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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Evershine

Rick Coates - July 18th, 2011
It’s Time for Evershine
By Rick Coates
When Evershine lead singer Ida Reed learned that Anthony Steele passed away unexpectedly last month, a flood of emotions came over her.
“Anthony was a friend of mine, we went to school together. I was a troubled soul in those days and he befriended me and showed me random acts of kindness and it impacted my life,” said Reed. “He worked hard to get me into a club in Manistee where he was living; unfortunately he passed before we got to play the show on July 16 so we turned it into a fundraiser for his family.”
Now Reed and her bandmates are organizing “Rock Like Steele” this Friday, July 22, at Ground Zero Nightclub inside the Streeters Center in TC. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Anthony Steele’s family.
“Doug Street jumped on board right away. He also went to school with us,” said Reed. “We are real fortunate that several great bands agreed to play, from Alter Ego, Machine Gun Rodeo and the Jackson Swan Band. Plus we have DJ Dominate spinning dance music in the room next door.”

HELPING THE FAMILY
Steele, 39, died as a result of complications to a routine surgery and he left behind a wife and three kids.
“He didn’t have life insurance, so this concert is to help the family with expenses” said Reed. “There will be a silent auction and we have lots of great items, for example Doug Street is donating a year’s worth of passes to events at his place. We have hotel stays, restaurant certificates, and more. We are asking for $5 minimum donation at the door with 100% going to the family all the bands are making donations from the merch sales.”
Being charitable has been at “the core” of Ida Reed’s musical journey in Northern Michigan for the past 20 years. It is one of the reasons why the band changed their name.
“We used to go by the name Callous, but we realized that didn’t fit us. That name was negative, hardcore, and left us to be viewed as one-dimensional. We are extremely diverse musically from our originals to our covers,” said Reed. “Plus we have a positive message in our lyrics, we’re just not a band that is negative, so we wanted a positive name to reflect who we are and Evershine fit us.”
Reed adds that they have expanded their musical focus beyond their original power metal sound.
“Our music sets include Top 40, modern and classic rock, progressive, alternative, and of course plenty of metal,” said Reed. “We even do some easy listening stuff, so we are all over the board. We have something for everyone at our shows and we can play to the audience.”
Evershine released their debut CD last year titled “The Core” which was produced by Howie Beno of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Jones and Dionne Warwick fame.
“Howie also co-manages us. We entered the first Rock Your Way To The Top (now Band Wars) at the Leelanau Sands Casino and did real well, and while we didn’t win, Howie took a liking to us,” said Reed. “We are currently writing our next CD that will be out later this year or early next spring. Howie is coming in soon to work with us on it.”

THEM CHANGES
Evershine is celebrating 10 years together, though the line-up has changed a bit recently.
“Over the past year we went through a personal change with a couple of bass players,” said Reed. “I had to play bass for awhile and just a few weeks ago we picked up Kyle Akers from Crazy Train and he is a perfect fit.”
In addition to Akers and Reed the other members include Dan Reed, on guitars and vocals and drummer Jim Gac.
Evershine has opened for Kittie, Jackyl, FireHouse and Saving Abel among others recently. They have been active in several non profit causes in the region and are now focusing on expanding their reach into the midwest.
“Having Howie Beno producing us and co-managing us has opened a lot of doors for us,” said Reed. “We are now in clubs all over Michigan and when our new CD is complete we are looking at a five state Midwest club tour so we will see what happens next.”

The “Rock Like Steele,” benefit concert takes place Friday, July 22, at Ground Zero Night Club inside the Streeters Center. For details check out www.groundzeroonline.com and for more information on Evershine go to www.evershinemusic.com.
 
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