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 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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October 2019

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 3-5  Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat

For three days, Petoskey, Michigan will be the center of the harmonica world with seminars for all levels of players and a chance to meet, learn from and play with some of the best harp players in the country.  Hosted by our own Steve August, most of the retreat will take place at the Odawa Hotel but every evening the action moves a few miles west to Red Sky Stage for a world class harmonica concert each night featuring the incredible faculty from the retreat.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:   

At the end of each concert, retreat participants and audience members will have a chance to show off their harp chops by jamming with the blues band.

Thursday, October 3, 7-10 PM

Gary Green --  Growing up in New Hampshire, Gary Green took up the harmonica in high school and was soon playing 20 nights a month around New England. “You learn your instrument quickly when you have to be so focused,” he says. He moved to Virginia in the early 1980s, and has since made it home.

Gary Green was a winner at the 1987 Hohner National Harmonica Championships and The 1987 World Harmonica Championships Isle of Jersey (GB).

 

 

 

Friday, October 4, 7-10 PM

Peter Madcat Ruth --  Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn't just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world.  Madcat's repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music. 

Madcat tours with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, and The Big Joe Manfra Blues Band, as well as doing solo performances.

 

 

 

Hank Shreve --  He began playing harmonica at the age of 8 and has established himself as a major harmonica talent on the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest.  Hank has shared the stage with  Merle Haggard, Marcia Ball, Magic Dick, Lee Oskar, The Fabulous Thunderbirds,  and many other well-known national and international acts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 5, 7:30-10 PM

Sandy Weltman -- While at home in the jazz realm, Sandy is equally skilled in blues, Celtic, Klezmer, Latin and much more. He learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard "Flecktone" Levy. He has since gained international recognition in the World Harmonica Competitions. Sandy has won numerous awards and is equally skilled on the banjo and ukulele.  Sandy currently performs his unique style of harmonica jazz in a duo, trio, & quartet setting.  

 Sandy has performed with: Howard Levy, Brewer & Shipley, Bela Fleck, Bluegrass.

 

 

 

Todd Parrott -- Todd has been playing harmonica for 28 years, and has been blessed to perform and record with several artists.  Growing up on the church pew in NC, he was exposed to lively music at a young age, and it wasn't long until he picked up his first instrument... the harmonica. 

Today, Todd's soulful, gospel harmonica can be heard in churches and other events across the nation, as well as on many studio recordings.  He's a regular teacher and performer at the annual Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) convention, and at many other harmonica workshops in the USA. 

 

 

 

 

Tickets: Admission is included in the registration for Retreat attendees.  For others, admission for each night  $20 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of each show for $25  

 

Sunday, October 6 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, October 9, 7:30 PM Reverend Justin Hylton

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Out of Atlanta but truly calling the road his home, Reverend Hylton is touring  the nation with his songs of relatable tales of life experiences.   Heartbreak, addiction and traveling are the substance of his melodic musical, lyrical and vocal writings.   From the stage to the crowd, a real performance is heard.  Real words from real experiences make for an authentic time shared by both The Reverend and the crowd.
 
Reverend Hylton is now out touring in his van living the Vanlife.  Playing 200 shows a year all over the country.   He is hitting as many towns and meeting as many folks as he can.  Come out and listen to the stories, new and old.

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 available at the door the night of the show for $20  

 

 

Friday, October 11, 7:30 PM  Hannah Harris and John Warstler

Living the Irish Tradition as told by a Fiddle and Guitar

Hannah Harris and John Warstler are a local fiddle//guitar duo that specialize in Irish traditional music. This genre of music is generally passed down orally from one generation to another, creating a living and growing tradition through the ages. Join them as they share tunes, stories and memories from their favorite instructors in the Irish tradition.  You'll be toe-tapping along by the end of the first set! 

 

 

 

 

 

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 available at the door the night of the show for $20  

 

 

Saturday October 12, 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.

 

Sunday, October 13, 7 PM  A Tribute to the Music of John Prine

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Join northern Michigan singer/songwriters Kevin Johnson and Kirby, with special guests Sean Miller and Claire Bates, as they share some of their favorite music from one of America’s best ever song writers, Mr John Prine. 

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 available at the door the night of the show for $20  

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 14 and the 2nd and 4th 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.  If you have a soprano or baritone ukulele, please bring it with you.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

 

Friday, October  25,  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:  Adults $10 at the door.

 

 

Saturday, October 26, 2 PM  The Beatles Forever

The Beatles Forever is a fun, sing-a-long, show featuring  songs by The Beatles performed by a live band and the funny short story by M.L. Liebler of growing up with the Beatles from the early 60’s until they first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Come have a laugh, sing some old favorites and party with The Beatles Forever Show.

M.L. Liebler performed an earlier version of this all-ages show a while ago at Red Sky Stage to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.  We now bring him back with a brand new version with even more great Beatles songs.  This all new show of Beatles Forever starring M. L. Liebler, Max Beardsley, Rick Beardsley, Lou D Lou, and Brian Dean, with Beatle Bob Koski on films and as  Ed Sullivan, plus 30 Beatles sing-along-songs performed live with film.

M. L. Liebler is a internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer.  He is the author of 16 books including the Award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream (Wayne State University Press 2008). Liebler has been teaching classes and study abroad classes on The Beatles since  1999 at Wayne State.

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 available at the door the day of the show for $20  

November 2019

Additional details and ticket info for November events will be added as they become available.

 

Friday, November 1, 7:30 PM  Steel and Wood

Bluegrass

Steel & Wood, a traditional bluegrass band from Petoskey, offers an upbeat, heartfelt string and vocal harmony-based repertoire spanning the works of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley and others. Steel & Wood harkens back to American railroad culture and enduring musical traditions rooted in Southern Appalachia. Band members, John A Neiswander – guitar, Irene Kazmers – fiddle, Bruce Walker – mandolin and John Hussey – upright bass, look forward to sharing the songs they love!

 

Their CD, “Along the Track” was released in 2018, comprised of 16 first take recordings –

"...So credit Steel & Wood with conveying these songs with the authenticity and awareness that make for essential elements in this rootsy regimen. "Along the Track" is a textbook lesson in both credence and conviction."   -  Lee Zimmerman, Bluegrass Today


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 available at the door the night of the show for $20.   

 

 

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 PM  Songwriters in the Round

Three Northern Michigan singer-songwriters will present a special evening at Red Sky Stage filled with their songs and stories.  The night will feature Eliza Thorp, Lara Fullford and Sean Miller in an in the round style performance. Each musician will take their turn playing original songs and sharing the stories behind them for an intimate evening.

Eliza Thorp is a Berklee College of Music graduate who most recently released her debut album Queen of the Sea, filled with six original songs accompanied by Max Lockwood on bass guitar and Jordan Hamilton on strings.  Local Spins says “…Thorp’s debut is just such a collection, unfolding subtly and brilliantly, with gorgeous, thought-provoking lyrics that reflect her northern Michigan upbringing in Petoskey.”

Lara Fullford, who has been called the Songstress of the Inland Waterways by the Blissfest Music Organization, has years and years of singing her songs to crowds across Northern Michigan.  She has recently been taking on another project with her band, The River Dogs, who take their originals and Americana and folk infused covers across the region to festivals and venues.

Sean Miller, who  frequentl performs with his band The Real Ingredients, has a budding solo career with his solo debut album on the way.  Most recently Miller opened the Traverse City Film Festival, played Blissfest, Farmfest, the Ionia Hippie Fest and other venues across Michigan.He also performed in a private showcase during Folk Alliance Regional Midwest and i toured through Ohio


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 available at the door the night of the show for $20.   

 

 

 

Saturday, November 9, 7:30 PM  Jen Sygit   

Lansing, MI based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jen Sygit has released four solo albums with her latest record “It’s About Time” newly released in Oct. 2018. Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, always with a raw honesty  It’s About Time is a sonic journey through the landscape of Americana music.  The album reveals a depth and maturity to Sygit’s ability as both songwriter and performer.

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 available at the door the night of the show for $20.   

 

 

Monday,November 11 and the 2nd and 4th 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.  If you have a soprano or baritone ukulele, please bring it with you.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

 

 

Friday, November 15, 7-9 PM Rivertown Jazz Band

Dixieland is what most people call this music. It is also called “Hot Jazz”, and “Traditional Jazz”. Regardless of what you call it, you will know it when you feel it. This performance will include a full seven piece band with Paul Ferris on keyboard/vocals, Bill Bramer on clarinet/vocals, Eric Shea on percussion/vocals, Ken Stewart on Trombone/string bass/vocals, Susan Houseworth on banjo/vocals, and Doug Houseworth on trumpet/vocals.

This highly entertaining, professional group brings a lot of excitement to each performance. We all feel most fortunate to have found each other, and love what we do. We hope that you to too. See attachment for band bios. Each player brings much to the table.

 

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 available at the door the night of the show for $20.   

 

 

 

Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM  Angela Predhomme

Singer Songwriter

​With a laid back, soulful style, singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme expresses emotion with honesty and passion. . Angela’s first instrument was the piano, and she later took up classical voice and the acoustic guitar. Early on, she was influenced by the music her family listened to, which included everything from 1950’s R & B to the popular music of the time.

Growing up in the Detroit area where Motown music invokes a special pride, Angela was exposed to the great work of artists like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. 

She has a knack for writing catchy melodies and lyrics that touch your heart, and sings with bluesy overtones that hint of her roots in Detroit. Predhomme’s songs have been heard by millions through television, film, and various listening channels. Credits include the popular Hallmark movie “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane,” Lifetime’s hit show “Dance Moms,” Freeform’s “Switched at Birth,” TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and closing credit placement in the film A Wedding Most Strange, among others. 

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 available at the door the night of the show for $20.   

 

 

Friday, November 22,  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.

Admission:   $10 at the door.  

 

 

Saturday, November 23, Doors Open 7:30 PM, Show Starts 8 PM  The Smoked Out Show      Hip-Hop Concert

This show features amazing local Northern Michigan hip-hop  talent.  Tonight's headliner will be Lawson.  This show features amazing local Northern Michigan hip-hop  talent.  Tonight's headliner will be Lawson.   Joining him are Drebb, Letter B, Clay Mathews SASRJ,  M-Five, Markavelli and Blissful. 

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.