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Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Mummies, Much More (Music) at Cherry Festival

Bloody, bandaged, and undead, Here Come the Mummies have nonetheless got soul oozing out every pore.

Ross Boissoneau - July 1st, 2014  

The fan fave funk/r&b/jazz band is coming back to the National Cherry Festival on July 6, along with a lineup that includes rock, blues, country, pop and alternative music – sometimes all on the same bill – by Collective Soul, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Uncle Kracker, Blues Traveler, Justin Moore, and Tommy James and the Shondells.

Nashville’s Here Come the Mummies is a mysterious cross between Parliament/Funkadelic and Kiss (before being unmasked), with a touch of 2 Live Crew’s slightly naughty lyrics.

Known for their hot horns and a dynamic rhythm section, it’s the group’s anonymous mummy regalia that has gained the band its greatest publicity.

Its first recording was issued in 2002, but according to spokes mummy “Java,” the band first got together a couple millennia ago.

“For generations prior to our mummification, circa 2000 BC, we were nomadic minstrels,” he said. “Chasing the wrong Pharaoh’s daughters led us to become the mummies you see today. I think we got the better end of the deal.”

Like their predecessors P-Funk and James Brown, the band mixes soulful vocals with funk grooves, topped off with rock riffs and jazzy improvised solos, reflecting its outstanding musicianship.

Java says it’s “terrifying funk from beyond the grave,” perhaps not coincidentally the title of the group’s debut recording.

“It’s a mix of rock, R&B, ska and old school funk that causes maximum booty shaking,” he said.

When they performed at the National Cherry Festival two years ago, the band marched into the grounds in full costume, and played their set swathed head to toe in bandages.

That despite summer temperatures – it’s got to be baking hot in those outfits, right?

“If we were not already dead, the heat would be our demise,” Java said. “It is treacherous.”

Perhaps that’s why the band’s membership sometimes changes from gig to gig.

“We don’t fluctuate much, but sometimes a mummy or two have a dentist appointment they cannot reschedule, so we call down into the basement of the crypt for a replacement,” he said. “First to the top of the stairs gets the gig.”

While no one is giving away the names of the musicians, there are rumored to be several Grammy Award winners in the bunch. Chat boards and comments on online stories often find some fans discussing who might be in the band, while others suggest it’s just more fun to enjoy the music and let the mummies remain anonymous.

Here Come the Mummies is merely part of the fun at the Cherry Festival. The rest of the lineup includes:

July 5: Collective Soul kicks off the concert schedule. The radio-friendly Georgia band had a hit with “Shine” from its 1994 platinum debut, and soon was touring alongside Aerosmith. The group has been a top seller ever since.

July 7: The Bihlman Brothers take the stage. Their bluesy, hard-rocking music and musicianship has won them fans across the music world, including some of today’s biggest hitmakers. They’ve backed, recorded with or appeared with the likes of Kid Rock, Pink, Dido, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Charlie Daniels and many more.

July 8: The power pop of Gin Blossoms takes the stage. The band is known for its jangly sound and hits like “Hey Jealousy” from its debut.

July 9: George Thorogood appears with his band the Destroyers. Thorogood’s hard-rocking blues has been a fan favorite since the 70s, and songs like “Bad to the Bone” and “Who Do You Love?” are staples of his live shows.

July 10: The Under The Sun Tour, including Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker, showcases music crossing from pop to punk, disco to country, garage rock to blues, all of it toe-tapping.

July 11: Justin Moore takes the stage. Released in February 2009, Moore’s song “Small Town USA” topped the charts and paved the way for his self-titled debut, which became a Top Ten success. He was named New Artist of the Year for 2014 at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Opening the show will be hometown favorite Ryan Whyte Maloney, recently a contestant on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice.”

July 12: Closing out the fest will be Tommy James and the Shondells. James hit the charts back in 1966 with “Hanky Panky.” Songs like “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion” subsequently became hits.

Tickets for each show are available individually, or a Bay Side Music Pass is good for general admission seating to all eight concerts. For additional information, visit cherryfestival.org or call (231) 947-4230.

 
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