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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Young Dubs

Rick Coates - October 18th, 2010
The Young Dubs: On The Rocky Road From Dublin
By Rick Coates
Celtic rockers, The Young Dubliners, (Young Dubs) love Traverse City.
While most touring acts hardly know what day it is, let alone what
town they are in, The Young Dubs have their favorites and Traverse
City ranks right up at the top.
“Anytime I see we have a show booked in Michigan I call our agent and
say we have to play Traverse City,” said Keith Roberts, founder, lead
vocalist and guitarist. “Traverse City was one of the first places to
get behind us. Terri Ray at WKLT put a couple of our songs in rotation
and the people up there just got behind us. I think this will be our
eighth show there in the past 16 years. I think we have played just
about every venue.”
The Young Dubs will perform a special early show at the Loading Dock
in Traverse City on Sunday October 24 with a 7:30 p.m. show time. A
special Irish Happy Hour will start at 6 p.m.
For Richards and his mates, bassist Brendan Holmes (they’re the only
two members from Ireland), violinist Chas Waltz, guitarist Bob
Boulding, and drummer David Ingraham, it has been somewhat of a “rocky
road from Dublin.”
“We are keeping our head above water, but it has not been easy -- this
business seems to be changing daily,” said Roberts. “But it is that
way for everyoNE: the bands, the venue, the club owners. From the
economy to the Internet, we are in a different world right now. For
the first time, we have had a few club owners and festivals coming to
us and saying they just didn’t have the money to pay us in full.
“Fortunately those have been few and far between.”

PROMOTION STRATEGIES
“Clubs and venues are learning like bands are that you have to take a
different approach to promoting yourself,” said Roberts. “Every show
has to be promoted differently from a venue perspective and as a band
we approach our marketing of our tour based on each show as well.”
Despite a challenged economy, 2010 has been a great year for The Young
Dubliners.
“We were very busy this year and in particular in the Midwest. We just
left our equipment in Chicago all summer and would fly home. In
September we had gigs every night but three. We spent a great deal of
time on the tour bus and had a great tour in Europe as well,” said
Roberts.
The Young Dubs fuse a traditional Irish musical sound with modern rock
to create celtic rock. They have built a worldwide following by
gigging hard for the past 16 years, touring with Jethro Tull, among
others. Their CD, “Red,” was produced by Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s
songwriting partner) and the band has built a following in Hollywood,
with the likes of Rod Stewart claiming the Young Dubs as one of his
favorites.
So is there a new CD in the works?
“Yes actually a couple, sort of,” said Roberts. “We are going to do
our version of a greatest hits album. Since we do not have radio
number one hits we are going to ask our fans via our website to select
those songs. We will release that and go out on the road playing our
fan favorites next year.
“But we are also writing new songs and what I like is that everyone in
the group has a feel for our music, so I no longer have to shoulder
the songwriting burden completely,” he adds. “Everyone is taking
ownership and it is really cool. It’s not that these guys were not
capable -- I was the guy with the vision for this band and the sound
-- so now everyone sees that same vision.”

CUTTING LOOSE
The Young Dubs find themselves without a label as they go into the
studio, but this time it is by choice.
“It is just one of those changes, and for bands like us -- we are
better off with the technology out there to release our own stuff,
versus paying a label. In fact, a lot of bands are finding that they
are able to do a better job than the labels in this area now,” said
Roberts. “Downloading is where it is at, and touring, so we have all
the equipment to record and press out CDs to sell when we hit the
road. In fact we are looking at releasing our next CD of originals one
song at a time on our website, Itunes and Pandora.”

So it has been a “rocky road from Dublin” for Keith Roberts and his
bandmates but they would have it no other way. Catch them this Sunday
night at the Loading Dock in Traverse City. Tickets are $15 at the
door and bring your dancing shoes. Members of local Irish and Celtic
organizations are gathering at 6 pm for an Irish Happy Hour. To hear a
sampling of their music go to YouTube or visit www.youngdubliners.com.

 
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