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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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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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