Letters 11-30-2015

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet

Music Kristi Kates It’s intriguing that BeauSoleil bills themselves as “with Michael Doucet” because it’s hard to think of BeauSoleil without Doucet, the bandleader whose instinctive, emotive vocals and standout fiddle playing are the heart of this wide-ranging group of top-shelf devoted players.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Great Lake Swimmers On Deck at The Dennos

Music Kristi Kates If you like the music of Iron and Wine, Band of Horses, The Low Anthem or Nick Drake, chances are you’ll like Canadian folk-rockers Great Lake Swimmers, too.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hick-Hop Hits From The Lacs

Music Kristi Kates Quiet is pretty much the only word that applies to the rural town of Baxley, Georgia. The eightsquare-mile city that holds a population of around 4,000 has had few claims to fame, save one mention in an old Charlie Daniels’ tune: “Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch.
Saturday, November 7, 2015

MacMaster and Leahy

Music Kristi Kates CELTIC CLASH “We met through music,” Leahy said. “We were aware of each other, and fans of each other, but we hadn’t played any music together. Once we got together, it seemed like it took even longer to work on any music as a couple because we were both already booked and had projects underway when we got married.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Billy Branch Bringing Back the Blues

Music Kristi Kates Chicago-born and California-seasoned, harmonica-playing blues musician Billy Branch is again living in his Windy City hometown after years in Los Angeles. No matter where he is, blues music comes as naturally to him as walking, and he’ll be bringing his sound even farther north next week, with a concert in Traverse City.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Catching Up with Jeff Haas

Music Kristi Kates A musician since the age of five, Haas studied music as a teenager in Berlin, Germany, delving into jazz after discovering his sister’s music collection. Now a seasoned professional, he always has several irons in the musical fire. We thought we’d check in to see what Haas has been up to lately.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ten Concerts Worth the Roadtrip

Music Kristi Kates While we have a fantastic variety of music right here in northern Michigan, sometimes the act you’ve just got to see doesn’t get up this way — and that’s when you hop in the car for a roadtrip downstate. Here are 10 concerts sure to be well worth the drive.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Burn Halo's Heavy Rock War

Music Kristi Kates Orange County, Cal. — a strange little pocket of SoCal that’s spawned a long list of bands and solo acts ranging from No Doubt and Matchbox Twenty to The Offspring, Aloe Blacc, Cold War Kids…and Burn Halo, the hard rockers now on tour and making a stop in Kalkaska.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

The PigPen Theatre Co. Breaks All the Rules

Music Kristi Kates “They wanted actors that were also really a band,” Melia explained. “The funny thing is, we ended up being in the movie for only about 30 seconds, and they put other music over what we were doing, because what we played didn't work with the edit, but it was something we really wanted to do.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gopherwood Concerts’ Ramblin’ New Season

Music Kristi Kates “We’re really most proud of the Michiganbased performers,” Gopherwood’s Paul Brown said. “And we try to mix it up so that we’re alternating people who have played here before with new artists and other projects that our returning artists are taking part in.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Janice Keegan’s Fiery Return

Music Kristi Kates Janice Keegan is a quarter-century musician, a rare achievement in these days of overnight sensations and one-hit wonders. She started singing as a teen, acquired vocal coaches in both Traverse City and New York City and started gigging in Traverse City in the early ’90s.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Fremont John's Contrary Highway

Music Kristi Kates Singer/songwriter/guitarist Fremont John is a Michigan guy, born in Lansing and raised in Ludington. Inspired by a musical family, including a mother who played keyboards and a sister and brother who played piano and trombone, he’d soon find that music would be the one through-line in his life.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Two at TC’s City Opera House

Music Kristi Kates Whether you prefer the sound stylings of an acclaimed Minneapolis singersongwriter or the comedy of a legendary Midwestern stand-up and television comedian, these upcoming shows at Traverse City’s City Opera House are sure to sell out quickly. By Kristi Kates.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Sleder’s Updates Their Sound with Concert Series

Music Kristi Kates Sleder’s Tavern, the self-proclaimed “oldest restaurant in Michigan,” may stick to its vintage guns on many things, including its eclectic décor and a few of its menu items, but they’re definitely showing their progressive side via their On the Porch concert series.
Friday, August 28, 2015

The Grand Hotel Gets Jazzy

Music Kristi Kates Enter Arturo Sandoval on Friday evening, opening the weekend with his performance at the Grand Hotel Theater.