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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January 2018

Saturday January 6, 7:30 - 10PM Blissfest Saturday Night Community Dance

No Dance this Month.  See you in February

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 7, 7pm  Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They are back to begin their second year of 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, January 8,  6 pm  Petoskey Poets

--  Note:  This month only, this event will be on the SECOND Monday of the month because the first Monday is New Years Day --

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, January 8 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 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, January 13, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders

CBG Minded Michigan'ders  is a Michigan based movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain folks with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  Members and friends of CBG Minded 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.

 

Friday, January 19, 7 pm Hannah Harris and John Richie

Twa’ Fiddles

When it comes to musical duos in Irish Traditional music, you will commonly hear one fiddle accompanied by a guitar.  However, life (and music) is full of delightful unconventionalities.  We embrace this spirit as we bring you not one but two outstanding Petoskey fiddlers!

Hannah Harris has visited Northern Michigan all her life in the summers and has recently moved to the area.  Her musical roots primarily include traditional styles from Ireland, Scotland, and the southeastern United States.

Hannah spent eight months in Ireland last year pursuing a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology with a focus in Irish Traditional vs Celtic music in American media.  She will be going back this February to graduate.  Hannah was classically trained since age 5, but began playing fiddle tunes when she was 8 or so.  Seeing Celtic Woman perform gradually drew her into the “real” Irish Traditional fiddling. She stopped playing classical music after completing her undergraduate degree and now focuses completely on Irish, Scottish and old time fiddling. She has been to workshops and instructional events in the United States and in Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton. 

Like John, she performs locally, sharing in the communal spirit of the music by firing off a mighty blast of tunes at Celtic music sessions in Petoskey, Boyne City, and Traverse City.

John Richie has lived in Northern Michigan since 2002 and has a wide experience with various fiddling traditions honed in his travels across the United States. He has been featured at Red Sky Stage, frequently playing for the monthly Blissfest Saturday Night Community Dance

 Work hard, play harder, live, laugh, and join in the fun!
 

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, January 22,  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

This group of Ukulele enthusiasts meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at Red Sky Stage to learn,  play  and  discuss ukuleles. All experience levels welcome. The goal of the club is to bring together adults and 

families who are interested in learning the ukulele and want to play and sing songs with others.  All levels are encouraged to attend.  

Blissfest has a number of baritone ukuleles available for members to use if they do not have an instrument already.  If you have a soprano or baritone ukulele, please bring it with you.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

Friday, January 26, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

February 2018

Saturday February 3, 7:30 - 10PM Blissfest Saturday Night Community Dance

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

This month, the band will be TBA and the caller will be TBA

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

 

Sunday, February 4, 7pm  Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They are back to for their second year continuing 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, February 5,  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, February 5 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 beginners to legendary bluesmen.

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

 

Friday, February 9, 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 dedicated to the performance and preservation of New Orleans style, vintage jazz from the late 1800’s through the 1940’s. Sharing a passion for this music 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.  These 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.

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, 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.  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.

Lawrence Wojcik (Petoskey): Drums. Larry is also a former music educator.  He studied at Michigan State and the well-known Berklee School of Music in Boston. Well known in NW Michigan as a leader of many jazz groups from small ensembles to The Larry Wojcik Big Band. Bob brings heart, experience and

Bob Bryan (Boyne City): Piano.  In his early years Bob studied piano for with the esteemed August Huybreches. He also studied music for three years at Central Michigan University. His range of experience includes 46 years as music director for the East Jordon Presbyterian Church and many years  with the famous Epsilon Jass Band.

Eric Dunckel (Harrisville): Upright Bass. Eric grew up in Ossineke, Michigan.  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, February 10, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders

​ CBG Minded Michigan'ders  is a Michigan based movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain folks with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  Members and friends of CBG Minded 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.

 

 

 

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

This group of Ukulele enthusiasts meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at Red Sky Stage to learn,  play  and  discuss ukuleles. All experience levels welcome. The goal of the club is to bring together adults and 

families who are interested in learning the ukulele and want to play and sing songs with others.  All levels are encouraged to attend.  

Blissfest has a number of baritone ukuleles available for members to use if they do not have an instrument already.  If you have a soprano or baritone ukulele, please bring it with you.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

 

Friday, February 16, 7  PM  Kelly Shively and Dan House

Special Valentines Concert

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Two very talented Northern Michigan musicians unite to present this delightful evening of music to celebrate Valentines Day.

Kelly Shively is a multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey. she grew up on the family farm. Her musical interest was sparked by a father who sang nonsensical songs daily, a grandma who roped her into the church choir, and piano lessons begun at the age of nine. She sings the songs of her heart, written about and centering on her family and faith. She strives to be the voice of hope, healing, and encouragement to those who come to hear her. She has been part of several duets through the years and is currently part of the roots music duet, Rustic Heart, with Norm Hausler. Kelly plays harp, fiddle, banjola and banjo.

Dan House started playing guitar at the age of sixteen in order to meet girls.  In general, that plan worked, as his wife will verify!  Originally a rock-and-roller, he rapidly found himself drawn to other styles and instruments.  He began a decades long journey through folk, jazz and various other genres, learning and adopting his unique interpretations and arrangements from all he absorbed along the way.     

He has made several appearances at Red Sky Stage as a part of the Celtic-themed trio, Simple Gifts, as well as the guitarist for the Oktoberfest Volksmusik Tri.  He has played solo at a number of concerts and art galleries in the Grayling, Gaylord and Charlevoix areas.  Dan is a former member of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society board and past-president and board member of the Rochester, Michigan, based Paint Creek Folklore Society and co-host for the Boyne Celtic Sessions.

Kelly and Dan are looking forward to once again combining their unique talents with some joint arranging as well as featuring some solo pieces to highlight their individual takes on the evenings theme.

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, February 17, 7 PM  February Sunshine Concert

A Midwinter Concert Featuring Northern Michigan Singer Songwriters

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

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.  Eliza's debut CD is scheduled for release this spring.

 

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. Lee Anne Whitman and Jeff Lange's musical partnership has fast become 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.

 

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, February 23, 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.

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