February has fewer days but many more events at Red Sky Stage.
Sure, there are only 28 days in February and yes, it is cold and snowy. But it is the best month of the year for indoor entertainment. We are celebrating February by packing it full of events. Concerts, dances, community events, all of our usual monthly activities (listed at the bottom of this page) and a brand new open mike presentation, Recovery Notes, that we expect to be a popular addition to our monthly schedule (details below).
Full details of all of the events on our schedule, with all the latest updates, are always available on our website. This month we have added a Quick Tix Fix section at the top of the website events page that briefly lists all of our events with tickets available for sale online at My North Tickets and has 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.
And now, let the excitement begin!
Friday, February 1, 7 PM Kitty Donahoe
Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series
Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe has received a Michigan Emmy, a Shammy Award (for Best SoloIrish Performer 2016), and continues to perform regularly. 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.” In addition to writing music, Kitty has released her ﬁrst children’s book, ‘Henny and Benny Bunyan and the Maple Syrup Adventure’, the winner of a 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. She is currently laying the groundwork for two new recording projects (still under wraps) as well as writing grants for two television shows and a play. Find out more about Kitty at www.kittydonohoe.com and www.gypsiebird.comMichigan
Tickets: $15 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 $20.
Saturday, February 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 Peacemeal and the callers are .TBA
Admission $5/person, $7/couple or $10/family. Children are welcome.
Sunday, February 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, February 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, February 9, 8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM
Hell On Heels Presents Down With Love
Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone! The February 2019 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and singing adventure,Down With Love is 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 Kelly Ann Jefferies, Vajojo Visage and King Roth.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW, SEATING IS LIMITED!!! DO NOT MISS OUT111
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, February 10, 6:30-8:30 PM Recovery Notes
**NEW EVENT THIS MONTH**
Future dates: The second Sunday of each month through June 3/10, 4/14, 5/12 and 6/9
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 contact Tory Werth at: email@example.com or 989. 370. 7608.
Admission free. Voluntary donations accepted at the door.
Saturday, February 16, 7:30 PM February Sunshine Concert
A Midwinter Concert Featuring Northern Michigan Singer Songwriters
Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series
Several of our favorite Northern Michigan Singer/songwriters have put together a concert guaranteed to shake you out of your mid-winter blues and add a little musical sunshine to your life.
Kevin Johnson has been steadily honing his songwriting and performing skills and has become an important part of the vibrant Northern Michigan music scene. Drawing on a wealth of musical influences and life experience Kevin’s Americana songwriting style touches on a wide variety of topics including love, loss and self discovery.
Using a skillful blend of keyboards and vocals up and coming Northern Michigan singer/songwriter Eliza Thorp leads her audiences on musical journeys with her songs about home, travels and natural landscapes that always inspire.
Indigo Moon is Lee Anne Whitman and Jeff Lange. Take a mix of exceptional guitar work, beautifully blended vocal harmonies and inspired song writing and you’ve just scratched the surface of Indigo Moon. This musical partnership is an audience favorite at venues throughout Northern Michigan. Performing original and cover music from a wide variety of Americana, folk and adult contemporary artists Indigo Moonalways delivers a musical delight.
Lara Fullford Lovingly referred to as the Queen of the Inland Waterway by her fans Lara is one of the best songwriters anywhere and is popular with fans of all ages. She has been performing since the age of 15 including appearances at the popular Blissfest Music Festival. Playing either guitar or piano Lara’s music is a pleasure not to be missed.
Tickets: $12.50 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 $17.50.
Friday, February 22, 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.