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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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 and Todd, Madcat and Steve.

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, greatlakesharmonica.com

 

 

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September 2018

Monday, September 3,  6 pm  Petoskey Poets

with Dar Charlebois

NO PETOSKEY POETS THIS MONTH  --  HAVE A GREAT LABOR DAY!

Petoskey Poets resumes next month on Monday, October 1

 

Thursday, September 6 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 alljazz@chartermi.net.

 

 

 

Friday, September 7, 7pm  Blair Miller

Delta Blues

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Notice:  Concert CANCELED  Sorry

 

Saturday September 8, 1 - 5  PM  Cigar Box Nation

Cigar  Box Nation is a country-wide movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain folks with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  A few local citizens of CB Nation get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music the 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. (No passport required!) 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.  You might want to check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, September 8, 7-10 PM  Summer Vibes II

Local Hip-Hop Musicians

A live concert of hip-hop music performances by accomplished local artists, featuring Drebb, Noemad, Blissful, Moe Staxx, Big Sharp, Marcodetc, Sky Diamond and more.  Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8. 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Saturday, September 15, 7-9 PM  Petoskey Poetry Palooza II

A Poetry Reading Extravaganza!

In Partnership with the Petoskey District Library.  Thank you.

Petoskey District Library and Red Sky Stage are pleased to present a second  annual poetry reading extravaganza! Join poets Charlie BriceJudy BriceDar CharleboisMonica Rico, and Larry Koehler as they read new poems and poems from their recently published poetry collections. 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Friday, September 21, 7-9 PM  Il Neige and Erin

Chicago Synth Pop


Il Neige is a Chicago-based synth pop musician.  She uses a keyboard and a loop pedal to create atmospheric music and sounds, adding beats and her ethereal vocals to create textures and spaces that draw listeners into a place of contemplation.  Daughter of a music professor, grand-daughter of gospel-quartet singing grandparents, Il Neige has always expressed herself through song. Winter winds, snowflakes and cool, clear January nights provide ample inspiration for this Saskatchewan-born songwriter as she walks the line between heartache and hope.

Erin is a keyboard based pop musician.  With a clear heart and an open mind, Erin. is on a new journey to share her story through music. Her thoughtful artistry and whimsical spirit fills listeners with raw emotion and excitement for the next song. Erin's sound is delicate, bright, and modern. Fresh writing with contagious inspiration has found a new voice; her name is Erin.

 

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, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.    

 

 

 

Saturday, September 22, 7 PM  Jim Stout Band

Folk, Bluegrass, Classic Country and Classic Rock

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

 Since its inception in 2006, the Jim Stout Band has become a fan favorite in the lower Michigan music scene. The band stays active playing concerts, clubs and private events.

The Jim Stout Band can be counted on to provide entertainment that satisfies everyone, with music that crosses genres from bluegrass to country and rock to folk, with an emphasis on vocal harmonies.

Multi-instrumentalist Jim Stout and bassist Peter Fair first performed together in 1977 and continued to join forces professionally throughout the years.   After the release of two self-produced CDs - Waitin' on the Thunder and Then … and Again, Jim had the desire to share the music he had recorded via live performances. With the addition of his wife Laurie Stout on vocals and guitar the Jim Stout Band was born.  

 

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, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.     

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 23, 7 PM  Johnny Irion

Americana Blues, Gospel, Folk and Country

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

 
Johnny Irion is a rocker in and out of time. There’s something kind of timeless in the way he wrings out the sweetest melodies and deeper passions of both ‘60s Californian rock and Guthrie-era folk, and something so timely about the way he does it – there’s a reason Bernie Sanders asked him to sing at a rally in his sometimes-home of Santa Barbara.



Irion has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting artists across the folk-rock spectrum, from his uncannily Young-Nilsson-esque voice to his melodic and lyrical mettle.

Johnny Irion, whose family tree includes John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie. has just wrapped up a solo record, Driving Friend. 

The record  ranges across a wide expanse of roots genres, from blues and gospel to folk and country. Everything about it feels authentically crafted, a carving out of raw, lived American experience. 

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, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.    

 

Friday, September 28,  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.

 

 

October 2018

Monday, October 1,  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.

 

Thursday,October 4 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 alljazz@chartermi.net.

 

Friday, October 5, 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 Normare 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:  $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, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.  

 

Saturday, October 6, 8 PM     Hell On Heels

Drag Show  You must be 18+

Hell on Heels is a lip syncing, dancing, and singing adventure. It 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!!

 

Join your hostess Mercedes Benz-Over with Kelly Ann Jefferies and a few very special guests.  

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW, SEATING IS LIMITED!!!

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 8 and the 1st and 3rd Monday of Every Month  Ukes for You

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.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm  Steel and Wood

Petoskey's Greatest Bluegrass Band  

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. 

Steel & Wood is John Neiswander on lead guitar and banjo, Irene Kazmers on fiddle and guitar, Bruce Walker on mandolin and John Hussey on bass.  Each of them is a talented musician but when they play together the magic is contagious.

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 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, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.  

 

 

Saturday October 13, 1 - 5  PM  Cigar Box Nation

​Cigar  Box Nation is a country-wide movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain folks  with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  A few local citizens of CB Nation get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music the 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.  You might want to check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, October 13, 7pm  Great North Songwriters Festival

It will take all of Downtown Petoskey to host this celebration of the outstanding singer/songwriters of Northern Michigan.  The feature location of the event will be Red Sky Stage.  We will present performances all afternoon and evening by a collection of the best singer/songwriters from this music crazy region. 

However, this day will be bigger than any one venue can contain.  Simultaneous free performances will take place in the afternoon all over Downtown Petoskey at a selection of top Petoskey hotspots including Beards Brewery and City Park Grill from 12 to 5pm.  While at any (or all) of these venues, grab a ticket for the great evening Red Sky Stage concert.

Thanks to Kevin Johnson for conceiving and producing this amazing event!

 

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

The Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat premiers at Red Sky Stage October 18-20, 2018.  This three day weekend event features entertainment and seminars guaranteed to make you a better and happier harp player.  Instructor/performers include nationally recognized harmonica all-stars Madcat Ruth (pictured left), Todd Parrott , Ronnie Shellist, Greg Heumann and Petoskey's own Steve August

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!  

Representatives of leading national vendors will be on hand to demonstrate their products and answer your questions.

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.

Registration is $199.  To register or for more details stop by the retreat websiteReserve your space now.  

 

Thursday, October 25, 7:30 PM  Alan Gerber

Presented by the Blissfest Music Organization

Blissfest is taking over our stage for the night to present this wonderful concert.

Where energy, intellect and an unbridled passion for life intersect, there you’ll find the music of Alan Gerber. Possessing a rock ‘n roll swagger born from years in the musical trenches tempered by a soulful poet’s heart, Gerber has won a devoted legion of fans drawn to his cleverly crafted lyrics and engaging live performances.
   Alan Gerber was a founding member of Elektra Records recording group, "Rhinoceros". A multi-instrumentalist: Piano, guitars (acoustic and electric slide), fiddle, button accordion, vocalist and composer. Appeared with Bob Dylan, BB King, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and many others.

Four Riders, a song from Alan's new CD, Somewhere In Between, has been chosen by Steve Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen's guitarist) as Coolest Song In The World. 

Alan Gerber  now lives in Canada where he put down roots while continuing to write, record and tour throughout the world.
 

Ticket information and other details available here soon.

 

 Friday, October 26,  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.

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.