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

This event is on hold for summer.  It will resume in the fall.

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

This event is on hold for summer.  It will resume in the fall.

  --  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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August 2016

Monday, August 1, 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 competitive and performance opportunities and a growing variety of ways to explore creative writing and reading.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

Wednesday, August 3, 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.


 

Saturday, August 6, 8 PM  Bob and Susan Fawcett

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Bob and Susan Fawcett return to our stage for an exciting summer concert performance. This father-daughter duo serves up a delicious multi-instrumental gumbo of original and cover tunes spanning musical genres from waltzes to the blues.

Humorous songs like The Virgin Vampire and The Sultan of Psychopharmacology and haunting instrumentals like the Long Hallway Waltz whet the listener’s appetite for more. You will leave the concert with a smile on your face and the sounds of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica lifting your spirits.

Bob and Susan have played together at numerous music festivals, at Boyne Arts Collective and Short’s Brewery along with Jack Elliot. Susan is a member of the Earthwork Music collective and has toured with The Earthwork Women, Breathe Owl Breathe, Airborn or Aquatic, and Michael Beauchamp and the Barn Roughs, and performed at her alma mater, Interlochen Arts Academy. Bob has done solo shows at Charlevoix’s Winterfolk series and Back Porch concerts.

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 August 13, 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 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.

 

 

Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

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

See August 3, above, for details.

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.

 

Sunday, August 21  NO JAM SESSION TODAY DUE TO BEATLES FOREVER

 

Sunday, August 21, 2 pm  Beatles Forever

Presented by the Petoskey District Library and Red Sky Stage

Award winning and noted Michigan poet M. L. Liebler and well known Detroit recording artists Eddie Baranek, Charlie Palazzola, Lou DeCillis and Max Beardly perform Beatles Forever, a short story about growing up in Michigan with the Beatles.  This incredible show brings together through a multi media presentation the music of the Beatles, videos, M.L. Liebler’s short story Beatles Forever and an all ages Beatles sing-along of your favorite Beatles music for the whole family.

This 90 minute program includes Liebler’s humorous, emotional and entertaining story  starting with the 1964 Ed Sullivan Show.  Hear over twenty popular Beatles songs plugged into the story and performed live by nationally known Detroit area musicians with Beatles videos playing in the background.  Share the laughs, memories, harmonies and great musical fun.

For more information, call the Petoskey District Library, 231.758.3100.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Friday, August 26, 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.

 

Saturday, August 27, 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 the 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.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 31, 7-9 pm,  Todd Parrott Harmonica Workshop

Meet this fabulous harmonica virtuoso.  Todd's music is absolutely spellbinding.  A world class musician. Soulful music straight from the harp.

Todd Parrott will conduct a workshop for all music lovers and harmonica players at Red Sky Stage.  All skill levels are welcome to attend the workshop, meet Todd and gain some harmonica insights that will help your overall playing.  Bring your harps, your questions and learn from this master harmonica player.

 

The next evening, starting at 7 pm, Todd Parrott will perform in concert at Red Sky Stage.  For more details on the concert, see the listing below for September 1.

Workshop Tickets:  $50

 

 

 

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September 2016

aThursday, September 1, 7 PM  Todd Parrott

Virtuoso Harmonica Master

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Hear this fabulous harmonica virtuoso perform his magic.  Todd's music is absolutely spellbinding.  A world class musician. Soulful music straight from the harp.

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a master in concert.

Todd Parrott has been called one of the freshest, most innovative and proficient harmonica players today. “he's got it all, great chops, killer tone, speed, finesse and impecable taste,” says Buddy Greene. “He plays with a sensibility and maturity and never sacrifices musicality for mere technique.”

Todd was first inspired more than twenty-five years ago, after hearing the lively harmonica playing of a guest speaker who visited his church. It was then that he purchased his first harmonica, and what started as a fascination quickly became a lifelong passion. Today, his soulful gospel-style harmonica can be heard at churches and harmonica events across the nation. Todd's new album, Songs From the Harp features a mixture of styles and songs, all arranged to make you move your feet, while moving your soul.

Todd Parrott will also conduct a workshop for all music lovers and harmonica players at Red Sky Stage on Wednesday, August 31.  People of all skill levels are welcome to attend the workshop and meet Todd and gain some harmonica insights that will help your overall playing.  For more details on the workshop, see the above listing for August 31.

Concert Tickets:  $15 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $20, students $10, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

Monday, September 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.

 

 

Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

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. 

 

Friday, September 9, 8 PM  Ernie Mendel

Benefit  Concert

Concert cancelled for health reasons.  We expect it to be rescheduled soon. 

 

Saturday September 10, 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 check out the Cigar Box Nation website and Facebook page.

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

Saturday, September 10, 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.

 

Friday, September 16, 8 PM  Steel and Wood

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Climb aboard the Red Sky Stage freight train and head south for some first class Northern Michigan Bluegrass.  Steel and Wood is a repeat visitor to our stage and long time favorite of our audience.  The band features these well known and accomplished Petoskey area musicians:

John Neiswander -- John is a student of roots and folk music.  He is well acquainted with the artists, styles, history and back stories of American music.  He sings and plays lead guitar.
Irene Kazmers -- Irene sings and is Northern Michigan's premier fiddle player. In addition to playing mean and tuneful bluegrass, as she does with Steel and Wood, she is more than comfortable with a vast assortment of Irish, Bavarian and American folk and blues styles.  She also is a standout violin and guitar player.
Bruce Walker  -- Bruce plays mandolin with Steel and Wood.
John Hussey --John is Steel and Wood's  bass man. He is also a very accomplished banjo player

Steel and Wood plays hard drivin' bluegrass and other friendly frequencies from the Southland of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.  Theirs is the sound of the Appalachian Mountains blended with the parallel harmonies that make up the high lonesome sound. 

TICKETS: $10 advance sale, $12.50 the day of the show. Students $8 Children 12 and under $5

 

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

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

See September 7, above, for details.

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

 

 

Saturday, September 24, 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.

 

Friday, September 30, 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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