Featured Events For March
No, we can't promise you lots of sunny beach days in March but we can provide you with a packed schedule of exciting indoor entertainment. Concerts, dances, community events, all of our usual monthly activities (listed at the bottom of this page) and a the second edition of our already popular open mike presentation, Recovery Notes.
Full details of all of the events on our schedule, with all the latest updates, are always available on our website. While you are there, don't miss the Quick Tix Fix section at the top of the website events page. briefly listing all of our events that are featured online at My North Tickets including direct links to purchase those tickets. As always, tickets are also available with no service charge at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, 445 E Mitchell St (231) 487-0000.
At the bottom of this email is another new feature previewing a few exciting events scheduled for future months.
And now, let the excitement begin!
Saturday, March 2 Blissfest Saturday Night Community Dance
This community event is a great way to experience an evening of old-time fun with dancing, roots music and good time family entertainment. All dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. No special skills, clothes or shoes required. The Blissfest Music Organization and Red Sky Stage present this monthly series as part of our commitment to sharing cultural heritage and providing a great way to socialize like folks used to do.
This month, the band will be Harbor HoeDown and the callers are Cynthia Donahey and Jan Fowler.
Admission $5/person, $7/couple or $10/family. Children are welcome.
Sunday, March 3 and Every Sunday, 1-4 PM Blissfest Strings Jam Session
Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, kazoo, washboard, penny whistle or whatever you play on Sunday afternoon and play and sing along with our friendly, supportive group. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. If you don't play an instrument but you love music, join the fun and listen or sing along.
We meet every week (except a few holidays) so come whenever and as often as you can. We go around the room and take turns leading songs and we all play along the best we can. A perfect event for playing old favorites, originals, covers, or trying out a song you are working on.
Microphones, instrument connections and sound system.provided so you may plug in if you wish.
Admission Free, Snacks available. Optional donations accepted.
Monday, March 4, 6 pm Petoskey Poets
with Dar Charlebois
Join our very supportive poetry reading group, hosted and organized by Dar Charlebois on the first Monday of every month. Bring something you wrote, a poem, a story, a skit or anything else original and creative. Get up in front of the group and receive thunderous applause. Not ready for that yet? Just show up and get inspired by the other talented writers. Had fun? Come back next month with something to read. We are building a talented, creative, fun-loving and supportive collection of folks.
Admission Free, Snacks available.
Saturday, March 9, 8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM
Hell On Heels Presents Birthday Bash
Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone! The theme of the March 2019 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and singing adventure is Birthday Bash It is guaranteed to be filled with loads of comedy and just the right amount of crassness! Drag Queens have been a huge part of our culture for decades. Let us show you why!!
Host Mercedes Benz-Over is back along with featured stars including Kelly, Vajojo, Roth and Dahlia
Tickets: $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (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 $15.
Sunday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 PM Recovery Notes
Future dates: The second Sunday of each month through June.
Recovery N.O.T.E.S.(New Opportunities to Enjoy Sobriety) is a Recovery oriented group that uses music and performance as a means of self expression to connect with others in recovery and to heal from and overcome issues related to substance use disorder.
Red Sky Stage hosts a jam session once a month sponsored by Recovery N.O.T.E.S. We invite those living a life in recovery to enjoy one evening a month performing and enjoying music, comedy, poetry, etc in a safe, drug free environment in Downtown Petoskey, together with friends and supportive neighbors. The jam is open to everybody to listen and cheer on some of our local recovery talent!
Opportunities to perform will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to those who submit a written application. If you would like to perform or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tory Werth at: email@example.com or 989. 370. 7608.
Admission free. Voluntary donations accepted at the door.
Saturday, March 16, 7 PM Ray and the Blues Makers
In: "The Song of the Wood Man"
The Song of the Wood Man is a totally original show - written exclusively by Allan James Grund - consisting of poetry, prose, comedy and music. Grund is recognized in Northeast Michigan as a poet, playwright, actor, singer/songwriter and musician. He is also an award-winning short story author, the creator of nine CDs of original music, 10 books of poetry, prose and short stories, seven original works for the stage and numerous concert shows.
The cast of this production features:
Allan James Grund (As Roy Hickok) Lead Singer/Songwriter. Rhythm Guitar and Harmonica.
Sue Floer (As Ethel J. McKinley): Vocal Harmony. Flute. Bongo Drums. Ukulele. Rhythm Instruments.
Jeff Powers (As Reverend Jimmie Hawks): Vocals. Bass. Acoustic Guitar. Mandolin. Accordion. Keyboard.
Admission: Tickets $10 in advance, available at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, 445 E Mitchell st, Petoskey or (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets will available at the door the night of the show for $15.
Friday, March 22, 7-10 PM Blissfest Presents Lula Wiles
Blissfest Music Organization brings Boston-based indie-folk band Lula Wiles to Red Sky Stage.. None of the band members are named Lula. The trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, andMali Obomsawin. Their voices burn, twist together, mingle, and rise like smoke signaling changes to come. But anchoring that delicate touch is a mastery of folk music —and a willingness to subvert its hallowed conventions.
Long before they were in a band together, the members of Lula Wileswere singing folk songs and trading fiddle tunes at a camp in Maine. “All of us were lucky to have access to the folk music community at a young age,” Burke says. “The music traditions that we’re drawing on are social, community-building traditions.” On those warm summer nights, playing music was just plain fun. But the members of Lula Wiles carry those early lessons of community and the meaning of shared art with them to this day, as they seek to create music that questions cultural virtues, soothes aching wounds, and envisions a better world.
Lula Wiles came of age in Boston, in the practice rooms of Berklee College of Music and the city’s lively roots scene. Since then, they have toured internationally, winning fans at the Newport Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
The musicians take turns in different roles––Burke and Buckland on guitar and fiddle, Obomsawin on bass, all three singing—but no matter who’s playing what, they operate in close unison.
Admission: Tickets $12 in advance, available at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, 445 E Mitchell st, Petoskey or (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets will available at the door the night of the show for $15.
Friday, March 29, 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 on our 1,000 square foot dance floor.
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: Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.
All of the above plus our usual collection of monthly events including:
Tuesday, March 5 and Every Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM Refuge Recovery Meeting, A Buddhist inspired path to recovery from addiction
Wednesday March 6, and Every Wednesday, 7-8 PM LifeRing Secular Recovery
Thursday, March 7 and Every Thursday, 7-10 pm Fun Blues Harmonica Class Instructor: Steve August
Saturday March 9 and the 2nd Saturday every month, 1 - 5 PM CBG Minded Michiganders
Monday, March 11 and the 2nd and 4th Monday of Every Month Ukes for You
For full details of these and all events, check out the schedule on our website.
Preview -- A few highlights to look forward to in coming months!
Peter Madcat Ruth in concert May 18
39th Annual Blissfest Folk and Roots Festival July 12-14
Tickets on sale now but going fast. Ticket info click here
2nd Annual Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat October 3-5