November 16, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


You, Too Can Go to Bonnaroo with U2

Feb. 11, 2017

A favorite early summer trek of many northern Michiganians is the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. This year’s lineup for June 8–11 is offering some major names that will put tickets in high demand. Most notably, U2 is set to be one of the headliner... Read More >>

Shades of Blues at new Petoskey Festival

Feb. 11, 2017

Music festivals in northern Michigan, by sheer virtue of the weather, are primarily summer affairs. Other than a few exceptions put together by brave stalwarts like Traverse City’s Porterhouse Productions and Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center in conjunction with Blissfest, m... Read More >>

Stringed Theory

Feb. 11, 2017

Wil B. and Kev Marcus, known offstage as Wilner Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester, are the pair of talents who make up Black Violin, a hip-hop and classical music duo changing the way people view stringed instruments and perceive musical genres.

The musicians met in orchestra clas... Read More >>

From Masquerade Balls to Broomball

Feb. 11, 2017

Has it really been 89 years since the tradition of the Petoskey Winter Carnival began? Even as far back as the 1920s, Petoskey had a solid reputation as one of Michigan’s winter sports capitals. In 1928, the carnival began crowning a winter carnival queen. In the 1930s, she was gift... Read More >>

The North Carolines

Feb. 11, 2017

Meet the Band
Caroline Barlow from Raleigh, N.C., and Kurt Westie, originally from Bloomington, Ind., make up local band The North Carolines, a folk outfit brand new to the scene as of just last year. The pair’s common thread – pardon the expression &nda... Read More >>

FourScore

Feb. 4, 2017

UB40 – Unplugged – UMC
This is a somewhat strange endeavor for what’s often thought of as one of the most accessible of reggae acts, the band that reached its prime in the ‘80s and received heavy radio airplay for hits like “Red Red Win... Read More >>

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Feb. 4, 2017

From a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland (“Pretty much the kind of environment where I’ll be writing most of my emails for a while,” quipped the band’s Jesse Periard), Ten Strings and a Goat Skin is prepping for yet another show as it continues what’s set to be... Read More >>

Here Comes The 2017 Music & Microbrew Festival

Feb. 4, 2017

Locals definitely know the drill by now about Traverse City’s annual Microbrew and Music events, which have become much anticipated local traditions featuring an eclectic lineup of both musical performers and microbrews. But if you’re new to the area or have just been out of t... Read More >>

Bière de Mac Brew Works

Feb. 4, 2017

Many a restaurant has been started by a transplant to the area; someone who traveled north from Detroit or Chicago to enjoy a Michigan summer or a ski vacation and decided to stay, culinary talents in tow. But few can boast as many generations of locals as Danny Ranville. That was part of... Read More >>

Heartwarming Valentine's Gifts for Guys and Gals

Feb. 4, 2017

Stuck for gift ideas this Valentine’s Day? Cupid spending more time dawdling around with that bow and arrow than helping you out with ideas? Express to the rescue! Here are some terrific northern Michigan-inspired romantic gifts that would be suitable for just about anyone. Happy Va... Read More >>

New Music Gets Political

Feb. 4, 2017

Only a couple of weeks in to the new presidency, a long list of protest albums, singles and performances have begun surfacing, among them Our First 100 Days, a 100-song compilation releasing one song a day to benefit organizations from the People’s Climate Movement to Cosecha, an im... Read More >>

The Accidentals Land Sony Label Deal

Jan. 28, 2017

On the way to Tucson, Arizona, last week while on tour, a van broke down, the battery spent and the trailer hitch nearly severed. But the van’s inhabitants – Traverse City-based band The Accidentals with band members Savannah Buist and Katie Larson, traveling with their tourin... Read More >>

Cuban Black Bean Stew from My Sister's Bake Shop

Jan. 28, 2017

While the petite but popular My Sister’s Bake Shop on the outskirts of Harbor Springs is best known for its baked goods (try the cinnamon rolls and cinnamon bread, both locally legendary!), it also offers up some savory winter selections perfect for a quick stop-in lunch. One of tho... Read More >>

FourScore

Jan. 28, 2017

Peter Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations – BMG
From The Libertines to Babyshambles to his solo projects, Doherty has long been the subject of both scandal and scoffery, derided as a party boy who simply couldn’t focus. But you can’t deny his abi... Read More >>

Sheryl Crow's Ready to Be Herself

Jan. 28, 2017

Sheryl Crow has been fairly quiet for the past year or so, but that’s about to change – she’s been busy working on a brand new album that will take her fans back to her early radio-hit days. Three years ago, Crow made a venture into country with her debu... Read More >>

Where Local Talent Gets Going

Jan. 28, 2017

Since the InsideOut Gallery closed, Traverse City’s music community has been turning even more of an eye – and ear – toward Studio Anatomy, the local music venue/recording studio that was converted from the Good News music store space in downtown TC by musician and recor... Read More >>

Petoskey To Host Improvised Shakespeare Company

Jan. 28, 2017

STAGE DIRECTION:

The stage is empty, save for a chair, a small table and a telephone.
The PHONE rings.
BRENDAN DOWLING walks across from stage left and picks up the phone. It’s a NEWSPAPER EDITOR wanting to hear his story.
DOWLING settles into th... Read More >>

Benjaman James

Jan. 28, 2017

MEET THE MUSICIAN:
Traverse City’s Benjaman James started playing music in sixth grade band, taking on the trombone and even giving up varsity football to pursue his music. He continued to hone his skills in college, performing in the Michigan State University... Read More >>

Par Avion Tea from Symons General Store

Jan. 21, 2017

Symons General Store has been part of the Gaslight District and the Petoskey downtown community for 60 years, and some of the products they carry even give back, in this case to the worldwide community.

But first, let’s start with the product: hand-picked, hand-sorted an... Read More >>

FourScore

Jan. 21, 2017

Deadmau5 – W:/2016ALBUM/ – Mau5trap Recordings
The intriguing thing about the mau5 has always been that he seems to have more skill than he lets on, even considering his already impressive catalog, which leaves fans to wonder when he’s going to rea... Read More >>