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Letters 04-14-14

Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Bay View Stage show set to Dazzle audience

Music Kristi Kates Over 4,000 sequins, a troupe of fired-up performers, and meticulously-choreographed numbers from a plethora of Broadway musicals are what Bay View’s production of Razzle Dazzle is bringing to the Petoskey area for a short-run theater production this July.
A collaboration between the festival’s Director of Theater Arts Paul Nelson and the Creative Edge production company, Razzle Dazzle will also showcase a couple of performers with local ties to Bay View.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Blue Stone Project

Music Kristi Kates Blue Stone Project brings Native American music to Petoskey
By Kristi Kates
He’s been nominated for a Grammy Award (2003, Best Native American
Recording) and has won a Native American Music Award for Group of the
Year (2004.) He’s half Navajo and half Northern Ute. He has
collaborated musically with John Densmore of The Doors as well as with
a plethora of other musicians on his own projects. The flutes that he
makes by hand are known world-wide.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

The Moody Blues

Music Robert Downes The Moody Blues bring the power of poetry
By Robert Downes
Blasting, billowing, bursting forth
With the power of ten billion
butterfly sneezes
Man, with his flaming pyre
Has conquered the wayward breezes
Climbing to tranquility,
far above the clouds
Conceiving the heavens,
clear of misty shroud.

-- “Higher and Higher” by Graeme Edge

 
Monday, June 21, 2010

4Play: Dixie Chicks, Steve Winwood, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart

Music Kristi Kates Dixie Chicks - The Very Best of Dixie Chicks - Playlist
Although non-country music fans can be quick to consider the Chicks a
typical country-music cliche, this trio is actually more pop than one
might expect, albeit pop festooned with Western-folk harmonies. The
trio’s political expressions and sensitive lyrics also take them miles
away from what most expect of country music, collected here from the
soaring visualizations of “Wide Open Spaces” to the determined
approach of “The Long Way Around,” the ode-to-a-devoted-boyfriend
“Easy Silence,” and the feisty stance of “Not Ready to Make Nice.”

 
Monday, June 14, 2010

4Play: Black Keys, Hawthorne Heights, Stone Temple Pilots, Broken Social Scene

Music Kristi Kates Black Keys - Brothers - Nonesuch
The ‘70s-influenced pair of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney worked with pal/producer Danger Mouse on their latest album, on which they kept things close to their tried and true formula while bringing in a few guest collaborators to trick up the mix. A cover of Jerry Butler’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” sets the tone for Auerbach’s fervent vocal delivery and Carney’s decisive drumbeats; other notable tunes include “The Go Getter,” and “Unknown Brother,” with Tchad Blake’s expert mixing bringing out the dynamics.
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Michigan Music Fests

Music Kristi Kates Michigan Music Fests
By Kristi Kates
This year’s roster of Michigan music fests is another good one with
many of the events either local or just a short drive from Up North to
an amazingly eclectic selection of music and fun.
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Road Trippin?

Music Kristi Kates Road Trippin’: A bright outlook for summer’s biggest music festivals
By Kristi Kates
Summertime has returned, and with it 2010’s gleaming lineup of
polished-up music festival events, both near and far. Whether you’re
looking to road trip or stay a little closer to home, there’s an event
for every genre of music fan, and most of them are great deals, too,
with dozens of bands performing live on one ticket for extra fun under
the summer sun.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Li‘l Kim

Music Kristi Kates Rap Royalty: Leelanau Sands to Welcome Lil’ Kim
By Kristi Kates
 Perhaps one of the most famous Lil’ Kim quotes to date is this one: “I
like to be daring and I like to be different. You think anyone out here
looks like me? It’s pretty different, right?”
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

4Play: The Dead Weather, Paul Weller, Smashing Pumpkins, The Futureheads

Music Kristi Kates The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards - Warner Bros.
The second set from the Jack White-helmed side project band that also includes Kills singer Alison Mosshart and QOTSA guitarist Dean Fertita, Sea... continues the trio’s grungy, blues-anchored indie-rock sound and infuses it with a few interesting new seasonings, namely the spooky Wurlitzer organ lines on “Gasoline” and the darkened piano on “Old Mary.” Elsewhere, The Dead Weather’s already-signature sound continues on such solid tracks as “Blue Blood Blues,” which also showcases their ability to blend vocal lines into deft harmonies.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Nor-East‘r Festival

Music Kristi Kates Nor-East’r Festival Blows into Mio
By Kristi Kates
The “first festival of summer” may be a surprise to many residents of
Northern Michigan, being located in out-of-the-way Mio in Oscoda
County, but make no mistake -- the Nor-East’r Festival packs a punch,
with 19 musical acts and much more.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Man in black/ Shawn Baker

Music Kristi Kates Man in Black: Shawn Barker Gets Rhythm as Johnny Cash
By Kristi Kates
“I’ve always been a Johnny Cash fan, as were my dad and grandpa,” musician Shawn Barker says of his “Man in Black” tribute show. “Johnny Cash grew up in the same area of Arkansas as my dad’s family. Growing up, I remember visiting my dad’s side of the family and hearing Johnny being played a lot on the radio and record player; I love Johnny’s voice, and the way his songs tell a story. I also love the way he always let the music speak for itself.”
Barker, who was born and raised in St. Louis and still lives there today when he’s not traveling, began his interest with music in school, with his first performance experience as a line drummer with the school band in 8th grade. In high school, he sang with local cover bands and learned the guitar; later, his Elvis-like good looks drew him into performing at Elvis tribute shows.
“I really loved his music, and thought he was so cool, so it fit for me,” Barker says.
That ‘good fit’ led to Barker traveling around the U.S. for a few years, performing at Elvis tribute shows, and even winning the Elvis tribute contest at the Gibson Showcase in Nashville. Then, things took an even more interesting turn.
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

4Play: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings/ Christian Scott/ Nas & Damien Marley/ Mulatu Astake

Music Kristi Kates Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way - Daptone
Responsible, in large part, for resuscitating ‘50s-’60s-era soul music and bringing it into the modern day and age (even staging a well-cheered performance at the Lollapalooza Fest), the feisty Jones and her swaggering backing band are back with their sophomore set, as produced by Bosco Mann. Recorded on an Ampex 8-track for a warmer, more authentic sound, the album - and the band - perfectly support Jones’ confident Franklin/Staples/Turner-esque vocals on tunes like the groovin’ “Money” and the bluesy ballad “If You Call.”

 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Pickin‘ Party? Hayloft

Music Robert Downes Pickin’ Party: Hayloft open mic offers authentic Americana
By Robert Downes
It’s not quite the Grand Ole’ Opry, but it feels pretty durned close:
Every Thursday, a driven group of guitar, banjo and mandolin pickers
congregate at a country-western bar outside of Traverse City to open their
musical veins and let it flow in what is widely considered to be the best
open mic in the region.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Galactic Sherpas

Music Kristi Kates Jammin’ with Galactic Sherpas: BC’s ever-changing eco-friendly jam band
By Kristi Kates
“Galactic Sherpas has a history that runs deep in chaos and the
unforeseen,” the band’s Josh Hall chuckles, “and has been an ever-changing
path of many musicians that have wandered in and out of Boyne City over
the past four years.”
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Local CDs

Music Kristi Kates Local CDs
By Kristi Kates
Dean Wiers-Windemuller - Dean Wiers-Windemuller
Complete with rubber-stamped, recycled-paper CD envelope, Dean Wiers-Windemuller’s set includes contributions from James Forrest Hughes on bass, Brian Morrill on drums, and Michael Crittenden on percussion, although the songs are all written by the Grand Rapids singer-songwriter himself.
 
 
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