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Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Rockzilla! Local Music Fest Features Underground Rock

Andy Taylor - July 29th, 2004
Outside of the bars and nightclubs that are frequented by Traverse City residents lies another burgeoning music scene that intends to make its mark on the area. The underground rock scene of Northern Michigan is in the midst of growth and, as part of that growth, will feature many of its bands this Saturday, July 31 at a festival being called “Rockzilla.”
“It started as a festival with all local bands, but I added some bands from Illinois and Washington. It’s just meant to foster the scene,” festival organizer Jon Timm says. Timm is in charge of booking for the TC Local organization, which puts on shows throughout the year in Northern Michigan.
Performing at the festival will be a number of local rock outfits, including Escanaba Firing Line and Tanooki Suit, as well as two out-of-town bands, The Building Press (Washington) and Crimson Addict (Illinois).
Diversity is the keyword here as far as musical style goes. In the realm of indie rock, Semblance of Normalcy and ClassOneLaser will be appearing.
Also in attendance will be punk-outfits like Lite FM, Surreal and Halloran. On the heavier end of the spectrum will be metal-core acts in the form of The Drone Report and All Odds Against. The ska of the Upstrokes and glam-rock of Partitions of Poland will also
be heard.
“I’m actually really excited about Rockzilla for that very reason - Jon and the other guys putting it together did a pretty good job with ‘spicing-up’ the bill. Given, it’s an all rock ‘n’ roll show - but they’ve got everything from punk to metal to indie to alternative to prog-ish to mellow to hard rock bands and everything inbetween playing this thing,” says Jesse Younce, guitarist for Escanaba Firing Line. “I’ve heard Tanooki Suit a few times, they’re really good especially considering how young they are. Love Cushion are friends of mine - they’re excellent! Which really surprised me. They’ve sort of got this ‘at the drive-in’ feel to a few of their tunes - which is nice,” says Younce.
There is a lot of potential for the rock community in Northern Michigan and events like Rockzilla are now happening because of increased resources for independent musicians.
“Right now I think Traverse City is at a point for some really exciting stuff to start happening,” Younce says. “Being part of a band or being an artist, you need a way to get your stuff heard or seen. Four years ago all you had to do was WNMC (local college radio), New Moon Records, or the Northern Express - all of whom did a lot to help local and independent arts in Traverse. Now we’ve got D Vinyl Records downtown, which is a great outlet to get local music as well as information about local events. Jacob’s Well is the closest thing we have as far as a “venue” goes, and really is the only place that welcomes local and unknown music. And we have this group known as the TC Local, who do an amazing job with promoting local Traverse City events and they’ve put on tons of shows themselves. The next step is to just get everyone to work together, put aside any differences. We’re all trying to achieve the same thing here: a strong and culturally enriched community.”
Rockzilla fest will be held at the Schneider Farm outside Traverse City near Four Mile Road and Arbutus. Timm also says that, aside from music, there will be a barbeque and pick-up soccer and baseball games for all who attend. For directions visit
www.semblanceofnormalcy.freeservers.com. Admission is $7, or $5 with a non-perishable food item. The festival is an all-ages show and will last from 11 AM until dark. In the case of rain the festival will be postponed.
 
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