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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Monthly Events

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

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 

Blissfest Ukes for You Club

7-9 pm, Uke Jam

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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November 2017

Friday November 3, 7pm Airstream

Rockabilly Band Concert and Dance

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Airstream is an upbeat and fun loving Rockabilly band from Northeast Michigan. It is made up of seasoned musicians who have played rock, country and blues in bands through the years.

Dennis Szatkowski -- Lead vocals and guitar

Debra Chapman -- upright bass, mandolin and vocals

Jim Miller -- drums and vocals

Chris  Bontos.-- guitar

There will be plenty of room to dance as Airstream busts loose with some upbeat, toe tapping, finger snapping, good time Rockabilly music as they go back to their roots, honoring the greatest rockabilly artists from Carl Perkins, Elvis, Edie Cochran and others.  Airstream brings back some of that great music from the 50's and 60's, respectfully recreating the excitement of those eras.

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 November 4, 7:30 - 10PM Blissfest Country Dance

This month, we welcome back the Country Dance Series  as it resumes its monthly fall-winter-spring schedule.  The Country Dance is a great way to experience an evening of old-time fun with square dancing, roots music and good time family entertainment. All dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. 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 TBA and the callers will be TBA

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

 

Sunday, November 5, 7pm  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 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, November 6,  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, November 6 and every Monday, 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. 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday November 7  ELECTION DAY

 

 

Wednesday November 8 7 pm Songwriter's Showcase

Benefit to support Blissfest Lamb's Retreat Scholarship Program

The 23rd annual Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters is taking place November 2-12, 2017. The retreat is held at Birchwood Inn north of Harbor Springs and features workshops, performances, showcasing and song swaps.  Each participant gets a songwriting assignment and writes and performs their song during the weekend.  Obviously, this event brings some of the best songwriters and aspiring songwriters right into our neighborhood.

We are taking advantage of this year's retreat to schedule a songwriter showcase right between the two weekends and bring together a collection of great songwriters from the Retreat to perform on our stage.  Not only that but the performers have agreed to donate their portion of the proceeds from the showcase to the Blissfest Lamb’s Retreat Scholarship Program.

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage aspiring songwriters by providing financial assistance to enable youth and adults the opportunity to participate in the Lamb’s Retreat experience.

Come to the concert and enjoy some greats songs sung by some of the best songwriters around and help support great songwriting by helping out the Blissfest Lamb’s Retreat Scholarship Program. 

Presented by the Artists-in-Residence of Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters.  Thanks to Bruce Smith for organizing this event.

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.     

 

Friday November 10 7:30 pm  Robin Lee Berry

Concert and Album Release Party

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series
This Northern Michigan band includes Robin Lee Berry (guitar and vocals), Glenn Wolff (bass), Chris Michels. David Goodwin (drums/percussion), Steve Carey & Bill Fromm.

The band will be celebrating the release of a brand new album, Weave Me a Parachute currently in the final production stages. (Tentative cover art on left.)  They will perform numbers from the new release as well as their other favorites.  Copies of the new cd will be available.

This will be a fun night for the band and all who attend.

Robin Lee Berry, is both eclectic songwriter and accomplished guitar player.  She, is notably hard to pigeonhole, with  roots in folk and jazz.  Her music pays homage with passionate, contemplative, intuitive life energy to humanness, to love and the evolution of thought.
Glenn Wolff has been performing and recording with Robin for many years and has recently added slide guitar and dobro to their duo performances. He is also an accomplished visual artist and book illustrator.  His work has been published around the world and is in collections throughout the country.

 

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, November 11, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders

‚Äč 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.

 

Saturday November 11, 8-10pm (Doors open at 7)  Hip Hop

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 Dreeb, Noemad, Braedon the Faded, King RAYN, LiL Luke, Nick Spencer and Nauseous
 

Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $8.  

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 13 and 27,  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

7-9 pm, Uke Jam

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. 

 

November 17, 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, November 25  Small Business Saturday

Shop Small !!

Small Business Saturday is a holiday shopping tradition and nationwide movement driven by millions of individuals. And it continues to grow.  Small Business Saturday is a movement that truly belong to the communities, like Downtown Petoskey, that make it possible — the organizations, local officials, Neighborhood Champions, Corporate Supporters, small business owners (like Vivi and Marty at Red Sky Stage and Northern Michigan Artists Market) and shoppers like you who come together to celebrate their favorite places each year on Small Business Saturday.

Small businesses help ensure local economies and small town downtowns, like Petoskey's Gaslight District, stay strong and vibrant.  On the big day, join with us and invite your friends to  and show love for their favorite places.
Because when small businesses succeed, we all do.

 

 

 

 

 



Saturday, November 25, 10 am  Stafford's Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade
 

The parade will wind through Downtown streets and end at the Perry Hotel, where children will have those all-important conversations with Santa.

Downtown Petoskey is proud to announce this year's parade will be an excellent way to support local families in need!  As part of the Toys for Tots program, the U.S. Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for the many northern Michigan families who will be unable to afford gifts during the holiday season.

In addition this year, on behalf of the Harvest Food & Supply Drive for the Women's Resource Center Safe Home, Grain Train will be collecting items of need. Please consider using the Stafford's Downtown Holiday Parade as a way to give back to the community!

There will be excellent performances by the Petoskey High School Marching Band, floats, and walking ensembles representing many businesses and nonprofits in the community, and much more.

This is an event for the whole family and one you won’t want to miss it!

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December 2017

Friday December 1, 6-9 PM  Downtown Petoskey Holiday Open House

Join Red Sky Stage, Northern Michigan Artists Market and all the other merchants of Downtown Petoskey for the Holiday Open House, the region's premier holiday season event!

The Holiday Open House begins with an appearance by Santa Claus, who flies in to town to light the giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park!  After the tree lighting Santa will sit in the Gazebo and listen to children's holiday wishes.

The Mitchell Street Sax Quartet (the Sax section of the Up North Big Band) will be performing free of charge at Red Sky Stage during the open house.

This is the night when the streets close down and the merchants open their doors to offer warm holiday greetings and hospitality. The streets are filled with merry entertainment!  Come Downtown and enjoy the smiling faces and Christmas fun with your family with this evening that is a holiday tradition on the first Friday in December every year!

 

Saturday December 2, 7:30 - 10PM Blissfest Saturday Night Community Dance

We have a new name but it is the same wonderful family fun monthly dance we have had for years.  Formerly called the Country 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 Harbor HoeDown and the caller will be Larry Dyer

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

 

 

Sunday, December 3, 7pm  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 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, December 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.  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, December 4 and every Monday, 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 December 8, 7 pm  Folk for Food

Singer/Songwriter Dennis Palmer

Benefit for Manna Food Project

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Dennis Palmer obtained his “15 minutes of fame” in 1988 by winning a National songwriting contest for the song Bird of Prey. With his CD Still Waters, which was released in 1999, Dennis has shown his eclectic side with 10 original songs ranging from Acoustic Blues to Contemporary Folk. His song Life's Highway was also included on the Northern Michigan Songwriters  compilation CD Risin' Shine. On his latest CD Dennis has arranged a combination of Instrumental and Lyrical Songs to paint an Acoustic Landscape which is "Upland". Dennis continues to pursue the craft of songwriting while living in Leelanau County Michigan.

The Manna Food Project, a local non-profit organization established in 1987, helps feed the hungry throughout Northern Michigan.  Manna is funded entirely through donations from individuals, the generosity of local community groups and the food distribution operation.  Dennis is donating all of his proceeds from this concert to help Manna help feed hungry people in Northern Michigan.

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, December 11,  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.  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. 

 

Tuesday, December 12, Hanukkah Starts

 

Friday, December 15, 7 PM  Rivertown Jazz Band

1890-1940 Vintage Jazz

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

We welcome The Rivertown Vintage Jazz Band to our stage for the first time and invite you to listen to their music or better, to dance to it on our big dance floor.

The Rivertown Vintage Jazz Band is a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to the performance and preservation of New Orleans style, vintage jazz. Their repertoire of this timeless music ranges from the late 1800’s through the 1940’s. Sharing a passion for this music is what brings them together from all over Northern Michigan.

Lately, there has been resurgence in this music, also known as Trad Jazz. Originating in New Orleans, it was also known as Hot Jazz. In most of the major cities today, you can find young musicians playing this vintage music with passion and fire, attracting listeners and dancers alike. The below musicians have been performing this music since the 60’s and bring a lot of skill and excitement to their performances.

Doug Houseworth (Alanson): Trumpet/valve trombone & vocals. Growing up at the knee of his Ragtime Grandma, he developed a love of the lively Ragtime rhythms and syncopations of Traditional Jazz. He studied music at MSU, and has been part of a number of big bands and small combos in Northern Michigan. Both Doug and Susan have been members of many instrumental and choral groups.

Susan Houseworth (Alanson): Banjo and vocals. She began performing music in high school as part of a folk trio. Noted for her impeccable ear and stylized vocals, it was an easy transition for her to join husband Doug’s Rivertown Jazz Band. Her rock steady banjo playing lays down a great foundation.

Jim LaCross (Alpena): Clarinet/soprano/tenor saxophone. Jim studied jazz at Berklee School of Music in Boston. He later toured the country doing USO shows. While stationed at Fort Knox, KY., Jim was part of an R & B group. Jim played for over 20 years in the Petoskey/Charlevoix area in a variety of venues. He is equally at home playing clarinet in a Traditional Jazz setting, or as a big band vocalist doing Sinatra standards. He offers a special treat for listeners with his impersonations of Louis Armstrong, singing jazz classics. Jim is always a crowd pleaser.

Eric Dunckel (Harrisville): Upright Bass. Eric grew up in Ossineke, Michigan; after high school he worked his way out to the Pacific Northwest where he became a commercial fisherman, married the love of his life and obtained a musical education. Returning to his roots, he bought a farm in Alcona County in 1994, where he raised two daughters with his wife Kathleen and opened a cabinet shop. A chance meeting with a lovely old Kay Upright Bass re-ignited Eric’s Muse, and he’s been playing the low notes ever since.

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, December 16  Special Holiday Hip Hop Event

Details TBA

 

Thursday, December 21, Winter Begins

 

Monday, December 25  Christmas

 

Tuesday, December 26 Kwanzaa begins

 

Sunday, December 31  New Years Eve

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