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Kristi Kates | Author

The Best Lil’ Festival You Never Heard Of

June 30, 2018

Looking for a smaller, quieter way to celebrate your Fourth in the North?
Try on the Manistee National Forest Festival for size. A truly down-home tradition that started eight decades ago as a homecoming event for Manistee nativ... Read More >>

Beastie Boys Get Bookish

June 30, 2018

The Beastie Boys are the subject of a new print memoir that will finally hit stores this fall, after much anticipation from their fans and much effort from Mike D and Ad Rock, who have been working on the book since 2013. The tome tells r... Read More >>

Puppet Master Darci Lynne Farmer

June 30, 2018

A singing female rabbit, a mouse from Motown (who has a crush on Mel B., aka Scary Spice, from ’90s girl group the Spice Girls), a granny carrying a torch for Simon Cowell, and a yodeling cowgirl.
These are just a few of ...

On Your Mark, Get Set, DUCK!

June 30, 2018

The athletes are poised for action at the starting line, their coaches behind them for one last pep talk, their competition lane before them.
The air vibrates with the sound of the starting horn, and all webbed feet and wings su... Read More >>


June 30, 2018


DawesPasswords – HUB Records
On its sixth album, Dawes stretch out a bit, pulling song topics from internal matters to those about relationships and communities, which makes the overall record more widely appealing than previou... Read More >>

Light it Up

June 30, 2018

Every Fourth of July, you’re faced with two choices: You can cram your kids and blankets and lawn chairs and snacks in the car and fight the crowds so you can be wowed by your town’s fantastic and free fireworks display. Or you can spend some money to risk life, limb, and your... Read More >>

Cherry Crescendo: This Year’s Cherry Fest Concerts!

June 23, 2018

Once your stomach is full of all things cherry, you’ve played bingo ’til you dropped, watched the parades, swam in the bay, cheered on your favorite Cherry Idol, and turned your eyes to the skies for the Blue Angels, you might be wondering what else you can do at the Traverse ... Read More >>

 Various Artists – Black Panther: Music From and Inspired By – Interscope

June 23, 2018

Kendrick Lamar was tapped to curate this soundtrack to accompany the hit Marvel film, and he did a top-notch job of bringing together hip-hop and neo-soul to underscore the themes of the movie. Album opener “Black Panther” finds Lamar himself taking on the hero’s alter e... Read More >>

Florence and the Machine Hunger for New Music

June 23, 2018

The much-anticipated fourth studio album from Florence and the Machine, High as Hope, is out this week on Republic Records, with lead single “Hunger” available alongside its own music video. The album is the first time lead singer Florence Wel... Read More >>

Florence via Leelanau

June 16, 2018

What do you do when you travel and end up falling in love with a place? If you’re Dr. Jane Fortune and Dr. Robert Hesse, you do your best to bring that sense of place right back home with you.

Fortune and Hesse, who were together for 26... Read More >>

Blondie to Rock Interlochen

June 16, 2018

Blondie came together in Manhattan in the mid-’70s, first snagging popularity in Australia and the U.K. before generating U.S. acclaim with their 1978 album, Parallel Lines. Eleven studio albums later, the band is still cranking out its disco-inspired new-wave jams, tracks ... Read More >>

Trampled by Turtles – Life is Good on the Open Road – Banjodad

June 16, 2018

All six members of TBT took a trek out to a cabin in the woods of Minnesosta to construct this album, which leans heavily on their bluegrass roots and doesn’t really make any strides towards growth or change. Their fans are more than likely fine with that, as they’re of a diff... Read More >>

Live Music, Now Amid the Lavender

June 16, 2018

After 23 years of concerts, Aten Place closed the doors to its legendary Summer Concerts in the Barn series last summer. The venue’s hosts, Bill and Maxine Aten, had staged two decades’ worth of shows as a labor of love, presenting a wide variety of musical guests in their old... Read More >>

Christina Aguilera Returns to the Road

June 16, 2018

Hot off of the heels of her duet with Demi Lovato at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Christina Aguilera is returning to the road for her first big tour in over a decade. Aguilera will support her upcoming album, Liberation (Lova... Read More >>

Dogs to the Rescue! Furrrr-st Responders

June 16, 2018

Cherry Capital Airport’s K-9, Piper — the talented border collie who worked daily with operations manager, Brian Edwards, to chase birds and other wildlife from the airport’s runways — passed away earlier this year, after patrolling 1,907 miles and working a whoppi... Read More >>

Downstate Destination: A Michigan Princess Cruise

June 9, 2018

A trio of boats make regular runs around downstate waterways, treating guests to unusual steamboat-style boating experiences in the modern age. But while these boats — all boasting Princess in their name — are a regal fleet indeed, they come from humble beginnings.

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Meet Squidmouth

June 9, 2018

Imagine an upstart folk singer departing the big city of Seattle for the quaint hamlet of Petoskey and ending up fronting a rock band. Such is the story of Erin Campbell of the quirky northern Michigan grunge-rock outfit Squidmouth.

Partnered with Lee Dyer on bass and backup vocal... Read More >>

Koeze Cream-Nut Peanut Butter

June 9, 2018

Skippy Peanut Butter has been around since 1932. Jif has been on shelves since 1958. And Planters brought their Mr. Peanut-approved peanut butter to consumers in 2015.

But Koeze Company’s Cream-Nut Peanut Butter is among the oldest brands in the bunch — the company ... Read More >>

Super Summer Guide

June 9, 2018

From the bays to the forests, the farms to the campuses, musicians of all varieties are rolling in to Michigan to take part in our summer music festivals. Here’s the rundown on some of the biggest acts pumping up the volume Up North for summer 2018

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Gaylord’s Big Air Show, Coming in Hot!

June 2, 2018

Engines will roar, propellers will spin, and parachutes will careen down from the skies at the nonth annual Wings Over Northern Michigan Airshow. We talked with Gaylord Regional Airport Director Matt Barresi to see what kind of ambitious air attractions you’ll be able to enjoy this ... Read More >>