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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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 Danny Johnston and Friends  and the
callers are Jan Fowler & Cynthia Donahey.
 

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

This month only, moved to next week, Sunday February 11

So stay home and watch the Superbowl LII.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, February 11, 1-4 pm  Peace Jam

Our friends Pam Luce and Caroline Barlow have asked to lend their great voices and musicianship to our weekly Blissfest  Jam Session today.  They have prepared some special songs of peace and have promised to bring along lyrics and chords for a bunch more peace oriented tunes for us to enjoy together.  Of course jam participants can lead any songs they wish but this afternoon, lets all try to do what we can to give peace a chance.

So come out, play, sing, listen, enjoy!

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, February 11, 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 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. 

 

Thursday, February 15  Petoskey Winter Carnival

By the late 1920s Petoskey was known as Michigan's Winter Sports Capital and the Winter Sports Park was at the center of activities. A 400 square foot ice rink was created where recreational skating took place along with speed skating, broomball, hockey and figure skating. The quarter mile toboggan slide delighted both children and their parents. Overseeing the facilities and activities was the Winter Sports Club and in 1928 it began the long tradition of selecting a winter queen and over time, the thrones where the crownings took place, grew from modest to major works of beautiful public ice art designed and constructed by local artist Stanley Kellogg. Winter Carnival parades and dances also were a part of the festivities.

Downtown Petoskey has reinstated its partnership with the long-running Winter Carnival and will tap back into its roots with ice sculptures displayed on downtown sidewalks and in Pennsylvania Park! The Winter Carnival  celebrates its 90th year in 2018.

Featured Events:

     Wine & Dine Progressive Dinner, Thursday, 6pm

     Chocoholic Frolic, Friday, 3-7pm

     Valentines Concert Kelly Shively and Dan House, Friday 7pm Red Sky Stage (see below)

     Winter Ghost Walk, Friday 8pm 

     Saturday  --  Ice Bar Celebration, Pennsylvania Park, 1-4pm;  Kids Activities, Pennsylvania Park, 1-4pm;  Live Ice              Carving, Pennsylvania Park, 2pm; plus event all day at the Winter Sports Park 

    February Sunshine Concert Kevin Johnson, Eliza Thorp, Indigo Moon and Lara Fullford, Saturday 7 pm at           Red Sky Stage (see below)

For more details on Winter Carnival events, see the Petoskey Downtown website.

 

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.

Lara Fullford  Currently studying at Western Michigan University,  Lara Fullford has been performing live since the age of fifteen including an appearance at the popular Blissfest Music Festival.  Playing either guitar or piano Lara’s music is influenced by song writers such as Jack Johnson and many others that she has developed personal relationships with. 

 

 

 

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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March 2018

Friday March 2, 7PM  Dan Hazlett and Kirby

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

This concert brings together two accomplished Michigan Singer-songwriters and outstanding performers, Dan Hazlet from Waterford and much loved Northern Michigan performer Kirby

Dan Hazlett may wear a lot of hats, but his favorite is a wrinkled old top hat full of solo acoustic live performances, lined with heart altering stories worn so smooth they shine.  You may find yourself amazed at what he’s likely to pull out of that hat during any given show.  A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and educator, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes.

For more than 30 years, Dan has performed and toured throughout the Midwest. His ninth and latest CD is The Corner of My Eye.   As an educator, Dan has been featured on the staff at the prestigious Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters, the Madison Songwriters Guild Retreat and has been on the staff at the internationally renowned Interlochen Academy for the Arts. 

Kirby is a major force in Northern Michigan roots music as a singer-songwriter a leader in developing several important Northern Michigan musical organizations.  Kirby has been performing around Northern Michigan and beyond since the early 1980s.  He is a co-founder of Blissfest, Farmfest and the Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters.  In 2010, Kirby was the recipient of the prestigious Eddi Award for Performing Artist.  You have heard him play at Legs Inn, Crooked Tree Arts Center, The Noggin Room, various venues on Mackinac Island, The Ark, Vernale’s, Little Harbor Club, Concerts in the Park, Street Musique, Northern Michigan Songwriters In The Round and programs for kids and elderly folks as well as countless campfires and private parties.  The list is endless!  He truly is Northern Michigan's own singer-songwriter.

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

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

 

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

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They are back to 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, March 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, March 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 8, 7:30 PM  The East Pointers

Presented by Blissfest Music Organization

There’s a reason, beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows, that The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going.  The reason?  The East Pointers - fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron – write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy.  “Traditional music has always been at the core of what we do as a band,” adds Jake Charron. “There's something powerful about a style of music that has been passed on for generations around the world.”  The tunes from their  second album What We Leave Behind, written this past year on the road, take you on a journey, building with excitement before transforming into a full-on dance party.

Doors open at 7pm and Show starts at 7:30pm

Tickets:   $15 member and $20 non-member. To order click this Vendini link.  

 

 

Friday, March 9, 7:30 PM  May Erlewine  

Presented by Blissfest Music Organization

A dance-able event featuring May Erlewine and band members Michael Shimmin on Drums and  Max Lockwood on bass. Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s Songbird”, but her songs have traveled far beyond her home state. One of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation, May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness and held a lot of space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. When she starts to sing, there’s no way around it. Welcome to the moment, everyone..

 

Doors open at 7pm and Show starts at 7:30pm

Ticket prices 15 member and 20 non-member.  To order click this Vendini link.

 

 

 

Saturday, March 10, Noon - 4PM  The Business of Art Panel Discussion

Presented by Junior Achievement

Are you thinking about taking your art (painting, music, performing, . . . ) and turning it into a business?  This informative, expert filled panel discussion will give you some skills, information, tools and questions to think about and guide you through the process.  Topics include Hobby vs. Business, How to get the gig or present yourself to a gallery, Copyrights and ethics, Creating a business plan and Answers to your questions.  

Our lineup of people who live the business of art includes Matt Berger of Junior Achievement of Northern Michigan, Sean Miller, musician, photographer and Arts/Entertainment reporter, Jim Gillespie, musician and Executive Director of Blissfest Music Organization, Robin Lee Berry, singer-songwriter and an owner of Freshwater Art Gallery and Concert Venue, Kirby Snively , entertainer, woodworker and carpenter and Marty Scott, artist, musician and owner of Northern Michigan Artists Market and Red Sky Stage.

Admission free, open to the public.

 

 

Saturday, March 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 Michig an'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, March 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, March 16, 7-9 PM Voices Without Borders Fundraiser

Further details coming soon!

 

Friday, March 23, 7 PM  Jim 'n' Charlie

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

A night of acoustic roots, blues, and Americana when 2-time Mid-North Michigan Blues Challenge winner Charlie "Hipps" Witthoeft (harmonica) is joined by newcomer Jim Bonney (guitar, vocals). Witness their premiere performance together! Timeless classics, fresh interpretations, and original music.

Further details coming soon!

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, March 30, 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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