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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January 2017

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. 

 

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

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.

 

Saturday, January 14, 7 PM  Standing Rock Forum

Community Forum with local speakers who participated in the events at Standing Rock.  

This timely and important forum will feature a panel comprised of area activists who have spent time at the encampment at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is working to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from ripping through their ancestral homelands. The pipeline threatens their water, their sacred places, and the future of their children.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has been joined in a months-long protest by environmental, human rights and social justice activists, opposes the oil pipeline due to concerns over water contamination, environmental destruction and damage to ancestral sites.

Panelists include:

LuAnne Kozma, of Charlevoix, folklorist, paralegal and political and environmental activist, has led campaigns to protect parks and is the campaign director for the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan. On the Green Party’s national committee, she coordinated the 2016 Michigan campaigns for Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, the party’s candidates for President and Vice-President. Kozma is a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

Ellis Boal, also of Charlevoix, and married to Kozma, has run on the Green Party ticket in recent elections seeking posts ranging from county prosecutor to U.S. Congress. He is active in the statewide initiative campaign of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan. Boal is also a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

Stephen Brede, of Petoskey, is a writer, photographer and activist who spent six summers paddling his canoe around the perimeter of all the Great Lakes. That experience infused him with a deep reverence for water.

Boal and Kozma travelled to Standing Rock in November, where they spent a week helping in the Legal Tent. Boal returned with Brede in December, this time working in one of the camp’s kitchens, while Brede helped with camp construction.

The discussion will be moderated by Fred Harrington of Petoskey, an IT professor at North Central Michigan College and a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.  Fred is a frequent co-host of the Morning Show with Marty Scott on Red Sky Stage Internet Radio.

The forum will also include a performance by members of the Red Sky Stage young adult Spoken Word Art Group with a tribute to John Trudell,  Native American author, poet, actor, musician and political activist.

According to Stephen Brede,The experience inspired all of us, We met and worked with people from around the country and world, and experienced a rare victory against corporate power when the Army Corps of Engineers revoked a previously issued permit on the final 1,100 feet in North Dakota of the four-state pipeline in order to conduct another environmental review over concerns about water quality.

Saturday’s forum is open to everyone interested in the peaceful struggle at Standing Rock, and concerned about similar issues facing us locally. If you have spent time at Standing Rock, please attend and join the panel.  The forum will also be open for questions and comments by all who attend.

There is no admission charge for the forum but donations will be accepted to help support community forums on important topics at Red Sky Stage.

 

Monday, January 16,  Martin Lutur King Jr. Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Frozen North Concert Series

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

 

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, 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 in advance at the Northern Michigan Artists Market, (231) 487-0000. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $15.00, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

SERIES SPECIAL PACKAGE --  Al three Frozen North Concert Series shows only $25 in advance.  JB Davies and Dan House PLUS breathe owl breathe(January 29) and Kirby (February 3).

 

 

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.

 

Sunday,  January 29, 7:00 pm  breathe owl breathe

Frozen North Concert Series

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Lyricist and guitarist Micah Middaugh  and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Trevor Hobbs of breathe owl breathe return to our stage for a special performance.  Their show last summer here was a big hit and we are thrilled to have them back (even if this show has to be without their third member, cellist and vocalist Andrea Moreno-Beals). The music of breathe owl breathe 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. 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.

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 $15.00, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

SERIES SPECIAL PACKAGE --  Al three Frozen North Concert Series shows only $25 in advance.  breathe owl breathe PLUS JB Davies and Dan House (January 21) and Kirby (February 3).

 

 

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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February 2017

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

Frieday, February 3, 7:00 pm Kirby with Special Guests Garrison Lewis and and Al Thayer

Frozen North Concert Series

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini Concert Series

Kirby is one of Northern Michigan's top singer/songwriters.  This concert will be 90% original Kirby songs and 10% outstanding covers to keep Kirby fans clapping and singing along.  Joining Kirby will be his good friends Garrison Lewis and Al Thayer.  Garrison is an excellent mandolin player and fiddler.  Al is a first rate bass player who is mighty handy with the banjo and guitar as well.  There figures to be a whole lot of instruments on stage and lots of great tunes filling the air

SERIES SPECIAL PACKAGE --  Al three Frozen North Concert Series shows only $25 in advance.  JB Davies and Dan House PLUS breathe owl breathe(January 29) and Kirby (February 3).

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 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 caller will be Cynthia Donahey

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

 

 

Monday, February 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.  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,February 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, February 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 February 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.

 

Monday, Febnuary 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.

Admission free.  Snacks available. 

 

 

 

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

For details, see February 6.

 

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

For details, see February 7

 

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

For details, see February 6.

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

For details, see February 7.

 

Friday, February 24, 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, February 27,  7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

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

Admission free.  Snacks available.

 

 

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

For details, see January 6.

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

For details, see January 7.