Northern Express - Music http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-149-1-music.html <![CDATA[Aaron Tippin Still Stands for Country - It took a country’s energy crisis to steer Aaron Tippin’s musical energy into country.]]> “We are all comfortable performing on stage beside each other, and it’s great for the fans ‘cause it’s something new,” Tippin said. “We give the fans a mix of songs and a good variety, and we feed off of each other’s energy, which makes for a lot of fun.]]> <![CDATA[The ‘Return’ of THE BEATLES - Beatles fans don’t take their tribute bands lightly.]]> When any foursome takes the stage and starts playing as John, Paul, George and Ringo, one false note can ruin the magic. Fortunately, four guys from Georgia aren’t just playing around – they’re serious as Sunday about the sound, look and mannerisms of the Fab Four.]]> <![CDATA[Five For Fighting Orchestrating a New Sound - ]]> Resting on one’s laurels after breaking the Top 40 wasn’t an option for pianist John Ondrasik, who hit the big time with the Grammy-nominated “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” in 2000.]]> <![CDATA[Lamontagne and Lewis Take Road Less Traveled - ]]> LaMontagne, one of six kids, spent much of his childhood drawing role playing game characters instead of doing his schoolwork; Lewis grew up with a mother who was a professional singer, and a father who was in Johnny Puleo’s mid-50s “Harmonica Gang” band.]]> <![CDATA[A Bliss-tering Hot Music Fest - After 34 years, Petoskey’s Blissfest has become as much a community as it is a music festival.]]> Now “generations old,” as its co-founder puts it, each year’s Blissfest just keeps getting better and better, with a more eclectic lineup and more Bliss devotees.]]> <![CDATA[They've Got the Beat - ]]> They’re not exactly professionals from Brazil, but Traverse City’s Deep Blue Water Samba School is making waves here, creating a swell of interest in South American inspired beats.]]> <![CDATA[Rusted Root - Fame Hasn’t Ground Them Down ]]> “Summer is one of my favorite times to tour because there are always a bunch of great festivals happening and we get to see and play with so many fantastic musicians,” he said. “I try to remind myself to breathe and enjoy the moments during the tour, but it flies by so fast sometimes, it’s just a technicolor blur, and then the tour’s over.]]> <![CDATA[FISHING FOR A SOUND - Northern Michigan is probably one of the few places you’ll find a band inspired by, and in fact formed because of, steelhead fishing. ]]> Adam Carpenter, Evan Simula, Jacob Kuhlman, and Jonah Kuhlman are Chasin’ Steel, an Up North bluegrass quartet that’s taken two of their shared hobbies to heart and string.]]> <![CDATA[Dancin' in the Streets, Harbor Springs-Style - They aren’t afraid of shaking a little booty in Harbor Springs.]]> FANCY TUNES Mary Catherine Hannah has been cochair of Street Musique for the past three years, but the event actually started about ten years ago with the leadership of Sheryl McCleary (of Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) and the support of the Blissfest organization.]]> <![CDATA[Mummies, Much More (Music) at Cherry Festival - Bloody, bandaged, and undead, Here Come the Mummies have nonetheless got soul oozing out every pore.]]> <![CDATA[Nickel Creek: Rising to the Occasion - ]]> After years on the road and a seven year hiatus – during which Nickel Creek bandmates Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins embarked on a range of solo projects – the band is stronger than ever and looking forward to their July 10 Interlochen show.]]> <![CDATA[Queen of the Road - ]]> “I feel responsible, because we are traveling with 22 people and it’s important to stay healthy,” Raitt said. “We have organic food at each venue. We get fresh air. I bring my yoga gear with me. And we carry bicycles underneath the bus so we can explore..]]> <![CDATA[Super Strings - ]]> Now, the living banjo legend – a frequent contemporary, classical, and pop collaborator – is stringing a new sound together with Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet that has been described as “classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars.]]> <![CDATA[Northern Michigan's Lollapalooza - For one weekend, a tiny town explodes with music, lights, and plenty of eye candy.]]> There are several different levels of camping: “Group Camping” for a minimum of 20 people; the “Tripolee Comfort Campground” features air-conditioned restrooms, an ATM, and sites only steps from the festival gates.]]> <![CDATA[A Red Sky Summer - ]]> Housed in the old Montgomery Ward building on Mitchell St., Red Sky is injecting the local arts scene with grassroots entertainment. Its improved stage, sound system, lighting, and a new internet radio stream are all giving voice to both locals and touring performance artists.]]> <![CDATA[Your Summer 2014 Music Fest Roadmap - ]]> The Rothbury Fest evolved into the Electric Forest Fest a few years ago, but the goal’s remained the same: bring a Bonnaroo-worthy selection of bands to Western Michigan, and give ‘em room to dance.]]> <![CDATA[Jonny Lang's Fight - ]]> “I wrote ‘Seasons’ when I was at our house over the holidays,” Lang explained. “And I was remembering when I was little and my parents were splitting up, so there was a lot of juggling around. I’ve always had kind of a bad feeling around the holiday since then, so it’s about some of the things that can happen in a broken-era family.]]> <![CDATA[Gordon Lightfoot is Alive and Well, Thank You Very Much - News of his untimely death has not diminished Gordon Lightfoot’s musical mojo.]]> It was his songs that first gained him notice. Canadian folk-rock duo Ian and Sylvia added his material to their repertoire in the mid-60s. The folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary enjoyed hits with his tunes “Early Morning Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me,” while Marty Robbins topped the country charts with Lightfoot’s “Ribbon of Darkness.]]> <![CDATA[2014 Up North Festival Roundup - ]]> It’s festival season! Music, food, dancing, and fun are about to take over Northern Michigan, and our 2014 guide is here to show off the lineup and make sure you’re prepared for all of it..]]> <![CDATA[Downtown Diversions for Summer 2014 - Two Northern Michigan towns are lighting up their Friday nights with streetside food, fun, and music.]]> Petoskey Rocks! is set up to complement what’s already happening in downtown, and will build up to the Petoskey Proud! event on Aug. 1, which will be a big celebration of local Petoskey culture, and will serve as the signature event for Petoskey Rocks!.]]>