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Letters 05-30-2016

Oaks & Moths All of last week’s letters regarding recommendations for the best native plants from “Listen to the Experts” from the previous week were right on target. Those who are interested in learning more about native plants, and their importance to birds, bees and butterflies, would do well to read Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s wonderful book, Bringing Nature Home...

Poor Grades On Standardized Testing We have been enduring standardized testing for the last few weeks as our district isn’t allowing for opting out without student removal. I think other parents need to know and the district needs to address their own inconsistencies in policy...

Beware Trump  To describe Trump: hubristic, narcissistic, misogynistic, sociopathic. There are more descriptors. Should we pity this misfit or fear that his values attract such a large segment of our society? Hitler was spawned in the ferment of economic unrest...

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Catching Up with Mustard Plug

Music Kristi Kates It’s been more than a year since we checked in with northern Michigan’s favorite ska band, the Grand Rapids–based Mustard Plug. So, with a big show coming up this month at Traverse City’s InsideOut Gallery, what better time to brush up on our skanking?.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bria Skonberg

Music Kristi Kates “In the following years, I managed multiple jazz bands that traveled and I would perform as a soloist overseas in Europe and Japan,” she said. “By the time I moved to New York, I had visited five times and made friends who I would end up working with; New York is an incredible jazz mecca.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

DJ Man-O-Wax and The Reminders

Music Kristi Kates early February, the first performance of the “Caravanserai: American Voices” touring series took place in Traverse City, featuring Palestinian-American multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley and Indian- American virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Local Music: Stovepipe Stover

Music Kristi Kates A drumset strapped to his back, a guitar in his hands, the occasional harmonica and a voice somewhere between Bob Dylan and Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Justin Stover, aka Stovepipe Stover, performs as a one-man band, dividing his time between Traverse City and Grand Rapids.
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Modern Rock: Then and Now

Music Kristi Kates What was going on in music back when Northern Express first got its start compared to where the scene is now? In some cases, a lot has changed. In others, we’re nearly back where we started. Let’s wind up the Modern Rock time machine and take a look back at music news happenings from 1991.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Local Music Spotlight On: Turbo Pup

Music Kristi Kates MEET THE BAND They started gigging as Turbo Pup in late August 2015, after singer/guitarist Aaron Dye and violinist Brett McDowell had done a few rounds of performance as a guitar/fiddle duo. The two friends found common ground after learning they had both spent time out west (Dye in Bozeman, Mont.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Patty Larkin’s Natural Evolution

Music Kristi Kates Patty Larkin’s soulful, contemporary brand of music is easily woven into things like latenight public radio shows, compilation albums and supper parties. It’s there she makes her strongest mark, with tunes that catch the ear so well, you’ll find yourself Googling or Shazaming to learn just who is making this music.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

And Don’t Miss Chris Smither

Music Kristi Kates When singer-songwriter Chris Smither hit 50 years of singing and songwriting in 2014, he marked the occasion with Still on the Levee, a two-disc career retrospective recorded in New Orleans and featuring fresh versions of two dozen songs from the entire stretch of his career, including “Devil Got Your Man,” the first song he ever wrote.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Matuto Brings Bluegrass and Brazil to the Dennos

Music Kristi Kates He was particularly inspired by the music he was hearing coming out of Brazil and he traveled to that country to study it further; coupled with his jazz roots, bluegrass flatpicking abilities and wry lyrics that recall the Talking Heads, he conjured up quite a mix for his individual sound.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Welcoming Spring at The Ramsdell

Music Kristi Kates Soul in the stairwells, melodies in the mezzanine, honky-tonk in the hallways — there will be live music in every corner of the historic Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee this upcoming weekend.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Celtic Sounds from The Outside Track

Music Kristi Kates The Outside Track, a five-member group named one of the top Celtic acts in the world by both the TIR (Traditional Music) Awards and the Livies (liveIreland Awards), blends instrumental music, traditional songs and step dancing to craft a skillful and energetic show.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jumpin’ and Jivin’

Music Kristi Kates Twenty years’ worth of a twenty-piece musical outfit is a lot of history to keep straight. There are so many past members of The Up North Big Band (The UNBB) that current band leader Joshua Raber, for all his diligence, can’t even name them all.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Celtic Nights brings “Spirit of Freedom” to the City Opera House

Music Kristi Kates Revamping the theme of their show to honor the 100-year anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists proclaimed the establishment of the Irish Republic (said to be similar to the United States’ Independence Day), Celtic...
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Great Indoor Folk Festival Returns

Music Kristi Kates Adair Correll is the head of Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, an organization that began in June of 1997 with five musicians seeking a more “listening audience.” That group has expanded to more than 60 songwriters from northern Michigan who perform on the third Friday of every month at Horizon Books in Traverse City.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Rolling Out the Red Carpet For The Hollywood Concert Orchestra

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking forward to the upcoming 88th “Academy Awards” on Feb. 28 (especially to see who will end up with the “Best Song” award), then the City Opera House has a performance you shouldn’t miss.
 
 
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