Northern Express - Music http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-149-1-music.html <![CDATA[Defrost and Dance! - ]]> “I believe in doing a full production, even though this is a winter fest,” he said, “with full lighting, full sound, heated tents, lots of great bands. Many people don’t have the budget to create that kind of experience this time of year, but we really want to keep highlighting this region in all seasons.]]> <![CDATA[Brother Dan’s Got A Big Heart - ]]> What better day than Valentine’s Day to host an event that’s all about showing a little love to the community? The Have a Heart Brother Dan’s Valentine’s Benefit gives even more purpose to the holiday with their charity concert, now in its seventh year.]]> <![CDATA[Ronnie Malley and Zeshan Bagewadi - ]]> In the Middle East, a caravanserai — from a compound Persian word combining caravan with palace —is a roadside inn where travelers gather after a long day moving through the desert heat, where they enjoy the cool night and share news and entertainment.]]> <![CDATA[Godaiko and Raion Taiko Bring Big Beats to Petoskey - ]]> Taiko drumming, which uses Japanese drums, or Wadaiko, to make rhythmic sounds, has mythological origins in Japanese folklore and, in actuality, has been around since the sixth century.]]> <![CDATA[Back With Arms Wide Open - ]]> The alternately feted and maligned ‘90s rock band, the weight of mental illness, the public breakdown, the estranged bandmates, the reality show — singer Scott Stapp’s been through it all, but the confessional nature of his music and the support of his family have revived his career.]]> <![CDATA[Catching Up with Jim Hawley - ]]> Music has always been a part of Jim Hawley’s life. When he was a kid, he’d listen to his grandmother play piano. In grade school, he’d find local bands practicing in their garages, and would sit and listen. By high school, he’d become friends with a guy who played guitar, and that friend started teaching Hawley how to play.]]> <![CDATA[The Exploding Career of Chic Gamine - ]]> Ariane Jean, Andrina Turenne and Annick Bremault all grew up in the French Quarter of Winnipeg, Manitoba and all had an interest in music. It wasn’t long before they all found themselves in a big a cappella group. When that group disbanded, the three friends decided they wanted to keep making music, and so they became Chic Gamine.]]> <![CDATA[New Reformation Jazz Band Brings Big Sound to CTAC - ]]> “It was such a sound,” he said. “After the service, we all gathered in the dressing room and we were all like, wow. And just like Peggy Lee sang, we were asking each other ‘is that all there is?’ So we stuck with it, started playing pubs, and it grew from there.]]> <![CDATA[2016’s Most Anticipated Albums - ]]> With Adele and Coldplay both smashing it out of the park right as 2015 draws to a close; Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and One Direction still hanging in there; and Christmas albums filling out the rest of the Billboard Top 10, the charts ended the year full to the brim with hits.]]> <![CDATA[The Mainstay's Musical Rebirth - ]]> From the roots of the downstate party band Funktion has arisen a new musical outfit that’s added folk and grunge to an already-established funk-soul sound.]]> <![CDATA[Beat the Winter Blues with Music - ]]> JUMPSTART JAMS “We’ve all heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),” said Blissfest guru Jim Gillespie. “And a lot of folks experience what’s just called the winter blues.]]> <![CDATA[Gaylord Gets The Grand Ole Opry - ]]> It’s certainly going to be a grand holiday for country music fans. The Alpine Lodge in Gaylord is turning itself into a re-creation of Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry to put on a show that’ll get boots stompin’, guitars twangin’ and folks singing along to some of their favorite country hits from the good old days to today.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Concerts 2016 - ]]> Whether you prefer your music 100 percent homegrown or enjoy the excuse to take a road trip downstate, 2016 has a great head start on must-see concerts! You’ll find everything from vintage classics to country crooners to cutting edge tunes for the first three months of the year.]]> <![CDATA[Local Music Spotlight on: Peacemeal - ]]> <![CDATA[Paddling to the Sea with Song of the Lakes - ]]> Their sound is comprised of many influences, from Scandinavian elements to the blues, with the water running through each and every one. Their very name is evocative of the region we all live in. And they’ve been a familiar local sound to many since 1983.]]> <![CDATA[BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet - ]]> It’s intriguing that BeauSoleil bills themselves as “with Michael Doucet” because it’s hard to think of BeauSoleil without Doucet, the bandleader whose instinctive, emotive vocals and standout fiddle playing are the heart of this wide-ranging group of top-shelf devoted players.]]> <![CDATA[Great Lake Swimmers On Deck at The Dennos - ]]> If you like the music of Iron and Wine, Band of Horses, The Low Anthem or Nick Drake, chances are you’ll like Canadian folk-rockers Great Lake Swimmers, too.]]> <![CDATA[Hick-Hop Hits From The Lacs - ]]> Quiet is pretty much the only word that applies to the rural town of Baxley, Georgia. The eightsquare-mile city that holds a population of around 4,000 has had few claims to fame, save one mention in an old Charlie Daniels’ tune: “Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch.]]> <![CDATA[MacMaster and Leahy - ]]> CELTIC CLASH “We met through music,” Leahy said. “We were aware of each other, and fans of each other, but we hadn’t played any music together. Once we got together, it seemed like it took even longer to work on any music as a couple because we were both already booked and had projects underway when we got married.]]> <![CDATA[Billy Branch Bringing Back the Blues - ]]> Chicago-born and California-seasoned, harmonica-playing blues musician Billy Branch is again living in his Windy City hometown after years in Los Angeles. No matter where he is, blues music comes as naturally to him as walking, and he’ll be bringing his sound even farther north next week, with a concert in Traverse City.]]>