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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Monday, August 30, 2010

Who Hit John?

Music Kristi Kates Who Hit John? Only the Music Knows
By Kristi Kates
Who Hit John? has made a lot of progress since the eclectic acoustic band began in 2006 as “three guys jamming in the living room for fun,“ as Who Hit John?‘s Dan McCartney puts it. McCartney, joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Nathan Dannison, Nick Vander Vliet, Josh Keller, and Mark Duval, says that starting the project wasn‘t any sort of pre-planned notion - but was instead spurred by the simple enjoyment of music, and pal Dannison‘s, er, unusual brand of talent.
“We soon found out that my old friend Nathan played the fiddle like a tipsy raccoon, and decided we had a band,“ McCartney laughs.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

4Play: The Magic Numbers, Various Artists, Sara Bareilles. Ed Kowalcyzk

Music Kristi Kates The Magic Numbers - Runaway - 101 Distribution
A pair of brother-sister, er, pairs, The Magic Numbers are working hard to revive the ‘60s folk/flower-power era, from their dense, well-balanced harmonies (which, in addition to their configuration, often see them being compared to the Mamas and the Papas) to their groovy lyrics and subject matter. “Why Did You Call?” and “Throwing My Heart Away” are peppy and ready for a few tambourine shakes, while “Restless River” and “I’m Sorry” focus more on the instrumentals behind the vocals, but there’s a good balance of both approaches.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

KC‘s disco days

Music Rick Coates The Sun still Shines for KC’s Disco Days
By Rick Coates
Few musicians can take credit for actually creating a music style, but when you ask who was responsible for the disco music scene of the early ’70s, one Howard Wayne Casey comes to mind.
Casey founded the KC and the Sunshine Band in 1973 and is the force behind such hits as “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Give It Up,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Get Down Tonight,” and “Boogie Shoes.” Along with the Bee Gees and Donna Summer, KC pioneered the disco music and dance scene.
Howard Wayne Casey, nicknamed KC, brings his band to Northern Michigan this weekend to the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey. The Saturday concert will be the band’s first appearance in Northern Michigan in years.
“I am looking forward to it up there. Is it snowing yet? I love the snow,” laughs KC. “I have been checking the weather up there and see that it has been great all summer. But truly I like the snow. I live in Miami and we don’t get snow, so I love it because I get to see it and then leave it.”
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Arvel Bird‘s violin journey

Music Kristi Kates Arvel Bird’s Violin Journey
By Kristi Kates
The dulcet sounds of the violin are perhaps not usually thought of as being part of Native American musical culture. But musician Arvel Bird is drawing on little-known history to bring native violin sounds into the spotlight.
“You’re right - it’s not well-known as an instrument traditional to natives,” Bird explains, “but I understand that the violin was introduced to the indigenous people of North and South America beginning as early as 1689 by the Jesuit priests from Europe who brought the harp, guitar and violin so that they could have music for Mass on Sundays. So I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a tradition for the last 321 years. Almost 13 generations of some indigenous people have played the violin.”
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Rosanne Cash

Music Kristi Kates Rosanne Cash’s LIST
By Kristi Kates
Rosanne Cash worked with a number of guest performers on her new
album, The List. A covers set, her first, that was narrowed down to a
select dozen songs from a list of an “Essential 100” that her father,
the late great Johnny Cash, gave to her when she was 18 years old, in
order to craft the foundation of her country-music education.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

The 2010 top men of rock

Music Kristi Kates The 2010 Top 10 Men of Rock
By Kristi Kates
Some of the men making the biggest steps in the rock world this year were U.S. radio favorites, while others were conquering the market overseas. Some were making giant steps well under the radar (but just you wait...), while others were maintaining their already-established status among the world’s biggest bands. Still others were striking out into unknown territory in order to achieve new accomplishments - while the rest were keeping it simple and maximizing what they already do best.
And it’s the perfect balance of all of the above that helps us select who will be this year’s Top Ten Men of Rock.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

4Play: The Black Crows, Los Lobos, House of Heroes, Filter

Music Kristi Kates The Black Crowes - Croweology - Megaforce
1990 was the year, Shake Your Money Maker was the debut disc, and the band was The Black Crowes. Twenty years later, the band has released their first album of all-acoustic tracks, a double album being sold at the cost of a single set to thank the band’s fans. Produced by Paul Stacey, the album itself includes unplugged versions of prior Crows songs, plus a couple of newbies; opener “Jealous Again” is punchy and strong, while classic “She Talks to Angels” adds in pedal steel and mandolin to the acoustic guitars, and “Thorn in My Pride” finds the band doing a little acoustic jamming to Robinson’s distinctive vocals.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Mike Fornes as Gordon Lightfoot

Music Kristi Kates Whispers of the North:Mike Fornes as Gordon Lightfoot
By Kristi Kates
While some tribute bands pay homage to big acts like Pink Floyd or The
Rolling Stones, a plethora of performers around the country choose a
solo artist to be the focus of their act. Mackinaw City
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Brandi Carlile

Music Kristi Kates Brandi Carlile’s Story
By Kristi Kates
Brandi Carlile may be a relatively new face on the folk-rock circuit,
but she’s paid her dues with years of performing in obscurity.
Carlile started singing at the age of eight, picked up the guitar at
the age of 15, and snagged a gig as a backup singer for an Elvis
impersonator by the time she hit 16. She followed up that experience
with years performing around the Seattle club scene alongside twin
brother musicians Tim and Phil Hanseroth.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Foreigner

Music Rick Coates It feels like the first time for re-energized Foreigner
By Rick Coates
Foreigner guitarist, lyricist and co-founder Mick Jones has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the music business. He brings a reincarnated Foreigner to Interlochen Center for the Arts on Thursday.
Jones is the only original member left in the band that released 39 singles with 20 reaching the into the Billboard Top 20. Since their first release in 1977, Foreigner has sold more than 50 million albums, packing such hits as, “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Cavo

Music Rick Coates Champagne days for Cavo
By Rick Coates
Modern rockers Cavo return to Traverse City this Wednesday to Ground
Zero Nightclub but this time it will be a little different from their
previous stops.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Rhythm Devils

Music Rick Coates The Rhythm Devils carry on a Dead tradition
By Rick Coates
The Hoxeyville Music Festival continues to grow in stature within the music community. Stepping beyond the confines of a local band festival, they added some national headliners last year. The result was so successful that they have kicked it up a notch this year with The Rhythm Devils.
Any “Deadhead” knows that The Rhythm Devils are Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, the drumming duo of The Grateful Dead. The group evolved out of those improvisational drumming and percussion sets that took place at most Dead concerts. After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, The Dead disbanded and its members became involved in several musical projects and bands.
The Rhythm Devils will headline this weekend’s Hoxeyville Music Festival along with Keller Williams. While Williams is now on his own tour, he was a part of The Rhythm Devils earlier in the summer and will certainly join them on stage.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Josh Turner

Music Kristi Kates Josh Turner Goes ‘Haywire‘
By Kristi Kates
It may seem to the casual country music listener that Josh Turner’s music just popped out of the woodwork recently. In fact, the musician has actually been simmering under the country radar for quite some time, having released four studio albums and charted ten times on the Billboard country singles charts.
His song, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” has been embraced by country and country-pop crossover fans alike; he’s currently on another one of his extensive tours, this one in continued promotion of his latest album, Haywire; and he was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, making him the second-youngest member of the Opry after fellow country singer Carrie Underwood.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

4Play: Sia, The XX, The Roots, Groove Armada

Music Kristi Kates Sia - We Are Born - Hear Music
UK-via-Australia singer Sia returns with her fourth set, as produced
by Kylie Minogue collaborator Greg Kurstin; Inara George and The
Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi also chip in. First single “Clap Your
Hands” sets the dance-floor-friendly tracklisting in motion, alongside
other disco-ish hits “You’ve Changed” and “The Fight.” Elsewhere, Sia
shows off her balladry skills on a Madonna cover as well as her own
songs “I’m Here” and “Stop Trying” - she may have started as a simple
pop singer, but she’s gradually gaining more depth with each album.

 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Hoxeyville

Music Kristi Kates Festival in the Forest: Hoxeyville’s Set to Rock
By Kristi Kates
Deadheads and noodle-dancers, folk fans and jam bands, chilled-out
campers and local music aficionados - there’s something for every
single one of you at this year’s upcoming Hoxeyville Music Festival as
it embarks upon its 8th year.
 
 
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