Red Sky Stage LLC

445 East Mitchell Street

Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: (231)487-0000

Email: marty@redskystage.com

Red Sky Stage is a coffee house style performing arts venue in Downtown Petoskey’s Gaslight District featuring live music, poetry, comedy, drama, painting, and other arts.

Featured Art

High Banks - Indian River

Original oil by Rick Kolb

Schedule of Coming Events

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Lee Dyer of Kellerville Entertaining the Red Sky Stage Audience

Our schedule is filling up with exciting performances including a variety of musical styles, plays, poetry, benefit concerts, more jam sessions and much more!  Become a part of our growing audience as we increase the entertainment options in Downtown Petoskey and bring more local, regional and national talent to our stage

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Just Announced!

Billy McLaughlin  Rescheduled and Upgraded

As you may know Billy, the internationally recognized, world-class fingerstyle guitarist had to cancel his much anticipated concert here in March because the Mackinac Bridge was closed that afternoon due to ice falling from the towers and wires.  We have talked several times since then working out a new date and details because he is very anxious to play in our town and on our stage.

We are now thrilled to announce the rescheduled and significantly upgraded concert for Saturday July 22, 2017. 

We have added a few special features to the show.  Michigan resident, outstanding fingerstyle guitarist and virtuoso player of the harp guitar, J.B Davies, has been added to the bill.  The musicians will also conduct a fascinating, up close and personal fingerstyle guitar workshop for the afternoon of the same day as the concert.  Not only that, but with the show scheduled for July we can almost guarantee a Mackinac Bridge unobstructed by falling ice.

Engrave July 22 on your calendar in very permanent ink and bold letters.  Further details will be released as we get closer to the date of the show.

 

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Continuing Events

Every Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm   Blissfest Jam Session  -- Yes, this is the same event that was formerly at the Grain Train. So bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, kazoo, washboard, penny whistle or what ever you play. You don't play an instrument? Come anyway and listen in awe or sing along.  We encourage musicians of all skill levels to attend this friendly and informal opportunity to play together.

 

 

 

The First Monday Every Month 6:00 pm  Petoskey Poets --  Red Sky Stage  offers an open mic for poetry, prose and stories.  Join in the fun every month.  So far, lots of poets have attended and gotten the courage to get up on stage and read their work in front of a very supportive audience of fellow poets.  Write something, bring your creation along and join the fun!

 

 

 

The First Saturday Every Month Blissfest Old Time Country Dance Series

This event takes a summer break.  Watch for its return in October!

The Blissfest Music Organization's Country Dance Series takes place on the new one thousand square foot dance floor of Red Sky Stage throughout the fall and winter.  This great way to experience an evening of old-time fun for the whole family is now a regular once a month feature on our entertainment schedule. 

The old time square dancing features a live band and a caller.  All dances will be taught.

Admission:  $3/person, $5/couple or $7/family.  Children are welcome. 

 

 

The Second and Fourth Monday Every Month 7-9 pm  

Blissfest Ukes for You Club

 

 The goal of the club is to bring together adults and families who are interested in learning the ukulele and want to play and sing songs with others.  All levels are encouraged to attend.   Blissfest has a number of baritone ukuleles available for members to use if they do not have an instrument already.  If you have a soprano or baritone ukulele, please bring it with you.

  No Admission.  Refreshments available.

 

Final Friday of Every Month 7:30-10:30 Up North Big Band

Dance Lesson 6:30

This event takes a summer break.  Watch for its return in August

Northern Michigan's premier concert and dance big band presents a night of music and 30's and 40's Swing and Big Band Dancing dancing offering tight ensemble playing combined with exceptional solo features and live vocals. 

Admission: Adults $10, Students $5.

Up North Big Band Summer Schedule

JUNE 16TH GAYLORD AIR SHOW, GAYLORD AIRPORT 7-11 PM 

JUNE 24TH CENTRAL LAKE BLOCK PARTY 8-11 PM 

JULY 21ST VENETIAN. FERRY BEACH, CHARLEVOIX 8-10 PM 

AUGUST 25TH RED SKY STAGE, PETOSKEY 7:30  PM

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June 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017,  5:30pm-11:30pm Downtown Petoskey Summer Open House

Join Downtown Petoskey on Friday, June 2 to kick off the 2017 Summer Season!  Pennsylvania Park will come alive with a Drink Tent supporting the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, the Taste of Downtown, starring Petoskey's finest restaurants and specialty food stores, and more!  The intersection of Lake and Howard streets will become a runway for the Summer Open House Fashion Show, premiering all of the hottest summer styles from the downtown shops!  The sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band will radiate throughout downtown. The closed streets will be bustling with activities for the whole family! Merchants, including Red Sky Stage (see below) will open their doors and welcome the summer season.  Lay out the blankets for a movie in the park at dark! Watch A Dog's Purpose under the stars and on our HUGE inflatable movie screen! Don't forget your four legged friend!  Enjoy Downtown events in Pennsylvania Park, a movie in the park at dark, store activities and more!  Click HERE for more details.

 

  

 

Friday, June 2, 7 pm  Kelly Shively and AnnMarie Rowland

Blissfesst Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Kelly Shively and AnnMarie Rowland – have been friends ever since the first time they sang Kate Wolf’s Across the Great Divide together at a festival jam session twenty-five years ago. Separately, they are well-traveled with their music in various duos and as soloists. But they’ve mostly kept the magic that happens when they sing together confined to their own living rooms. But magic it is, and you can hear it at Red Sky Stage. Kelly is a multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey.  AnnMarie and her guitar live in Coldwater.  Kelly and AnnMarie write and sing about the things they know; love, loss, family, friendship, home, and dirt. And they still sing Across the Great Divide to remind them of where they started.

Kelly Shively grew up on the family farm. Her musical interest was sparked by a father who sang nonsensical songs daily, a grandma who roped her into the church choir, and piano lessons begun at the age of nine. She sings the songs of her heart, written about and centering on her family and faith. She strives to be the voice of hope, healing, and encouragement to those who come to hear her. She has been part of several duets through the years and is currently part of the roots music duet, Rustic Heart, with Norm Hausler. Kelly plays harp, fiddle, banjola and banjo.

AnnMarie Rowland has a Michigan mitten tattooed on her heart.  She knew from the first time she picked up a fat, red, wooden pencil in kindergarten and drew some letters that made a word, that magic happened when she strung a whole lot of those words together.  Her Dad handed her a yard-sale guitar when she was eleven years old. She loved to sing and was comfortable with her new friend within days.  AnnMarie's songs gravitate towards the simple life of community and friends, tradition and constancy, love and companionship, loss and reflection. Whether it's an original song about the old family piano up on the auction-block, or something borrowed from the great canon of musical Americana, her voice resonates with the strength and insight of someone who has lived both glory and sorrow, and has reflected, prevailed and gained. 

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

 

Monday, June 5,  6:00 pm  Petoskey Poets

Join our very supportive poetry reading group, hosted and organized by  Dar Charlebois this Monday and 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.  As we gain experience and confidence, we will work on other opportunities and a growing variety of ways to explore creative writing and reading.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

Monday, June 5, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

Instructor:  Steve August

It may be a tiny instrument but the Blues Harmonica is BIG on sound and style!  Practice the basic moves and patterns that bring your harmonica to life, including sweet single note melodies, foot tapping rhythms, blues scales and riffs and bending note secrets.  Get an intro to major harmonica players and their styles, from the early originators to the contemporary players.  Small class size insures that you get lots of individual attention.  No prior musical experience is needed.  Any harmonica in the key of "C" is acceptable for class.  Open to ALL harmonica players from raw beginner to legendary bluesman.  [Photo: Internationally acclaimed harmonica virtuoso Todd Parrett]

Cost for six sessions, $145.  For more information or to register, call Steve August at  

231-838-6419.  Email alljazz@chartermi.net. 

 

 

Tuesday, June 6, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

Instructor:  Steve August

It may be a tiny instrument but the Blues Harmonica is BIG on sound and style!  Practice the basic moves and patterns that bring your harmonica to life, including sweet single note melodies, foot tapping rhythms, blues scales and riffs and bending note secrets.  Get an intro to major harmonica players and their styles, from the early originators to the contemporary players.  Small class size insures that you get lots of individual attention.  No prior musical experience is needed.  Any harmonica in the key of "C" is acceptable for class.  Open to ALL harmonica players from raw beginner to legendary bluesman.  [Photo:  Steve August]

Cost for six sessions, $145.  For more information or to register, call Steve August at  231-838-6419.  Email alljazz@chartermi.net. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday June 7, 5:30 p.m.  Community Conversation on Public Transportation

Community Conversations to solicit public input on transit options

Advocates for an expanded public transit service in Emmet County have announced a series of Community Conversations to engage the public in discussing options for services.  This is the first of these events  It is being held during Smart Commute Week , a time when people are encouraged to travel to work or school in ways other than a single-person car. Organizers plan to highlight the benefits that public transit can provide to help people get to work.

“Numerous studies have been done over the past twenty years showing a need for expanded public transit in Emmet County,” says event moderator Kendall Stanley. “Other rural counties in northern Michigan have viable public transit systems, and we believe it is possible for Emmet County, too. “

“We want to learn from County residents what types of services they would like to have available and how they would like to see it organized and funded. Input gathered through the Community Conversations will be shared with the Emmet County Commissioners as they further study this service.”

The Community Conversations are being organized by Friends Enhancing Emmet Transit (FEET) a group which has been promoting an expanded and coordinated public transit service for many years. Additional meetings are being scheduled over the next few months at locations throughout the County.   Additional information about the transit effort is available on Facebook – Friends Enhancing Emmet Transit or at www.emmettransit.org.

The Community Conversation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Thursday, June 8, 7:30 pm  Band of Lovers

After four years of life on the road comes Band of Lovers' sophomore album American Tour. It is Americana aesthetic and chamber pop harmonies, born through the tests of constant motion and influences like Brian Wilson and the Zombies, started incubating when the band formed in 2013.

Dave Strumfeld, lead songwriter, singer, and guitarist, had been writing songs since childhood, but he credits this music to life on tour and his creative partnership with longtime friend Sabina Beachdell. “We’ve tried every incarnation of friendship, and the strongest one for us is this—traveling the country and turning that into music together.”

Lyricist, singer, and ukulele player in the band, Beachdell came up with the group’s moniker in 2013, heavily influenced by her solo travels. “Meeting so many people around the country, I kept coming back to love—everyone is a lover. It’s the one thing we all have in common, and I feel like we should band together around it.”

This is precisely what drew Liliana Urbain—percussionist and singer—to the group. “I’d never seen a project so driven by this belief in love and art, and the call of the road. It was intoxicating.” So much so that after meeting by chance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 2014, the trio decided to join forces. It was the same way they made most of their decisions— boldly, rashly, and without looking back.

“I flew out to join them on tour at the beginning of 2016, and tour turned out to be eleven months on the road non-stop. They had half an album written and studio time booked in Woodstock that May. We had no idea what would happen.”

What did happen was a whirlwind: love, heartbreak, copious amounts of songwriting, adventures, depression—some of the deepest highs and lows the band members had seen, apart or together.

All the while, the constants of the road and the music kept them going. Anthem, the album’s lead single and first track, became their warrior cry to the motion. Long Day, Late Night acknowledged how tired they’d become. Carry You rallied around the drive and the minimalist nature of it all. Together they chronicled heartache and triumphs, the call of the west and their own personal dreams.

Now in their fourth year on the road, the band is growing up and pushing onward. Their sophomore album American Tour was slated for release on June 2, 2017. True to form, they’re embarking on a five-month tour to hand deliver the album to nearly every corner of the country.  We will no doubt hear a few selections from the new album Thursday night,

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of he show for $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

Saturday, June 10, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders

​CBG Minded Michigan'ders  is a Michigan based movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain folks with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  Members and friends of CBG Minded Michigan'ders  get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music they make.  What better place to do that than Red Sky Stage.

There will be a lot of swapping stories, tips and ideas about building and playing cigar box instruments.

The event is open to everyone.  Be sure to attend if you have even the slightest interest in cigar box instruments, making them, playing them or just seeing one for the first time. 

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Monday,June 12  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

6-7 pm,  Beginning Uke     7-9 pm, Uke Jam

This group of Ukulele enthusiasts meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at Red Sky Stage to learn,  play  and  discuss ukuleles. All experience levels welcome. The goal of the club is to bring together adults and families who are interested in learning the ukulele and want to play and sing songs with others.  All levels are encouraged to attend. Blissfest has a number of baritone ukuleles available for members to use if they do not have an instrument already.  If you have a soprano or baritone ukulele, please bring it with you.  The first hour focuses on helping beginners learn to form chords, strum and play some simple songs.  Then more experienced players join in with the others and the focus shifts to playing songs and talking uke.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

Monday, June 12, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see June 5.

Tuesday, June 13, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica

For details, see June 6. 

 

Wednesday, June 14, Flag Day

 

 

Thursday, June 15,  6:00-9:00 pm Downtown Petoskey 16th Annual Gallery Walk

The art world will descend upon Downtown Petoskey for its 16th annual Gallery Walk. This evening of art and entertainment has definitely become a community tradition.  Participating art galleries will greet guests on the third Thursday in June from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in an open-house format and offer delights for your eyes, ears, and taste buds. Many of the galleries will have the artists present to introduce their works.  As a wonderful and exciting wrap up to the evening, art lovers will get a chance to win some fabulous art donated by the participating galleries. Each gallery that you visit during the evening earns you an entry into the prize drawing for that gallery. Additional tickets are earned with each purchase that you make. The tickets will then be drawn at the Afterglow Party from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford's Perry Hotel. Thousands of dollars worth of art is given away each year.  Walking maps are free and will be available at the Petoskey Downtown Office, the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the participating galleries. So, get a babysitter, grab your friends, stroll around Downtown Petoskey and soak up the cultured atmosphere.

Participating Galleries:  Arlington Jewelers, Crooked Tree Arts Center,Glass Lakes Photography Studio, Mitchell Street Frameworks, Northgoods, Northern Michigan Artists Market, Shadetree Studio, Somebody's Gallery, Stafford's Gallery, Ward & Eis Gallery, WARD Gallery

 

Sunday June 18, Fathers Day

 

Monday, June 19, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see June 5.

Tuesday, June 20, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica

For details, see June 6. 

 

Wednesday, June 21 Summer Begins

 

Monday, June 26,  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

6-7 pm,  Beginning Uke     7-9 pm, Uke Jam

For details, see June 12

Admission free.  Snacks available.

 

Monday, June 26,  7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see June 5.

Tuesday, June 27, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see June 6.

 

Friday,  June 30, 7pm  Al Gross

The Bearfoot Baladeeer

Blissfesst Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Al Gross hails from Rogers City.  He has performed at Knabe's Apple Farm, the Nor-East'r Music festival, The NorthWoods Coffee House and Gallery, the Rogers City Theater  and on the streets of Mackinaw City and Alpena.  He hosts the music jam at 40 Mile Point Light House each October and the open mikes at the Sugar Island Music Festival.  He has also been seen and heard at many open mikes, music jams, campfires, taverns and dead end alleys.…

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

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