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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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The Black Cat Gets Lucky

When the Black Cat crossed Double Phelix the first time five years ago, it was hardly a case of bad luck.

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2014  

The Black Cat Concert Series, held at the Dhaseleer Events Barn in Charlevoix, has presented Americana, roots, folk, and rock music in unique surroundings for nine summers.

Now, Kalamazoo recording artists Double Phelix Sound Showcase are bringing their unique sound once again to the barn’s stage, turning the 140-year-old property into a psychedelic, rockin’ feast for the ears.

ADMIRATION SOCIETY

According to owner Carl Dhaseleer, Black Cat Concerts and Double Phelix are a natural fit. The barn, with its hardwood floor and country atmosphere, brings extra depth and audio warmth to any concert. Double Phelix puts a heavy focus on analog recording, with its equally layered, retro tones.

So the sounds mesh well, as do Dhaseleer and Double Phelix’s Graham Parsons. “Graham is an amazing talent that has performed here many times, always with a fresh sound,” Dhaseleer said. “And he brings along extraordinary songwriters, sound engineers, and performers.”

Parsons reflects the good feelings. “I love Carl and his family,” Parsons said.

“The farm and barn are just beautiful; I’ve been playing there for five summers in a row, and it’s one of my favorite stops of the year.”

MUSIC COMMUNITY

Dhaseleer started the concert series to bring community, tourism, and the arts out to his farm nine years ago. Soon, he and his wife Cornelia expanded the barn to accommodate the live music they found themselves booking, as more artists found out about the unique venue.

Meanwhile, Double Phelix evolved when Parsons met Andy Catlin, the orchestra’s coowner, at an open mic show. Before long, they were using the open mic’s basement to record many Michigan-based artists, among them Seth Bernard and Frontier Ruckus.

Double Phelix emerged onto the scene, as did the showcase events.

“The open mic connected all of us musically,” Parsons said. “The place was such an incredible hub of energy and talent.”

Parsons, who is now frontman of a band called The Go Rounds and a solo artist in his own right, will be performing at the Black Cat show, he said.

ECLECTIC OPPORTUNITY

In addition to Parsons, musicians WailSharq, Gitis Baggs, and Fiona Dickinson will perform, plus a few surprises.

Parsons favors a mix of prog-rock and soul, while WailSharq is a blues-rock artist. Baggs, also a member of Parsons’ Go Rounds band, has an ambient country-folk thing going on, while Dickinson’s dark artrock is getting her attention.

It’s a terrific chance to see a truly diverse range of artists, Carl Dhaseleer said.

“I especially look forward to seeing the look of joy on peoples’ faces after a performance,” he said. “Live music has that effect on people, myself included.”

As for Parsons, there’s nothing like shooting a little post-concert hoop.

“The food is always great, and inevitably we end up playing basketball and singing songs all night long in the barn,” Parsons said. “I have so many fond memories of this great venue.”

The Double Phelix Sound Showcase is performing on Thurs., June 19 at 8pm at the Dhaseleers’ farm, 15794 Paddock Rd. in Charlevoix. For more, visit blackcatconcerts. com or call (231) 675-7768.

 
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