April 23, 2024


Cue Up the Holiday Soundtrack

New releases to fatten up your festive playlist
By Ross Boissoneau | Dec. 4, 2021

  ’Tis not only the season for hosting parties, over-indulging and exchanging gifts, it’s also the time when we all want to gouge out our ears at the first bars of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” and Wham’s “Last Christmas.”  Do yourself and any impending holiday-dinner guests a favor and don’t ask Alexa to play Christmas music. Curate a playlist of your old favorites and plug in some new releases ... Read More >>

One For The "Record" Books

Designed for Dancing explores the era of mid-century vinyl and how it shaped American culture
By Craig Manning | Oct. 16, 2021

Let’s dance. That’s the invitation that  authors Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder are extending to readers with their new book, titled Designed for Dancing: How Midcentury Records Taught America to Dance and out this month on MIT Press. Designed for Dancing is the second installment in a planned trilogy of books that uses vinyl record covers as a framework to tell illustrated, anthropological stories about the United States in the mid-1900s. The first, ... Read More >>

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

Stuff We Love
By Ross Boissoneau | 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 component? They were, after all, already offering bands a chance to come in, chat, and play a couple songs in their recording space at Andy Van Guilder’s ... Read More >>

Foreigner Returns to Interlochen Aug. 14

Will it feel like the first time?
By Ross Boissoneau | 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 will play with. Indeed, they perform each show … like it’s the very first time. In a sense, it is. Like with virtually every other touring ... Read More >>

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on Way to Interlochen

Chicago’s Greatest Hits Tour
By Ross Boissoneau | 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 ’70s, then the ’80s.  It’s all part of the band’s Greatest Hits tour, which started back in the pre-pandemic era. “When we played ... Read More >>

Yes, Virginia, Dunesville is Happening July 23–25

Family friendly music festival at Harmony Pines
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | July 17, 2021

The Dunesville Music Festival, held at Harmony Pines, between Interlochen and Lake Ann, will be held July 23 through 25, and it is expected to be much, much more than dozens of music acts in a pine-dotted meadow … there’s camping (through Monday, July 26), live art, body hooping, devil sticks demonstrations, yoga, workshops, food vendors, a kids activity tent, and more! Act Casual, Ataboy!, Chirp, Feeding Grizzlies, Blue Water Ramblers, The ... Read More >>

Beulah’s Free Concerts Hit the Streets

Jake Allen, May Erlewine, The Accidentals & More
By Lynda Wheatley | July 3, 2021

Beulah has a longtime tradition of hosting music in the park each summer, but this year, due to popular demand, the village is taking its free Thursday night concert series to the street. “We are barricading the streets and expect thousands for the free shows,” says event coordinator Steve Loveless. Each gig starts at 7pm — but plan to come early. Pre-party activities like shopping, ice cream and of course, dining out at ... Read More >>

Harry Connick Jr., Young Americans, The Accidentals & Sawyer Fredericks

More summer (and fall) entertainment at Interlochen, Boyne Highlands, and City Opera House in TC
By Lynda Wheatley | June 12, 2021

And the hits just keep coming. Interlochen Center for the Arts (pictured above) has announced the return of its Interlochen Arts Festival, albeit in abbreviated for, for August. Tickets will go on sale June 22 here for these performances: Chicago, Aug, 3;  Harry Connick, Jr., Aug. 10; The Greatest Hits of Foreigner, Aug. 14; Jake Owen, Aug. 26; the Old Crow Medicine Show (with special guest Molly Tuttle) Aug. 28; and Buddy Guy ... Read More >>

Summer Music Highlights

Broaden your musical horizons with this mix of must-see concerts
By Ross Boissoneau | June 5, 2021

Heartfelt CountryJuly 17: Morgan MylesLavender Hills FarmNamed a 2019 “Artist to Watch” by the Nashville-based country music website The Boot, Morgan Myles was recognized even earlier by Rolling Stone, which called her one of “Ten Country Artists You Need To Know in 2016.” Myles draws comparisons to everyone from Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride to Mariah Carey and Janis Joplin for her big voice and vocal range. Originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Myles ... Read More >>

Windy City Blues Blowin’ In

Dennos & Ramsdell partner to bring two free Blues concerts to fans
By Lynda Wheatley | March 20, 2021

The Dennos Museum Center and The Ramsdell Center for the Performing Arts (RRCA) are collaborating on a special Windy City Line Up, bringing local audiences free performances and live Zoom sessions with two Chicago Blues musicians: Davy Knowles (pictured above left), at 7:30pm Friday, March 26, and Toronzo Cannon, at 7:30pm Friday, April 9. Both concerts are free and can be streamed through the Dennos Museum Center Youtube channel. Each zoom session, also free, will begin 30 ... Read More >>

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