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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February 2019

Friday, February 1, 7 PM  Kitty Donahoe

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe has received a Michigan Emmy, a Shammy Award (for Best Solo Irish Performer 2016), and continues to perform regularly. Adept on guitar, cittern and piano, Kitty sees her instrumental work as a background for her original music, which All Music Guide calls “haunting, melodic and literate.”  Although her music often shows her Irish heritage, Kitty draws equally from her American and Canadian roots - a sound that she calls “American, Irishy, Canadianish.” In addition to writing music, Kitty has released her first children’s book, ‘Henny and Benny Bunyan and the Maple Syrup Adventure’, the winner of a 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.  She is currently laying the groundwork for two new recording projects (still under wraps) as well as writing grants for two television shows and a play. Find out more about Kitty at www.kittydonohoe.com and www.gypsiebird.comMichigan 

 

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.    

 

 

 

Saturday, February 2  7:30 PM  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 Peacemeal and the callers are .TBA

Admission $5/person, $7/couple or $10/family.  Children are welcome.

 

 

 

Sunday, February 3 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.

 

Monday, February 4,  6 pm  Petoskey Poets

with Dar Charlebois

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. 

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday February 5 and Every Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM  Refuge Recovery Meeting

A BUDDHIST INSPIRED PATH TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a  strong foundation for the addiction recovery process. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery is to support those on this path of recovery by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings and communities that practice, educate and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

DIVERSE AND WELCOMING TO ALL.

As a peer-led recovery program using Buddhism as the path to freedom from all addictions, Refuge Recovery is a community that embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, legal standing, and educational or socioeconomic status. As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise communication and avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe.

For more information about Refuge Recovery, see their website.

 

 

 

Wednesday February 6, and Every Wednesday, 7-8 PM  LifeRing Recovery

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in  recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-directed.   LifeRing offers meetings in the United States, Canada, and other selected countries of the world. Meetings are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary, just walk on in to our regular weekly meeting at Red Sky Stage.  

For more information about LifeRing Secular Recovery, see their website.

 

Thursday, February 7 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.

 

 

 

Saturday February 9, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michiganders

Cigar  Box Nation is a country-wide movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain  folks    with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  A few local citizens of CB Nation, who call themselves CBG Minded Michiganders, get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music they make.  What better place to do that than Red Sky Stage,

There will be a lot of swapping stories, tips and ideas about building and playing cigar box instruments. 

The event is open to everyone.  Be sure to attend if you have even the slightest interest in cigar box instruments, making them, playing them or just seeing one for the first time.  You might want to check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page and the CBG Minded Michiganders https://www.facebook.com/cbgminded/Facebook page

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, February 9, 8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM    

Hell On Heels Presents Down With Love

Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone!  The February 2019 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and singing adventure,Down With Love is filled with loads of comedy and just the right amount of crassness!  Drag Queens have been a huge part of our culture for decades.  Let us show you why!!

 

 

Host Mercedes Benz-Over is back along with featured stars Kelly Ann Jefferies, Vajojo Visage and King Roth.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW, SEATING IS LIMITED!!!  DO NOT MISS OUT111

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 PM  Recovery Notes

Future dates:  The second Sunday of each month through June  3/10, 4/14, 5/12 and 6/9

Recovery N.O.T.E.S.(New Opportunities to Enjoy Sobriety)  is a Recovery oriented group that uses music and performance as a means of self expression to connect with others in recovery and to heal from and overcome issues related to substance use disorder.

Red Sky Stage hosts a jam session once a month sponsored by Recovery N.O.T.E.S.  We invite those living a life in recovery to enjoy one evening a month performing and enjoying music, comedy, poetry, etc in a safe, drug free environment in Downtown Petoskey, together with friends and supportive neighbors.  The jam is open to everybody to listen and cheer on some of our local recovery talent! 

Opportunities to perform will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to those who submit a written application.  If you would like to perform or for more information, please email recoverynotes411@gmail.com or contact Tory Werth at:  twerth@nmsas.net or 989. 370. 7608.

Admission free.  Voluntary donations accepted at the door.

 

Monday, February 11  and the 2nd and 4th Monday of Every Month, 7 PM  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.  

Blissfest provides the instruction and, leaders and 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. 

 

Saturday, February 16, 7:30 PM  February Sunshine Concert

A Midwinter Concert Featuring Northern Michigan Singer Songwriters

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Several of our favorite Northern Michigan Singer/songwriters have put together a concert guaranteed to shake you out of your mid-winter blues and add a little musical sunshine to your life.

Kevin Johnson has been steadily honing his songwriting and performing skills and has become an important 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.

 

Using a skillful blend of keyboards and vocals up and coming Northern Michigan singer/songwriter Eliza Thorp leads her audiences on musical journeys with her songs about home, travels and natural landscapes that always inspire.  

 

 

Indigo Moon is Lee Anne Whitman and Jeff Lange.  Take a mix of exceptional guitar work, beautifully blended vocal harmonies and inspired song writing and you’ve just scratched the surface of Indigo Moon. This musical partnership is an audience favorite at venues throughout Northern Michigan. Performing original and cover music from a wide variety of Americana, folk and adult contemporary artists Indigo Moon always delivers a musical delight.

 

Lara Fullford  Lovingly referred to as the Queen of the Inland Waterway by her fans Lara is one of the best songwriters anywhere and is popular with fans of all ages. She has been performing since the age of 15 including appearances at the popular Blissfest Music Festival. Playing either guitar or piano Lara’s music is a pleasure not to be missed. 

 

 

 

Tickets:  $12.50 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 $17.50.

 

 

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

March 2019

This is a preliminary schedule.  I will update it as new events are scheduled.

 

Saturday, March 2  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 Harbor HoeDown and the callers are Cynthia Donahey and Jan Fowler.

Admission $5/person, $7/couple or $10/family.  Children are welcome.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 3 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.

 

 

Monday, March 4,  6 pm  Petoskey Poets

with Dar Charlebois

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. 

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

Tuesday March 5 and Every Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM  Refuge Recovery Meeting

A BUDDHIST INSPIRED PATH TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a   strong foundation for the addiction recovery process. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery is to support those on this path of recovery by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings and communities that practice, educate and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

DIVERSE AND WELCOMING TO ALL.

As a peer-led recovery program using Buddhism as the path to freedom from all addictions, Refuge Recovery is a community that embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, legal standing, and educational or socioeconomic status. As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise communication and avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe.

For more information about Refuge Recovery, see their website.

 

 

Wednesday March 6, and Every Wednesday, 7-8 PM  LifeRing Secular Recovery

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in  recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-directed.   LifeRing offers meetings in the United States, Canada, and other selected countries of the world. Meetings are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary, just walk on in to our regular weekly meeting at Red Sky Stage.  

For more information about LifeRing Secular Recovery, see their website.

 

Thursday, March 7 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 bluesfolk..

Cost for six sessions, $145.  For more information or to register, call Steve August at  231-838-6419.  Email alljazz@chartermi.net.

 

 

 

Saturday March 9, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michiganders

Cigar  Box Nation is a country-wide movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain  folks    with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  A few local citizens of CB Nation, who call themselves CBG Minded Michiganders, get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music they make.  What better place to do that than Red Sky Stage,

There will be a lot of swapping stories, tips and ideas about building and playing cigar box instruments. 

The event is open to everyone.  Be sure to attend if you have even the slightest interest in cigar box instruments, making them, playing them or just seeing one for the first time.  You might want to check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page and the CBG Minded Michiganders https://www.facebook.com/cbgminded/  Facebook page

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, March 9, 8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM    

Hell On Heels Presents ???

Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone!  The theme of the March 2019 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and singing  adventure will be announced soon.    It is guaranteed to be filled with loads of comedy and just the right amount of crassness!  Drag Queens have been a huge part of our culture for decades.  Let us show you why!!

Host Mercedes Benz-Over is back along with featured stars TBA.

 

Tickets:  Details to be released soon.  Watch this space.

 

 

Sunday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 PM  Recovery Notes

Future dates:  The second Sunday of each month through June.

Recovery N.O.T.E.S.(New Opportunities to Enjoy Sobriety)  is a Recovery oriented group that uses music and performance as a means of self expression to connect with others in recovery and to heal from and overcome issues related to substance use disorder.

Red Sky Stage hosts a jam session once a month sponsored by Recovery N.O.T.E.S.  We invite those living a life in recovery to enjoy one evening a month performing and enjoying music, comedy, poetry, etc in a safe, drug free environment in Downtown Petoskey, together with friends and supportive neighbors.  The jam is open to everybody to listen and cheer on some of our local recovery talent! 

Opportunities to perform will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to those who submit a written application.  If you would like to perform or for more information, please email recoverynotes411@gmail.com or contact Tory Werth at:  twerth@nmsas.net or 989. 370. 7608.

Admission free.  Voluntary donations accepted at the door.

 

Monday, March 11 and the 2nd and 4th Monday Every Month, 7 PM  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.  

Blissfest provides the instruction and, leaders and 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. 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 16,  7 PM  Ray and the Blues Makers

In:  "The Song of the Wood Man"

The Song of the Wood Man is a totally original show - written exclusively by Allan James Grund - consisting of poetry, prose, comedy and music.     Grund is recognized in Northeast Michigan as a poet, playwright, actor, singer/songwriter and musician.  He is also an award-winning short story author,  the creator of nine CDs of original music, 10 books of poetry, prose and short stories, seven original works for the stage and numerous concert shows.

The cast of this production features:

Allan James Grund (As Roy Hickok) Lead Singer/Songwriter. Rhythm Guitar and Harmonica.

Sue Floer (As Ethel J. McKinley):  Vocal Harmony. Flute. Bongo Drums. Ukulele. Rhythm Instruments.

Jeff Powers (As Reverend Jimmie Hawks):  Vocals. Bass. Acoustic Guitar. Mandolin. Accordion. Keyboard.

Admission:  Tickets $10 in advance,  available at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, 445 E Mitchell st, Petoskey or (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link).  Tickets will available at the door the night of the show for $15.

 

 

 

Friday, March 22,  7-10 PM Blissfest Presents Lula Wiles

Blissfest Music Organization brings Boston-based indie-folk band  Lula Wiles to Red Sky Stage.. None of the band members are named Lula.  The trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin. Their voices burn, twist together, mingle, and rise like smoke signaling changes to come. But anchoring that delicate touch is a mastery of folk music —and a willingness to subvert its hallowed conventions.

Long before they were in a band together, the members of Lula Wiles were singing folk songs and trading fiddle tunes at a camp in Maine. “All of us were lucky to have access to the folk music community at a young age,” Burke says. “The music traditions that we’re drawing on are social, community-building traditions.” On those warm summer nights, playing music was just plain fun. But the members of Lula Wiles carry those early lessons of community and the meaning of shared art with them to this day, as they seek to create music that questions cultural virtues, soothes aching wounds, and envisions a better world.

Lula Wiles came of age in Boston, in the practice rooms of Berklee College of Music and the city’s lively roots scene.  Since then, they have toured internationally, winning fans at the Newport Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

The musicians take turns in different roles––Burke and Buckland on guitar and fiddle, Obomsawin on bass, all three singing—but no matter who’s playing what, they operate in close unison.

Admission:  Tickets $12 in advance,  available at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, 445 E Mitchell st, Petoskey or (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available online from Blissfest .  Tickets will available at the door the night of the show for $15.

 

 

Friday, March  29,  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:  Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.