Northern Express - Music <![CDATA[Spooky Sounds - ]]> Both of these storylines will play out on October 29 as the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) celebrates Halloween with a special concert featuring the 1800s symphonic poem Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) by Camille Saint-Saëns, and The Composer...]]> <![CDATA[Parsonsfield Blooms at Red Sky Stage - ]]> Freeman, Antonio Alcorn, Harrison Goodale, Erik Hischmann, and Max Shakun became a band almost before they knew that they were one. They met in college, in a folk music club, congregating together each week to jam out old tunes, from bluegrass and Celtic music to Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie.]]> <![CDATA[Indoor Listening - ]]> By Kristi Kates Summer music festivals may be well over, and fall fests are winding down along with the temperature outside, but that doesn’t mean that the music stops in northern Michigan. Instead, it simply moves indoors for great concert listening. Here are two series to start your season:.]]> <![CDATA[Singing Out Loud: The Grand Traverse Show Chorus - ]]> Barbershop quartets and choruses have long had one thing in common: The members are usually male. The Sweet Adelines seek to change that. Boasting more than 500 choruses and quartets, Sweet Adelines International showcases only female vocalists singing a cappella, four-part harmony, and barbershop-style music around the world.]]> <![CDATA[The Sweet Sounds of Local Talent - ]]> Growing up in Marietta, Ga., Marcia Taylor sang her way through her school days and beyond. Now, she’s moved on to help the next generation of musicians do the same — and more — by way of her boutique talent management and booking agency Marsh-Mellow Entertainment.]]> <![CDATA[Crank Up The A Cappella! - ]]> Deke Sharon is widely known as the father of contemporary a cappella, the style of music that relies solely on voices, with no other musical accompaniment. Sharon, who started singing as a youth, said he still doesn’t know if he chose to pursue music or if it chose him.]]> <![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.]]>