Red Sky Stage LLC

445 East Mitchell Street

Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: (231)487-0000


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

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!

Thursday - Friday - Saturday  October 18-20  Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat

Join harmonica players and enthusiasts from all over for three exciting days right here at Red Sky Stage in beautiful Petoskey, Michigan for informative harmonica workshops, live performances, jam sessions and much more harmonica FUN!  This  weekend event features entertainment and seminars guaranteed to make you a better and happier harp player. 

Instructor/performers include nationally recognized harmonica all-stars including Madcat Ruth, Todd Parrott,  Ronnie Shellist and Petoskey's own Steve August.  

LIsten to event previews by Madcat and Ronnie.

Beginners and advanced players are all welcome.  

If we are reasonably lucky, the retreat should take place right in the middle of Northern Michigan's breathtaking fall color season.

Early Bird Registration $175 available right now and for a limited time.  The full price will then be $199.  To register or for more details stop by the retreat website,



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August 2018

Wednesday, August 1 and Every Wednesday through August 15th 4-6 pm  Art Walk

Participating galleries, including the Northern Michigan Artists Market, will have special events like artist meet and

greets, artist demos, music, appetizers, friendly conversation, frivolity and, of course, great art!


Thursday, August 2 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 bluesmen.

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




Friday, August 3, 7pm  Kasondra Rose

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Kasondra Rose’s voice is warm like wine in your belly, with notes of dark sweetness and a smooth finish. Originally from Michigan, she ventured to New York to pursue dancing, taking voice lessons on the side from one of New York City’s most prestigious vocal coaches. Those lessons ignited her passion for singing, and she found an outlet for her love of song in the Tampa Bay area’s thriving music scene. 

Kasondra, is a solo acoustic performer. She has been playing live music in Florida for over a decade and recently released her second solo album of original music, Out of Thin Air, after being on the road for the month, all the way up to Petoskey, Michigan and back down playing solo shows.  Kasondra has played in dozens of cities including Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and Nashville. She is currently working on music for my next album.


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.  


Sunday, August 5, 8pm  Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They are back to their highly popular run of monthly performances at Red Sky Stage as 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 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.

Tickets:  $6 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 $10, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.    


Monday, August 6,  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.






Wednesday, August 8, 7pm  Charlie Millard

With the Rivertown Jazz Band

Charlie Millard is a pianist who leads the indie-rock outfit, Charlie Millard Band. He’ll be opening the night and be the featured piano player during the rest of the show. The Rivertown Jazz Band is a group of like-minded musicians dedicated to the performance and preservation of New Orleans style vintage Jazz. Their repertoire ranges from the late 1800’s through the 1940’s. Sharing a passion for this timeless music is what brings them together from all over Northern Michigan. Featuring Doug & Susan Houseworth on trumpet and banjo, Gary Stutzman on Tuba, and, for tonight, Charlie Millard on piano.

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, August 11 7pm  Bob and Susan Fawcett

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Bob and Susan Fawcett return to our stage for an exciting summer concert performance. This father-daughter duo serves up a delicious multi-instrumental gumbo of original and cover tunes spanning musical genres from waltzes to the blues.

Humorous songs like The Virgin Vampire and The Sultan of Psychopharmacology and haunting instrumentals like the Long Hallway Waltz whet the listener’s appetite for more. You will leave the concert with a smile on your face and the sounds of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica lifting your spirits.

Bob and Susan have played together at numerous music festivals, at Boyne Arts Collective and Short’s Brewery along with Jack Elliot. Susan is a member of the Earthwork Music collective and has toured with The Earthwork Women, Breathe Owl Breathe, Airborn or Aquatic, and Michael Beauchamp and the Barn Roughs, and performed at her alma mater, Interlochen Arts Academy. Bob has done solo shows at Charlevoix’s Winterfolk series and Back Porch concerts.

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



Friday, August 16-18,  16th Annual Festival on the Bay

The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to mark your calendar for the 16th Annual Festival on the Bay at the Petoskey waterfront. Every year, visitors enjoy great music inside the Entertainment Tent and a fun Children’s Area all weekend. Other activities include, a Cardboard Boat Race, Waganakasing Bay Day, The BIG Art Show, a Petting Zoo and 








Friday August 24, 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 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.