December 11, 2019

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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

March Madness Of A Different Kind

Feb. 25, 2017

Got a plan for your Sundays in March? Sleder’s in Traverse City is celebrating its March Madness month of music with shows every Sunday so you can get a good solid dose of great tunes right before starting another work week. Sleder’s Seamus Shinners books and presents the... Read More >>

The Boathouse's Creme Brulee

Feb. 25, 2017

The sweet luxury of a good crème brûlée can often obscure the rest of an equally good dessert menu just by sheer virtue of its elegant appeal; the dish itself has been served since the late 1600s. Consisting of a rich, vanilla-flavored custard base topped by a disc of ... Read More >>

Your 2017 Spring Break Music Destinations

Feb. 25, 2017

Every year, spring break offers a welcome escape for students and an equally good excuse for everyone else to abandon their regular winter routines and take a vacation. For many music fans, the very best vacations include plenty of live tunes. Thanks to some savvy festival organizers, man... 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 >>

Turning The EDM Up At Movement

Feb. 25, 2017

Detroit’s internationally renowned electronic music fest, Movement, is returning to Hart Plaza in the Motor City for its three-day run over Memorial Day weekend (May 27–29.) Over 40 acts have been announced for this edition of the event, including deadmau5’s side project... Read More >>

Hot Club of Detroit Reinvents Reinhardt

Feb. 25, 2017

He was a Belgian-born French guitarist and composer – the first and most significant jazz musician to export his sounds from Europe – and today he influences a vast array of “hot club” outfits, musicians who structure their musical roster and performances around hi... Read More >>

In The Key Of F

Feb. 18, 2017

You’ve gotta be fast with your feet to carry the beat when you play foot percussion. The most common foot drum is the kick or bass drum seen on the typical drum kit behind any rock band, but foot percussion is actually an age-old Native American practice that also shares roots with ... Read More >>

Ambition in Three Dimensions

Feb. 18, 2017

Everyone thinks random thoughts while doing mundane tasks, but if you’re Brandon Williams, you take one of those thoughts and run with it – in his case, straight toward the rapidly advancing technology of 3D printing, the futuristic pastime that Williams has developed into a n... Read More >>

Light of Day's All White Tea

Feb. 18, 2017

To accompany this all white season, what better than an appropriately named steaming sweet cup of hot white tea?

This different twist on a winter warmer from Light of Day Organics is a certified organic, certified Demeter Biodynamic tea that’s lightly caffeinated and grow... Read More >>

You Said It! Your Guide to Michigan Slang

Feb. 18, 2017

Would you head over to Walmart’s to get a pop and pick up a new clicker with your friend, the fudgie?

You probably would if you live in northern Michigan. Each region of the country, right down to the state and often the town, has its own phrases, nicknames and slang terms i... Read More >>