Schedule of Coming Events
We are moving into our new location in Bay Harbor and will reopen as soon as possible with all the exciting performances, concerts in a wide variety of musical styles, plays, poetry, benefit concerts, more jam sessions, recovery groups, and much more! Thank you to all the performers and audience members for your support and enthusiasm over the last six years as we look forward to new adventures.
On to the future!
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Thursday, June 20 and Every Thursday, 7-10 pm 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 beginners to legendary bluesfolk..
Cost for six sessions, $145. For more information or to register, call Steve August at 231-838-6419. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 22, 7 PM, Grand Opening Concert to Benefit Red Sky Stage
For our first concert in our new home, we present an outstanding collection of local Northern Michigan musicians and groups that will each play a few of their favorite numbers to welcome all of you to our new home.
The lineup includes Irene Kazmers, Steve August, Ann Wakenhut, Bob Fawcett, Betty Palm, Anette Cyr, Dwain Martin, Kevin Johnson, Bruce Walker, Loinda Hammand, John Neiswander and more!
They have each generously donated their time for this inaugural show to help Red Sky Stage get off to a strong new start. Please join us for what is sure to be an entertaining and inspiring evening.
Sunday, June 23 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.
Friday, June 28, 8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM, Hell On Heels Presents Drag's A Beach
Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone! The theme of the June 2019 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and singing adventure is Hell's a Beach. 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!!
Saturday, June 29, 7 PM, Stefano Barone
Italy's Stefano Barone is one of the most creative and interesting contemporary acoustic guitarist/composers performing today. Barone's music has evolved from his internationally acclaimed contemporary acoustic guitar CD 'Particulareuno' in 2008 to his minimalist musical explorations created from the inspirations of Philip Glass and Steve Reich.
Barone has masterful guitar technique and performs with six and 10 stringed guitars. His extraordinary control of the electronic effects and devices that he has incorporated into of his creations allows him to create remarkable orchestration and harmony. Barone also incorporates a fret adaptive device to allow his 6 stringed guitar to be played like a cello.
Stefano Barone is a composer, guitarist, producer, video artist, music teacher from Italy. He is considered by the critics as one of the most creative and interesting contemporary acoustic guitarist composers of our time. Born in Naples, Italy he started playing music when he was very young. He studied piano at first but picked up the guitar quickly and did not let it go. From blues to pop to rock, he went through different musical experiences until he moved to Rome in 2001 and decided to dedicate himself fully to solo acoustic guitar.
When he first listened to the late American composer/guitarist Michael Hedges's groundbreaking album 'Aerial Boundaries' in 2003, Barone began studying modern acoustic guitar techniques and composition with the pre-eminent guitarist in Italy, Pino Forastière. Barone’s music evolved and he embraced contemporary music in general, in particular American minimalism composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
With his debut album particolare#uno (Candyrat Records, 2009), Stefano Barone immediately gained the attention of both of the critics and the public. His composition, Batman/Alexander Supertramp has earned over 3.6 million views on YouTube alone and combined with his other pieces, over 6 million views! Directors and film maker have come to appreciate the cinematic quality of Stefano’s music so much that his compositions have been featured on various documentaries, dance shows, animation movies and it been picked as a testimonial song by the International Association “World Centers of Compassion for Children” founded by the Dalai Lama.
Stefano is also a music teacher, director and founder of the Istituto Massimo Guitar Orchestra (20 elements guitar ensemble) in Rome. He has performed throughout Italy, United States and Canada with several tours of Germany, Portugal, Panama, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, the UK and in Japan.