September 21, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Soundgarden's Ultramega is Finally OK

March 18, 2017

Soundgarden has remixed and deluxe–ified its debut album, 1988’s Ultramega OK, a move that marks the end of the band’s longstanding dissatisfaction with how the original version of the album was produced. Soundgarden acquired the album’s original multi–track ... Read More >>

Geeks Unite at Motor City Comic Con

March 18, 2017

Step right up for this year’s Motor City Comic Con in Detroit, which is poised to be one of the biggest comic cons yet. Over 50,000 geeks, nerds, comic book readers and fans of sci–fi and fantasy movies and TV shows are expected to converge en masse in D–Town for this an... Read More >>

Four Fantastic Family Day Trips

March 18, 2017

Figuring out where to take your family for spring break can be easier than you think, especially if you stick close to home and take advantage of all our state has to offer. Here are four picks right in Michigan sure to make fantastic memories for everyone.

Interactive Fun... Read More >>

Escape Rooms Hit Petoskey, Traverse City

March 18, 2017

You find yourself trapped inside an unfamiliar space, with only an hour to escape. There are clues everywhere to help you get out – you just have to decipher them. Is it the scrap of paper with cryptic lettering on the table? That ornate padlocked chest in the corner? You try the lo... Read More >>

Taking Country From Texas To Traverse

March 18, 2017

Meet the Musician
Perhaps it’s appropriate that country singer Drew Hale hails from the “old Texas town of El Paso,” as the iconic Marty Robbins song says. The city hosts a half dozen music festivals each year, has had songs penned about it by Steve... Read More >>

The New York's Bumpy Cake

March 11, 2017

Since 1904, the elegant New York Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs has been welcoming guests with its old–school feel and classic American menu that features such retro favorites as oysters on the half shell, filet mignon, tuna nicoise and hangar steak.
But if you skip the... Read More >>

FourScore

March 11, 2017

The Mavericks – Brand New Day – Mono Mundo
Countrified Tex–Mex outfit The Mavericks put on a slicker suit for this album, but while the more polished production might make fans initially suspicious, the refinement actually pulls the band’s so... Read More >>

Just One More Run!

March 11, 2017

Whether your idea of a perfect day at the ski resort is cruising leisurely down a green circle run or carving it up fast on a tough black diamond, your days of doing either in northern Michigan are coming to an end as spring approaches. But never fear, ambitious skiers! There are still pl... Read More >>

Shake Your Shamrock with Dropkick Murphys

March 11, 2017

No matter where in the country you’re headed this St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll find music, music, music (and lots of food and drink that’s been tinted green), starting with Detroit’s own St. Patrick’s Day parade and the usual plethora of rollicking informa... Read More >>

The Hibernians: Traverse City's Irish Sons

March 11, 2017

Back in May of 1836, between the crowded, dusty streets of New York City and the coal–mining region of Pennsylvania, a fraternal society was formed that actually borrowed its roots from more than 3,000 miles away: the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH).

The AOH shares a commo... Read More >>

Connecting to Ireland with The High Kings

March 11, 2017

Each member of Dublin folk band The High Kings has a storied past all their own. Guitar and banjo player Finbarr Clancy toured the U.S. and Ireland in the 1990s with the Irish traditional group The Clancy Brothers. Brian Dunphy, who plays guitar and bodhrán with The High Kings, got... Read More >>

What's New in Microbrew?

March 11, 2017

Two things that have really been growing in northern Michigan (in spite of the snow) are microbreweries and brewpubs, which are proliferating through our cities like fudgies in June. So what’s new in brew? What follows is a short list of some of the newest breweries to the Up North ... Read More >>

Kilkenny's Aims at Irish Authenticity

March 11, 2017

What makes an authentic Irish public house? The definitions and dissertations vary depending on whom you’re talking to, but some things remain consistent, starting with a penchant for craic, the Irish word for “having a fun and happening time.” This includes an atmospher... Read More >>

FourScore

March 4, 2017

Little Big Town – The Breaker – Capitol Nashville
It’s not a jawbreaker candy, nor the kind of breaker that arrives during a windy day on the lake; Little Big Town’s latest is about the things that break a person, from relationships ending to... Read More >>

SugarKissed Hot Chocolate Bar

March 4, 2017

By “bar,” we don’t mean candy bar (although that would probably be delicious, too) – we’re referring to SugarKissed’s step-right-up hot chocolate drink selections, an assortment of sweet libations that are miles beyond those cocoa-packet-derived beverag... Read More >>

Rockin' The Buttermilk Jamboree

March 4, 2017

Many of the details for the 2017 Buttermilk Jamboree have just been announced, with the regional music fest turning up the volume on a full list of Michigan-based acts (and a few imports) alongside national headliners. Topping the roster are The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Red Sea Pedest... Read More >>

Taste Of Gaylord

March 4, 2017

Gourmet goodies, a bevy of beverages and multiple chances to win all manner of fun stuff (and to help a good cause, too) – what better way for a Gaylord gastronome to while away an evening? You’ll find all of the above at this year’s Taste of Gaylord, a special event sho... Read More >>

"Best Show of the Year" at Gopherwood

March 4, 2017

It’s not merely a fundraiser – it’s a FUNdraiser, one that Gopherwood regulars call “the best show of the year.” It’s Gopherwood Concerts’ annual Made in Michigan variety show event in Cadillac, where the stage fills up with an eclectic mix of mus... Read More >>

300 On Tap For 2017 Brew-Ski Fest

March 4, 2017

298…299…300! That’s how many brews you’ll have to sample before you can say you’ve hit the max at this year’s annual Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs.

Big Days
Brew-Ski is welcoming 80 d... Read More >>

FourScore

Feb. 25, 2017

Bonobo – Migration – Ninja Tune
Simon Green, aka Bonobo, is back with his sixth album, and all that practice definitely pays off on this set. A carefully ordered assortment of tunes, the album runs the gamut of both emotions and audio energies, from the ... Read More >>