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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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Kristi Kates - August 22nd, 2011
Guster set to blow Interlochen away
By Kristi Kates
Massachusetts alt-rockers Guster are on their way back to Interlochen for another show, and they couldn’t be more thrilled about it. The band - Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel, met back in 1991, and have played music together ever since, releasing their first album in 1995, and their most recent last year (2010’s Easy Wonderful.)
If you think you’re not familiar with Guster’s music, chances are you’ve heard it in stealth mode on such TV shows as The OC (or on a recent ad for The Weather Channel), or on movies such as Martian Child and Disturbia. If you’re intrigued and want to get familiar with their music, then their upcoming Interlochen show will be a great start, as the band is still breaking in the contributions of new touring member Luke Reynolds, and will be performing a wealth of music new and old.

OLD CLASSICS, NEW EP
Rosenworcel, Guster’s drummer and the author of the band’s online journals, explains.
“Luke will be touring and recording with us for the foreseeable future,” Rosenworcel says, “Luke joined when (former member) Joe (Pisapia) needed to tour behind another musician’s album. Joe’s a tough act to follow, but Luke stepped right in; both of those guys have this spiritual component to their personality that made them the glue between the rest of us. Luke instantly became indispensable to us.”
Indispensable to Guster is releasing plenty of music to keep their fans happy. Following up their Easy Wonderful album in full-length form hasn’t happened as of yet - so, in the meantime, the band’s dropped a new EP titled On the Ocean, a series of tunes that didn’t make it onto the last album.
“The EP was just a way for us to put some proud recordings out into the world,” Rosenworcel explains, “it’s not going to flow like an album, the way it combines live acoustic songs and B-sides that didn’t fit stylistically on Easy Wonderful, but for people wondering what went into making our album, hearing some of these songs is probably very revealing.”

HUMOR AND HORNS
Currently on the road promoting both the album and EP songs, Guster are sharing their tour with Jack’s Mannequin - and, occasionally, a surprise guest or two.
“The tour is going great, and the Jack’s Mannequin guys couldn’t be cooler,” Rosenworcel says. “As far as road stories go, well, Will Forte (of Saturday Night Live fame) showed up last Friday night in Boston, and sang a Foreigner song with us while ripping four Guster t-shirts off of his body.”
Let it not be said that Guster does not have a sense of humor.
The band also has a sense of fun, as Rosenworcel explains is part of the appeal of the Interlochen venue to the band.
“I love that venue, and I love that setting and the people at Interlochen,” Rosenworcel enthuses, “I was bummed we didn’t get there last year. We’ve had some really fun shows there in past summers, with student musicians forming horn sections and such.”
This year’s tour, five weeks long, would be “nothing” in the past for the Guster of the mid-’90s, Rosenworcel says, but for 2011, it’s considered “a significant chunk of time away” from their lives as the band members have married and started ‘civilian’ lives in addition to their rock band ones.
“The plan is to get back home after this tour and have some family time,” Rosenworcel says, “then maybe we can get to writing some new material this fall.”

Guster will be performing at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Kresge Auditorium on Friday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more info are online at https://tickets.interlochen.org. Guster’s website is at www.guster.com.





 
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