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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Blues on the Road with Mulebone

Music Kristi Kates Singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multiinstrumentalist John Ragusa make up the Brooklyn-based duo Mulebone, with a new album called Keep On Movin’ (2014, Red Tug Records) and a well-deserved reputation as a pair of musicians who know how to elevate modern blues.
 
Friday, July 3, 2015

35 Years of Bliss

Music Kristi Kates Few knew that the little music fundraiser started by Jim Gillespie back in 1981 would turn into the mega-event it is today. It’s a summer highlight for many local music fans… and for plenty of visitors, some who make the trek north specifically for the festival from all over the country.
 
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Martinis and Blues at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates “There’s a trend?” joked Pink Martini’s percussionist, Brian Davis. “I occasionally miss those, but if there are groups surfacing inspired or influenced by what Pink Martini’s doing, how cool is that?” According to Davis, Lauderdale comes up with the...
 
Friday, June 19, 2015

The Weepies Moving Forward

Music Kristi Kates Steve Tannen and Deb Talan began writing music together the night they met. They’d soon form two long-term partnerships: one as a married couple and the second as the duo The Weepies, logging 20 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million records sold.
 
Friday, June 19, 2015

Mixing and Matching at Electric Forest Fest

Music Kristi Kates EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and jam bands (think The Grateful Dead/Phish) may seem strange festival mates, opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but mixing these divergent beats on outdoor stages — in this case, at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan — seems to result in mystical festival chemistry that really works.
 
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Touring Michigan with Time and Luck

Music Kristi Kates “Max is a fantastic singer-songwriter in his own right and recently released an album called ‘Outrider,’” Rilko said. “We’ll be performing some songs from that album on our tour. And John is a top-notch percussionist; he’ll be adding those skills and more to our duo ensemble.
 
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Faithful Fun at Big Ticket Fest

Music Kristi Kates “I think most people have a misconception of God: that he’s centered on rules and making people ‘be good,’” explained festival president Drew Spanding. “But really, God is about freedom — and it’s important to party! We have so much difficulty in this world that the discipline of celebrating is critical to our spiritual experience here on earth.
 
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Downtown Sounds

Music Kristi Kates Founded by local Sheryl McCleary (also known for running Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) with the support of Blissfest, the aim was to encourage community talent and bring a unique arts experience to the city. Today, Street Musique is managed by the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce,.
 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

“B” Cool at Lollapalooza

Music Kristi Kates While we have two months to wait, tickets are on sale now and it’ll be here before we know it. The biggest and best major summer music fest within reasonable driving distance of northern Michigan opens July 31 and Express has all the best info on what to do once you get there.
 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

2015 Up North Festival Roundup

Music Kristi Kates THE MUSIC: From local Joshua Davis’ triumphant return after the finals of “The Voice,” to performances by The Beach Boys, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, O.A.R., Vince Gill and The Piano Guys, these shows are some of the biggest..
 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rock n’ Hit The Road 2015 Summer Music Fests

Music Kristi Kates Music fans know that one of the best ways to hear a plethora of their favorite bands all at once is to save up and road trip to one of the big summer music festivals..
 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Jams!

Music Kristi Kates DUAL GENRES The Blissfest String Jam has continued every Sunday since, from 1-4pm, at Red Sky Stage. Many of the folks who played at the Grain Train have become regular participants at the Red Sky version of the jam, which continues to welcome new musicians.
 
Monday, May 11, 2015

A Dramatic Year for the TSO

Music Clark Miller Dance, film, painting, choral works and world-class soloists boost the excitement and energy of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. This multi-genre vision from conductor Kevin Rhodes promises to make the TSO’s next season even more dynamic than the last.
 
Monday, May 11, 2015

Mustard Plug’s Ska-tastic Journey

Music Kristi Kates ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS “Dave [Kirchgessner, vocals] and Colin [Clive, guitar/vocals] used to see each other at all the punk shows in the ‘80s,” explained the band’s trombone player, Jim Hofer. “Once they both graduated college, they came up with the bright idea of starting a ska band in GR, since there were no ska bands there.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

D'Ambrosio Brings Hollywood to Harbor Springs

Music Kristi Kates He was the world’s longest running Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” holding the title for more than a decade and portraying the renowned character in more than 2,600 performances of the Tony Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical..
 
 
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