Red Sky Stage LLC

445 East Mitchell Street

Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: (231)487-0000


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

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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November 2018

Thursday, November 1 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


Saturday, November 3, 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  Harbor HoeDown and the callers are .Cynthia Donahey and Jan Fowler.

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


Monday, November 5,  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 November 6 abuilding a talented, creative, fun-loving and supportive collection of folks. 

Admission Free, Snacks available.





Tuesday November 6 and Every Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM  Refuge Recovery Meeting


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.


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 November 7, 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.



Wednesday November 7,  7 pm Songwriter's Showcase

Benefit to Support Blissfest Lamb's Retreat Scholarship Program

The 24th annual Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters is taking place November 1-11, 2018. The retreat run by John Lamb (pictured below) is held at Birchwood Inn north of Harbor Springs and features workshops, performances, showcasing and song swaps.  Each  participant gets a songwriting assignment and writes and performs their song during the weekend.  For more details, see the Retreat website.

Obviously, this event brings some of the best songwriters and aspiring songwriters right into our neighborhood.  Again this year, we are taking advantage of the retreat to schedule a songwriter showcase right between the two  weekends of the Retreat and bring together a collection of great songwriters from the Retreat to perform on our stage. 

Not only that but the performers have agreed to donate their portion of the proceeds from the showcase to the Blissfest Lamb’s Retreat Scholarship Program.  The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage aspiring songwriters by providing financial assistance to enable youth and adults the opportunity to participate in the Lamb’s Retreat experience.

Come to the concert and enjoy some greats songs sung by some of the best songwriters around and help support great songwriting.  Presented by the Artists-in-Residence of Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters.  Thanks to Bruce Smith for organizing this event again this year.


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



Friday, November 9, 7 PM  Kim Casey Trio Celebrates Joni Mitchell's 75th Birthday

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Joni Mitchell's 75th birthday is November 7.  We will celebrate it the evening of November 9th with a special tribute concert by Northeastern Michigan musician Kim Casey and her trio.  Kim has been a jazz, blues, and folk music artist for over 40 years.  She performs a unique blend of notable compositions on 12  guitars, distinctly played by Kim Casey, each one alternately tuned to Joni Mitchell's song specifications.

Kim Casey, will present a selection of Joni Mitchell’s popular songs. Throughout the show, Joni’s remarkable and familiar acoustic and folk/jazz music styles are faithfully presented allowing audiences to be swept along in “colored currents” of emotional reminiscence. Songs include:  Just Like Me, Night in the City, Both Sides Now, Chelsea Morning, You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio, Marci, The Circle Game, Morgan Town, Little Green, That Song About the Midway, Coyote, Cold Blue Steel, Harry’s House, Come In From The Cold, Night Ride Home, and many more!

Kim Casey leads an extraordinary music group for this performance which in includes, John Parsons (Producer, and Production Manager), Eric Dunckel (upright bass), Jim Miller (drums/percussion), Jim Riesterer (guitar technician, music history consultant)

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


Saturday November 10 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.


Saturday, November 10, Doors Open 7, Show Starts 8 PM,   Ill Vision Reunion

Hip Hop


Tonight Drebb and his talented crew of Northern Michigan Hip Hop artists want to  celebrate with all their very supportive fans and invite them to enjoy the show for free.  No admission will be charged!






Monday, November 12  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 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, November 16, 7:30 pm  Crosscut Kings

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

A night of acoustic roots, blues, and Americana when Charlie "Hipps" Witthoeft (harmonica) is joined by Jim Bonney (guitar, vocals). Timeless classics, fresh interpretations, and original music.

This concert will feature an all-new set list filled with new originals and unique covers from  Johnny Cash to David Bowie... from Mississippi Fred McDowell to Motörhead!  There may even be a few surprise guests sitting in! (Names to be disclosed later)

The Crosscut Kings made their debut at Red Sky Stage on March 23, 2018, and became an instant success across Northern Michigan.  Now they make a triumphant return to our stage to celebrate and release their new CD complete with four new original tunes.  This concert will be your first opportunity to get a copy.


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




Saturday, November 17, 8 PM     Hell On Heels Presents Dynamic Divas

The first Hell on Heels show last month was a big success -- lots of fun for everyone and a sold out crowd!  What else could we do?  We are presenting an exciting new edition of this lip syncing, dancing, and singing adventure. It 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, Vajojo Visage and  Rainbow Blight.





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. 




Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 PM   Scott Cook

Presented by the Blissfest Music Organization

Blissfest is taking over our stage for the night to present this wonderful concert.

Scott Cook  has been living out of a van or a backpack for the last eleven years, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and distilling his experiences into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. His fourth independent release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track Pass It Along won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers".

Scott is currently touring in support of his sixth studio album, Further Down the Line, which earned Cook his second CFMA nomination (English Songwriter of the Year). Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year.

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 also  available at  Tickets will be available at the door the night of the show for $15.



Friday, November 30,  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.

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.