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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December 2018

Saturday, December 1, 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  Hannah Harris Trio (Hannah Harris, John Warstler and Rick Willey) and the callers are .Cynthia Donahey and Jan Fowler.

Admission $5/person, $7/couple or $10/family.  Children are welcome.

 

Monday, December 3,  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.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday December 4 and Every Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM  Refuge Recovery Meeting

A BUDDHIST INSPIRED PATH TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery is to support those on this path of recovery by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings and communities that practice, educate and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

DIVERSE AND WELCOMING TO ALL.

As a peer-led recovery program using Buddhism as the path to freedom from all addictions, Refuge Recovery is a community that embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, legal standing, and educational or socioeconomic status. As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise communication and avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe.

For more information about Refuge Recovery, see their website.

 

Wednesday December 5, and Every Wednesday, 7-8 PM  LifeRing Recovery


LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in  recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-directed.   LifeRing offers meetings in the United States, Canada, and other selected countries of the world. Meetings are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary, just walk on in to our regular weekly meeting at Red Sky Stage.  

For more information about LifeRing Secular Recovery, see their website.

 

Thursday,  December 6 and Every Thursday, 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 December 8 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.  ADD LINKS

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Monday, December 10 7pm and the 2nd and 4th Monday of Every Month  Ukes for You

This group of Ukulele enthusiasts meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month 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, December 14, 7 PM   Hannah Harris and John Warstler 

Exploring a Traditional Travel Map with Fiddle and Guitar

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Local fiddle and guitar duo Hannah Harris and John Warstler team up to deliver an evening of Irish traditional music with a few other Celtic influences added in. They have been playing together for a little over a year now in various concert settings, bringing together their diverse musical backgrounds into a cohesive and well-blended sound.

 

This evening they are introducing a new concept, following Hannah’s travels to Ireland, Scotland, Cape Breton and the southeastern United States to include you in a program of the tunes and stories that bring together a past and present musical journey. 

 

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. 

 

 

Saturday, December 15, 8 PM, Doors Open 7PM    Hell On Heels Presents CHRISTMAS Spectacular

Hell on Heels is lots of fun for everyone!  The December edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and singing adventure, CHRISTMAS Spectacular is 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!!

Host MercedesBenz-Over is back along with featured stars Kelly Ann Jefferies AND Vajojo Visage.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW, SEATING IS LIMITED!!!  DO NOT MISS OUT111

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 22, 7-9 PM  The River Dogs

Folk Rock Concert

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series


Lara Fullford and the Passino brothers join together to form The River Dogs, a local and lighthearted band of Indian River, Michigan. The trio officially formed three years ago as a folk rock group, bonding over their shared interests in music and their love of performing, bringing nostalgia and excitement to the audience over their covers of classics, as well as shaking up the set with their own original tunes!

 

If you can't resist a good banjo roll, the hum of a harmonica, tickled ivories, and the melodious mandolin then you do not want to miss The River Dogs!

 

 

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. 


 

 

Sunday, December 23, 7-9 PM  Breathe Owl Breath and Samantha Cooper

These performers with great local roots team up for one fantastic show.  Multi-media artist, songwriter and guitarist Micah Middaugh  and percussionist and keys player Trevor Hobbs of Breathe Owl Breathe return to our stage for a special performance.  Their shows last couple of winters here were big hits and we are thrilled to have them back.  The music of Breathe Owl Breathe, a spirit rock band searching for rhythms and stories in unexpected places has always been steeped in magic. Their songs occupy the hazy space between wakefulness and dreaming, where the tangible world meets the transcendental.  

This pair of friends began making music a decade ago in a remote cabin tucked away in a Northern Michigan river valley. There, by the heat of a wood stove, they became Breathe Owl Breathe and honed their sound—a wild rumpus of harmony and rhythm. Their flare for pop-addled melodies flips the contemporary folk aesthetic, eschewing freakiness in favor of charm. It’s a dynamic built on coupling clever arrangements with lyrical whimsy. Despite the growth and experience that they have gained along the way, recording five albums, releasing a children's book and logging several cross-country tours, the band's sound is still rooted in the mysticism, warmth and wide-eyed wonder that imbued their earliest songs. Their visual art plays an equally prominent role. Micah is a visual artist and printmaker, and is largely responsible for the band's aesthetic; child-like, timeless and whimsical.

Samantha Cooper is a Kalamazoo based music teacher, facilitator, songwriter and session musician. Her debut solo record Go On Do Your Thing will be released via Earthwork Music in early 2019. Each song speaks for it’s sound, from contemplative respite’s to danceable PSA’s. Sam has previously released two video singles and a self titled duo album called Hearth & Hymn. Other projects have included Maraj, The Bowhunter Stringband and supporting work for artists such as Chris Bathgate, Matt Jones and The Lasso.

 

Tickets:  $15 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $20.

January 2019

Here is the January 2019 schedule as it looks now.  I may be adding another event or two in the next week or so. For now, here is January . . .

 

Thursday, January 3 and Every Thursday, 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, January 4, 7 PM  The Real Ingredients and A Brighter Bloom

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

The Real Ingredients are a mostly acoustic duo from Petoskey, who have been playing music together since their middle school years. 

Bringing different musical tastes together, The Real Ingredients mix genres that include folk, rock, and funk with a singer/songwriter charm and a dash of humor. 

After a hiatus to go to college, Sean Miller and Traven Lawrence Michaels  reunited with the vision of playing music together again and creating a sound of their own.  The duo, in just two short years, have now played throughout Michigan from south of Grand Rapids up to Mackinaw and everywhere in between. They have also been noted as "one of the hardest working bands in Michigan" by the Northern Express and have been featured on Local Spins for their tiny desk concert submission and 9&10 News with their original song For Granted that talks about clean water, shutting down Line 5 and not taking water and the state of Michigan for granted.

A Brighter Bloom is the culmination of many years of music behind the belts of Todd Aldrich, Lauren Onica and TJ Rankin. Lauren and Todd started creating together in 2014 after meeting at a local open mic. TJ joined on shortly after and rounded out the sound with his distinct playing style and added rhythm with bass guitar. Writing music together came easily and the three released their first collection of music in 2017 with a -titled EP.

Noted in a Northern Express publication in 2016 as The Next Wave: Local Artists to Watch , A Brighter Bloom has been named as a band poised to break out of the region next.

With a new collection of songs set to release in 2019, A Brighter Bloom continues to play all areas of their home state of Michigan, breaking into new areas while keeping their roots in the North.

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. 

 

 

 

Tuesday January 8 and Every Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM  Refuge Recovery Meeting

A BUDDHIST INSPIRED PATH TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery is to support those on this path of recovery by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings and communities that practice, educate and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

DIVERSE AND WELCOMING TO ALL.

As a peer-led recovery program using Buddhism as the path to freedom from all addictions, Refuge Recovery is a community that embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, legal standing, and educational or socioeconomic status. As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise communication and avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe.

For more information about Refuge Recovery, see their website.

 

Wednesday January 9, and Every Wednesday, 7-8 PM  LifeRing Recovery

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in  recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-directed.   LifeRing offers meetings in the United States, Canada, and other selected countries of the world. Meetings are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary, just walk on in to our regular weekly meeting at Red Sky Stage.  

For more information about LifeRing Secular Recovery, see their website.

 

Saturday January 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.

 

Monday, January 14  and the 2nd and 4th Monday of Every Month  Ukes for You

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 provides the instruction and, leaders and 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, January 19, 7 PM  Indigo Moon

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Indigo Moon, (Jeff Lange and Lee Anne Whitman) a Northern Michigan acoustic folk duo, brings guitars and

harmonic voices (with a touch of harmonica, ukulele, and cajone), to entertain with nature, history, and literature-inspired original pieces, a mix of traditional folk music, and other familiar songs. They love nature, from the tiny mayfly to the vast universe, create songs from their favorite books, and bring this love and fascination into the lines of their music.

Indigo Moon's music ranges from dreamily soothing, light and airy, folksy to flat out toe-tapping, but stopping just short of foot-stomping. Since their songs spring from personal experiences and genuine natural phenomena, many musical pieces begin with an introduction, not so much to explain the song, but to set the scene.

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. 

 

 

Friday, January 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 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:  Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.

 

Saturday, January 26, Doors Open 7, Show Starts 8 PM,  Purple Album Release Party and Hip Hop Concert

Our regular corps of talented hip hop stars are back on our stage with a special show for January 26th.  Our host performer Drebb will be we'll be promoting his newly released, Purple. . Your favorite acts will be back, including Noemad, True Fiya, Filo Bar God. There will also be an open mic at the end.

Tickets $5.