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 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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September 2019

Sunday, September 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.

 

Tuesday, September 3, 7:30 PM  Roy Zimmerman

Roy Zimmerman is an American satirical singer-songwriter and guitarist now based in Northern California. He has a leftist political philosophy which is focused on social issues and politics.  In the current national nightmare, we need to laugh. And we need to hope. Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary.  

In a career spanning more than thirty years, Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views on social media. Roy has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, The Roches, Andy Borowitz, The Chambers Brothers, Kate Clinton and George Carlin.

RiZe Up is Roy’s tenth album release as a solo artist. It’s a funny and forceful expression of resistance in the age of Trump. 


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.   

 

 


 

Thursday, September 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.

 

 

Saturday September 14, 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, September 14, 7:30 PM,  Joe Shields and Aaron Smith

Singer/Songwriters

Joe Shields: aka Cousin Joe Twoshacks, aka Joe Cartoon, aka the Joeman , Is your average 58 year old fly fisherman/ award winning cartoonist/animator that bought a guitar 10 years ago and became an award winning singer songwriter.(2016 Kerrville new folk winner) Joe’s songs are heartfelt (sometimes downright sad) with a touch of funny (potentially hysterical) with varying degrees of truth (good luck trying to figure that out.)

Aaron Smith is a man on a mission, but he’s no preacher. His songs never tell the listener what to think or feel, but rather hold a mirror to the mystery of human experience, searching for the meaning of home, love, family, aging, kindness, doubt, faith, and grace. In vignettes injected with an infectious and persistent sense of hope and humor, the unlikely heroes of his songs -- grandmothers and grandfathers, street preachers and neighbors, the forgotten and lonely -- find courage, salvation and a couple of laughs in the everyday. Aaron’s songcraft has earned him recognition twice as a finalist in the nationally renowned New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, the Ozark Folk Festival and Rock House Festival. He recently won the BMG Songwriter Showcase at the Power of Music Festival in Bentonville Arkansas. Winner BMG Songwriter Showcase, Power of Music Festival 2019 Finalist Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition 2019 Finalist Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition 2016 Runner Up Rock House Songwriting Competition 2016 Runner Up Ozark Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2016   

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, September 20, 7:30 PM  Don Rivers and Friends

Don Rivers has been singing and playing music for forty years.  He and his band play country music -- old country, new country and rock and roll.  He lives in the Vanderbilt area.  The band, Don Rivers and Friends is made up of  Adolph Cwick (Charlevoix), bass and vocals,  Frank Haddis (Gaylord), drums, and Johnny Neiswander (Petoskey),  rhythm and lead guitar and vocals.

The band has played for weddings,  the One Hundredth anniversary of the American Legion, senior centers and at Strolling The Streets in Boyne City.  Somehow, he and his friends have never played at Red Sky Stage as a group.  We are looking forward to correcting that omission.

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, September 21, 10 AM - 4 PM Red Sky Artists Day

A new monthly event where you can meet exceptional artists, ask questions about their work and, best of all, view and buy art works as gifts or for yourself, right here in beautiful Bay Harbor Artists Day starts this month, just in time for Northern Michigan's beautiful fall colors and in plenty of time to get a head star on holiday shopping..

Admissions free, refreshments available.  

 

 

Saturday, September 21, 7:30 PM  Rustic Heart

Kelly Shively and  Norm Hausler are a pair of seasoned musicians who have played with many Northern Michigan musicians and also performed on their own as solo singer/instrumentalists.  Kelly brings her original songs of family and home, along with her interpretations of traditional mountain music.   Norm’s deep baritone voice lends itself to country classics and his own original songs.  Norm accompanies Kelly with “mountain modal” tunings on his guitar, while Kelly surprises with turns on her fiddle, harp, banjo and a variety of other instruments. 

These two Northern Michiganders have combined their talents to form the duet, Rustic Heart.  The harmonies of voice, instrument and spirit have surprised even the musicians of this group…but the feeling is one of “home” when they play together, and we know you’ll feel it too. 

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.    

 

 

 

Thursday, September 26, 7:30 PM  Blair Miller

Delta Blues

Blair Miller's voyage through the blues started by listening to the blues covers by the British and American bands of the 60's. Then he heard John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightin' Hopkins and Howlin' Wolf. Searching for the roots of the blues, he discovered Robert Johnson, Son House, Charlie Patton and many more great bluesmen and women of the 20's and 30's.  Blair lives in Traverse City.

Miller picked up a steel resonator guitar and a slide and started working on playing the blues of the Mississippi Delta. He also plays a parlor guitar and a cigar box guitar. Now, Blair Miller is a confirmed bluesman. He says," I want to share and keep the blues alive. No music reaches me as deeply as Delta Blues."

 I like to provide some historical background on the blues masters and their great works leading into playing one of their blues. In all settings my National Resonator guitar and cigar box guitar generate a lot of interest and I'm happy to talk to people about the origins of these instruments.
I'm passionate about keeping the delta/roots blues alive. 

 

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, September  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.  (Sorry, no more student pricing.)

 

 

Saturday, September  28,  8 PM, Doors Open 7 PM,  Hell On Heels Presents:

Drag By Night 

Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone!  The theme of the September 2019 edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and   singing  adventure will be Drag By Night.  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.    

October 2019

Additional details and ticket info for October events will be added as they become available.

 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 3-5  Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat

For three days, Petoskey, Michigan will be the center of the harmonica world with seminars for all levels of players and a chance to meet, learn from and play with some of the best harp players in the country.  Hosted by our own Steve August, most of the retreat will take place at the Odawa Hotel but every evening the action moves a few miles west to Red Sky Stage for a world class harmonica concert each night featuring the incredible faculty from the retreat.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:   

At the end of each concert, retreat participants and audience members will have a chance to show off their harp chops by jamming with the blues band.

Thursday, October 3, 7-10 PM

Gary Green --  Growing up in New Hampshire, Gary Green took up the harmonica in high school and was soon playing 20 nights a month around New England. “You learn your instrument quickly when you have to be so focused,” he says. He moved to Virginia in the early 1980s, and has since made it home.

Gary Green was a winner at the 1987 Hohner National Harmonica Championships and The 1987 World Harmonica Championships Isle of Jersey (GB).

 

Friday, October 4, 7-10 PM

Peter Madcat Ruth --  Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn't just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world.  Madcat's repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music. 

Madcat tours with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, and The Big Joe Manfra Blues Band, as well as doing solo performances.

 

 

Hank Shreve --  He began playing harmonica at the age of 8 and has established himself as a major harmonica talent on the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest.  Hank has shared the stage with  Merle Haggard, Marcia Ball, Magic Dick, Lee Oskar, The Fabulous Thunderbirds,  and many other well-known national and international acts.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 5, 7:30-10 PM

Sandy Weltman -- While at home in the jazz realm, Sandy is equally skilled in blues, Celtic, Klezmer, Latin and much more. He learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard "Flecktone" Levy. He has since gained international recognition in the World Harmonica Competitions. Sandy has won numerous awards and is equally skilled on the banjo and ukulele.  Sandy currently performs his unique style of harmonica jazz in a duo, trio, & quartet setting.  

 Sandy has performed with: Howard Levy, Brewer & Shipley, Bela Fleck, Bluegrass.

 

 

 

Todd Parrott -- Todd has been playing harmonica for 28 years, and has been blessed to perform and record with several artists.  Growing up on the church pew in NC, he was exposed to lively music at a young age, and it wasn't long until he picked up his first instrument... the harmonica. 

Today, Todd's soulful, gospel harmonica can be heard in churches and other events across the nation, as well as on many studio recordings.  He's a regular teacher and performer at the annual Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) convention, and at many other harmonica workshops in the USA. 

Tickets: Admission is included in the registration for Retreat attendees.  For others, admission for each night  $20 in advance at  Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of each show for $25  

 

Sunday, October 6 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, October 7,  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.

 

 

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 PM Reverend Justin Hylton

Out of Atlanta but truly calling the road his home, Reverend Hylton is touring  the nation with his songs of relatable tales of life experiences.   Heartbreak, addiction and traveling are the substance of his melodic musical, lyrical and vocal writings.   From the stage to the crowd, a real performance is heard.  Real words from real experiences make for an authentic time shared by both The Reverend and the crowd.
 
Reverend Hylton is now out touring in his van living the Vanlife.  Playing 200 shows a year all over the country.   He is hitting as many towns and meeting as many folks as he can.  Come out and listen to the stories, new and old.

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

 

 

Friday, October 11, 7:30 PM  Hannah Harris and John Warstler

Living the Irish Tradition as told by a Fiddle and Guitar

Hannah Harris and John Warstler are a local fiddle//guitar duo that specialize in Irish traditional music. This genre of music is generally passed down orally from one generation to another, creating a living and growing tradition through the ages. Join them as they share tunes, stories and memories from their favorite instructors in the Irish tradition.  You'll be toe-tapping along by the end of the first set! 

 

 

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

 

Saturday October 12, 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.

 

Sunday, October 13  Kevin Johnson Singer Songwriter

 

 

 

Friday, October  25,  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:  Adults $10 at the door.

 

 

Saturday, October 26, 2PM  Beatles Forever

Beatles Forever is a fun, sing-a-long, show featuring  songs by The Beatles performed by a live band and the funny short story by M.L. Liebler of growing up with the Beatles from the early 60’s until they first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Come have a laugh, sing some old favorites and party with The Beatles Forever Show.

M.L. Liebler performed an earlier version of this all-ages show a while ago at Red Sky Stage to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.  We now bring him back with a brand new version with even more great Beatles songs.  This all new show of Beatles Forever starring M. L. Liebler, Max Beardsley, Rick Beardsley, Lou D Lou, and Brian Dean, with Beatle Bob Koski on films and as  Ed Sullivan, pllus 30 Beatles sing-along-songs performed live with film.

M. L. Liebler is a internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer, and he is the author of 16 books including the Award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream(Wayne State University Press 2008). Liebler has been teaching classes ands study abroad classes on The Beatles since  1999 at Wayne State.

 

 

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

November 2019

Additional details and ticket info for November events will be added as they become available.

 

Friday, November 1, 7 PM  Steel and Wood

Bluegrass

Steel & Wood, a traditional bluegrass band from Petoskey, offers an upbeat, heartfelt string and vocal harmony-based repertoire spanning the works of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley and others. Steel & Wood harkens back to American railroad culture and enduring musical traditions rooted in Southern Appalachia. Band members, John A Neiswander – guitar, Irene Kazmers – fiddle, Bruce Walker – mandolin and John Hussey – upright bass, look forward to sharing the songs they love!


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

 

 

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 PM  Songwriters in the Round

Three Northern Michigan singer-songwriters will present a special evening at Red Sky Stage filled with their songs and stories.  The night will feature Eliza Thorp, Lara Fullford and Sean Miller in an in the round style performance. Each musician will take their turn playing original songs and sharing the stories behind them for an intimate evening.

Eliza Thorp is a Berklee College of Music graduate who most recently released her debut album Queen of the Sea, filled with six original songs accompanied by Max Lockwood on bass guitar and Jordan Hamilton on strings.  Local Spins says “…Thorp’s debut is just such a collection, unfolding subtly and brilliantly, with gorgeous, thought-provoking lyrics that reflect her northern Michigan upbringing in Petoskey.”

Lara Fullford, who has been called the Songstress of the Inland Waterways by the Blissfest Music Organization, has years and years of singing her songs to crowds across Northern Michigan.  She has recently been taking on another project with her band, The River Dogs, who take their originals and Americana and folk infused covers across the region to festivals and venues.

Sean Miller, who  frequentl performs with his band The Real Ingredients, has a budding solo career with his solo debut album on the way.  Most recently Miller opened the Traverse City Film Festival, played Blissfest, Farmfest, the Ionia Hippie Fest and other venues across Michigan.He also performed in a private showcase during Folk Alliance Regional Midwest and i toured through Ohio


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

 

 

 

Saturday, November 9, 7:30 PM  Jen Sygit   

Lansing, MI based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jen Sygit has released four solo albums with her latest record “It’s About Time” newly released in Oct. 2018. Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, always with a raw honesty  It’s About Time is a sonic journey through the landscape of Americana music.  The album reveals a depth and maturity to Sygit’s ability as both songwriter and performer.

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

 

Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM  Angela Predhomme

Singer Songwriter

​With a laid back, soulful style, singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme expresses emotion with honesty and passion. . Angela’s first instrument was the piano, and she later took up classical voice and the acoustic guitar. Early on, she was influenced by the music her family listened to, which included everything from 1950’s R & B to the popular music of the time.

Growing up in the Detroit area where Motown music invokes a special pride, Angela was exposed to the great work of artists like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. 

She has a knack for writing catchy melodies and lyrics that touch your heart, and sings with bluesy overtones that hint of her roots in Detroit. Predhomme’s songs have been heard by millions through television, film, and various listening channels. Credits include the popular Hallmark movie “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane,” Lifetime’s hit show “Dance Moms,” Freeform’s “Switched at Birth,” TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and closing credit placement in the film A Wedding Most Strange, among others. 

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

 

 

Friday, November 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:   $10 at the door.