Red Sky Stage LLC

801 Front Street, Suite C/D

Bay Harbor, MI 49770

Phone: (231)487-0000

Email: marty@redskystage.com

Red Sky Stage is a coffee house style performing arts venue in the Village at Bay Harbor 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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February 2020

Sunday, February 2,  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.

 

 

Thursday, February 7, and  Every Thursday, 7 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 alljazz@chartermi.net.

 

 

 

Saturday February 8,  and the 2nd Saturday of Every Month, 1 - 5  PM  

CBG Minded Michiganders

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, who call themselves CBG Minded Michiganders, 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.  You might want to check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page and the CBG Minded Michiganders https://www.facebook.com/cbgminded/  Facebook page

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, February 8   8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM,  Hell On Heels Presents:

Hearts of Glass

Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone!  The theme of the February 2020 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and   singing  adventure will be Hearts of Glass. 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!!

Tickets:  $10 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $15.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 14, 7:30  Dustin Olson, Country Singer/Songwriter from Nashvilleis 

*****  Unfortunately, this show must be cancelled due to the performer having serious health issues.  We are working to reschedule it  for some time in the future.  *****

Valentines Day Evening Performance

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Originally from a small town in Northern Illinois, Dustin Olson has called Nashville his home ever since 2016. Armed with his own style, a cross between Steve Earle and Eric Church, Dustin has played all over Nashville and has toured nationally as well as locally in Illinois. 

Dustin has played everywhere from clubs and county fairs to major music festivals such as Country Thunder. He has also opened for well known acts like Shooter Jennings, Jo Dee Messina, Lonestar, Jason Michael Carroll and Big Smo.  2019 was big year with new music and new tour locations.  Dustin's next single, Memories We Don't Make, is set to release on March 1st and is a complete change of pace from the fun party songs that made up his debut EP. This new single, inspired by a breakup, shows a softer more fragile side of Dustin. Dustin is planning on releasing at least two more songs by the end of the summer. 

Tickets:  $15 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $20.    

 

Saturday, February 15, 7:30 PM  Jimmy Grant Trio

Traditional and Contemporary Gypsy Jazz

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Native to Northern California, guitarist Jimmy Grant grew up in a household full of rich musical influences including Russian Folk, Balkan, traditional Hungarian, Bluegrass, Celtic and Classical. However, from a young age he gravitated towards the jazz of Django Reinhardt.

The Jimmy Grant Trio also includes guitarist Kaedin Plummer and Andrew Henley playing the upright bass. The trio performs a blend of music from all over the world and Jimmy's own compositions. Their music is primarily in the style of Django Reinhardt, infusing swing era pieces, Hungarian, Balkan and traditional gypsy tunes with the jazz guitar pioneer’s crunchy rhythms and hot harmonies.

Jimmy teaches private students and has been on the faculty of the Django in June Festival in Massachusetts, and also is the artistic director of the Django Reinhardt Association.  Jimmy also writes for Gypsy Jazz Secrets Magazine.

Jimmy has recorded two albums under his own name and performed on several other albums. Jimmy's original song Insomnia was a finalist in the John Lennon songwriting competition (in the jazz category).  

Tickets:  $15 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $20.    

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 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. 

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.

Admission:   $10 at the door.  Includes a dance lesson.

 

 

Saturday, February 29, Doors Open 7 PM, Show Starts 8 PM  

Hip-Hop Concert --   Leap Year Extravaganza

This show  is produced by Dustin Burch and Bayside Creative Studios.  It is a regular Red Sky Stage 

event featuring amazing local Northern Michigan hip-hop  talent.  Performers at this show will include Drebb,  Letter B, Faux, Adams Avenue and Clay Meadows. 

Tickets:  $10 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show.   

March 2020

Sunday, March 1,  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.

 

Wednesday, March 4 and Every Wednesday, 7-8 PM  Anishinaabe Dance Class

Hosted by Roberta Shalifoe, CEO & Artistic Director of the Eagle Spirit Dancers

INTRODUCING A NEW  CLASS THIS MONTH

This beginner dance class will teach you the very unique and exhilarating dance styles from the beautiful culture of the Anishinaabe Tribe also known as Ottawa, Chippewa, and, Odawa People!  The class is fun and will teach basic and more advanced footwork.

This class is for  women and girls who are looking for an introduction to the culture of Anishnabe people, the original and current residents of Petoskey and Northern Michigan.

Students will learn Women's Traditional and Women's Jingle dance styles.  Both of these traditional dances are relatively easy for anyone to learn and master.  They will also learn some of the cultural background of these dance styles.  The native dance experience is energetic and does wonderful things for the dancer's health and fitness as well as for her mental and physical strength.

The instructor, Roberta Shalifoe is an experienced Native dancer and performer.  With her dance troup, Eagle Spirit Dancers, she has performed all over Northern Michigan, including Red Sky Stage,  Blissfest and soon at the Hiawatha Festival in Marquette this summer.  She has performed individually at pow wows virtually her entire life and frequently for the general public for the last three years.

Roberta is eager to share what she has learned with her students so they can experience some of the energy of the Anishinaabe culture.

Class sessions are $10 per person each class.  for more information or to sign up, call 231-487-0000, 231-373-0032 or visit www.redskystage,com.

 

Thursday, March 5, and  Every Thursday, 7 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 alljazz@chartermi.net

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Saturday, March 7,  8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM,  Hell On Heels Presents 90's Drag Revival

Drag Show

Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone!  The theme of the March 2020 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and   singing  adventure will be 90's Drag Revival. 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!!

Tickets:  $10 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $15. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday March 14,  and the 2nd Saturday of Every Month, 1 - 5  PM  

CBG Minded Michiganders

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, who call themselves CBG Minded Michiganders, 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.  You might want to check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page and the CBG Minded Michiganders https://www.facebook.com/cbgminded/  Facebook page

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

Monday, March 23, 7:30 PM, Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. 

Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums.

Tickets:  $15 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $20.  

 

 

Friday, March 27,  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. 

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.

Admission:   $10 at the door.  Includes a dance lesson.

 

 

Monday, March 28, 7:30 PM, Grant Peeples

 A pure storyteller, in the best American folk tradition

We welcome the very talented and politically attuned Grant Peeples for an evening of music, wit and wisdom from one of today's most talented and progressive social commentators. Grant's music, his humor and his thinking are progressive and uncompromising. There are no sacred cows. Grant takes no prisoners when he sees social or political wrongs that must be righted.

Grant Peeples describes himself as a “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.

He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.”

Grant tours coast to coast, and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival.

Tickets:  $15 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $20.