November 18, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Modern Rock

July 1, 2017

A Capitol Fourth, the free annual concert performed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. in celebration of Independence Day will feature classic ’60s California-rockers The Beach Boys, Broadway actress Phillipa Soo, Disney Channel... Read More >>

Old Dominion & Aubrie Sellers Bring Nashville to Cherry Fest

June 24, 2017

Nashville is a magnet for songwriters, many of whom toil away for years before reaching any level of success. For the five members of the country music band Old Dominion, it was their early success as individuals that spurred them sideways in a completely different direction.

Trev... Read More >>

How to Hunt Antiques

June 24, 2017

Antique-hunting is a genteel northern Michigan sport that picks up steam in the summertime — oodles of seasonal antique shops open, the number of yard sales increase, and pickers flock to major market events like Petoskey’s Antiques at the Fairgrounds, where you can take in be... Read More >>

Good Harbor's Coffee Shandy

June 24, 2017

In Germany, it’s a Biermischgetränke. In Belgium, it’s called a Panaché. In France, it’s a Bière Monaco. And in Australia, they call it a Portergaff. Here in the U.S., we know it as a shandy, a half-and-half mix of lemonade and beer.

Teetota... Read More >>

Three Times the Fun

June 24, 2017

Big northern Michigan music events like Blissfest and the Traverse City National Cherry Festival get lots of attention — and rightly so — but there are dozens of under-the-radar Up North festivals music lovers shouldn’t miss. Here are three summer 2017 essentials sure to... Read More >>

A Ghost of Wartime

June 24, 2017

Many historical moments, otherwise lost to time’s passing, are newly discovered in letters written to loved ones during times of war. One letter acquired by the Grand Traverse Light House Museum reveals a time in northern Michigan’s history when one major moment occurred right... Read More >>

Ambiance and Acoustics Rule at Aten Place

June 24, 2017

Set in a vintage barn with wonderfully warm acoustics and welcoming a diverse miscellany of live performers, Aten Place offers a distinctive take on local music festivals with both its surroundings and its ambiance. 

While the talent is top notch, it’s the combination o... Read More >>

Do You Voodoo With Foo?

June 24, 2017

The 2017 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival has been set for Oct. 27–29 this year in New Orleans’ City Park. The annual Louisiana event is led this year by headliners Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Vegas indie-rockers The Killers... Read More >>

Cherry Jam

June 24, 2017

Eight big music events will rock you through the week of Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival. Here’s your guide to who’s playing and our pick of each performer’s singular song you simply can’t miss:

Mark Farner – July 1
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FourScore

June 24, 2017

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – Buckingham/McVie – Atlantic/Rhino
Having lightened up a little as they’ve temporary stepped away from Fleetwood Mac (including a recent stint on Jimmy Fallon to delightfully play songs with classroom instr... Read More >>

Interlochen Inspirations and a Suitcase of Dreams: Meet OK Go

June 17, 2017

Touring musicians know how to pack a suitcase; it’s the actual packing part that’s difficult. That’s the first topic that comes up when talking to Damian Kulash, the lead singer/guitarist for the Chicago-founded, Interlochen-educated (well, half of them, anyway), Los Ang... Read More >>

Gurney's Bottle Shop Sandwiches

June 17, 2017

If somebody’s sandwich is going to bring you to rapture, it’s Gurney's. The legendary Harbor Springs sandwich shop, a do-or-die destination for locals and in-the-know race boaters passing through the bayside burg, promises “heaven between two slices of bread” and d... Read More >>

Your Neighbor, the Bear

June 17, 2017

The American black bear — aka Ursus Americanus — is the only species of bear that calls northern Michigan’s forests home. Or, perhaps more accurately, that should call northern Michigan forest’s home. 

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Re... Read More >>

Bold As Bass

June 17, 2017

Don’t Cry Wolf! Go Above and Beyond as you’re picking Lettuce and Breaking Biscuits after The String Cheese Incident. Consider the Source, and call in The Revivalists for anot... Read More >>

Blair Miller's Blues

June 17, 2017

Blair Miller’s got the blues. Or do the blues have him? Turns out, it’s a little bit of both for this Traverse City-based musician who makes some serious blue magic with nothing more than voice and guitar.

MEET THE MUSICIAN
Blair Miller believes ... Read More >>

Jackson is Back with the State of the World

June 17, 2017

Janet Jackson, who postponed last year’s extensive Unbreakable World Tour due to family matters, is back with a new schedule that she’s dubbed the State of the World Tour. The 56-shows trek across North America includes nearby stops at the iWireless Center in ... Read More >>

FourScore

June 17, 2017

Pentatonix – Vol. IV Classics – RCA
Pentatonix can really do no wrong with its releases at this point, as its members have such a solid grip on their vocal chemistry and ability to transform most any tune into an a cappella standout. On this set... Read More >>

Five Fast Questions with Billy Gardell

June 17, 2017

If you loved the CBS sitcom Mike and Molly, then you’re probably familiar with the man behind the character Mike, actor Billy Gardell, who co-starred in the hit series with actress Melissa McCarthy. 
Gardell has a slew of television and film credits — The King of Que... Read More >>

Odawa Celebrates Ten Years

June 17, 2017

The Vegas-style Odawa Casino Resort made its debut on the Petoskey scene in 2007 in a $141 million-dollar building designed by architect Leo A. Daly, with modern lines, earth tones, and a spectacular canopy entrance. Inside, gaming took center stage with over 50,000 square feet of slot ma... Read More >>

Classic Golf and Casual Fine Eats

June 17, 2017

Opened in 2005 as a combination golf course and restaurant, Chestnut Valley sits north of Harbor Springs in a wooded setting that surrounds meticulously groomed greens and gently rolling fairways.

Its current owner, Mike Wilson, bought the facility in 2011; new general manager, Ma... Read More >>