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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Alan Gerber

Kristi Kates - October 4th, 2010
Alan Gerber Brings on the Boogie
By Kristi Kates
He’s been called eccentric and professional; boogie-woogie and groovy;
and has played at jazz, rock, and blues venues across the continent.
Alan Gerber - who you might recognize from his work with the late ’60s
band Rhinoceros (Gerber wrote songs, sang, and played keyboards for
the group) - is difficult to define, but also difficult to forget,
especially once you’ve seen one of his energetic and distinctive live
performances; and Northern Michigan audiences will get a chance to see
this transformative performer at concerts in Petoskey and Traverse
City this weekend.

RHINO DAYS
Gerber’s work with Rhinoceros gave him not only the opportunity to
showcase his own talent, but also to share the stage with a plethora
of other musicians of the day; while he’s grateful for the
opportunities he got with Rhinoceros, he also says that the “big-time
music scene” wasn’t as fulfilling as he may have anticipated.
“I had the chance to meet & appear with many wonderful musicians,”
Gerber remembers, “B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Van
Morrison, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Jeff
Beck, and many others. But for the most part, this was not a joyful
time for me. I found all the corporate rock n’ roll hype, the
egomania, and the general overloaded frenzy of it all to be quite
heavy and ultimately disappointing.”
More memorable for Gerber, he says, were his times alone in the band’s
rehearsal space - and the development of the band itself.
“That’s where I composed numerous new songs,” he says, “and when the
group was finally narrowed down to the final seven, I was really
impressed with the depth, power, and potential of the band.”

MOVING ON
As the ’70s began, Gerber decided to step away from Rhinoceros and
begin his own solo career, which he says was a virtually painless
experience.
“The transition from Rhino to my solo career was easy,” Gerber
explains. “I quit the group, went off on my own, wrote a bunch of new
songs, started doing solo shows, and eventually recorded a solo album
with Shelter Records.”
  That album, simply titled The Alan Gerber Album, would set the
foundation for Gerber’s next five solo discs, plus his current
release, 2009’s Queen of Hearts, which Gerber worked on primarily on
his own.
“Queen Of Hearts was recorded in my personal studio facility, mainly
at home,” he explains, “because of the portable nature of my studio, I
did some of the drums, bass and guitar in other spaces.”
Now miles away from the corporate rock scene, Gerber says he focused
the album on a range of themes, from more personal family matters to
spiritual growth, even throwing in a few humorous topics - and he most
definitely reveled in the time spent in his own studio.
“The sessions were really enjoyable, especially the time frame I had
to experiment, with no rushing because of the time/money studio
factor,” he says. “I could always go for that ‘one last take,’ which I
find to be an important luxury in a recording process.”

GERBER LIVE
  Now taking Queen of Hearts - as well as songs from his other six
albums - on the road, Gerber is snagging rave reviews for his
“stunning vocal interpretations” and “fine musicianship” live.
His one-man show blends his rock, boogie-woogie, and blues influences
with his sometimes zany stage antics to make for a show that keeps
audiences engaged from his first step out on stage to the night’s
final note. Given his prior band experience, fans of course expect the
music to be impressive - but what they might not be aware of are
Gerber’s skills as a comedic performer, as well, which add an extra
element to his already interesting show.
“During my live shows I strive for a mix, with beautiful poetry and
lots of laughs,” Gerber says. “This is exactly what people can expect
at my upcoming Blissfest show along with anything else that just
happens.”

The Blissfest Concert Series presents Alan Gerber in concert at the
Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Saturday Oct. 9 at 8:00 p.m. For
tix and more info, visit www.blissfest.org. He will also be appearing
with Trina Hamlin on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Loading Dock in TC at 7:30
p.m.

 
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