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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New Social Dance Night at Red Sky Stage

Red Sky Stage is the new home of a regular social dance event hosted by Dan Farrow, known for his dances in Traverse City as DJ Captain Dan.  Seventeen social dance nights, roughly two per month, are scheduled on Saturday nights throughout 2016, including New Year’s Eve. The dates generally fall on the second and fourth Saturday of each month; the schedule is shown below.

Doors open at 7 pm, with a free 1-hour dance lesson for beginners. Beginners will learn basic dance steps and dance floor etiquette, and will then be able to participate throughout the evening.  Starting at 8 pm, DJ Captain Dan will play a variety of popular ballroom styles, including swing, Latin, waltz, foxtrot and hustle, plus country and Argentine tango. Showcase dancers will have the opportunity to take the floor with their favorite routines, and dance contests are planned.

The event is open to the public, singles and couples are welcome; the event is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.

Dan Farrow is an artist, writer, and musician, and has been involved in popular entertainment his entire life. He has studied ballroom dance for nearly ten years and specializes in the Argentine Tango. He has traveled extensively to work with Tango instructors throughout the United States and has traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to learn at the source. He teaches beginner ballroom steps (East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Rhumba, Foxtrot, Waltz) and offers private and group classes in Argentine Tango. He is also available for demonstrations and corporate team-building. While he regularly performs as a solo act in Northern Michigan, he enjoys DJ’ing events for the area’s dance crowd. (And he actually is a Master Captain and Certified Instructor.)

“I’m hoping Red Sky Stage will become a popular place for our dancers and that members of the public will take this opportunity to try a little ballroom dancing. It’s great exercise, it’s good for your brain and it’s a great way to connect with your partner. If you’re a beginner, this is a great way to start dancing and meet new friends,” said Farrow.

 

2016 Event Dates: April 9, April 30, May 21, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 13, August 27, September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 12, November 26, December 10, December 31.

Admission is $10 per person; students $5.  Light snacks, soda, water, and coffee will be provided. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the venue. Please bring your dance shoes; street shoes are not allowed on the floor. (If you’re a beginner, dance shoes usually have a leather sole that allows your foot to pivot freely when you’re dancing, and are only worn on the dance floor. If you have a pair of comfortable shoes with leather soles, you can start with that.)

 

 

 Red Sky Stage Internet Radio Grand Re-Opening February 1st!

Great news!! Our informative and entertaining 24-7 Red Sky Stage streaming Internet radio station is returning . It will be packed full of local news, events and, of course, great coverage of the visual and performing arts in Petoskey, Northern Michigan and beyond. Community talk, local music and more!

Great local community radio. Broadcast (er, webcast) from Red Sky Stage in the middle of Downtown Petoskey for all of Greater Metropolitan Petoskey -- our name for people right here in town and all over the world who love and care about Petoskey.Internet Radio page of this website.

Get all the details and info on how to listen on your computer or any connected device on the Internet radio page of this website.

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Continuing 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 7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club  --  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.  Admission: Adults $10, Students $5.

 

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June 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

You asked for it so we've got it for you.  Sign in at the door and take your turn on our stage playing up to four  songs of your choice.  Bring your own folks to play with or choose your band from the audience.  Play a new piece you are trying to work out or one of your tried and true favorites.  This open mic is for people with lots of professional stage experience and people who have never played in front of anyone before.  Feel free to go acoustic or plug in.

You don't play an instrument or you want to check out the atmosphere first?  You are welcome to come and just listen, but you will probably want to bring your axe (or horn, keys, etc.) next time.

We will have a friendly atmosphere and a supportive, appreciative crowd to play in front of.  Show off your stuff or get some experience and advice or just learn by watching local masters at work.  There are some things you just can't learn about playing music sitting in your basement by yourself so come on in and join the fun.

This open mic takes place twice every month on the first and third Wednesay.  Stop by as often as you can.

Admission free.  Donations warmly appreciated.  Coffee and other refreshments available. 

Red Sky Stage is not licensed to serve alcohol or permit drinking on premises but there are lots of wonderful bars out there for before or after, including three outstanding spots right on our block.

 

Friday, June 3, Downtown Petoskey Summer Open House

Join Downtown Petoskey in celebrating the beginning of the summer season! 

Pennsylvania Park will come alive with the sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, and Downtown will be bustling with activity as the restaurants and merchants show off their 2016 goods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday , June 3, 8-10 PM  Collecting Consort Presents Earth's Blessings

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Anne and Gary Wakenhut,  the musical duo, Collecting  Consort, have always sought opportunities to be close to and experience nature.  As a result, they cherish and nurture the relationship between music, us, and our environment.  Melodies surround us in the calls of the animals, birds, and the ever changing weather.  Rhythms are evident in the continual cycles of the dusk and dawn, the hypnotic waves of the ocean, and the mysterious shifting of the seasons.  Musical keys and tempos touch our emotions, reflecting our sadness, fear, happiness, and joy.

Earth's Blessings is an evening of music, stories and readings that conveys the elements that surround and affect the fragile balance of our existence on this earth.  Anne's Celtic harp will bring forth its ancient history with over 2,000 years of nature's musical expression.  Her keyboard and her voice will add a touch of tender emotional movement. Gary's flutes and clarinets will combine the sounds of reeds and nature's wind.  His hammered dulcimer will add the element of forward movement always present within the earth's evolving energy.

The earth music they will be bringing includes Simple Gifts,  El Condor Pasa, On Eagle's Wings, Sunrise, Sunset and     Summertime.  The evening will also feature special readings including Longfellow's Hiawatha, Robert Frost's Stopping by the Woods and Rumi's The Guest House.

This concert should be an enjoyable experience for children of all ages from grade school to the senior citizen.  

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $12.50, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

Saturday, June 4, 7:30 - 10 pm   Blissfest Country Dance

The Country Dance Series is a great way to experience an evening of old-time fun for the whole family. All  dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. 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,  Callers: Cynthia Donahey and Jan Fowler    Band: Peacemeal

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

 

 

Monday, June 6, 6:00 pm  Petoskey Poets

Join our very supportive poetry reading group, hosted and organized by  Dar Charlebois this Monday and the firstMonday 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.  Have 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 competitive and performance opportunities and a growing variety of ways to explore creative writing and reading.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday June 11, 1 - 5  PM  Cigar Box Nation

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 get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music the 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.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, June 11, 8 pm,  Social Dance Night with DJ Captain Dan

7 PM  Free 1-hour dance lesson for beginners. Learn basic dance steps and dance floor etiquette.

DJ Captain Dan will play music appropriate for a variety of popular ballroom styles, including swing, Latin, waltz, foxtrot and hustle, plus country and Argentine tango. Showcase dancers will have the opportunity to take the floor with their favorite routines, and dance contests are planned.

The event is open to the public.   Singles and couples are welcome.  The event is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. 

Admission is $10 per person; students $5.  Light snacks, soda, water, and coffee will be provided.

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 13, 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. 

 

 

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

Join us for this exciting event the first and third Wednesday of Every Month .

Admission free.  Donations warmly appreciated.  Coffee and other refreshments available. 

Red Sky Stage is not licensed to serve alcohol or permit drinking on premises but there are lots of wonderful bars out there for before or after, including three outstanding spots right on our block.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 16, Downtown Petoskey Gallery Walk

We just wanted to remind you that the biggest art gallery event of the year and a great opportunity to visit our friends at the Northern Michigan Artists Market takes place today.

This evening of art and entertainment is definitely a community tradition.  Don't miss it.

During the Gallery Walk, Red Sky Stage will again be presenting the folks from the Spoken Word Art Group (S.W.A.G.) who will entertain people in the lobby between the Northern Michigan Artists Market and Red Sky Stage with their original work, Dreaming of Dragons.  Plan to stop and spend a few entertaining minutes with these local students, Sarah, Jacob, Emily, Anya, Lizzie and Emily.

Our friends at the Northern Michigan Artists Market and other participating art galleries will greet guests from 6:00 to 9 pm in an open-house format and offer delights for your eyes, ears, and taste buds.  Many of the galleries, including the Artists Market, will have artists present to introduce their works.

As a wonderful and exciting wrap up to the evening, art lovers will get a chance to win some fabulous art donated by the participating galleries at the Afterglow Party from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Rose Garden at Stafford's Perry Hotel.

Walking maps are free and will be available at the Petoskey Downtown Office, the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the participating galleries. So, get a babysitter, grab your friends, and stroll around Downtown Petoskey and soak up the cultured atmosphere.

Gallery Walk is sponsored by the galleries of Downtown Petoskey with the support of Fifth Third Bank, the Downtown Management Board and Crooked Tree Arts Center. 

 

Monday, June 20    Summer Begins!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 24, 8 pm, The Rough & Tumble

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

The Rough & Tumble used to say they were from Nashville.  That was before April 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road.  With their sixteen foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide.  Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you.  This Americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek.  Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.  

A few new songs and a few old ones are in the works, now, as The Rough & Tumble continue their meandering back and forth across the country.  On June 24th, they will be in our town and on our stage, singing sad songs and telling bad jokes Then, they will roll on to the next town that calls them.

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $12.50, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

 

 

Saturday, June 25, 8 pm,  Social Dance Night with DJ Captain Dan

7 PM  Free 1-hour dance lesson for beginners. Learn basic dance steps and dance floor etiquette.

DJ Captain Dan will play a variety of popular ballroom styles, including swing, Latin, waltz, foxtrot and hustle, plus country and Argentine tango. Showcase dancers will have the opportunity to take the floor with their favorite routines, and dance contests are planned.

The event is open to the public, singles and couples are welcome; the event is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.  For more details on this brand new dance event, scroll up a bit to Just Announced.

Admission is $10 per person; students $5.  Light snacks, soda, water, and coffee will be provided.

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 27, 7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up North Big Band

The Up North Big Band is taking a short summer break during June and July to make a couple of their tradition summer appearances.  They will be back at Red Sky Stage on Friday night, August 26.  See you then.

Meanwhile, you can dance with the UNBB on Friday, June 17th from 7 to 10 pm at Wings Over Gaylord at the airport in Gaylord.

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July 2016

Saturday, July 2, 8-10 PM  Band of Lovers

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

After two years on tour logging over 50,000 miles and twenty­-eight states, Band of Lovers calls the road their home. Their sound is a fresh, acoustic blend of classical ­inspired Americana and something all their own, and their chemistry is easily recognized­ “the harmonies... are sublime, passionate and filled with personality,” wrote Kerriann Curtis, and Christian Carvajal said of their debut single release, “..few songs are sweeter than Tennessee.”

With the recent addition of San Francisco­ based drummer/vocalist Liliana Urbain comes a driving energy and dynamic three ­part harmonies.  Their deep­rooted love for the state of Michigan appears in several of their songs, and they’re looking forward to playing around the state this June and July. Be sure to catch their Red Sky Stage debut!

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $12.50, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.

 

Petoskey Poets

There will  be no Petoskey Poets this month because the first Monday is the Fourth of July.  We will see you again on August 1.

 

 

 

4th of July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

You asked for it so we've got it for you.  Sign in at the door and take your turn on our stage playing up to four  songs of your choice.  Bring your own folks to play with or choose your band from the audience.  Play a new piece you are trying to work out or one of your tried and true favorites.  This open mic is for people with lots of professional stage experience and people who have never played in front of anyone before.  Feel free to go acoustic or plug in.

You don't play an instrument or you want to check out the atmosphere first?  You are welcome to come and just listen, but you will probably want to bring your axe (or horn, keys, etc.) next time.

We will have a friendly atmosphere and a supportive, appreciative crowd to play in front of.  Show off your stuff or get some experience and advice or just learn by watching local masters at work.  There are some things you just can't learn about playing music sitting in your basement by yourself so come on in and join the fun.

This open mic takes place twice every month on the first and third Wednesday.  Stop by as often as you can.

Admission free.  Donations warmly appreciated.  Coffee and other refreshments available. 

Red Sky Stage is not licensed to serve alcohol or permit drinking on premises but there are lots of wonderful bars out there for before or after, including three outstanding spots right on our block.

 

Thursday , July 7, 8-10 PM  John Hoaglund and Conrad Gold

Details to be posted soon

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $12.50, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 8-10  36th Annual Blissfest Folk & Roots Music Festival

This is Northern Michigan's Dont miss it folk and roots music festival.  It is three full days of music and more music. 

The feature artist this year wii be Peter Yarrrow.  Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.

 

Get all the details at the Blissfest Website and get yourself out there.

 

Saturday July 9, 1-5  PM  Cigar Box Nation

​ 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 get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music the 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.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, July 9, 7 pm,  Social Dance Night with DJ Captain Dan

DJ Captain Dan will play music appropriate for a variety of popular ballroom styles, including swing, Latin, waltz, foxtrot and hustle, plus country and Argentine tango. Showcase dancers will have the opportunity to take the floor with their favorite routines, and dance contests are planned.

Captain Dan offers a Free 1-hour dance lesson during the evening for anyone who wants one. Learn basic dance steps and dance floor etiquette. Just walk in.  Then, if you want, pay the admission and stay for the rest of the event.

The event is open to the public.   Singles and couples are welcome.  The event is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. 

Admission is $10 per person; students $5.  Light snack will be provided.

 

 

 

Monday, July 11, 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. 

 

Saturday , July 16, 8-10 PM  Nessa

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Details to be posted soon

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $12.50, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

 

Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

Join us for this exciting event the first and third Wednesday of Every Month .

Admission free.  Donations warmly appreciated.  Coffee and other refreshments available. 

Red Sky Stage is not licensed to serve alcohol or permit drinking on premises but there are lots of wonderful bars out there for before or after, including three outstanding spots right on our block.

 

Friday, July 22, 8 pm, Ernie Mindel and Cedar Valley

Details to be posted soon

 

Tickets:  $10 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $12.50, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 23, 7 pm,  Social Dance Night with DJ Captain Dan

DJ Captain Dan will play music appropriate for a variety of popular ballroom styles, including swing, Latin, waltz, foxtrot and hustle, plus country and Argentine tango. Showcase dancers will have the opportunity to take the floor with their favorite routines, and dance contests are planned.

Captain Dan offers a Free 1-hour dance lesson during the evening for anyone who wants one. Learn basic dance steps and dance floor etiquette. Just walk in.  Then, if you want, pay the admission and stay for the rest of the event.

The event is open to the public.   Singles and couples are welcome.  The event is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. 

Admission is $10 per person; students $5.  Light snack will be provided.

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 25, 7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up North Big Band

The Up North Big Band is taking a short summer break during June and July to make a couple of their tradition summer appearances.  They will be back at Red Sky Stage on Friday night, August 26.  See you then!