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Letters 04-27-2015

Benishek’s Costly Tax Representative Dan Benishek announced in his latest bulletin a vote to repeal the “Death Tax.”

Unsafe In The Lanes As I drive a lot each workday, it is common to see a car carrier truck setting in the center turn lane in front of Fox Motors on US-31. The drivers unload cars for the dealerships along the road.

Message From Mother Earth At over 4 billion years old, I’ve been feeling my age. My lungs hurt, probably due to destruction of my forests, which act as my lungs. Why are you doing this?

Benishek And Income Disparity  I wrote a letter to Rep. Dan Benishek regarding economics and middle-class income stagnation and asked, “What are you going to do about this inequality that is stymying the general welfare of our citizens?”

The Value Of Unions As a retired, 40-year member of Sheet Metal Workers 80, a building trades union, I truly appreciated Stephen Tuttle’s “How Ironic” column.

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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.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Hot Jazz For a Cold Night

Music Ross Boissoneau During one of these geek out sessions, a friend of a friend stopped by with a delivery. Enthralled by the sounds, Eddy Francisco started tap dancing along with the music. Before long, “Fast Eddy” was part of the band’s percussion section.
 
Monday, January 19, 2015

Levi Britton Kickstarts His Career

Music Kristi Kates At 15, his mother was teaching him how to play guitar. At 18, he was performing in the Golden Garter Revue at Dill’s Olde Towne Saloon in Traverse City. As an adult, he became an integral part of touring bands Stolen Silver and Chicago’s Down the Line.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Help Beat Cancer: Buy Music!

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists, Let Us in Americana benefit album From opener “Come and Get It” as interpreted by the Wood Brothers through Bruce Cockburn’s “Fool on the Hill” and Steve Earle’s “I Will,” this Americana collection of McCartney/Lennon covers benefits The Women and Cancer Fund, established in the memory of McCartney’s late wife Linda.
 
Monday, January 5, 2015

Boyne’s Funk Brothers: The Pistil Whips

Music Kristi Kates “I met Will’s stepmom one of the nights at the festival,” Jaqua said. “It was dark and I couldn’t see her face. She told me her son was in a band and they were from Boyne City. When someone shined a light on her face, I realized it was a woman that had cut my hair at the salon in Boyne.
 
 
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