November 19, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Don Julin's A-Ha Moment at Mandolins Rule The World

March 25, 2017

With over 30 years of musical experience, Traverse City’s Don Julin is most definitely an integral part of the old guard of northern Michigan’s music scene. So when it came to kicking off a brand new project – well, for Julin, it really wasn’t all that new. It was ... Read More >>

Chicago Cranks Up Summer Festival Lineups

March 25, 2017

While it’s always exciting to look forward to, Lollapalooza isn’t the only game in town as far as big Chicago summer festivals go. Two more fests are returning for 2017, and both have already announced part of their lineup of performers. June 24–25 will bring you the Mam... Read More >>

Mackinaw Meltdown Aims to Heat Up Tourism

March 25, 2017

Brendon Koshoshek, director of sales and marketing for the Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism, doesn’t have exact numbers, but he’s observant, he’s an advocate of the region, and he knows how to follow his gut regarding what the locals need. These are the tools he’s ... Read More >>

A 70s Start and a New Revival

March 25, 2017

He’s collaborated with a surprisingly diverse range of big–name classic rockers and worked with a short list of Michigan bands that are undoubtedly familiar to anyone who’s spent time Up North. He’s also an experienced singer–songwriter and guitar player in h... Read More >>

FourScore

March 18, 2017

Khalid – American Teen – RCA
The Texan singer arrived on the scene last year with his first track, “Location,” and immediately found himself the subject of a long list of accolades. Can he live up to it all? Looks like it so far. The classica... Read More >>

Kahvi Volcano Latte

March 18, 2017

So, tough guy, you think you’re a big deal ordering four shots of espresso in your coffee? That’s so passé. If you really want a coffee drink with a heck of a kick, try the Volcano Latte from Kahvi Coffee and Tea in Cadillac.

It might look like a typical sweet l... Read More >>

Fast Friends, Strong Sounds

March 18, 2017

Take three frontwomen from prominent Michigan bands who happen to be solo artists in their own right, put them together with instruments in hand, and what do you get? The Sweet Water Warblers, the impressively harmonizing trio of May Erlewine (Seth and May/The Moonlighters), Lindsay Lou (... Read More >>

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 >>