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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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.
Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014: The Year in Modern Rock

Music Kristi Kates and it was an instant hit… Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Fest launched an international version in Paris with Chvrches, Mogwai and James Blake… Gwen Stefani duetted with Adam Levine on a new Maroon 5 song… OK Go played twice in Michigan this month, at...
Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Playlist

Music Kristi Kates “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” From an impromptu lo-fi Saturday Night Live holiday skit with Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz and a portable mini keyboard to a fully-produced rockin’ indie-pop fest, this one’s perfect for those who just can’t wait for Santa to arrive.
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Solstice Celebration Sheds Light with Music, Food and Fun

Music Kristi Kates “Luke is home visiting family and friends, as are Breathe Owl Breathe bandmates Micah and Trevor, who will also be performing. Seth Bernard is a perennial favorite, the Galactic Sherpas will be on hand with music to dance by and Dr. Goodhart will be going table to table with some seasonal songs.
Monday, December 8, 2014

A Look Ahead: Winter Concerts 2015

Music Kristi Kates Doldrums of winter already getting you down? Let this season’s upcoming concerts rock you out of that funk! With everything from Louisiana blues to ska on the schedule between now and spring, there’ll be plenty of reasons to bundle up and get out of the house, both locally and downstate.
Monday, December 8, 2014

From Sound to Screen at the Music House

Music Kristi Kates If you’ve ever driven by the white, modernized barn on U.S. 31 in Williamsburg and wondered about The Music House, you’re not alone. If you’re a fan of music, history, antiques or all three, you’ll find that this visually-understated stop is actually a must-see.