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Thornetta, Nora, Cafeteras to Headline Wheatland

June 2, 2018

The Wheatland Music Festival is returning to southwest Michigan in September, with much of their 2018 roster already in place, including one queen of Detroit blues, Thornetta Davis, secured as one of the fest’s headliners. The 45th annual Wheatland,... Read More >>

An Open-Air Art Olympics

June 2, 2018

A canvas, a paintbrush, a set of paints, and the open air. Easel and cool beverage optional.

That’s pretty much all you need to be a plein air, or outdoor painting, artist — well, that and a touch of talent, of course.

Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC...

Lucero – Lucero – Madjack

June 2, 2018

Grunge mixed with Tennessee country? Sure, if you’re Lucero. While this pairing might seem unlikely for other outfits, these country-punkers have the formula down, and they’ve rebooted this classic set in a reprinted, limited edition version that’s sure to notch them a w... Read More >>

Fresh Baby

May 26, 2018

Fresh Baby, the thriving Petoskey-based nutrition-education company whose products have made their way into top-tier chains around the nation, started with, well …  a baby.

In 2002, Cheryl Tallman, then living in New York City, had recently given birth to a son. Like a... Read More >>

Gwen to Light up Vegas

May 26, 2018

Gwen Stefani will step on out to Las Vegas for her special Just a Girl Las Vegas residency, in which she’ll play an ongoing run of live performances in June, July, and December 2018, plus February and March 2019 at the Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood Res... Read More >>

A Wicked Cool Ride Around the Straits

May 19, 2018

You expect to see boats around Mackinac Island in summer. Sailboats, power boats, cruisers, and the ubiquitous ferries that run residents and guests back and forth across the Straits of Mackinac, sure. But there’s a more unusual vessel visible these days — an all-wooden Down E... Read More >>

Lord Huron – Vide Noir – Republic

May 19, 2018

Taking its usual indie-folk sound and chucking in two healthy doses of grungy garage rock and ’70s cosmic-rock, Lord Huron’s latest is quite a departure for the group, although it’s tough to best the reputation for audio experimentation that it already has. The isolated ... Read More >>

Oakenfold, Ahmed, Voorn, Remix Paul Simon Tunes

May 19, 2018

Eleven EDM/DJ and dance music artists are teaming up to revamp songs from Paul Simon’s classic Graceland album for a new remix album simply called Graceland: The Remixes. The album, which will be out June 1 on Legacy Recordings/Sony Music, will include new versions ... Read More >>

Island Bound

May 19, 2018

Haven’t been to Mackinac Island in a while? While many things (thankfully) stay reliably the same on this little gem in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac, the island also works to stay current and to offer new fun to their many guests. We chatted with Mackinac Island Tourism&rsq... Read More >>

Emmet County’s Quest to Cut Food Waste

May 12, 2018

According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), food waste in the United States is estimated a 30–40 percent of the total food supply. This isn’t only wasteful on a surface level; it also impacts everything from food security and conservation to climate change... Read More >>

Right on Thyme

May 12, 2018

Delighted about dill? Thrilled with thyme? Crazy for coriander? So is Julie Krist, the cofounder of Herbal Renewal, a Leelanau County organization of women who are interested in growing and using herbs.

Krist moved up north in ’98, ...

Børns Returns to Michigan for Lansing Fest

May 12, 2018

The lineup for this year’s Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing (July 5–8) just keeps expanding with a diverse lineup of pop, rock, country, and hip-hop artists, including Judah and the Lion, T-Pain, Gucci Mane, Kip... Read More >>

It’s Time for Prine at the City Opera House

May 12, 2018

Now in his early 70s, John Prine — the singer-songwriter famous for blending country, folk, and comedy with social and political commentary — is a legend around the nation. But in Traverse City in particular, he’s got four big fans — so big, in fact, they’ve ... Read More >>

A Showcase of Restaurants

May 12, 2018

Trattoria Funistrada – Glen Lake
Out in western Leelanau County, on the eastern edge of Big Glen Lake, lies Funistrada, a charming restaurant housed in a historic cottage-like clapboard building surrounded by greenery and flowers. Holly and Tom Reay, owners of... Read More >>

Mipso – Edges Run – Antifragile

May 12, 2018

Tightrope-walking the edges of college rock (from its home base of Chapel Hill) and country-influenced Americana, Mipso, now on its fifth album, carefully balance the line between well-communicated emotions and overwrought metaphors. “Didn’t Know Love” veers toward the l... Read More >>

Old Crow Medicine Show – Volunteer – Sony Nashville

May 5, 2018

Galloping through its trademark hoedown-sound with a wealth of stringed instruments, country-fried vocals, and energetic percussion, the Medicine Show, with Dave Cobb on board for production duties, is in a rowdy mood on this set. The too-short “Shout Mountain Music” holds fas... Read More >>

Devo Gets Unmasked

May 5, 2018

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale are releasing two new books about Devo the band that will showcase the band’s growth over the years. The two volumes, titled "Devo: The Brand" and "Devo: Unmasked," will hit stores on July 13 (they&rs... Read More >>

The Dam Site Inn

May 5, 2018

There’s something decidedly Dirty Dancing about the Dam Site Inn. It’s a fact that co-owner Pam East, who runs the restaurant with her husband, Ray, states with obvious pride. Nestled between Douglas Lake and Burt Lake, the destination restaurant offers a unique ambia... Read More >>


April 30, 2018

Welcome to our spring 2018 “Now Hiring” section sponsored by Hagerty! Here you’ll find nearly 200 jobs now open across northern Michigan, some seasonal, some part-time, some full-time. Explore away!

Hagerty Insurance Agency LLC – Traverse City

Mo Pop Is Pop-Rockin’ Into Detroit

April 21, 2018

Step right up and get your tickets (on sale now at $99 for the whole weekend, or $75 for one day) for this year’s Mo Pop Festival, arguably the most commercial pop-rock fest in Michigan, at which you’ll find a huge slate of your favorite radio-friendly acts. T... Read More >>