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Welcome to 2020 at Red Sky Stage

Starting off a new year is always exciting.  This year is particularly so because it will be our first year in our new Bay Harbor location.  If you have been here, the you already know our new home is great.  The facility is wonderful.  The roof does not leak (well it did once a couple of months ago but they came right out and fixed it  -- turned out that a dishwasher on a floor above us was overflowing --  and they even came back the next day to make sure everything was OK!)  Our front yard looks out on the marina and Bay Harbor Lake.  In the evening, you can even see the beautiful red sky at night, the sailors delight I named the place after.

The inside looks much nicer than the old place on Mitchell Street, but it still has the same "folksy" atmosphere.  The room sounded a bit hollow when I first moved in but with some drapes, rugs, furniture, the forty or so year old Klipsch speakers from the old place and a somewhat improved sound system, everyone who has been here agrees it sounds great, just like a listening room should..  Red Sky Stage still has no distractions and noisemakers like bar service, waitstaff, etc (yes, we still have soft drinks and casual snacks)  so the audience can still hear the excellent music played by the talented folks from Northern Michigan, downstate and on tour from around the country and beyond who perform here.  For before or after the show,  the food and drinks of the famous knot just a bar are right across the street.

Many of the popular Red Sky Stage events, like great folk and roots music, big band swing dancing, hip hop concerts, the Hell on Heels drag queens, etc. are back and going strong.

Creating and maintaining a great community entertainment and cultural asset like Red Sky Stage takes the active support of the whole community..  As you can see from the words above, I have been working hard to recreate and add to the ambiance, warmth, sound and spirit of the old Red Sky Stage.  We have all been  welcomed by the Bay Harbor community.  

As much fun as this has all been for me, Red Sky Stage needs you to do your part as well.  Fortunately, your role is lots of fun too.  All you need to do is pay attention to the schedule,   Come to the shows and enjoy the first class entertainment.  Tell your friends about how much you enjoy the new Red Sky Stage and invite them to join you.  The fun you have in our seats completes the Red Sky Stage listening room experience and the tickets you buy pay the rent, the artists and all the other expenses that keep this place open.
--  Marty



Saturday, January 11, 7:30 PM

Kitty Donahoe

Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe has received a Michigan Emmy, a Shammy Award (for Best Solo Irish Performer 2016). Adept on guitar, cittern and piano, Kitty sees her instrumental work as a background for her original music, which All Music Guide calls “haunting, melodic and literate.” Although her music often shows her Irish heritage, Kitty draws equally from her American and Canadian roots - a sound that she calls “American, Irishy, Canadianish.”

Tickets:  $15 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $20.

Saturday, January 18, 8 PM

Blissfest Presents

Harper and Midwest Kind

CD Release Show

Award winning Australian singer/ songwriter/ virtuoso harmonica player Peter D. Harper, now based in Detroit, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harp and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. A rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul served up in a feast of timeless mystery. 

Harper has received an amazing 14 Blues/Roots Music awards including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.  He recently won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Vocalist.  Harper is an original, playing the harmonica like an authentic Chicago bluesman, singing about unity and love like a member of peacenik jam band, belting crisp vocals like a straight-up superb classic soul performer, and then pioneering the didgeridoo into these popular forms of modern music.

Harper's new CD  Rise Up (Access Records) will be released in January 2020 and will be available at this concert.

Tickets: $15 for Blissfest members, $20 general admission. Tickets are available only through Blissfest.  

 Click the Buy Tickets Now link.

Friday, January 24, 7-10 PM

Up North Big Band

30's and 40's Swing and Big Band Dancing

Dance Lesson 6:45-7:30

Northern Michigan's premier concert and dance big band presents its regular monthly night of music and dancing.A

The Up North Big Band is comprised of nineteen talented musicians from across Northern Michigan, who came together to preserve the sounds of the big band era. The UNBB offers tight ensemble playing combined with exceptional solo features and live vocals.

Red Sky Stage is the official home of the UNBB and its monthly, well known and popular interpretation of 30's and 40's swing  and big band dance music.

Admission:   $10 at the door.  Includes a dance lesson.

Regular Monthly Events

Thursday, Jan 2 and every Thursday, 7 PM

Fun Blues Harmonica class, Instructor: Steve August;.

Sunday, Jan 5 and every Sunday, 1-4 PM

Blissfest Strings Jam Session

Saturday, Jan 11, 1-5 PM

CBG Minded Michiganders (Cigar Box Guitar hobbyists) All Welcome!

The full current details of all events are available on
Tickets at Red Sky Stage, 801 Front St., Suite D, Bay Harbor, MI (231) 487-0000 and online at


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