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, 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


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.
Monday, April 28, 2014

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Music!

Music Kristi Kates From the synth-grunge of Reacta to the electrified translations of Yibel Jme’tik Banamil, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect occasion to check out what Mexico’s offering up in the indie-rock department, and we’ve picked five great bands for you to start with.
Monday, April 28, 2014

100 Years of Haas

One of Michigan’s great men of classical music is getting celebrated in style.

Music Ross Boissoneau The program will begin with a 30-minute documentary on Karl Haas’s life, produced by Jeff Haas and his sister Alyce Haas. It tells the story of his musical career, how he came to America just ahead of the Nazi pogrom of the Jews, and how he came to be a fixture in so many people’s lives through his radio program.
Monday, April 21, 2014

The Gypsy Jazz of Cyrille Aimee

French native Cyrille Aimee grew up cavorting with Gypsies.

Music Kristi Kates Aimee’s latest inspirations have resulted in her newest album, “It’s a Good Day.” It was recorded in New York City at Flux Studios, a vintage room with modern equipment that has helmed other recording projects by The Black Crowes, Duncan Sheik, Santigold, Jennifer Lopez, and Queen Latifah.