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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New Social Dance Night at Red Sky Stage

Red Sky Stage is the new home of a regular social dance event hosted by Dan Farrow, known for his dances in Traverse City as DJ Captain Dan.  Seventeen social dance nights, roughly two per month, are scheduled on Saturday nights throughout 2016, including New Year’s Eve. The dates generally fall on the second and fourth Saturday of each month; the schedule is shown below.

Doors open at 7 pm, with a free 1-hour dance lesson for beginners. Beginners will learn basic dance steps and dance floor etiquette, and will then be able to participate throughout the evening.  Starting at 8 pm, DJ Captain Dan will play 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.

The event is open to the public, singles and couples are welcome; the event is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.

Dan Farrow is an artist, writer, and musician, and has been involved in popular entertainment his entire life. He has studied ballroom dance for nearly ten years and specializes in the Argentine Tango. He has traveled extensively to work with Tango instructors throughout the United States and has traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to learn at the source. He teaches beginner ballroom steps (East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Rhumba, Foxtrot, Waltz) and offers private and group classes in Argentine Tango. He is also available for demonstrations and corporate team-building. While he regularly performs as a solo act in Northern Michigan, he enjoys DJ’ing events for the area’s dance crowd. (And he actually is a Master Captain and Certified Instructor.)

“I’m hoping Red Sky Stage will become a popular place for our dancers and that members of the public will take this opportunity to try a little ballroom dancing. It’s great exercise, it’s good for your brain and it’s a great way to connect with your partner. If you’re a beginner, this is a great way to start dancing and meet new friends,” said Farrow.

 

2016 Event Dates: April 9, April 30, May 21, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 13, August 27, September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 12, November 26, December 10, December 31.

Admission is $10 per person; students $5.  Light snacks, soda, water, and coffee will be provided. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the venue. Please bring your dance shoes; street shoes are not allowed on the floor. (If you’re a beginner, dance shoes usually have a leather sole that allows your foot to pivot freely when you’re dancing, and are only worn on the dance floor. If you have a pair of comfortable shoes with leather soles, you can start with that.)

 

 

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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

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

This event is on hold for summer.  It will resume on Friday night, August 26.  See you then!

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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July 2016

Saturday, July 2, 8-10 PM  Band of Lovers

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

After two years on tour logging over 50,000 miles and twenty­-eight states, Band of Lovers calls the road their home. Their sound is a fresh, acoustic blend of classical ­inspired Americana and something all their own, and their chemistry is easily recognized­ “the harmonies... are sublime, passionate and filled with personality,” wrote Kerriann Curtis, and Christian Carvajal said of their debut single release, “..few songs are sweeter than Tennessee.”

With the recent addition of San Francisco­ based drummer/vocalist Liliana Urbain comes a driving energy and dynamic three ­part harmonies.  Their deep­rooted love for the state of Michigan appears in several of their songs, and they’re looking forward to playing around the state this June and July. Be sure to catch their Red Sky Stage debut!

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.

 

Petoskey Poets

There will  be no Petoskey Poets this month because the first Monday is the Fourth of July.  We will see you again on August 1.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, July 6, 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.

 

Thursday , July 7, 8-10 PM  John Hoaglund and Conrad Gold

Conrad Gold (right) began playing guitar as a young adult, acquiring a new Yamaha classical guitar for $95 in 1978 in North Hollywood, California.  Evidence of his musical progress since that time is reflected, 38 years later, by his acquisition of a better acoustic guitar for $100.  Since playing with Jon, Conrad's guitar skills and harmonizing ability have significantly improved and he is looking forward to sharing what he and Jon have put together to date.  Conrad is an avid music listener, he is still keeping the vinyl flame alive and enjoys all forms of roots music.  Conrad has made his home in Petoskey since 1998    

Jon Hoaglund (left) started his musical journey at the age of 16 with a profound admiration for country blues (as played by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Mance Lipscomb and others).  He learned to play this style through painstaking mimicry, which evolved his motor skills and hearing.  Traces of this can be heard in nearly every arrangement he composes.  Growing up on the lower east side of Detroit, it was hard to keep guitars, which kept disappearing  from various apartments in various ways.  In time however, he learned the craft of guitar building and repair, which allowed him to keep and maintain a few playable instruments, which he continues to do today.  He has played in many different local groups in styles that range from bluegrass to rockabilly, and old-time to folk, though never departing far from his first love - country blues.

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

 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 8-10  36th Annual Blissfest Folk & Roots Music Festival

This is Northern Michigan's Dont miss it folk and roots music festival.  It is three full days of music and more music. 

The feature artist this year wii be Peter Yarrrow.  Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.

 

Get all the details at the Blissfest Website and get yourself out there.

 

Saturday July 9, 1-5  PM  Cigar Box Nation

‚Äč 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 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.

 

Saturday , July 16, 8-10 PM  NESSA

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Nessa is a Celtic fusion group led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Kelly McDermott, known for her dazzling flute technique and beautiful, soulful voice. She is joined by co-founder/multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier to research and arrange the music of Nessa.

This hard-working team re-imagines the ballads and dances of the U.K. and Europe, uniquely blending elements of classical, folk, jazz, funk and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids.

With no shortage of virtuosity, Nessa includes some of Southeastern Michigan’s hottest players. The band moves audiences with funky reels, barn burner jigs, and deep, soulful glimpses of old stories.Nessa has a mystical, dreamy side akin to the music of Loreena McKennitt, an energetic aspect not unlike Solas, a touch of global fusion a la Pentangle and Eilleen Ivers, and a depth and dimension similar to Brian Eno.

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

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

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

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.

 

Friday, July 22, 8 pm, Ernie Mindel and Cedar Valley

Classic Country at its best!  Details to be posted soon

 

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, July 23, 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, July 29, 8-10 PM  Breathe Owl Breathe

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Breathe Owl Breathe consists of lyricist and guitarist Micah Middaugh, cellist and vocalist Andrea Moreno-Beals, and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist, Trevor Hobbs. 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 trio 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 $12.50, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5

 

 

Up North Big Band

The Up North Big Band is taking a short summer break during June and July to make a couple of their tradition summer appearances.  They will be back at Red Sky Stage on Friday night, August 26.  See you then!

 

 

 

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