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 on Saturday, November 4!

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.

*  There are some irregularities in the schedule so be sure to check the individual monthly listings. 

Admission: Adults $10, Students $5.

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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 will be out of town so there is no Petoskey Poets this month.  She promises she will be writing though so keep writing and join us the first Monday in October.

 

Also, don't miss the PETOSKEY POETRY PALOOZA, Saturday September 30 , 7:30-9:30 PM.  See details below.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 5, 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. 

 

Friday, September 8, 7:30 pm Wyatt and Shari Knapp

Americana Folk Vocal and Acoustic Guitar Duo

To support the Disability Network of Northern Michigan

and its work to make all Northern Michigan beaches accessible

Known for their sparkling vocals and lush harmonies, this personable and engaging husband-wife duo has warmed the hearts of audiences throughout Michigan and beyond.  While remaining true to their traditional and Americana roots, their music reaches into genres as rich and diverse as bluesy folk, “high lonesome” bluegrass, and timeless classics of the 1940’s. 

Shari’s rhythm guitar provides a pleasing foundation for Wyatt’s finger-style and flat-picking guitar leads, as the two serve up fresh arrangements of obscure covers, time-tested favorites and original tunes for audiences of all ages.  Wyatt & Shari have been chosen by The Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to be included in the prestigious Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Directory.

"Wyatt and Shari's chemistry and connection, in addition to their solid musicianship, makes for a fun and entertaining experience, and as a result they are well received by their audiences."  - Petoskey News-Review 

​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.     

 

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 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 5

 

Friday, September 22, 7 pm  Steve August

Concert and Harmonica Workshop

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Steve August started his musical career early in his teens playing electric bass in Rock Bands with high school buddies.  He is now an accomplished a blues harmonica player, jazz pianist, composer and arranger and author.  He resides in beautiful Northern Michigan.  He has performed in the area for over twenty years in clubs, resorts and  concert venues. He performs often in a solo as well as a group setting.  He has achieved a Master of Music degree in Jazz studies from Western Michigan University on piano.

Steve is a very active teacher and educator. His studio schedule is full with many aspiring pianists, musicians and those seeking greater musical understanding of the inner workings of music making.  He is the instructor for Red Sky Stage's very popular Fun Blues Harmonica class.

For Friday's concert, Steve's program will include many blues harmonica pieces in the style of Little Walter, Big Walter and other harmonica heroes as well as a variety of piano pieces ranging from Boogie Woogie to Jazz Stylings. 

Following the concert, Steve will present a blues harmonica workshop where he will present various harmonica techniques and insights that will help your overall playing and your appreciation of the power and flexibility of the harp.  If you play, please bring your harps and your questions with you.

 

Tickets for concert including workshop:  $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 25, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

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!!!

A Poetry Reading Extravaganza!

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.

This program is presented in partnership with the Petoskey District Library.  Thank you.

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

 

 

 

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October 2017

Sunday, October 1, 7 pm   Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They are back to continue 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:  $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, October 2,  6 pm  Petoskey Poets

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.  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, October 2, 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 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, October 6, 7:30 pm  Spectrum Rising

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Spectrum Rising is a Detroit based, Mississippi influenced, Northern Michigan rooted, blues, rock 'n roll, classic country band that plays some of the best music from the greatest era of American music -- the 50's thru the 80's.

The band features a talented collection of musicians:

Cal Manis  --  vocals, rhythm and lead guitar

Robert Benjimin  --  vocals and bass

John A. Neiswander --  vocals, rhythm and lead guitar

Danny Pfifer  --  percussion and drums

Note:  Photo does not accurately reflect all current band members.

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,October 9, 7-10 pm  Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see October 2

 

Friday, October 13, 7pm  Kelly Shively and AnnMarie Rowland

Blissfesst Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Kelly Shively and AnnMarie Rowland – have been friends ever since the first time they sang Kate Wolf’s Across the Great Divide together at a festival jam session twenty-five years ago. Separately, they are well-traveled with their music in various duos and as soloists. But they’ve mostly kept the magic that happens when they sing together confined to their own living rooms. But magic it is, and you can hear it at Red Sky Stage. Kelly is a multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey.  AnnMarie and her guitar live in Coldwater.  Kelly and AnnMarie write and sing about the things they know; love, loss, family, friendship, home, and dirt. And they still sing Across the Great Divide to remind them of where they started.

Kelly Shively grew up on the family farm. Her musical interest was sparked by a father who sang nonsensical songs daily, a grandma who roped her into the church choir, and piano lessons begun at the age of nine. She sings the songs of her heart, written about and centering on her family and faith. She strives to be the voice of hope, healing, and encouragement to those who come to hear her. She has been part of several duets through the years and is currently part of the roots music duet, Rustic Heart, with Norm Hausler. Kelly plays harp, fiddle, banjola and banjo.

AnnMarie Rowland has a Michigan mitten tattooed on her heart.  She knew from the first time she picked up a fat, red, wooden pencil in kindergarten and drew some letters that made a word, that magic happened when she strung a whole lot of those words together.  Her Dad handed her a yard-sale guitar when she was eleven years old. She loved to sing and was comfortable with her new friend within days.  AnnMarie's songs gravitate towards the simple life of community and friends, tradition and constancy, love and companionship, loss and reflection. Whether it's an original song about the old family piano  up on the auction block, or something borrowed from the great canon of musical Americana, her voice resonates with the strength and insight of someone who has lived both glory and sorrow, and has reflected, prevailed and gained. 

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, October 14, 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,October 16, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see October 2

 

Monday,October 23, 7-10 pm  Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see October 2

 

Friday, October 27, 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.

 


October 28, 10 am - Noon  Downtown Petoskey Parade and Trick or Treat

Be ye pumpkin, princess, or pirate with superpowers, join us on Saturday, October 28th at Central Elementary School at 9:45 a.m. and be ready to walk the plank down Howard Street to Pennsylvania Park in Downtown Petoskey! The Costume Parade starts at 10 a.m.

Trick or Treat your way through Downtown Petoskey from 10 a.m. to Noon! Visit our Downtown Stores (like the Northern Michigan Artists Market) that display the Trick or Treat poster on their door for great treats & treasures. 

It’s ‘arrr wish to see ye mateys Downtown on October 28th!

 

 

Monday,October 30, 7-10 pm  Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see October 2 

 

Tuesday, October 31  Halloween

 

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