Letters 11-30-2015

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Three Shows for the Weekend

Music Kristi Kates Led by Detroit flutist and singer Kelly McDermott, who worked for years as an orchestral and chamber musician with not one, but three, flute degrees to her credit, Nessa is an unusual and colorful hybrid band that combines Celtic, classical, jazz and world music, creating a pop-folk fusion.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Microbrew and Music and More

Music Kristi Kates It’s time for this year’s summer Microbrew and Music Festival in Traverse City, and Porterhouse Productions guru Sam Porter is in a never-ending cycle of organizing and promoting, but don’t let the surrounding chaos fool you; Porter loves every minute of it.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Avett Brothers Amplify Festival Appeal

Music Kristi Kates One of the coolest things about Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival headliners The Avett Brothers is their slow ascent to fame.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Bay View Bohemians

Music Kristi Kates If you love the Broadway play “RENT,” chances are you'll also like “La Bohème.” Based on Henri Murger's novel “Scènes de la vie de Bohème” – a collection of short stories about youthful bohemians living in Paris in the 1840s – “La Bohème” was the inspiration behind “RENT,” which is about youthful bohemians living in New York City.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Getting Ready for Petoskey's Festival on the Bay

Music Kristi Kates Walker’s eventual job staging and working the door at Flint’s Capital Theater, then his efforts helping to kick-start Petoskey’s own Battle of the Bands a dozen years ago, plus his current work with Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City make him a perfect fit to oversee Petoskey’s summer highlight, Festival on the Bay.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Weekend at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates Continuing the tradition of what was perhaps the only band to truly capture the audio soul of a California summer is this classic act, now led by original member Mike Love and mid-1960s addition Bruce Johnston (an Interlochen camp alumnus!).
Friday, July 17, 2015

Tyler Farr Brings Nashville to the TCMF

Music Kristi Kates He’s a classically trained musician turned country recording artist. What do you get when you combine those two things? You get to hang out with legendary musicians, record a No. 2 country chart single and a brand new album, and you get the honor of being locked up in a glass box.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Just Great Music at the TCFF

Music Kristi Kates With films including everything from documentaries to rockumentaries, dramas to comedies to experimental cinema, there's a visual niche for everyone — and thanks to the hard work of Music Director Mike Sullivan and his team, there's probably an audio match, as well.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Remote Sounds: The Beaver Island Music Festival

Music Kristi Kates You can only get to this music festival by boat or plane, no exceptions. You won’t find fancy VIP viewing areas, WiFi lounges or late-night discos. You’re more likely to run into a downto-earth yoga instructor, itinerant farmhand or banjo player than a Hollywood celebrity.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Starship to Rock the Fest!

Music Kristi Kates They may not be the original Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship that broke musical ground back in 1965, but this spinoff of the psychedelic rock outfit can still reel in the crowds. Even after multiple member and name changes, the band’s current live setlists still read like a ’70s-’80s hit list.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Blues on the Road with Mulebone

Music Kristi Kates Singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multiinstrumentalist John Ragusa make up the Brooklyn-based duo Mulebone, with a new album called Keep On Movin’ (2014, Red Tug Records) and a well-deserved reputation as a pair of musicians who know how to elevate modern blues.
Friday, July 3, 2015

35 Years of Bliss

Music Kristi Kates Few knew that the little music fundraiser started by Jim Gillespie back in 1981 would turn into the mega-event it is today. It’s a summer highlight for many local music fans… and for plenty of visitors, some who make the trek north specifically for the festival from all over the country.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Martinis and Blues at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates “There’s a trend?” joked Pink Martini’s percussionist, Brian Davis. “I occasionally miss those, but if there are groups surfacing inspired or influenced by what Pink Martini’s doing, how cool is that?” According to Davis, Lauderdale comes up with the...
Friday, June 19, 2015

The Weepies Moving Forward

Music Kristi Kates Steve Tannen and Deb Talan began writing music together the night they met. They’d soon form two long-term partnerships: one as a married couple and the second as the duo The Weepies, logging 20 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million records sold.
Friday, June 19, 2015

Mixing and Matching at Electric Forest Fest

Music Kristi Kates EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and jam bands (think The Grateful Dead/Phish) may seem strange festival mates, opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but mixing these divergent beats on outdoor stages — in this case, at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan — seems to result in mystical festival chemistry that really works.