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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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.

TOTALLY TUBULAR

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.

GNARLY, DUDE!

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.”

DON’T BE A SPAZ

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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