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Ross Boissoneau | Author

COVID-Proof Platforms for Local Musicians & the Listeners Who Love Them

Aug. 7, 2021

 When COVID struck, Nate VerBerkmoes and his longtime pal Dan Smiddy (i.e., Sideshow Nate and Dan Strait) came up with an idea: Why not expand their South of the Straits podcast about Michigan music, comedy, and “all around Michigan BADASSERY” — to include a concert... Read More >>

Jack Conners’ Perfect World

Aug. 7, 2021


You might not have heard Jack Conners. But if you’ve ever attended a live show at Northwestern Michigan College or Glen Arbor’s Manitou Music Festival, if you’ve listened to Interlochen Public Radio or albums by the likes of Peter Erskine or Jeff Haas, you... Read More >>

The Singular Stoll Vaughn

Aug. 7, 2021

Like virtually every other performer, Stoll Vaughan is excited to get back on the road. Relieved. And a little concerned. “It’s still not the same. You just don’t know,” says Vaughan.

The Kentucky-based singer-songwriter will be performing in northern and W... Read More >>

The Double Life of Tobin Sprout

Aug. 7, 2021

Tobin Sprout has two different audiences. As a painter, his work graces private collections and displays at places like the Cincinnati Zoo and Ford Motor Company. Meanwhile, his music has been positively reviewed by Rolling Stone and garnered fans nationwide.

So which cam...

Foreigner Returns to Interlochen Aug. 14

July 31, 2021

Sure, you can expect  “Double Vision,” “Urgent” and the rest of the band’s hits when Foreigner hits the stage at Kresge Auditorium Aug. 14. What you might not expect is the sense of urgency lead singer Kelly Hansen promises he and the rest of the band wi... Read More >>

Have Stage, Will Travel

July 31, 2021

Sometimes you can’t get to the dance, can’t easily afford to attend — or maybe just aren’t sure you’ll even like it. Traverse City Dance project is solving all three of those problems this summer. It’s bringing the dance to you.  

This mont...

Up North's Least Wanted Invasive Species

July 31, 2021

You won’t see them on posters at the post office. But make no mistake, these threats to our fields and forests, lakes and streams are most unwelcome. A huge number of plants, animals, and insects are recognized as non-native threats to the state. Many of them are even prohibited to ... Read More >>

Alpine Chocolat Haus' Awesome in a Bag

July 24, 2021

If you ask someone — or at least the right person — at Alpine Chocolat Haus in Boyne City what the best treat in the store is, you might be surprised with the answer. It’s not one of the truffles. Not the dizzying variety of coated apples. Not even the chocolate-covered ... Read More >>

All-Access Fun Up North

July 24, 2021

One trend we can all get behind: the great strides made in creating and adapting recreational options Up North so people of all abilities can access and enjoy our extraordinary outdoors. Local, and regional groups alike have spearheaded efforts to build or retrofit playgrounds, install mo... Read More >>

Best News on Two Wheels

July 24, 2021

After a year in which the world closed and/or went virtual, in-person biking events are again a thing. That means that it’s time for people to pedal to get the medal. Or at least enjoy one another’s camaraderie on area trails.

More and more are doing so. Of the many tr... Read More >>

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on Way to Interlochen

July 24, 2021

People attending the Chicago show at Interlochen Aug. 3 may feel like they’re traveling back through time. The band will be opening the show with the first song from the band’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, released in 1969. It will then move on to its hits from the ... Read More >>

Summer Restaurant and Food News

July 17, 2021

The line keeps moving but never seems to disappear completely. No, not at Moomers (well, maybe; see below), but in terms of news regarding restaurants and food and beverage institutions around the region. Openings, closings, and changes are the only constant in this most volatile industry... Read More >>

Grand Traverse Salad Co.

July 17, 2021

 It’s not a straight line from the gas station to restaurant, nor is it a direct route from doughnut shop to salad emporium. But it’s the path John and Jan Sheill embarked on, and they’re more than happy with the result: Grand Traverse Salad Company. 

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Grammy-winning Kurt Elling to Turn GLCFA SuperBlue July 24

July 17, 2021

Grammy-winner Kurt Elling is one of the most lauded and adventurous vocalists in the jazz world. From crafting new lyrics to existing jazz standards to creating originals, performing pop material by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Joe Jackson, and collaborating with a host of different mus... Read More >>

Local Movie Wins Best Comedy in Big City Film Fest

July 17, 2021

Filmmaker Rich Brauer typically lets his distributors showcase his movies however they think best. But with his distributor headquartered in Chicago, he was inspired to enter his film Frozen Stupid 2: Open Water in the Chicago Independent Film Festival. He’s glad he did: Much to his... Read More >>

Art Festival at Bay Harbor July 23–24

July 17, 2021

The 21st Annual Bay Harbor Arts Festival will take place July 23-24 on the grounds of the tony community on Lake Michigan, just south of Petoskey. The festival opens at 4pm Friday afternoon for its preview night, an opportunity for visitors and patrons to stroll the artists’ booths ... Read More >>

Traverse City Trails Festival Returns July 25

July 17, 2021

After a year off (that pesky pandemic), the Traverse City Trails Festival returns July 25. The Shorts Brewing-sponsored event is a fundraiser for the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, which supports various outdoor projects associated with area trails. It also supports the asso... Read More >>

Wine, Live Music, and Getting Food Delivered to Our Chairs

July 17, 2021

Boathouse Vineyards in – and on – the Narrows of Lake Leelanau is offering a greatly expanded schedule of summer music. Guests can enjoy wine, music, and wine-paired food while relaxing outside. Local artists will perform everything from mellow rock and cool blues grooves... Read More >>

William West's Inn for All

July 10, 2021

A long time ago, in a Petoskey seemingly far, far away, The Rainbow Inn stood as a beacon of hope for people of color. Or was it simply a hotel ahead of its time? The answer is both, and it’s part of a vital chapter of local history few recall. 

To understand the signif...

Willkommen zurück, Alpenfesters!

July 10, 2021

In 1964, when U.S. Plywood announced plans to build a plant in Gaylord, the town decided to celebrate the opening with a gala event. To make it even more special, the town opted to embrace an alpine theme for both the event and the city as a whole. That was the beginning of what today sta... Read More >>