Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Bret Michaels, Mega 80s @ TC Summer Concert Series

Dig out your day glo and hair spray, people: 80s rock is coming to Traverse City this summer.

Kristi Kates - May 19th, 2014  

The brand-new Traverse City Summer Concert Series is bringing a trio of retro chart-toppers into town to amp up your summer madness.


For its first run, the TCSCS bands lean more toward the rock side of the ‘80s. There’s a headliner each of the three nights: Poison’s Bret Michaels in June, The Guess Who in July, and Eddie Money in August.

The opening acts – including Starship, Night Ranger, The Spragues, local Journey tribute band The Journey, and Detroit retro dance party cover band Mega ‘80s – are big draws in their own right.

The bands are all playing downstate, making the quick trip north to fill in additional dates.

“Good routing is important, because they like short drives between shows,” said festival co-organizer Jim Harvey, who launched the series with his wife Linda.

Although the bands are from the 80’s, Jim Harvey said if this year goes well, they will start booking others for next summer.

“We can bring in any band that we want,” he said.

While the Harveys are optimistic about the new concert series’ potential, the concerts almost didn’t happen at all, due to new date restrictions at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City.


After dates at the Open Space became unavailable, the Harveys ended up booking the concerts at Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, a venue that can fit 10,000 people.

“They are working very hard for us, and we hope to keep this relationship going,” Jim Harvey said. “We don’t have space up here like Ford Field, which can accommodate 46,000 people, where many acts get half a million or more per concert.”

To keep the ticket prices low, the TCSCS had to choose from a short list of bands.

“But if people are willing to pay more for a concert, we can get any act we want,” he said. “Eventually, we would love to see a three-day festival with 25-plus bands.”


The Harveys say they don’t want to compete with other local music fests. Indeed, they scheduled their event so that it doesn’t coincide with other popular music events, saying that there’s room for all.

“We have some good musicians coming to the area via Interlochen, the Cherry Festival, and Sam Porter [Porterhouse Productions,]” Jim Harvey said. “But I think there is a need for more to do in Traverse City, which is one of the reasons we planned our concerts on Thursday nights, and not when anything else was really going on.”

The main goal? To put together a fun, festival-style concert series where everyone could enjoy great music at a reasonable price.

“Something for everyone,” he said.

The Traverse City Summer Concert series kicks off on June 26 with Bret Michaels. General admission starts at $25; there is also VIP and Super VIP seating available. For a full schedule and more, visit tcconcertseries.com.

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