Northern Express - Music <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Catching Up with Jeff Haas - ]]> A musician since the age of five, Haas studied music as a teenager in Berlin, Germany, delving into jazz after discovering his sister’s music collection. Now a seasoned professional, he always has several irons in the musical fire. We thought we’d check in to see what Haas has been up to lately.]]> <![CDATA[Ten Concerts Worth the Roadtrip - ]]> While we have a fantastic variety of music right here in northern Michigan, sometimes the act you’ve just got to see doesn’t get up this way — and that’s when you hop in the car for a roadtrip downstate. Here are 10 concerts sure to be well worth the drive.]]> <![CDATA[Burn Halo's Heavy Rock War - ]]> Orange County, Cal. — a strange little pocket of SoCal that’s spawned a long list of bands and solo acts ranging from No Doubt and Matchbox Twenty to The Offspring, Aloe Blacc, Cold War Kids…and Burn Halo, the hard rockers now on tour and making a stop in Kalkaska.]]> <![CDATA[The PigPen Theatre Co. Breaks All the Rules - ]]> “They wanted actors that were also really a band,” Melia explained. “The funny thing is, we ended up being in the movie for only about 30 seconds, and they put other music over what we were doing, because what we played didn't work with the edit, but it was something we really wanted to do.]]> <![CDATA[Gopherwood Concerts’ Ramblin’ New Season - ]]> “We’re really most proud of the Michiganbased performers,” Gopherwood’s Paul Brown said. “And we try to mix it up so that we’re alternating people who have played here before with new artists and other projects that our returning artists are taking part in.]]> <![CDATA[Janice Keegan’s Fiery Return - ]]> Janice Keegan is a quarter-century musician, a rare achievement in these days of overnight sensations and one-hit wonders. She started singing as a teen, acquired vocal coaches in both Traverse City and New York City and started gigging in Traverse City in the early ’90s.]]> <![CDATA[Fremont John's Contrary Highway - ]]> Singer/songwriter/guitarist Fremont John is a Michigan guy, born in Lansing and raised in Ludington. Inspired by a musical family, including a mother who played keyboards and a sister and brother who played piano and trombone, he’d soon find that music would be the one through-line in his life.]]> <![CDATA[Two at TC’s City Opera House - ]]> Whether you prefer the sound stylings of an acclaimed Minneapolis singersongwriter or the comedy of a legendary Midwestern stand-up and television comedian, these upcoming shows at Traverse City’s City Opera House are sure to sell out quickly. By Kristi Kates.]]> <![CDATA[Sleder’s Updates Their Sound with Concert Series - ]]> Sleder’s Tavern, the self-proclaimed “oldest restaurant in Michigan,” may stick to its vintage guns on many things, including its eclectic décor and a few of its menu items, but they’re definitely showing their progressive side via their On the Porch concert series.]]> <![CDATA[The Grand Hotel Gets Jazzy - ]]> Enter Arturo Sandoval on Friday evening, opening the weekend with his performance at the Grand Hotel Theater.]]> <![CDATA[Three Shows for the Weekend - ]]> Led by Detroit flutist and singer Kelly McDermott, who worked for years as an orchestral and chamber musician with not one, but three, flute degrees to her credit, Nessa is an unusual and colorful hybrid band that combines Celtic, classical, jazz and world music, creating a pop-folk fusion.]]> <![CDATA[Microbrew and Music and More - ]]> It’s time for this year’s summer Microbrew and Music Festival in Traverse City, and Porterhouse Productions guru Sam Porter is in a never-ending cycle of organizing and promoting, but don’t let the surrounding chaos fool you; Porter loves every minute of it.]]> <![CDATA[Avett Brothers Amplify Festival Appeal - ]]> One of the coolest things about Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival headliners The Avett Brothers is their slow ascent to fame.]]> <![CDATA[Bay View Bohemians - ]]> If you love the Broadway play “RENT,” chances are you'll also like “La Bohème.” Based on Henri Murger's novel “Scènes de la vie de Bohème” – a collection of short stories about youthful bohemians living in Paris in the 1840s – “La Bohème” was the inspiration behind “RENT,” which is about youthful bohemians living in New York City.]]> <![CDATA[Getting Ready for Petoskey's Festival on the Bay - ]]> Walker’s eventual job staging and working the door at Flint’s Capital Theater, then his efforts helping to kick-start Petoskey’s own Battle of the Bands a dozen years ago, plus his current work with Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City make him a perfect fit to oversee Petoskey’s summer highlight, Festival on the Bay.]]>