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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April 2018

Sunday, April 1, 7pm  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:  $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.    

 

 

Monday, April 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.

 

 

Wednesday, April 4, 7PM  Aaron Lewis and Escaping Pavement

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Aaron Jonah Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and educator. He has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, including First Place Neotraditional Band in 2008 and 2015, and at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, including First Place Bluegrass Fiddle in 2007, and he has performed at major festivals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Finland.

Lewis has appeared on dozens of recordings from bluegrass and old time to swing jazz, modern experimental and Turkish classical music projects. He has taught workshops at the the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass and is currently based in Detroit.

 

Escaping Pavement  From Detroit to Pasadena, to the high seas and then back to Detroit; it’s only when singer/songwriter duo Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz escaped the neon blitz and car-strewn concrete of the city that they discovered how well their music could bloom when they brought it back to the roots. There is so much life and vitality in the Americana-folk journeys of Escaping Pavement, sprung entirely from an acoustic guitar, a mandolin, and two voices.

With Escaping Pavement, we’re reminded about how vital of an instrument the human voice is and how restorative it can be, as a listener, to get back to the roots, the acoustic timbres and twangs, which we may have forgotten while we were distracted by billboards, nightclubs and Instagram feeds… How wonderful it is, to escape the pavement, and get some dirt, and gravel under your shoes again. Have you escaped the pavement, lately? 

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.     

 

 

 

Thursday, April 5 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, April 6, 7PM, Pine River Jazz Band

Welcome to the opening night of a new monthly tradition at Red Sky Stage -- The Pine River Jazz Band from Charlevoix.  This old time jazz dance band will play live for your dancing pleasure as you wind your way around our large dance floor.

Admission:  Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.

 

Saturday April 7, 7:30 - 10PM Blissfest Saturday Night Community Dance

This community event is a great way to experience an evening of old-time fun with dancing, roots music and good time family entertainment. All dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. No special skills, clothes or shoes required.  The Blissfest Music Organization and Red Sky Stage  present this monthly series as part of our commitment to sharing cultural heritage and providing a great way to socialize like folks used to do.

This month, the band will be Bliss Township Band  and the callers are Cynthia Donahey and Jan Fowler with guests Matt Hohlbein and Monique Cook.

Admission $3/person, $5/couple or $7/family.  Children are welcome.

 

Sunday, April 8, 7 PM  Stefano Barone

Fingerstyle Guitar

Contemporary Italian acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Stefano Barone returns to Northern Michigan and Red Sky Stage.  Stefano has  been invited to the United States to perform at the 2018 Detroit Free Press Film Festival, which will be held at a variety of Detroit venues this April.  Emmy-winning director Brian Kaufman, executive video producer at the Detroit Free Press, has used Barone’s music as a backdrop in his latest documentary, The Wall, which will receive its world premiere at the Freep Film Festival.  

Barone was born in Naples, Italy. He studied piano as a youth and then turned to the acoustic guitar. In 2003 after first listening to the late American composer/guitarist Michael Hedges's striking album Aerial Boundaries, Barone changed his approach to music. He moved to Rome and started studying composition and technique with the renowned Pino Forastiere, who has also performed at Red Sky Stage.  His debut album particolare#uno, immediately gained attention from critical reviewers of the so-called “new acoustic guitar”. His piece from that release Batman /Alexander Supertramp has over 3.5 million views on YouTube.

 Barone will also be introducing his most recent release Alive. His compositions are created with a 6 and 10 string guitar, a multi-track machine along with an intermittent alteration of the guitar fretboard in order to accompany his music with a cello bow. His music has a cinematic quality to it because of such a perfect balance in between acoustic and electronics, Stefano performs live a “continuum” program, where all the songs are mixed one into another.  

We thank the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society for their long and wonderful relationship with Red Sky Stage,  for again bringing Stefano Barone to our stage and for all of all of their help with our unique Northern Michigan series of performances by local and international  fingerstyle guitar artists.

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.     

 

 

Monday, March 12 and 26,  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

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 April 13, 7 PM Roberta Shalifore and Friends

Native American Dance Concert
Roberta Shalifoe (pictured here) is a proud member of the Little River Bands of Ottawa Indians of Manistee Michigan and lives in Petoskey.  She is an experienced Native American dancer and a talented painter with work in the Northern Michigan Artists Market.  Roberta will lead this performance of multiple styles of Native American dance. Roberta, who performs in the Fancy Dance style, and each of the other participating dancers will explain their dance style, regalia, the cultural significance and history of their dance and then perform a dance.

Other performers will include Kara Hunt who will present the adult woman's jingle dress style.  Ava Hunt will dance in the youth girls jingle dress style.  Jo Smith  will sing prayer songs and drum. Leroy Shenoskey will dance in the  men's traditional style.  Raymond Shenoskey Jr. will do a hoop dance. 

Roberta, Raymond and Leroy will end the night with a hand drum song.
 

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, April 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 Michig an'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.

 

 

Friday, April 20, 7 PM  Dolph Live in Concert

With Special Guest Kevin Johnson


Adolph Cwik aka. "Dolph" Started out singing cowboy songs at age 3. Graduated to the Beatles and rock and roll age 14 to the present. He started playing the accordion at age 9. He eventually worked into playing acoustic guitar to accompany songs he has written from life experiences, and with imagination. He acquired bass guitar skills in the early 1970's and enjoys playing in all sorts of bands on the bass. He has never played music exclusively as a career, however at times has earned more playing music than on his day job. 
 

Kevin Johnson has been steadily honing his songwriting and performing skills with the goal of becoming a meaningful part of the vibrant northern Michigan music scene. Drawing on a wealth of musical influences and life experience Kevin’s Americana  songwriting style touches on a wide variety of topics including love, loss and self discovery.

 

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, April 21, 7 PM  Kitty Donohoe

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Michigan Emmy award-winning songwriter Kitty Donohoe was born into a large, creative family outside of Detroit and has been ‘making up’ songs for as long as she can remember. Describing her music as ‘folky, bluesy, Irishy, American, Canadianish’, she draws from her roots to create music that is uniquely her own.  With a love of language, an innate sense of melody, and the soul of a storyteller, she backs herself on piano, guitar and cittern with equal finesse, but she sees these skills as mostly providing the foundation for the music she writes, both songs and instrumentals.

Kitty’s latest CD, The Irishman’s Daughter, combines her original pieces with some traditional music and is getting great reviews.  In 2002 Kitty was awarded an Emmy for her 9/11 song There Are No Words, which led to its use in a film and an appearance at the Pentagon for the dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.

Tickets:  $20 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, April 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.

 

Saturday, April 28, 7 PM  Conrad Gold and Jon Hoagland

Jon Hoaglund started his musical journey at the age of 16, teaching himself to play and sing by listening to the masters of country blues. Jon grew up in the Detroit area and through the years, in addition to honing his musical skills, he also became a luthier. Jon has played in many musical groups in a wide range of styles.

Conrad Gold is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who began playing music as a young adult and, forty years later, is still an avid fan of all forms of roots music.

Jon and Conrad will blend their voices and guitars to bring you an enjoyable evening of folk, blues, country, and roots rock.

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.      

 

 

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May 2018

Thursday, May 3 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,  May 4, 7pm  Áithes

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

“Áithes” means “joy” in Old Irish, and this quartet takes great joy in sharing music with our community! They each come from a unique background of instrumental music, song, and dance.  Their paths crossed due to a shared love of Irish traditional and other Celtic-influenced musical styles. Hannah Harris and Ruby John combine their fiddle backgrounds to form a powerhouse duo, while multi-instrumentalist Stephanie Cope weaves her skills into melodic and harmonic accompaniment for a versatile effect. Dancer and singer, Katie O’Connor, completes the group with her fiery footwork on tunes and wide repertoire of Irish love songs. Come share in their joy!

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, May 5, 7:30 - 10PM Blissfest Saturday Night Community Dance

This community event is a great way to experience an evening of old-time fun with dancing, roots music and good time  family entertainment. All dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. No special skills, clothes or shoes required.  The Blissfest Music Organization and Red Sky Stage  present this monthly series as part of our commitment to sharing cultural heritage and providing a great way to socialize like folks used to do.

This month, the band will be Bliss Township Band  and the callers are Cynthia Donahey and Jan Fowler with guests Matt Hohlbein and Monique Cook.

Admission $3/person, $5/couple or $7/family.  Children are welcome.

 

Sunday, May 6, 7pm  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:  $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.    

 

 

Monday, May 7,  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.

 

 

 

Friday, May 11, 7PM, Pine River Jazz Band

Welcome to our new monthly dance band tradition -- The Pine River Jazz Band from Charlevoix.  This old time jazz dance band will play live for your dancing pleasure as you wind your way around our large dance floor.

Admission:  Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.

 

Saturday, May 12, 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 Michig an'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.

 

Saturday, May 12, 7 PM  Darby O. Bell

An Evening with Darby O. Bell,  American Soul Singer Songwriter

Introducing her Debut Album Away It Falls

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

This concert will be the first place where people can hear the music on Darby O. Bell's debut album, Away It Falls as well as a variety of other great tunes. You will hear American soul, singer-songwriter, jazz, country and other genres during  this variety show with Darby and her friends and family.

Darby O. Bell is an American singer-songwriter, actress and dancer.  She attended The Young Americans College of Performing Arts in Southern California and toured extensively as a part of ten Music Outreach Tours with The Young Americans.  Darby recently returned from a tour taking her from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa to Alaska. She performed all over the world in dinner theaters, historical venues in the United Kingdom, the mountains of northern Japan and the Victoria & Alfred Warterfront in South Africa. Darby has performed with Broadway stars: Rick Hilsabeck and Sarah Pfisterer as well as American singer songwriter Barry Manilow through The Young Americans.

Since leaving The Young Americans Darby found herself on a Northern Michigan farm writing, creating and performing original music.  The result will be revealed here onstage and in her debut album.

Gideon Klein will be joining Darby onstage.  Gideon first started playing bass at the age of six, and picked up the cello at age seven. He began playing music professionally when he was sixteen. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Composition and Theory, Gideon built a name for himself as a touring artist. He recently performed on the Grand Old Opry stage in Nashville.  He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, cello, violin, mandolin, banjo, dobro and pedal steel and singing background vocals

The third member if the team is Darby's mother, Liesl Bell.  She attended Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and has taught private voice and piano for twenty years.  Liesl has composed and arranged the music and lyrics for many productions including Harriett the Musical, which got a positive review from Playbill, and several commissioned works for Premier Arts theatre company  of Elkhart, Indiana.  In addition to singing, Liesl plays piano and keyboards.

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.   

CD’s & Vinyls of Away It Falls will also be available for purchase. 

 

 

 

Monday, May 14 and 28,  7-9 PM  Blissfest Ukes for You Club

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 May 25, 7-10 PM  Black Rose Tour

Hip Hop Dance

If hip hop is your style, this is your night.  We present a talented collection of local hip hop artists including Drebb, Noemad, Markavelli, King Rayn, Blissful, Trouble, Lil Luke and Nick Spencer.  Then be sure to come back on June 8th for another outstanding show as the Black Rose Tour stops at Red Sky Stage  again.

 

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