Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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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.


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.”


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.


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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