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 the Village at Bay Harbor 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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January 2020

Wednesday, January  1  Wristbands go on sale for Blissfest 40!! 

No logo to show you yet but we do know that Tier 1 tickets sales for Blissfest go on sale today at Blissfest.org.  As always, do not hesitate.  Wristbands will get more expensive as the festival gets closer (July 10-12) and they may well sell out again this year.  This is the 40th Anniversary edition of Blissfest so expect some special hoopla and goodies and, of course, great music.

 

 

Sunday, January 5 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.

 

 

Thursday, January 2 and  Every Thursday, 7 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 January 11 and the 2nd Saturday of Every Month, 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, January  11, 7:30 PM  Kitty Donahoe

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 

Don't miss Kitty's recent interview by entertainment writer Elizabeth Hosang in the Petoskey News  Review

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, January  18, 8 PM  Blissfest Presents Harper and Midwest Kind

CD Release Show

Award winning Australian singer/ songwriter/ virtuoso harmonica player Peter D. Harper, now based in Detroit, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harp and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper possesses a powerful, soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music.   A rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul served up in a feast of timeless mystery. 

Harper has received an amazing 14 Blues/Roots Music awards including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.  He recently won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Vocalist.  Harper is an original, playing the harmonica like an authentic Chicago bluesman, singing about unity and love like a member of peacenik jam band, belting crisp vocals like a straight-up superb classic soul performer, and then pioneering the didgeridoo into these popular forms of modern music.

Harper is backed by his talented American Midwest based touring band Midwest Kind which features: Austin Johnson on guitar, Lee Lewis on Bass Guitar, DJ Jahns on Drums and Bobbi Llewellyn on backing vocals/ percussion.  Harper's new CD  "Rise Up" (Access Records) will be released in January 2020 and will be available at this concert.

Tickets:  $15 for Blissfest members, $20 general admission.  Tickets are available only through Blissfest.  Click the Buy Tickets Now link.

 

 

Friday, January 24,  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:   $10 at the door.  Includes a dance lesson.

February 2020

Sunday, February 2,  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.

 

 

Thursday, February 7, and  Every Thursday, 7 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 February 8,  and the 2nd Saturday of Every Month, 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 8   8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM,  Hell On Heels Presents:

Hearts of Glass

Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone!  The theme of the February 2020 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and   singing  adventure will be Hearts of Glass. 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!!

Tickets:  $10 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $15.  

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 14, 7:30  Dustin Olson, Country Singer/Songwriter from Nashville

Valentines Day Evening Performance

Originally from a small town in Northern Illinois, Dustin Olson has called Nashville his home ever since 2016. Armed with his own style, a cross between Steve Earle and Eric Church, Dustin has played all over Nashville and has toured nationally as well as locally in Illinois. 

Dustin has played everywhere from clubs and county fairs to major music festivals such as Country Thunder. He has also opened for well known acts like Shooter Jennings, Jo Dee Messina, Lonestar, Jason Michael Carroll and Big Smo.  2019 was big year with new music and new tour locations.  Dustin's next single, Memories We Don't Make, is set to release on March 1st and is a complete change of pace from the fun party songs that made up his debut EP. This new single, inspired by a breakup, shows a softer more fragile side of Dustin. Dustin is planning on releasing at least two more songs by the end of the summer. 

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

 

Saturday, February 15, 7:30 PM  Jimmy Grant Trio

Traditional and Contemporary Gypsy Jazz

Native to Northern California, guitarist Jimmy Grant grew up in a household full of rich musical influences including Russian Folk, Balkan, traditional Hungarian, Bluegrass, Celtic and Classical. However, from a young age he gravitated towards the jazz of Django Reinhardt.

The Jimmy Grant Trio also includes guitarist Kaedin Plummer and Andrew Henley playing the upright bass. The trio performs a blend of music from all over the world and Jimmy's own compositions. Their music is primarily in the style of Django Reinhardt, infusing swing era pieces, Hungarian, Balkan and traditional gypsy tunes with the jazz guitar pioneer’s crunchy rhythms and hot harmonies.

Jimmy teaches private students and has been on the faculty of the Django in June Festival in Massachusetts, and also is the artistic director of the Django Reinhardt Association.  Jimmy also writes for Gypsy Jazz Secrets Magazine.

Jimmy has recorded two albums under his own name and performed on several other albums. Jimmy's original song Insomnia was a finalist in the John Lennon songwriting competition (in the jazz category).  

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

 

 

Saturday, February 22  7:30 PM February Sunshine

Featuring Singer/Songwriters Kirby, Caroline Barlow, Eliza Thorpe and Kevin Johnson

A spicy and savory stew of some of our favorite Northern Michigan Singer/songwriters boiled together in an old iron pot and left simmering just long enough to bring out that just right flavor.  This is a concert guaranteed to  shake you out of your mid-winter blues and add a little musical sunshine to your life.

If Kirby wasn't so amazingly warm and human, he would be a treasured institution of Norther Michigan folk and roots music.  He is so entwined in the history and present of Blissfest that last years festival program calls him Blissfest's official minister of melody.    Kirby is a brilliant and prolific songwriter with such a warm and comfortable stage presence that it feels like he is playing in your living room.

In a Twitter post several years ago, Caroline Barlow described herself like this. "I'm a dreamer, a songminer, a community organizer, a wildflower, and I may be sweet (most of the time), but I'm not new to this world."  She is also an incredible singer, a fine guitar player, a songwriter of broad scope and range.

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

Kevin Johnson produced this gathering. A guitar playing singer/songwriter, he draws on a wealth of musical influences and life experiences.  Kevin’s Americana  songwriting style touches on a wide variety of topics including love, loss and self discovery

 

 

 

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 $25

 

 

Friday, February 28,  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:   $10 at the door.  Includes a dance lesson.

 

 

Saturday, February 29, Doors Open 7 PM, Show Starts 8 PM  

Hip-Hop Concert --   Leap Year Extravaganza

This show  is produced by Dustin Burch and Bayside Creative Studios.  It is a regular Red Sky Stage 

event featuring amazing local Northern Michigan hip-hop  talent.  Performers at this show will include Drebb,  Letter B, Faux, Adams Avenue and Clay Meadows. 

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.   

March 2020

Sunday, March 1,  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.

 

 

Thursday, March 5, and  Every Thursday, 7 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

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Saturday March 14,  and the 2nd Saturday of Every Month, 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.

 

 

 

Monday, March 23, 7:30 PM, Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. 

Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums.

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

 

 

Friday, March 27,  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:   $10 at the door.  Includes a dance lesson.

 

 

Monday, March 28, 7:30 PM, Grant Peeples

 A pure storyteller, in the best American folk tradition

We welcome the very talented and politically attuned Grant Peeples for an evening of music, wit and wisdom from one of today's most talented and progressive social commentators. Grant's music, his humor and his thinking are progressive and uncompromising. There are no sacred cows. Grant takes no prisoners when he sees social or political wrongs that must be righted.

Grant Peeples describes himself as a “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.

He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.”

Grant tours coast to coast, and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival.

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