Northern Express - Music http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-149-1-music.html <![CDATA[Marc Cohn’s Journey To Memphis and Beyond - ]]> begins singer-songwriter Marc Cohn’s huge 1991 hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” the song inspired by Cohn’s own journey to that very city in the mid-‘80s, where he has said he became “baptized in the world of Blues” when he was in his early 20s. As the lyrics of the song go, Cohn actually did set his feet on the famed Beale Street.]]> <![CDATA[The Fall Finale: Autumn’s Music Festivals - ]]> Michigan is fortunate to have not one but two major folk and world music fes-tivals every year: Blissfest in Bliss, and Wheatland in Remus. Blissfest got its start in 1981, via a dozen area folk musicians and dancers who staged the first event in a fallow field.]]> <![CDATA[The Breakthrough Acts - ]]> Breaking out of northern Michigan to achieve a major career in music takes more than talent. While our communities are avid supporters of all kinds of music, and our region’s beauty inspires many a tune, the hard facts are that there are fewer venues, auditions, music managers, record labels, and other resources here than in larger cities.]]> <![CDATA[What is the Northern Michigan Sound? - ]]> “From my perspective, it seems like Traverse City is almost becoming a mini Nashville. Every night, you walk down Front Street, and you witness live music permeating though nearly every door. I’d say it’s a big ol’ pot of acoustic soup, with many rock elements thrown in.]]> <![CDATA[New Orleans, Represent! - ]]> Shorty will share the brewfest limelight with a buzz band Rolling Stone called one of the Ten New Artists You Need To Know for 2016: The Revivalists, another New Orleans act that lean more toward horn-sprinkled alt-rock along the lines of Alabama Shakes or Galactic, thanks in part to the bellowing vocals of frontman David Shaw.]]> <![CDATA[Get Happy With the Sounds of the ‘60s - ]]> The Happy Together Tour is arriving at Little River Casino Resort in August, and with it an impressive list of ’60s hits all polished up and ready for singing along. It’s no wonder this has become one of the most popular vintage package tours in North America; the musicians included boast more than sixty Top 40 hits between them.]]> <![CDATA[Her Best Shot - ]]> The story of singer and four-time Gram-my Award winner Pat Benetar isn't your clas-sic rags-to-rock-n-roll legend. Benetar's interest in music started in Lindenhurst, Long Island, N.Y., where she pursued musical theater and trained as an accomplished soprano.]]> <![CDATA[Farmfest and Hoxeyville - ]]> Got time for a little more music? August offers up two major music festivals here in northern Michigan, so you’d best get out there while you still can. Whether you choose Farmfest’s countryside cool or Hoxeyville’s forest festivities, you’ll find plenty of great performances and fun amenities.]]> <![CDATA[Hawaiian Musician Brings Unique Sound to Interlochen - ]]> When you hear the words “musical virtuoso,” the vision of a musician jamming on a ukulele probably doesn’t come to mind. But a skilled musician from Honolulu, Hawaii, is changing that perception with his unique performance and composition style on the instrument.]]> <![CDATA[Music Meets Movies at the TCFF! - ]]> As the Traverse City Film Festival continues to grow, its offerings expand, and some of the coolest changes this year are in the TCFF’s music lineup. Local musician Jeff Bihlman is the new director of music for the festival, taking over for Mike Sullivan, and he’s been working hard to line up the talent.]]> <![CDATA[The Rhythms Of Upbeat Cadillac - ]]> Not surprisingly, it was music that brought them together. Calhoun, born in Mississippi in 1921 and raised in Chicago, had a long and illustrious career, performing with the likes of Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, Lennie Capp, and Ahmad Jamal. He, like many other black musicians of his era, spent time at northern Michigan’s Idlewild resort community.]]> <![CDATA[Gaylord Grooves! - ]]> Bring your own lawn chair and grab a spot for this fun neighborhood event featuring conductor Ralph Schweigert and the hardworking and talented Gaylord Community Band.]]> <![CDATA[Brandi and Old Crow Medicine Show Have Your Summer Remedy - ]]> The band’s turning point is the stuff of music industry legend. The band was out busking in front of the Boone Drug pharmacy in Boone, N.C., when happenstance led legendary American folk musician Doc Watson to them. Old Crow, on the spot, performed “Oh My Little Darling,” an old-time song they thought Watson might like.]]> <![CDATA[The Voice Finalist Returns To Blissfest As Headliner - ]]> One highlight of this year’s Blissfest is sure to be the return performance of Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi.]]> <![CDATA[Blissfest Preview - ]]> Count ’em: 36 years of Blissfest. That’s 36 summers out in the farmlands of Bliss, Mich., with dozens of acts each year in nearly as many genres, and around 5,000 music fans in attendance each day of the festival. So how tough is it for festival founder and guru Jim Gillespie to keep the fest fresh as we approach the 2016 event?.]]> <![CDATA[Retro Rock And Cool Country - ]]> Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival is going mostly retro this year, hitting five decades’ worth of music with a round of ’60s nostalgia, a little ’70s rock, and some sounds from both the ’80s and the ’90s — plus some current Nashville acts thrown in for good measure.]]> <![CDATA[Jackson Browne Standing Strong - ]]> Even Rock and Roll Hall of Famers get the flu. Legendary singer-songwriter and longtime activist Jackson Browne, on his way to Interlochen this week, is skipping press obligations in favor of saving his voice for performing.]]> <![CDATA[Petoskey Rocks! - ]]> PETOSKEY ROCK CITY Each week brings a different band — everything from ’80s dance rock to jazz to blues, all by Michigan musicians familiar to Petoskey listeners. “The music is in Pennsylvania Park on a stage close to the cannon,” Manthei said.]]> <![CDATA[The Big Ticket - ]]> If you’re looking for an upbeat, family friendly festival with a positive message, the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord is for you. A threeday music festival chock full of some of the biggest names in Christian music, this fest is focused on faith and backed by a wide range of additional festival experiences sure to affirm your spiritual side.]]> <![CDATA[Cherry Capital Chorus Celebrates a Half-Century - ]]> McCall boasts a wealth of experience. She has a degree in voice education and has directed numerous choirs. But she didn’t come to be a member of the men’s group until, as a member of the GT Show Chorus, she found herself in need of a male chorus for a presentation of White Christmas at Old Town Playhouse.]]>