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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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‘Mind-Blowing’ Open Air Concert Series is Back

Kristi Kates - May 26th, 2014  

Though it’s the crown jewel of Bay View’s famous Victorian cottage community, the restored John M. Hall Auditorium is no musical wallflower.

This summer the 100-year-old concert venue just north of Petoskey will shake, rattle, and roll with bluegrass, Irish, and classic rock.

PLANNING AHEAD

Chris Ludwa, the artistic director of Bay View’s Music Festival, keeps the auditorium hopping each summer with a schedule of shows that take best advantage of the venue and its updated, state-of-the-art facilities.

“The gorgeous, old open-air auditorium blows your mind the first time you see it,” Ludwa said. “It’s like time stopped and you are able to observe it all and take it all in.”

Taking it all in along with Ludwa are the members of Bay View’s community committee, who meet throughout the year to determine the next summer’s roster of acts.

“We look at what Interlochen is doing, what’s trending, who the up-and-coming bands are, and then try to select for a wide cross-section of society,” Ludwa said.

The goal: to provide show experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.

So this summer, Bay View is topping their bill with a triple threat of diverse performers.

ONE, TWO, THREE

The fest’s 2014 lineup features one emerging artist: the Irish buzz band Moxie (July 5), who amp up traditional Irish music with pop in a distinctive and energetic way.

They’re arriving for their first stateside tour to promote their new upcoming album, “Planted,” which will hit outlets in August.

Add in one crossover artist: the genre mixing Time for Three (July 19), who call themselves a “classically trained garage band.” The three string musicians blend country, gypsy, jazz, bluegrass, and classical sounds which has them rearranging Brahms one minute and reinterpreting The Beatles the next.

And wrapping up the headliners is the late-’60s rock band Blood Sweat and Tears (August 2), which has recently added reality TV show’s “American Idol” finalist Bo Bice on lead vocals.

SOUNDS FOR ALL

The 2014 Bay View schedule also includes ’50s tunes by The Doo Wop Project, theater performances of the Mozart opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” the Chamber Music faculty series, and the Sunday Sunset mixed-media music revues.

Ludwa recommends all shows, but he’s personally looking forward to Time for Three this year.

“They played really well to our audience about five years ago, and have such diverse musical experiences that you can’t help but love them,” he said. “I feel like they represent the best of what music is: fun, intricate, and communicative.”

But it’s perhaps even more important to Ludwa to show that great music is truly inclusive of all age groups and interests.

“I take great joy in seeing older audiences surprised that a younger generation’s music isn’t all crap, and younger audiences surprised that their parents’ and grandparents’ music wasn’t that different from their own,” he said.

The 2014 Bay View Concert Series kicks off on June 15. For tickets, a full schedule and more, visit www.bayviewfestival.org.

 
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