Northern Express - Music http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-149-1-music.html <![CDATA[They've Got Moxie - Think you know folk music? Familiar with traditional instruments?]]> The songs that they play may have a foundation in the traditional, but they run them all through their own unique filter, a process that started almost 10 years ago when Ladio and Lynn met at the Michigan American String Teachers Association camp in Howell, Mich.]]> <![CDATA[From Chants to Muzak: Work Music Through the Ages - ]]> Work songs have been documented since people started keeping track of history itself. From domestic trades to agricultural work, sea shanties to cowboy songs, chain gang chants to paperboys hawking their wares, tunes have long been utilized for a range of productive reasons.]]> <![CDATA[Emmet County Fair Welcomes Joe Nichols and More - Persistence equals success in Nashville … and in Petoskey.]]> Country music singer Joe Nichols – whose latest single, “Yeah,” hit number one on the U.S. Country Airplay chart last month and just became his fourth gold single – knows the value of not giving up. At the age of 19, Nichols was signed to Intersound Records, where he released his first album, 1996’s “Joe Nichols.” The album didn’t sell, and Intersound dropped him.

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<![CDATA[The 2014 Men of Rock - ]]>

This year’s Men of Rock list runs the gamut: From soulful singles to electronica to straightforward alt-rock, all of these artists share standout vocals, strong personalities, and plenty of talent. What makes them unique is their individual approaches to their tunes. This isn’t a popularity contest, though. Justin Bieber and Jay-Z get enough attention as it is. The following men of rock are causing a stir because of their innovation, music, and accomplishments. Check ‘em out.

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<![CDATA[May Erlewine’s Emotional Journey - ]]>

Music runs in May Erlewine’s blood. Her father, Michael Erlewine, was active in the Michigan folk music scene, collaborating with the likes of Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop. He also founded the online All Music Guide in the early ‘90s, where it became a pop culture source for music fans worldwide.

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<![CDATA[Now That ‘The Voice’ is Over; What’s Next? - ]]> Ryan Whyte Maloney made a strong showing on NBC’s singing competition program “The Voice,” snagging a spot on Blake Shelton’s team and making it to the playoff rounds before he was eliminated.]]> <![CDATA[Ronny Cox - STORIES AND SOUNDS ]]> You’ve probably seen him, but not on stage; Cox is actually an acclaimed character actor on screen. He’s held down pivotal roles in such hit films as RoboCop, Bound for Glory, Total Recall, and Deliverance. But it’s music that really has a hold on his heart.]]> <![CDATA[Petoskey’s ‘Signature Event’ Returns - Music fans, prepare: Ryan Whyte Maloney from NBC’s “The Voice” is coming to Petoskey.]]> And though Maloney is the headliner for the resort town’s Festival on the Bay, he’s not the only musical star. The Jelly Roll Blues Band, the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Third Coast Kings, and The Cookies are also on the lineup.]]> <![CDATA[2014 Lollapalooza Report - A Nothern Michigander checks in ]]> A walk across the park got us to the far south stage in time for Interpol and a dose of ‘80s goodness, as the band cranked through an energetic setlist of their old hits, plus enthusiastic previews of tracks like “All the Rage…” from their upcoming new album.]]> <![CDATA[An Ocean of Sound - If there was one singer that captured the fizzy sounds of the 1980s, it was Billy Ocean.]]>

Born in Trinidad and raised in England, Ocean’s mellow, soulful voice captured the ears of pop music fans worldwide. Now, 35 years after he began, he’s rolling back around with a whole new, yet familiar sound.

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<![CDATA[The Cult Comes to Streeters - ]]> Tracks like “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Fire Woman” were their ticket. But by the mid-’90s, the roller-coaster portion of their career began, as they would break up and reunite several times, with Astbury at one point announcing that they would never make another studio album.]]> <![CDATA[The Kenny Loggins You Don't Know - ]]>

Kenny Loggins is kicking off August by heading to the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey for a live concert. Loggins, formerly one half of country duo Loggins and Messina, is best known for his hit title track to “Footloose,” a 1984 movie that starred Kevin Bacon.

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<![CDATA[Surviving Lollapalooza - ]]>

Lollapalooza, the modern age’s answer to Woodstock, took Chicago by storm 14 years ago. Now, 160,000 music fans descend on Grant Park the first weekend in August to see headliners like Kings of Leon, Skrillex, and OutKast.

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<![CDATA[The Musical Side of TCFF - Believe it or not, someone once had to beg musicians to perform at the Traverse City Film Festival.]]> Argentinian pop singer Milagros is returning, as well as some new groups, he said “We have the minimalistic music of Canadian performer Frank Paul, the neobluegrass of Fauxgrass, and an exciting collaboration of local legends Al Jankowski and David Chown,” said Sullivan.]]> <![CDATA[Bo and Blood, Sweat & Tears at Bay View - ]]>

It’s not easy to replace a legend. It’s not easy to revive a legend. Heck, it’s not even easy to be a semi-legend. For Bo Bice, none of that matters. The former American Idol finalist is happy to be part of Blood, Sweat & Tears as that band tours the country and the world, and maybe even produces a new recording.

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<![CDATA[Aaron Tippin Still Stands for Country - It took a country’s energy crisis to steer Aaron Tippin’s musical energy into country.]]> “We are all comfortable performing on stage beside each other, and it’s great for the fans ‘cause it’s something new,” Tippin said. “We give the fans a mix of songs and a good variety, and we feed off of each other’s energy, which makes for a lot of fun.]]> <![CDATA[The ‘Return’ of THE BEATLES - Beatles fans don’t take their tribute bands lightly.]]> When any foursome takes the stage and starts playing as John, Paul, George and Ringo, one false note can ruin the magic. Fortunately, four guys from Georgia aren’t just playing around – they’re serious as Sunday about the sound, look and mannerisms of the Fab Four.]]> <![CDATA[Five For Fighting Orchestrating a New Sound - ]]> Resting on one’s laurels after breaking the Top 40 wasn’t an option for pianist John Ondrasik, who hit the big time with the Grammy-nominated “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” in 2000.]]> <![CDATA[Lamontagne and Lewis Take Road Less Traveled - ]]> LaMontagne, one of six kids, spent much of his childhood drawing role playing game characters instead of doing his schoolwork; Lewis grew up with a mother who was a professional singer, and a father who was in Johnny Puleo’s mid-50s “Harmonica Gang” band.]]> <![CDATA[A Bliss-tering Hot Music Fest - After 34 years, Petoskey’s Blissfest has become as much a community as it is a music festival.]]> Now “generations old,” as its co-founder puts it, each year’s Blissfest just keeps getting better and better, with a more eclectic lineup and more Bliss devotees.]]>