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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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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March 2017

Saturday, March 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, the band will be Harbor HoeDown and the callers will be Larry Dyer and Thea Murray

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

 

Monday, March 6,  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.  Had fun?  Come back next month with something to read.  We are building a talented, creative, fun-loving and supportive collection of folks.  As we gain experience and confidence, we will work on other opportunities and a growing variety of ways to explore creative writing and reading.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Monday, March 6, 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, March 7, 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 March 11 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders,

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

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

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

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Sunday, March 13 Daylight Saving Time Begins !

 

Monday, March 13,  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.

The first hour focuses on helping beginners learn to form chords, strum and play some simple songs.  Then more experienced players join in with the others and the focus shifts to playing songs and talking uke.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

 

Monday,March 13, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see March 6.

 

Tuesday, March 14, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see March 7

 

Friday, March 17, St Patrick's Day !

 

Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm Got Shamrock, Got Thistle?

Traditional Highland Dance and Celtic music performance

This perfect family event for the St. Patrick's Day weekend combines the traditional highland singing and dancing by the talented students of Highland Dance HARBOR and the music of the classical Celtic duo Weaving the Wind.

Dancers from Highland Dance HARBOR Studio in Harbor Springs have been learning, demonstrating and performing the traditional Scottish Highland and National dances at numerous venues and events around Northern Michigan since 1997.  Those prepared for competition have traveled to and experienced success at many Midwest region events, including the Alma Highland Festival, as well as in Ontario and at the annual USIR National Championship.  Scottish Highland dancing requires long study and practice to achieve the requisite combination of grace, athleticism and stamina.  Most all the dances depict a characteristic or tell a story specific to Scottish culture and history and are performed in traditional National or Highland dress.  Highland Dance HARBOR studio was established by its instructor, Mary-Elizabeth MacGregor Chaney, Professional Member BATD Highland Branch and FUSTA Midwest.

The melody of an Irish flute weaving its way through the strings of the Celtic harp was the inspiration for the name Weaving the Wind, the duo of Linda Hammond and Gretchen VanLoozen, multi-instrumentalists and singer songwriters who play an eclectic blend of Celtic, light classical, folk and original songs.

Admission free but donations suggested.  A portion of the proceeds will go to support the participation of students of Highland Dance HARBOR in festivals and competitions.

 

Monday, March 20, First Day of Spring!

 

Monday, March 20,  7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see March  6.

 

Tuesday, March 21,  7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see March 7.

Thursday, March 23, 7 pm  Up North Green Party Meeting

The Up North Green Party is for people in Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties who are interested in the Green Party of Michigan.  As a part of our service to the community, we have invited them to hold meetings at Red Sky Stage.

The Up North Green Party's announcement for this meeting says:   

Are you fed up with the broken two party system? Are you looking to create real positive change in your community and beyond?
Then join the green party!
All are welcome! Bring a friend!
Lean more about the Green Party
@ http://www.migreenparty.org/

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

 

 

Friday, March 24, 7   pm  Billy McLaughlin

Internationally Recognized World-Class Fingerstyle Guitarist

Meet the Artist – Billy McLaughlin has been changing people’s idea of what an acoustic guitar can sound like since the 1980’s.

“…you may swear Billy McLaughlin is two of the greatest acoustic guitarists you’ve ever heard.” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“… it’s amazing that such an extensive sound comes from one instrument.”
– Chicago Sun Times

He is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody.

Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist and Emmy Award winning composer who has appeared on Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards*, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award*.
 
But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure or even a diagnosis, this right-handed guitarist embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument…left-handed! His remarkable comeback is captured in the independent documentary film Changing Keys (seen on PBS stations in 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band. KPBS (San Diego) produced the 2013 Emmy Award winning live concert program called Starry Night – Billy McLaughlin with Orchestra Nova highlighting McLaughlin’s extraordinary talent as both guitarist and inspirational speaker.
 
Now serving as Ambassador for Awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, McLaughlin is the winner of the 2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award** whose previous winners include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer, and Michael J. Fox.
 
McLaughlin was a  featured speaker at the TED conference in Atlanta (May 2010) and is touring internationally including China, the Philippines, India, Europe and extensively throughout the US.  ‘Many people fail because they quit too soon.” reads the fortune cookie saying that McLaughlin taped to his dashboard in 2001 – it remains there to this day.McLaughlin has resumed an international schedule of concert appearances and keynote speaking. He resides in his home state of Minnesota where he is proudly raising two boys.

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 $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

 

 

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

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

For details, see March 13

Admission free.  Snacks available.

 

 

Monday, March 27, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see March 6.

Tuesday, March 28, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see March 7.

 

Friday, March 31, 7:30-10:30 PM  Up North Big Band

30's and 40's Swing and Big Band Dancing

Dance Lesson 6:45-7:30

Northern Michigan's premier concert and dance big band presents its regular monthly night of music and    dancing on our 1,000 square foot dance floor. 

The Up North Big Band Is comprised of 19 talented musicians from across Northern Michigan, who came together to preserve the sounds of the big band era. The UNBB offers tight ensemble playing combined with exceptional solo features and live vocals.

Red Sky Stage is the official home of the UNBB and its monthly  well known and popular interpretation of 30's and 40's swing  and big band dance music.

Thank you to the Blissfest Music Organization for its generous and continuing support of the Up North Big Band.

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

 

 

 

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April 2017

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

Saturday, April 1, April Fool's Day!

Saturday, April 1, 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 Danny Johnston & Friends and the caller will be Cynthia Donahey

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

 

Monday, April 3,  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.  Had fun?  Come back next month with something to read.  We are building a talented, creative, fun-loving and supportive collection of folks.  As we gain experience and confidence, we will work on other opportunities and a growing variety of ways to explore creative writing and reading.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Monday, April 3, 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.  [Photo: Internationally acclaimed harmonica virtuoso Todd Parrett]

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

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

 

Tuesday, April 4, 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 csteve Augustlass.  Open to ALL harmonica players from raw beginner to legendary bluesman.  [Photo:  Steve August]

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

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

 

 

Saturday, April 8, 1 - 5  PM  CBG Minded Michigan'ders

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

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

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

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Monday, April 10,  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.

The first hour focuses on helping beginners learn to form chords, strum and play some simple songs.  Then more experienced players join in with the others and the focus shifts to playing songs and talking uke.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

 

Monday, April 10, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see April 3.

 

Tuesday, April 11, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see April 4.

 

Monday, April 17,  7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see April 3.

 

Tuesday, April 18,  7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see April 4.

 

Friday, April 21, 7 pm  Singer Songwriter Showcase

Details TBA

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 $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day!

 

Monday, April 24,  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

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

For details, see March 13

Admission free.  Snacks available.

 

Monday, April 24, 7-10 pm  Advanced Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see April 3.

Tuesday,April 25, 7-10 pm Beginning Fun Blues Harmonica Class

For details, see April 4.

 

Friday, April 28, 7 PM  The Luce Connection

Details TBA

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 $15, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

 

 

 

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