Northern Express - Music http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-149-1-music.html <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Seasonal Sounds: Music on the Peninsula - ]]> Another peninsula experience combining the setting sun with great music of a different sort is The Homestead’s summer concert series, now in its sixth year.]]> <![CDATA[Catching Up with Mustard Plug - ]]> It’s been more than a year since we checked in with northern Michigan’s favorite ska band, the Grand Rapids–based Mustard Plug. So, with a big show coming up this month at Traverse City’s InsideOut Gallery, what better time to brush up on our skanking?.]]> <![CDATA[Bria Skonberg - ]]> “In the following years, I managed multiple jazz bands that traveled and I would perform as a soloist overseas in Europe and Japan,” she said. “By the time I moved to New York, I had visited five times and made friends who I would end up working with; New York is an incredible jazz mecca.]]> <![CDATA[DJ Man-O-Wax and The Reminders - ]]> early February, the first performance of the “Caravanserai: American Voices” touring series took place in Traverse City, featuring Palestinian-American multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley and Indian- American virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi.]]> <![CDATA[Local Music: Stovepipe Stover - ]]> A drumset strapped to his back, a guitar in his hands, the occasional harmonica and a voice somewhere between Bob Dylan and Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Justin Stover, aka Stovepipe Stover, performs as a one-man band, dividing his time between Traverse City and Grand Rapids.]]> <![CDATA[Modern Rock: Then and Now - ]]> What was going on in music back when Northern Express first got its start compared to where the scene is now? In some cases, a lot has changed. In others, we’re nearly back where we started. Let’s wind up the Modern Rock time machine and take a look back at music news happenings from 1991.]]> <![CDATA[Local Music Spotlight On: Turbo Pup - ]]> MEET THE BAND They started gigging as Turbo Pup in late August 2015, after singer/guitarist Aaron Dye and violinist Brett McDowell had done a few rounds of performance as a guitar/fiddle duo. The two friends found common ground after learning they had both spent time out west (Dye in Bozeman, Mont.]]> <![CDATA[Patty Larkin’s Natural Evolution - ]]> Patty Larkin’s soulful, contemporary brand of music is easily woven into things like latenight public radio shows, compilation albums and supper parties. It’s there she makes her strongest mark, with tunes that catch the ear so well, you’ll find yourself Googling or Shazaming to learn just who is making this music.]]> <![CDATA[And Don’t Miss Chris Smither - ]]> When singer-songwriter Chris Smither hit 50 years of singing and songwriting in 2014, he marked the occasion with Still on the Levee, a two-disc career retrospective recorded in New Orleans and featuring fresh versions of two dozen songs from the entire stretch of his career, including “Devil Got Your Man,” the first song he ever wrote.]]>