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.)

 

 

 Red Sky Stage Internet Radio Grand Re-Opening February 1st!

Great news!! Our informative and entertaining 24-7 Red Sky Stage streaming Internet radio station is returning . It will be packed full of local news, events and, of course, great coverage of the visual and performing arts in Petoskey, Northern Michigan and beyond. Community talk, local music and more!

Great local community radio. Broadcast (er, webcast) from Red Sky Stage in the middle of Downtown Petoskey for all of Greater Metropolitan Petoskey -- our name for people right here in town and all over the world who love and care about Petoskey.Internet Radio page of this website.

Get all the details and info on how to listen on your computer or any connected device on the Internet radio page of this website.

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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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May 2016

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

Admission Free, Snacks available.

 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 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 Wednesay.  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.

 
 

Friday , May 6, 8-10 PM  John Warstler and The Johns

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Details available 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, May 7, 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 The Johns and the caller will be  Cynthia Donahey

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

 

 

 

Monday, May 9, 7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

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,  May 13,  8 - 10 pm  Rustic Heart

Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Impressive harmonies of voice, instrument and spirit create a feeling of home when they play together. Kelly and Norm are seasoned musicians who have played in many groups and performed as solo singer/instrumentalists. These two Northern Michiganders have now combined their talents to form the duet, Rustic Heart.

Kelly brings her original songs of family and home, along with her interpretations of traditional mountain music. Norm’s deep baritone voice lends itself to country classics and his own original songs. Norm is enjoying learning to accompany Kelly with “mountain modal” tunings on his guitar, while Kelly surprises with turns on her fiddle, harp, banjo and a variety of other instruments.

 

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 May 14, 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.

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 17, 6 - 8 PM North Country Community Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month:  An Evening of Understanding

Life with a Mental Illness: Share Your Story is this year’s theme for North Country’s May is Mental Health Month activities to recognize the fact that it is important for people to talk about how it feels to live with a mental illness.

There will be a lot of stories shared in a special dynamic two-hour, free program, An Evening of Understanding, at Red Sky Stage.  The evening will feature poetry created through a process guided by poet Terry Wooten from interviews with people who have lived life in an institution.  Yvonne Stephens, local poet, and Gerry Sell, local author, will read their own and others’ resulting poems, offering unique and personal glimpses into that experience. Poems written by area poets and selected for inclusion in the statewide show, Creative Minds, Changing Minds, will also be featured. Local author, Ellen Whitehead, will share excerpts from her book Shell Song, the story of her grandmother’s life in an institution.

A thirty minute documentary, Through Our Eyes, Living with Asperger’s, produced by and with youth with Asperger’s, will be shown. There will be original artwork, information displays, and North Country CMH staff will be on hand to answer questions. There will be something for everyone in this evening of understanding,  sponsored by North Country Community Mental Health, Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology and Red Sky Stage.

Admission is free.  Light refreshments will be available.

 

 

Wednesday, May 18,, 6:30 - 8:30  Singer/Songwriter Open Mic

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

See May 4, 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.

 

 

Friday,May 20, 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, May 23, 7-9 pm   Blissfest Ukes for You Club

 

Admission free.  Snacks available

 

 

Sunday, May 30,  Memorial Day

 

 

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