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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

From Craigslist to Nashville

Music Kristi Kates “Josh … has the ability to not only learn the music quickly, but is flawless and makes no mistakes when he plays,” Martin said. “With Mike, it was his passion and persistence that attracted us to him. And when Jeff auditioned, we knew by the first song…He is by far one of the best guitar players in the Nashville scene.
 
Monday, June 9, 2014

Big Ticket Festival: A Party With a Purpose

Music Kristi Kates Fast-forward almost ten years later, and Big Ticket is still going strong, a multi-genre event that covers bluegrass, pop, rock, rap, and country music, plus a range of other festival diversions. The 2014 version is set to be one of their biggest yet..
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Sweet Summer Sounds at The Rhubarbary

Music Kristi Kates After putting a timber frame addition onto their house several years ago, the Scotts wondered what they were going to do with the extra space. Already known around the area as musicians in their own right – they’re the Peacemeal String Band – the answer arrived quickly.
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Folk, Celtic and More at Manitou

Music Ross Boissoneau From 2007 to 2013, Harry Fried helmed the series, now renamed the Manitou Music Festival, building on the tradition and incorporating new styles into the mix. He also oversaw improvements in the stage area behind Lake Street Studios, upgrades in sound and lighting, and a new stage monitoring system.
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Sheryl Crow: The Story Behind Her Music

Music Kristi Kates Northern Express’s take Once out of high school, most of us look back five or 10 years later and wonder whatever happened to the ‘popular kids.’ Crow’s no exception with this tune lamenting lost youth. But she’s got a way of turning bitter regret into thoughtful observation.
 
Monday, May 26, 2014

Local Musician Spotlight: Charlie Millard

Music Kristi Kates CM: When I was 14, I started playing guitar at local farmers markets and selling my CD. I also walked into The Perry Hotel to see if I could play their beautiful black grand piano for their fine dining room. This will be my fourth summer playing there. I love it; I get to play all sorts of music, and I love the people there.
 
Monday, May 26, 2014

‘Mind-Blowing’ Open Air Concert Series is Back

Music Kristi Kates Time for Three (July 19), who call themselves a “classically trained garage band.” The three string musicians blend country, gypsy, jazz, bluegrass, and classical sounds which has them rearranging Brahms one minute and reinterpreting The Beatles the next.
 
Monday, May 19, 2014

Downes' Dynamite Gig

Music Kristi Kates “Being a songwriter has been something of an identity crisis for me, because we could easily do all originals and try for the festival circuit,” he said. “But Jim and I both like playing happy hour and patio gigs the most, so we stick with a mix of covers and a few of our own songs.
 
Monday, May 19, 2014

Bret Michaels, Mega 80s @ TC Summer Concert Series

Dig out your day glo and hair spray, people: 80s rock is coming to Traverse City this summer.

Music Kristi Kates “We have some good musicians coming to the area via Interlochen, the Cherry Festival, and Sam Porter [Porterhouse Productions,]” Jim Harvey said. “But I think there is a need for more to do in Traverse City, which is one of the reasons we planned our concerts on Thursday nights, and not when anything else was really going on.
 
Monday, May 19, 2014

Blue October's Revitalized Rock

The boys in Blue October love coming to Traverse City, and it has nothing to do with the beaches or cherry pie.

Music Kristi Kates “My favorite thing about playing TC is getting to see Matt’s parents,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Justin Furstenfeld. “The Noveskys are like our second parents – hi Bill, hi Linda, we love you!” No wonder Northern Michigan shows are something of a homecoming for the altrock band.
 
Monday, May 19, 2014

The Beach Boys Are Back

Music Kristi Kates Now touring with Mike Love in the frontman position (Brian Wilson retired from touring with the band in 2012), the band includes Bruce Johnston, guitarist Scott Totten, bass player Randall Kirsh, keyboardist Tim Bonhomme, and The Cowsills’s John Cowsill on drums and vocals.
 
Monday, May 12, 2014

Gaylord's Prodigal Son Stays Put

Music Kristi Kates “I jumped at that opportunity because it seemed like a nice change of scenery,” Allen said. “Playing drums in a band that does a bunch of upbeat covers and gets people dancing sounded strangely inviting. I decided this was a good opportunity to give the Jake Allen Band a hiatus.
 
Monday, May 5, 2014

Jazzing it Up WITH HARMONIOUS WAIL

Smoldering vocals. Creative arrangements. And a bass player that can “lift the lid” off of any song or venue.

Music Kristi Kates “Maggie [Delaney-Potthoff]and I spent a couple of years at the Berklee School of Music [in Boston],” singer/mandolin player Sims Delaney-Potthoff said. “The notion then was to form a jazz unit with mandolin and violin where, traditionally, the saxophone and trumpet would be.
 
Monday, May 5, 2014

Folk Music Meets the iPod Generation

Music Kristi Kates From the blues of Detroit to maritime tunes, lumberjack chants to love ballads, Lomax captured the state’s musical traditions on his machine, which recorded audio directly to vinyl. Today, two local organizations are exposing these 75-year-old recordings to a whole new – but digitally obsessed – generation.
 
Monday, April 28, 2014

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus Redefines Jam Bands

Music Kristi Kates “In 2012, we released the concept EP ‘The Broomhilda Suite,’ about a witch who kidnaps a prince. Yes, we are nerds and have played a lot of videogames,” Olmsted laughed. “And then in October of last year, we released ‘Translate,’ another full-length, 10-song album.
 
 
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