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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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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December 2016

Here is a preview of December's events.  We are working on some other things and will update this schedule.

Friday, December 2, 6:30 - 9pm Downtown Petoskey Holiday Open House

Join our friends at the Northern Michigan Artists Market and the other merchants of Downtown Petoskey for the Holiday Open House, the region's premier holiday season event!

The Holiday Open House begins with an appearance by Santa Claus, who flies in to town to light the giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park!  After the tree lighting Santa will sit in the Gazebo and listen to children's holiday wishes. At the tree lighting ceremony Charlie Millard will key us in with seasonal piano music, and the winner of the Treasure Downtown Contest, as well as the winner of the Holiday Window Contest, will be announced.

Streets close down and the Artists Market and merchants open their doors to offer warm holiday greetings and hospitality. The streets will be filled with merry entertainment by carolers and the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band. And don't forget to visit the bean pots and enjoy a cup of soup made by the Petoskey Snowmobile Club or the Kiwanis tent for grilled brats.

Our cousins, the Northern Michigan Artists Market will welcome guests and be serving refreshments.  Red Sky Stage's young adult Spoken Word Art Group will be in the lobby with mini-performances featuring stories and mythical characters for the winter holidays. Please make sure to spend a few minutes with these young word artists from our community.  Joining them in the lobby will be the Mitchell Street Saxophone Quartet, the sax section of the Up North Big band, returning for the third straight year to perform holiday musical selections.

Come Downtown and enjoy the smiling faces and Christmas fun with your family with this evening that is a holiday tradition on the first Friday in December every year!

And then, at 8:30 . . .

 

 

Friday, December 2, 8:30 pm  May Erlewine EP Release and Dance Party

Presented by Blissfest Music Organization

May Erlewine is set to entertain on the night of Downtown Petoskey's Holiday Open House. Join us for a evening of revelry, live at the Red Sky Stage. It's going to be an evening of soul/groove inspired music that she has been developing for her upcoming winter EP due out in December. She will be supported by her band featuring Mike Lynch on the keys, drummer extraordinaire Michael Shimmin, Max Lockwood on the low down bass, along with Phil Barry and Eric Kuhn on guitars.

Limited seating so get your tickets now!

Admission $25 available at Northern Michigan Artists Market and all the usual Blissfest ticket locations.  Blissfest members may get tickets for $25, only available at Blissfest ticket outlets.

 

 

Saturday December 3, 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, the band will be Harbor HoeDown and the caller will be Jan Fowler

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

 

 

Monday, December 5, 6:00 pm  Petoskey Poets

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

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 5, 7-10 pm  Advanced 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 beginner to legendary bluesman.

 

Cost for six sessions, $145.  For more information or to register, call Steve August at  

231-838-6419.  Email alljazz.chartermi.net. 

 

Tuesday, December 6, 7-10 pm Beginning 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 beginner to legendary bluesman.

 

Cost for six sessions, $145.  For more information or to register, call Steve August at  

231-838-6419.  Email alljazz.chartermi.net. 

 

 

Saturday December 10, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders

There will be no meeting of the CBG Minded Michiganders this month as they take time out for the holidays.  Stop by in January when they bring in all of their new creations and get together again for their monthly meeting.  All interested people are invited to join the fun.

 

 

 

Monday, December 12, 6-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

6-7 pm,  Beginning Uke     7-9 pm, Uke Jam

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. 

 

 

 

Monday, December 12, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see December 5.

Tuesday, December 13, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see December 6.

 

Thursday, December 15, Noon - 8 pm  when words fail, art speaks

An exhibition of art by people served by North Country Community Mental Health and special education students

North Country CMH takes over Red Sky Stage for the afternoon and evening to present a special holiday one-day showing and sale of incredible artwork in a variety of media created by Petoskey area artists with disabilities This show will give people the opportunity to meet these talented artists and view and purchase their works for their own collections or to give as gifts.  pThe event will include live music and tasty appetizers.  Bring your whole family and enjoy this pre-holiday event.  The acrylic painting on the right, Birches by Petoskey area artist Bruce Love, will be one of the pieces featured at the show.  (Mr. Love's paintings and cards are available year round at the Northern Michigan Artists Market.)

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

 

Saturday, December 17, Blissfest Music Organization 11th Annual Solstice Show

Emmet County Community Building Petoskey, MI    Doors Open 5pm  Festivities Start 6pm

Our friends at the Blissfest musig Organizaton are having a big party.  We plan to be there so we thought we out to tell you about it too.

Join us to shake off those winter blues for the 11th Annual Blissfest Winter Solstice concert & potluck! Entertainment will include The Ragbirds, a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world! They will be joined by The Turnips, a roots-based blend of Rock, Blues, Folk, Americana along with DJ + Words + Banjo from BoomaTwang. Our annual potluck, kids activities, libations for sale, and silent auction. We'll see you at the Emmet County Community Building!

Red Sky Stage's Marty Scott will be there for the third straight year to MC and keep everything moving along blissfully .

Tickets are available at Blissfest.org, the Grain Train and at the door.

 

Monday, December 19, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see December 5.

Tuesday, December 20, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see December 6.

 

Wednesday, January 21, First Day of Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 24, Happy Hannukah

(Begins at sundown today and lasts for eight days)

 

 

Sunday, December 25  Merry Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 26  Happy Kwanzaa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 26, 7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

6-7 pm,  Beginning Uke     7-9 pm, Uke Jam

This would be the regular day for Ukes, but since it is the day after Christmas, I have my doubts.  Watch this space and I will update it when I know the answer.

Admission free.  Snacks available.

 

Monday, December 26, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see December 5.

Tuesday, December 27, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see December 6.

 

Friday,   Up North Big Band

No dance this month,  See you next year on Friday, January 27th.

 

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January 2017

Here is a preview of January's events.  We are working on some other things and will update this schedule.

Sunday, January 1, 2017  Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 2,  6:00 pm  Petoskey Poets

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

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday,January 2, 7-10 pm  Advanced 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 beginner to legendary bluesman.

 

Cost for six sessions, $145.  For more information or to register, call Steve August at  

231-838-6419.  Email alljazz.chartermi.net. 

 

Tuesday, January 3, 7-10 pm Beginning 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 beginner to legendary bluesman.

 

Cost for six sessions, $145.  For more information or to register, call Steve August at  

231-838-6419.  Email alljazz.chartermi.net. 

 

Saturday, January 7, 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, the band will be TBA  and the callers will be TBA

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

 

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

6-7 pm,  Beginning Uke     7-9 pm, Uke Jam

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. 

 

 

 

Monday,January 9, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 2.

Tuesday,January 10, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 3.

 

Saturday January 14 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders

‚ÄčCBG Minded Michigan'ders  is a Michigan based movement of musicians, instrument builders, hobbyists, fans and just plain folks with  an interest in cigar box guitars, ukuleles and related creations.  Members and friends of CBG Minded Michigan'ders  get together with other interested people  to share their fascination with cigar box instruments and the music they make.  What better place to do that than Red Sky Stage.

There will be a lot of swapping stories, tips and ideas about building and playing cigar box instruments. 

The event is open to everyone.  Be sure to attend if you have even the slightest interest in cigar box instruments, making them, playing them or just seeing one for the first time. 

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

Monday,January 16, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 2.

Tuesday,January 17 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 3.

 

Saturday January 21, 7:30 PM  JB Davies and  Dan House

Fingerstyle Guitar

This concert is the third in our series of performances by expert fingerstyle guitar players.  The first two featured musicians from Italy who were on tour in the United States.  For this show in January, we feature two highly accomplished local players combining for an evening of fingerstyle artistry,  variety and excellence.

JB Davies started playing guitar at the age of fourteen after seeing a John Denver concert with his mom.  Seeing Leo Kotke perform in 1998 ignited him to become a student of the contemporary fingerstyle guitar movement.

JB has studied under some of the top pioneers of the genre.  this inspired him to explore the roots of this tradition, leading him to a turn of the century instrument called the harp guitar.  JB's repertoire is eclectic, ranging from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to contemporary fingerstyle artists and his own originals.  He plays in heavy alternative tunings using acoustic, baritone and harp guitars. His technique utilizes two handed tapping, two hands over the top and other unusual methods.  JB is Co-Founder and Past President off the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society.

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 Trio last season.  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.

TICKETS: $10 advance sale, $15.00 the day of the show. Students $8 Children 12 and under $5

 

 

Monday, January 23,  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

6-7 pm,  Beginning Uke     7-9 pm, Uke Jam

Admission free.  Snacks available.

 

 

Monday,January 23, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 2.

Tuesday,January 24, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 3.

 

 

Friday, January 27, 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.

 

 

Monday,January 30, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 2.

Tuesday,January 31, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see January 3.

 

 

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