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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Good Vibes

Erin Cowell - June 28th, 2010
Good Vibes: G.R. band returns to T.C.
By Erin Crowell
It’s the Fourth of July holiday weekend – a time to feel good; and nothing epitomizes that more than the good vibes from a live band.
Enter The Outer Vibe: The electro alt/rock/pop sensation from Grand Rapids that has created a fan base throughout the Midwest, including here, in Northern Michigan. The group returns for a three-day concert at Turtle Creek Casino, in Williamsburg, July 2-4.

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON
The Outer Vibe is all about having a good time.
“Our goal is to get out there and have fun, and to make sure everyone else is doing the same,” says guitarist Nick Hosford.
“We really just want to get people pumped up,” adds Jeff Brems, on drums.
If you’ve ever been to an Outer Vibe performance, chances are there will be people dancing. A major element to the band’s sound is rhythm and funky beats.
“On the Run” resembles the rhythmic bounce of Modest Mouse’s “Dashboard.” And, like the sounds of Modest Mouse, the sounds of the Outer Vibe are quirky – a Saturday morning cartoon…for adults.
Yet, the band is bold in their approach – heavy guitars, loud horns…there’s plenty of reason to tap your foot and bob your head.
“You can expect to have a good time,” says Vibes’ vocalist, Sean Zuidgeest.

THE “A-TEAM”
The band has been rocking all millennium, forming back in 2000.
“We just decided if the world was going to end, we would start a band,” says Hosford, “and when the end didn’t happen, we just had to stick with it…just kidding.”
The Outer Vibe started as a four-piece high school band—evolving throughout college—to its current five-piece “A-Team,” as Hosford jokes.
As mentioned before, the band boasts Zuidgeest on vocals, Hosford on guitar and Brems on drums; and includes Andrew Dornoff on bass with Lisa Kacos on trumpet, keyboards and keytar.
All decisions are made as a collective – “from the clothing we’re going to wear for that night’s set,” says Kacos – to the list of songs they perform, including original material.
“There’s five of us and we can take a vote; and if one person thinks a song stinks, the majority rules,” says Brems. “We’re very egalitarian.”
The Vibe performs a variety of material—from covers to originals—all depending on the performance.
“If it’s a four-hour concert, we’re going to play a lot more cover songs,” says Zuidgeest. “We play anything from Johnny Cash to Gnarls Barkley.”
“When people are there drinking and dancing, they like to hear songs they know and can sing to,” adds Kacos.

VACAY PERFORMANCE
They say they want people to get to know the band more – on a personal level.
“We meet people all the time between sets. That’s how we’ve built a lot of our relationships,” says Hosford.
Many of those relationships come from out of town, with people traveling from as far as Indianapolis.
The band says they plan on having a big crowd at this weekend’s performance.
“We were at other shows and heard people saying they didn’t know what to do for their Fourth of July,” says Hosford. “So we told them, ‘Come on up to TC, we’re playing all weekend.”
This will be the second performance at Turtle Creek Casino since the band’s three-day Memorial Weekend performance.
“The Traverse City area is so welcoming,” says Kacos. “We’re fortunate to get to come up to a place where people are excited to vacation anyway. We get our own vacation while doing what we love to do.”

The Outer Vibe performs in the Level 3 Lounge of Turtle Creek Casino, in Williamsburg, July 2-4, at 9 p.m. The band will also make an appearance at Hot Topic, in the Grand Traverse Mall, on Sunday, July 4, at 3 p.m. Visit theoutervibe.com for more info.

 
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