November 19, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


FourScore

June 10, 2017

Bleachers – Gone Now – RCA
Jack Antonoff is best known for his two highest-profile projects — his breakthrough band fun., and his work songwriting with one Taylor Swift. But his secondary solo effort is definitely not to be ignored, as it ... Read More >>

Worth the Ride

June 10, 2017

Hold on tight to your lap bar, your bag of amusement park souvenirs, and your lunch — we’re rating the best roller coasters in Michigan and our neighboring road-trip-able states.

Shivering Timbers
Michigan’s Adventure &ndash... Read More >>

Gaylord Vocalist's Post-Voice Plans

June 10, 2017

The third Michigan vocalist in three years to hit the top four on the NBC singing competition series The Voice (Ann Arbor blues guitarist Laith Al-Saadi and northern Michigan’s own Joshua Davis preceded her), Gaylord country singer Lauren Duski recently fin... Read More >>

Watching the Wheels

June 10, 2017

Watching the Wheels

The Motor City might be four hours away, but northern Michigan is no slouch when it comes to celebrating the machines that move us. Whether your heart revs for vintage, sport, or specialty vehicles, there’s several Up North car shows worth scoping this su... Read More >>

Peace, People, and Posies

June 10, 2017

 

Bellaire’s Jim Walker said he was “always raised to be a good steward” — to leave a place better than he found it. That’s exactly what he and his partner,  David Schulz, have done with an old farmhouse, transforming it into a bed- and-brea... Read More >>

From Manitou To Microbrew

June 10, 2017

From Blissfest to Farmfest, Manitou to Microbrew: It’s time again for northern Michigan’s summer music festivals to roll out their respective red carpets for tunes, food, drink, dancing, and other diversions. Join us, won’t you?

BAY VIEW MUSIC FESTIV... Read More >>

The Fish’s PEI Steamed Mussels

June 3, 2017

The latest bigwig of the bivalve world, PEI mussels — mussels that hail from Prince Edward Island, off Canada’s eastern coast — are sweeping the seafood world by storm. Their latest landfall: The Fish restaurant, just outside downtown Harbor Springs.

Steamed in w... Read More >>

Sporck Tile Art: Carving Out a Career

June 3, 2017

Superstar basketballer to artistic tile maker. This may sound like an unusual transition at first — until you dig further into Leif Sporck’s story, a narrative of youthful ambitions, family ties, and a sudden realization of purpose.

Sporck is the artist and proprietor ... Read More >>

FourScore

June 3, 2017

Helium – The Magic City Plus No Guitars - Matador
This project of singer-songwriter Mary Timony, who is by turns fierce or Joni-Mitchell-esque, depending on the song, is quite a departure from her previous work with Wild Flag. There’s more focus ... Read More >>

Aerials Get Aquatic

June 3, 2017

You’ve probably heard of a half-dozen vintage automobile rallies, motorcycle meetups, or airplane fly-ins around Michigan. But if your passion is seaplanes, there's only one place to go: Gaylord, for the annual Otsego Lake Fly-In.

Randy Rhodes is one of the founders of the e... Read More >>

Chicago Gets Alternative with Riot Fest

June 3, 2017

Chicago’s Riot Fest just announced their 2017 lineup, with an eclectic roster of artists sure to bring in something for nearly every variety of alternative music fan. Headlining night one is Nine Inch Nails, with Queens of the Stone Age taking over the headlining spot on night two; ... Read More >>

FourScore

May 27, 2017

Craig Finn – We All Want the Same Things - Partisan
It’s always tough to develop a sound when you’re away from your main band, but Finn’s side venture from his band, The Hold Steady, works. He’s approaching things from a minimal... Read More >>

Lucky Bean’s Love Potion #9

May 27, 2017

With a claim of “the fastest Wi-Fi in town” (a real boon on tiny Mackinac Island), plenty of cool tunes streaming over the cafe speakers, and lots of local artwork to peruse, Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is a favorite hangout spot for both islanders and visitors.
  &... Read More >>

Hipsters Be Damned

May 27, 2017

At its most basic definition, a lumberjack is “a person who fells trees, cuts them into logs, and/or transports them to a sawmill.”
        
Not only were lumberjacks a critical important part of America’s growth from ... Read More >>

Robin Lee Berry’s Introspective Folk Experience

May 27, 2017

Robin Lee Berry is an in-demand collaborative musician around the local Boyne City/Petoskey/Traverse City music scenes. So you’ve most likely heard about her in relation to a wide variety of bands, other peoples’ musical projects, and the concert venue she co-runs with he... Read More >>

Ansel Adams, A Capella & Bruce Hornsby

May 27, 2017

Founded in the late 1800s by a group of Methodists looking to create an idyllic Up North retreat for their religious gatherings, Bay View is perhaps best known today for two things: Its picturesque Victorian cottages, and an unflagging embrace of the performing arts. As you’d expect... Read More >>

Music Fans Mourn Loss of Chris Cornell

May 27, 2017

The music scene was shocked last week at the loss of one of Seattle’s best-known and most accomplished musical exports, Soundgarden/Audioslave singer and solo artist, Chris Cornell, who died in his hotel room at Detroit’s MGM Grand after performing a concert with Soundgarden a... Read More >>

Rockin’ and Rollin’ in Harbor Springs

May 27, 2017

It started as a rollicking secret speakeasy venue called Club Manitou, founded by a guy named Abe. Its second life was as a teen gathering spot called Club Ponytail, where kids would pour in to hear big-name pop acts of the ’60s. Today, it’s nothing but memories of a very diff... Read More >>

Mackinac Island Mainstays

May 20, 2017

If you’ve ever been to Mackinac Island and marveled at the many, many different varieties of fudge (the island’s signature export), then you should definitely meet the people. The residents of the island — some who live there full-time, some who only stay through the sum... Read More >>

Mackinac Island’s New Doctor on Duty

May 20, 2017

If you’re picturing an exciting, fast-paced hospital drama akin to what you might see on medical shows like Chicago Med or Code Black … well, you won’t find much of that at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. And Dr. Gregory Hessler, the island’s... Read More >>