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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Michigan Music Fests Are Rockin? Along

Kristi Kates - June 13th, 2011
2010 said bye-bye to Rothbury - but fortunately for Michigan music fans, a replacement fest has sprung up in its place, even in the same locale (see “Electric Forest Festival” below) for 2011. Other events celebrated their longevity in 2010 (happy 30th birthday, Blissfest) and are still going strong this year. Stack ‘em all together, and you’ve got another great selection of 2011 Michigan music fests to choose from, whether you choose to stay Up North or venture downstate in search of an even wider variety of tunes and venues.

Summer Solstice Festival
June 18, Elberta Waterfront Park, Benzie County (http://www.elbertasolsticefestival.com)
You couldn’t ask for a more pleasant setting for this free, family-friendly park set in the sprawling new waterfront park in Elberta opposite Frankfort and its harbor. The festival runs from noon to 1 a.m. with plenty of kids activities as well as a beer tent and dining scene. Ella Riot (formerly My Dear Disco) headlines the event along with Thrill Train. Also playing are K Jones and the Benzie Playboyz, Sub-Prime Blues Band, Waterline, Hannah Rae Beale, Platte Plains Wolf Pack, Triple Shot and Acoustic Dynamite.

Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival
June 18, Dickson Township Park, Brethren (www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html)
This year’s Spirit of the Woods is in its 34th year, and will be presenting sets from Independent Music Awards nominees Steel Wheels, Kentucky’s Juggernaut Jug Band, Marquette Michigan’s Conga Se Menne, and Spanish singer/instrumentalist Pure Fe’. Arts and Crafts vendors, food, beverages, and a closing dance round out this folky, friendly, yearly happening.

Big Ticket Festival
June 23-25, Ionia (www.bigticketfestival.com)
Upping the festival roster from 100 bands last year to 110 this year, this Christian rock event rocks positively on seven stages via big-ticket Christian acts and up-and-coming indie rockers. The trio of headlining bands for 2011 are Skillet, The Newsboys, and Toby Mac. Speakers, camping, a “fun run,” and additional bands keep this entire weekend a busy one.

Electric Forest Festival
June 30-July 3, Rothbury (www.electricforestfestival.com)
Whether you choose to catch as many bands as possible, or just chill on one of the many hammocks strung through the fest’s own forest, this newbie hippie-focused fest does a good job of taking over for the now defunct Rothbury event. 2011’s performers include Tiesto, REO Speedwagon, Stephen Marley, Galactic, and not one, not two, but three shows by The String Cheese Incident.

Manitou Music Festival
July 10 Dune Climb Concert ( www.glenarborart.org )
This is a summer-long concert series with performers playing at small venues along Leelanau County’s west coast. The highlight of the series in the Dune Climb Concert, which will feature the big band jazz of the Paul Keller Orchestra this year at 7 pm beneath the towering Sleeping Bear Dunes just shy of Glen Haven.

Blissfest
July 8-10, Bliss Festival Farm, Bliss (www.blissfest.org)
Now that Blissfest has passed its 30th birthday, it’s going to… not change a darned thing, since this ambitious and remote event has already become one of the most popular music destinations of a Northern Michigan summer. For 2011, they’ve put together another varied mix of folk, rock, and world music acts, from Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Rush to Mountain Heart, Oka, the Macpodz, and Gumbohead.

Dunegrass Festival
August 5-7, “east of the Lake Ann airport,” (www.dunegrassmusicfestival.org)
Although beleaguered in past years with disorganization and some financial troubles, new festival guru Ryan Lake has been keeping busy assembling a roster heavy on local favorites, from Donna the Buffalo, The Ragbirds, and My Dear Disco to Detour Bluegrass and Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds. Camping, food, crafts, and late night jams keep the weekend, well, jamming, until Monday rolls ‘round.

Farmfest
August 11-14, Farmfest grounds on Roby Road, Johannesburg (www.farm-fest.com)
Party ‘till the cows come home at Farmfest, the quietly-persistent little farm-friendly musical event that’s now in its 14th year. Expect plenty of dancing, impromptu jams, camping, open mics hosted by Kirby, and food from various vendors and the “Feedbag Cafe.” This year’s tunes include The Leftover Hippies, The Jake Allen Band, Who Hit John, Rootstand, and TC’s own Soul Patch.

Hoxeyville Music Festival
August 19-21, West of Kestlewoods Campground on M37 (www.hoxeyville.com)
The Manistee National Forest is the setting for this 9th annual weekend fest, with its vendor village and “car camping” availability. Live sets will be presented from Umphrey’s McGee, eKoostik Hookah, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Funktion, and Steppin’ In It; an on-site disc golfing course, food and craft vendors, and extra off-site camping (and a party store) are among the amenities.

Wheatland Music Festival
September 9-11, Wheatland festival grounds, Remus (www.wheatlandmusic.org)
Wrapping up the bulk of the Michigan summer festival season each year is Wheatland, now in its 38th year and offering just as unusual a selection of performers as ever. Although the complete final lineup has yet to be confirmed, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Ray Bonneville, The Laws, The Freight Hoppers, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith are already part of the 2011 roster.






 
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