Northern Express - Music http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-149-1-music.html <![CDATA[Blues on the Road with Mulebone - ]]> Singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multiinstrumentalist John Ragusa make up the Brooklyn-based duo Mulebone, with a new album called Keep On Movin’ (2014, Red Tug Records) and a well-deserved reputation as a pair of musicians who know how to elevate modern blues.]]> <![CDATA[35 Years of Bliss - ]]> Few knew that the little music fundraiser started by Jim Gillespie back in 1981 would turn into the mega-event it is today. It’s a summer highlight for many local music fans… and for plenty of visitors, some who make the trek north specifically for the festival from all over the country.]]> <![CDATA[Martinis and Blues at Interlochen - ]]> “There’s a trend?” joked Pink Martini’s percussionist, Brian Davis. “I occasionally miss those, but if there are groups surfacing inspired or influenced by what Pink Martini’s doing, how cool is that?” According to Davis, Lauderdale comes up with the...]]> <![CDATA[The Weepies Moving Forward - ]]> Steve Tannen and Deb Talan began writing music together the night they met. They’d soon form two long-term partnerships: one as a married couple and the second as the duo The Weepies, logging 20 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million records sold.]]> <![CDATA[Mixing and Matching at Electric Forest Fest - ]]> EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and jam bands (think The Grateful Dead/Phish) may seem strange festival mates, opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but mixing these divergent beats on outdoor stages — in this case, at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan — seems to result in mystical festival chemistry that really works.]]> <![CDATA[Touring Michigan with Time and Luck - ]]> “Max is a fantastic singer-songwriter in his own right and recently released an album called ‘Outrider,’” Rilko said. “We’ll be performing some songs from that album on our tour. And John is a top-notch percussionist; he’ll be adding those skills and more to our duo ensemble.]]> <![CDATA[Faithful Fun at Big Ticket Fest - ]]> “I think most people have a misconception of God: that he’s centered on rules and making people ‘be good,’” explained festival president Drew Spanding. “But really, God is about freedom — and it’s important to party! We have so much difficulty in this world that the discipline of celebrating is critical to our spiritual experience here on earth.]]> <![CDATA[Downtown Sounds - ]]> Founded by local Sheryl McCleary (also known for running Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) with the support of Blissfest, the aim was to encourage community talent and bring a unique arts experience to the city. Today, Street Musique is managed by the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce,.]]> <![CDATA[“B” Cool at Lollapalooza - ]]> While we have two months to wait, tickets are on sale now and it’ll be here before we know it. The biggest and best major summer music fest within reasonable driving distance of northern Michigan opens July 31 and Express has all the best info on what to do once you get there.]]> <![CDATA[2015 Up North Festival Roundup - ]]> THE MUSIC: From local Joshua Davis’ triumphant return after the finals of “The Voice,” to performances by The Beach Boys, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, O.A.R., Vince Gill and The Piano Guys, these shows are some of the biggest..]]> <![CDATA[Rock n’ Hit The Road 2015 Summer Music Fests - ]]> Music fans know that one of the best ways to hear a plethora of their favorite bands all at once is to save up and road trip to one of the big summer music festivals..]]> <![CDATA[Modern Rock - ]]> Topped by a specially-curated set he designed for the event, Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters will headline this year’s Newport Folk Festival on July 24 in Newport, Rhode Island. The legendary musician will join a lineup that already includes The Decemberists, Iron and Wine, Courtney Barnett.]]> <![CDATA[Summer Jams! - ]]> DUAL GENRES The Blissfest String Jam has continued every Sunday since, from 1-4pm, at Red Sky Stage. Many of the folks who played at the Grain Train have become regular participants at the Red Sky version of the jam, which continues to welcome new musicians.]]> <![CDATA[A Dramatic Year for the TSO - ]]> Dance, film, painting, choral works and world-class soloists boost the excitement and energy of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. This multi-genre vision from conductor Kevin Rhodes promises to make the TSO’s next season even more dynamic than the last.]]> <![CDATA[Mustard Plug’s Ska-tastic Journey - ]]> ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS “Dave [Kirchgessner, vocals] and Colin [Clive, guitar/vocals] used to see each other at all the punk shows in the ‘80s,” explained the band’s trombone player, Jim Hofer. “Once they both graduated college, they came up with the bright idea of starting a ska band in GR, since there were no ska bands there.]]> <![CDATA[D'Ambrosio Brings Hollywood to Harbor Springs - ]]> He was the world’s longest running Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” holding the title for more than a decade and portraying the renowned character in more than 2,600 performances of the Tony Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical..]]> <![CDATA[Two Shows for Spring - ]]> Husband and wife duo Andy and Julianna Wilson lead the quartet known as The Springtails, an eclectic collective from Lansing, Michigan that blends the pair’s vocal and instrumental skills with sometime-bandmates Louis Rudner on double bass and Bob Bryan on percussion.]]> <![CDATA[Fredheads Rejoice! - ]]> <![CDATA[And Now For Something a Little Different: Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series Goes Local - ]]> WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: The Cabin Fever Review is a unique twist on Blissfest’s concerts lineup — these performers are all local talent. “March 28 is the beginning of spring break season, when much of the population escapes winter for a week,” explained Blissfest’s guru Jim Gillespie.]]> <![CDATA[Wisaal Weaving a Sound - ]]> EARLY YARN All six members of the Lansing-based Mediterranean fusion group — Will Cicola on clarinets and saxophone, Houwat on oud, Ben Fuhrman on mandolin, Tim Patterson on bass, and Ty Forquer and Mike List on percussion — are classically-trained musicians.]]>