse City.”
So who is the band for the wedding?
“Not going to have a band. I am having a DJ,” said Britton, “He is a
family friend and has done other family weddings.”
That comes as a shock, a guy about live music is choosing a DJ, why?
“Sure I could get all sorts of musicians to perform and people have
volunteered but then I would be expected to get up on stage and play
all night,” said Britton. “This is my wedding, I do not want to work
it, I want to enjoy it. The DJ is bringing a Karaoke machine for later
in the evening and I know my brother Seth who is the superintendent at
The Bear and better singer then I am and he is going to sing a couple
of songs. I am sure that I will sing a song or two as well.”
Britton said that Down The Line is primarily going to be just “weekend
warriors” between now and summer so he plans to continue his Traverse
City gigs for the time being. Catch him Tuesday night at Kilkenney’s,
Wednesdays at the Sail Inn and Thursdays at Union Street Station. To
hear a sampling of Britton’s work with Down The Line and to keep tabs
on their tour, check out downthelineband.com.


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