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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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

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.

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August 2017

Saturday, August 5, 8 pm Summer Vibes

a Hip Hop Show

Yes, Hip Hop is alive and prospering in Downtown Petoskey at Red Sky Stage.   This show features several very talented local hip hop artists including Lil Luke, Drebb, Blohmtreezy, trouble and King Rayn with special performances by Noemad and Braedon The Faded.

Tickets: $6 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. and at www.noemadthedrifter.com  Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $8.

Please note that because Red Sky Stage does not have a liquor license, no alcohol is available for purchase and no alcohol is permitted on the premises.

 

 

Sunday, August 6, 8 pm   Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They are back after their widely acclaimed debut at Red Sky Stage in July for a second performance, the  uniquely Petoskey comedy show. 

Dean Tahtinen and Sally McCoy (from Laugh and Disorder, Petoskey's long standing improv troupe that performed from 2004 through 2009 at the City Park Grill, Blissfest and the Perry Hotel), Julie Stoppel (who taught improv performance to dozens of school kids through her group Acting Up),  Carol Balouse . (one of those kids parents), Mara Klco (creator of the Dread Pirate Improv Troupe with her high school classmates) and  friendly newbie  Aaron Steppe.

Petoskey now officially has its own brand new improv comedy troupe!  Of course it is home grown and home style comedy created just for Petoskey.  And of course, in true Petoskey comic fashion, they call themselves the PIT -- the Petoskey Improv Troupe.

Don't miss the Petoskey Improv Troupe's next performance at Petoskey's perfect place for family friendly comedy,  Red Sky Stage.

 

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, August 7,  6 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, August 7, 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. 

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

 

Tuesday, August 8, 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. 

 

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

 

 

 

Saturday, August 12, 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, August 14,  6-9 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,August 14, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see August 7

Tuesday, August 15, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica

For details, see August 8. 

 

Friday, August 18, 7pm, Rustic Heart

Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Impressive harmonies of voice, instrument and spirit create a feeling of home when they play together. Kelly and Norm are seasoned musicians who have played in many groups and performed as solo singer/instrumentalists. These two Northern Michiganders have now combined their talents to form the duet, Rustic Heart.

Kelly brings her original songs of family and home, along with her interpretations of traditional mountain music. Norm’s deep baritone voice lends itself to country classics and his own original songs. Norm is enjoying learning to accompany Kelly with “mountain modal” tunings on his guitar, while Kelly surprises with turns on her fiddle, harp, banjo and a variety of other instruments.

Tickets:  $15 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $20, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5  

 

Monday, August 21, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see August 7

Tuesday,August 22, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica

For details, see August 8

 

Friday, August 25, 7:30-10:30 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 19 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.

Thank you to the Blissfest Music Organization for its generous and continuing support of the Up North Big Band.

Admission:  Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.

 

Monday, August 28,  6-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

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

For details, see August 14

Admission free.  Snacks available.

 

Monday, August 28,  7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see August 7.

Tuesday, August 29, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see August 8.

 

September 2017

Saturday, September 2,  8 pm Still Vibe'n

a Northern Michigan Hip Hop Show

Yes, Hip Hop is alive and prospering in Downtown Petoskey at Red Sky Stage.   This show features several very talented local hip hop artists including Lil Luke, Drebb, Blohmtreezy and King Rayn with special performances by Noemad and Braedon The Faded.

Tickets: $6 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. and at www.noemadthedrifter.com  Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $8.  

Please note that because Red Sky Stage does not have a liquor license, no alcohol is available for purchase and no alcohol is permitted on the premises.

 

Monday, September 4,  6 pm  Petoskey Poets

Join our very supportive poetry reading group, hosted and organized by  Dar Charlebois on the first  Monday of every month.  Dar is out of town so Charlie Brice has agreed to host this 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, September 4, 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. 

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

 

Tuesday, Tuesday, September 5, 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. 

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

 

Friday, September 8, 7:30 pm  Ernie Mindel

Concert to Benefit  Access For Everyone 

To Support the Disability Network of Northern Michigan

and its work to make all Northern Michigan beaches accessible

Folk and Country singer and prolific songwriter Ernie Mindel performs frequently in Northern Michigan. Ernie brings a mix of original tunes and cover songs that are sure to please.  He has a comfortable, relaxed guitar style and  an outstanding, comfortable singing voice.  Mindel learned to sing and play guitar while traveling and performing all over the United States.  Ernie is a outstanding story teller who draws on his encyclopedic, first-hand knowledge of country music and the ways of just plain folk everywhere.  He has released a virtual library of CD's.

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 

 

 

Saturday, September 9, 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.

 

Sunday, September 10, 8 pm   Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They have done two great shows and for some reason they keep coming back! If you have not seen them yet, don't miss this  uniquely Petoskey, family friendly comedy show. 

Dean Tahtinen and Sally McCoy (from Laugh and Disorder, Petoskey's long standing improv troupe that performed from 2004 through 2009 at the City Park Grill, Blissfest and the Perry Hotel), Julie Stoppel (who taught improv performance to dozens of school kids through her group Acting Up),  Carol Balouse . (one of those kids parents), Mara Klco (creator of the Dread Pirate Improv Troupe with her high school classmates) and  friendly newbie  Aaron Steppe.

Petoskey now officially has its own brand new improv comedy troupe!  Of course it is home grown and home style comedy created just for Petoskey.  And of course, in true Petoskey comic fashion, they call themselves the PIT -- the Petoskey Improv Troupe.

Don't miss the Petoskey Improv Troupe's next performance at Petoskey's perfect place for family friendly comedy, Red Sky Stage.

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,September 11, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see September 4

Tuesday, September 12, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica

For details, see September 5. 

 

Saturday, September 16, 7:30  Steel  and Wood

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Climb aboard the Red Sky Stage freight train and head south for some first class Northern Michigan Bluegrass.  Steel and Wood is a repeat visitor to our stage and long time favorite of our audience.  The band features these well known and accomplished Petoskey area musicians:

John Neiswander -- John is a student of roots and folk music.  He is well acquainted with the artists, styles, history and back stories of American music.  He sings and plays lead guitar.
Irene Kazmers -- Irene sings and is Northern Michigan's premier fiddle player. In addition to playing mean and tuneful bluegrass, as she does with Steel and Wood, she is more than comfortable with a vast assortment of Irish, Bavarian and American folk and blues styles.  She also is a standout violin and guitar player.
Bruce Walker  -- Bruce plays mandolin with Steel and Wood.
John Hussey --John is Steel and Wood's  bass man. He is also a very accomplished banjo player

Steel and Wood plays hard drivin' bluegrass and other friendly frequencies from the Southland of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.  Theirs is the sound of the Appalachian Mountains blended with the parallel harmonies that make up the high lonesome sound.

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,September 18, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see September 4

Tuesday, September 19, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica

For details, see September 5. 

 

Monday,September 25, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see September 4

Tuesday, September 25, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica

For details, see September 5. 

 

Friday, September 29, 7:30-10:30 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 19 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.

Thank you to the Blissfest Music Organization for its generous and continuing support of the Up North Big Band.

Admission:  Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.

 

 

 

 

Saturday September 30 , 7:30-9:30 PM PETOSKEY POETRY PALOOZA!!!

Petoskey poets Charlie Brice, Judy Brice, and  Dar Charlebois will join Central Michigan University poets Robert Fanning and Jeffrey Bean in a poetry reading extravaganza. They will read their new poems and poems from their recently published poetry collections.

Charlie Brice is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (WordTech Editions, 2017).

 

 

Judy Brice is the author of Renditions in a Pallet (Robert David Books, 2013).

 

 

Dar Charlebois is the Director of the Petoskey Poets.

 

 

Robert Fanning’s newest collection is Our Sudden Museum (Dufour Editions, 2017).

 

 

Jeffrey Bean is the author of the award winning collection Woman Putting on Pearls (Red Mountain Press, 2016).

 

 

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

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