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Letters 05-25-2015

Michigan’s Depleted Funds So now we know why the Michigan legislators wanted to rush Proposal 1 down our throats.

Legality of Marriage & Divorce An article in the May 25th issue of Time reveals that: “We now have reached a point where fewer than half of kids leaving high school will have their parents living together.”

Cold Paradise Your May 18 cover story “Why is Northern Michigan So White?” is preposterous. For starters, we have plenty of diversity in this region: German, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, French Canadian, etc. – all groups that flourish in colder, harsh winter climates.

Unpave Those Roads Michigan legislators recently put before the people a proposal to increase tax to increase funds to the DOT and road commissions across the state for road repairs. The proposal failed by a significant margin.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Jams!

Music Kristi Kates DUAL GENRES The Blissfest String Jam has continued every Sunday since, from 1-4pm, at Red Sky Stage. Many of the folks who played at the Grain Train have become regular participants at the Red Sky version of the jam, which continues to welcome new musicians.
 
Monday, May 11, 2015

A Dramatic Year for the TSO

Music Clark Miller Dance, film, painting, choral works and world-class soloists boost the excitement and energy of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. This multi-genre vision from conductor Kevin Rhodes promises to make the TSO’s next season even more dynamic than the last.
 
Monday, May 11, 2015

Mustard Plug’s Ska-tastic Journey

Music Kristi Kates ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS “Dave [Kirchgessner, vocals] and Colin [Clive, guitar/vocals] used to see each other at all the punk shows in the ‘80s,” explained the band’s trombone player, Jim Hofer. “Once they both graduated college, they came up with the bright idea of starting a ska band in GR, since there were no ska bands there.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

D'Ambrosio Brings Hollywood to Harbor Springs

Music Kristi Kates He was the world’s longest running Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” holding the title for more than a decade and portraying the renowned character in more than 2,600 performances of the Tony Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical..
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Two Shows for Spring

Music Husband and wife duo Andy and Julianna Wilson lead the quartet known as The Springtails, an eclectic collective from Lansing, Michigan that blends the pair’s vocal and instrumental skills with sometime-bandmates Louis Rudner on double bass and Bob Bryan on percussion.
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

Fredheads Rejoice!

Music Kristi Kates ROAD WARRIOR This alt-country singer-songwriter, whose fans are known as Fredheads, is an eclectic character — his music aside. He peppers his live shows with detailed, hilarious monologues between songs, giving insight to both his songwriting and his vagabond life.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

And Now For Something a Little Different: Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series Goes Local

Music Kristi Kates WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: The Cabin Fever Review is a unique twist on Blissfest’s concerts lineup — these performers are all local talent. “March 28 is the beginning of spring break season, when much of the population escapes winter for a week,” explained Blissfest’s guru Jim Gillespie.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Wisaal Weaving a Sound

Music Kristi Kates EARLY YARN All six members of the Lansing-based Mediterranean fusion group — Will Cicola on clarinets and saxophone, Houwat on oud, Ben Fuhrman on mandolin, Tim Patterson on bass, and Ty Forquer and Mike List on percussion — are classically-trained musicians.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Gopherwood’s Made in Michigan FUNdraiser

Music Kristi Kates When Gopherwood Concerts holds a fundraiser, they like the event to have a focus. After the Cadillac nonprofit’s popular four-year run of their “Night of Wine and Chocolate” event, they decided it was time to make that focus more clearly on music, which Gopherwood’s Paul Brown said is really what Gopherwood is all about.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Cole Swindell Chillin’ in Traverse City

Music Kristi Kates Swindell has been part of the Nashville scene since 2010, but in a different capacity. He was a songwriter, penning tunes for Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Craig Campbell and Florida Georgia Line, among others.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring Break Rocks!

Music Kristi Kates With winter storm after winter storm rolling through northern Michigan, this year’s spring break will be more welcome than ever. For music fans, there’s even a bonus. With all the great music fests going on this time of year, you’ve got even more good reasons to escape, near or far.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Altan Celebrates St. Patrick’s at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates The only girl in the boys’ club that is the Irish folk music group Altan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh isn’t complaining. With her command of fiddle and voice, Mhaonaigh could easily put these guys in their place. However, in this collaborative and respectful band of talented musicians, it isn’t necessary.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

Un-Jolly Green Giant

Music Ross Boissoneau He also notes the difficult work of costuming such a disparate cast. “Teter Orthotics is doing the masks for Shrek, Fiona and others,” Nichols said. The process involves creating a plaster cast of the actors’ heads so the resulting silicone masks are crafted to the shape of each individual.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

The Evolution of One Hot Robot

Music Kristi Kates That group of friends — which today includes McDonald, guitarist and rapper Eric Wistrand, bassist John Paul, drummer Matt Hunter and singer Mallory Ramage — evolved into the band One Hot Robot, a dance outfit they say will, “drop hot dance music with hooks as catchy as a pandemic breakout.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

After Dark at Crooked Tree

Music Kristi Kates Hailing from southwest Louisiana, the effusive Mojo is a colorful character. He seems to absorb life like a sponge, then squeezes it all back into his band, infusing their sound with a hefty dose of the Cajun and Creole influences that are such a large component of who he is.
 
 
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