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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June 2018

Friday, June 1, 7:30 pm  Steel & Wood

Petoskey's Greatest Bluegrass Band  --  Debut Album  Introduction Performance

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Steel & Wood is John Neiswander on lead guitar, Irene Kazmers on fiddle and guitar, Bruce Walker on mandolin and John John Hussey on bass.  Each of them is a talented musician but when they play together the magic is contagious.

Recently, the band spent two and a half hours in a recording studio playing thirty-six songs straight through and picked the best sixteen songs to feature on their debut album titled Along the Track.  there was no going back and fixing things so the result was more or less a live album without the crowd noise.  Steel & Wood will play songs from their new album along with some of their other favorites.  Copies of the CD will available at the concert and are also for sale  at the Northern Michigan Artists Market.

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, June 1, 6:00 PM  11:30 PM Downtown Petoskey Summer Open House

Join Downtown Petoskey to kick off the 2018 Summer Season!  Pennsylvania Park will come alive with a Drink Tent and live entertainment, from The Real Ingredients.  The intersection of Lake and Howard streets will become a runway for the Summer Open House Fashion Show, premiering this summer's hottest styles from the downtown shops!

The sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band will radiate throughout downtown. The closed streets will be bustling with activities for the whole family!  Lay out your blankets, for a movie in the park at dark! Watch a movie under the stars on our HUGE inflatable movie screen!

This is the night merchants open their doors to celebrate our Downtown and welcome the Summer season!  Many Downtown business will host special events including Red Sky Stage which will present a concert by Steel & Wood (details above).

Click HERE for more details about Summer Open House.


Saturday, June 2, 7:30 - 10 pm 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 Peacemeal  and the caller will be Larry Dyer.  This dance series pauses for the summer so this will be the last community dance until the fall.

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


Sunday, June 3, 8pm  Petoskey Improv Troupe (the PIT)

Live Comedy for Downtown Petoskey

They are back to their highly popular run of monthly performances at Red Sky Stage as the uniquely Petoskey comedy  show. 

Dean Tahtinen and Sally McCoy (from Laugh and Disorder, Petoskey's long standing improv troupe that performed from 2004 through 2009 at the City Park Grill, Blissfest and the Perry Hotel), Julie Stoppel (who taught improv performance to dozens of school kids through her group Acting Up),  Carol Balouse . (one of those kids parents), Mara Klco (creator of the Dread Pirate Improv Troupe with her high school classmates) and  friendly newbie  Aaron Steppe.

Petoskey now officially has its own improv comedy troupe!  Of course it is  home grown and home style comedy created just for Petoskey.  And of course, in true Petoskey comic fashion, they call themselves the PIT -- the Petoskey Improv Troupe.

Don't miss the Petoskey Improv Troupe's next performance at Petoskey's perfect place for family friendly comedy.

Tickets:  $6 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 $10, students $8, Kids 12 and under  $5.    



Monday, June 4,  6 pm  Petoskey Poets

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 talented writers.  Had 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 explore creative writing and reading.

Admission Free, Snacks available.





Thursday, June 7 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







Friday,  June 8, 7pm  Black Rose Tour

Live Hip-Hop Concert featuring a Talented cast of  local performers!


Saturday, June 9, 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 Michig an'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.

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.


Sunday, June 10, 4-8 PM  Back to the Bricks Promo Tour

Classic Cruising Car Tour

Each June the Back to the Bricks Annual Promo Tour provides an opportunity of adventure and camaraderie for hundreds of classic car owners. The six-day tour leaves from Davison with overnight stops in five Michigan cities.  This year for the first time Downtown Petoskey is one of those featured stops. 

The six-day Promo tour promotes the full schedule of Back to the Bricks® events and showcases each participating city and its unique features.  

The 2018 "Mighty Mac & Back" Promo Tour will be stopping in Downtown Petoskey on Sunday, June, from 4-8pm. Enjoy an evening of classic cars and celebrate the old tradition of cruising.  Streets will be closed so walk around, enjoy the unique cruising cars and have a great time in our town.

More details are available on the Back to the Bricks website and locally on the Petoskey Downtown website




Friday, June 15 7-9 pm  Barb Barton 

Folk Music for the Soul

Blissfest Folk and Roots Mini-Concert Series

Barb Barton plays guitar with fingers that first touched strings when she was five years old. Her lyrics found life in elementary school, written with a No. 2 pencil. Her music was born and raised in the woods and waters of the Great Midwest.  Barton has been playing over five decades. She has followed the musical cues of the artists she listened to in her early years. Buffy St. Marie, Dan Fogelberg, Heart, Roy Clark, Michael Hedges, Zeppelin.  You like Barton and her award-winning music because you chose her with all your senses. Like you chose your mechanic, your daycare provider, your partner. Her music is personal. 

Today, as a musician, a woman and a biologist, Barb Barton hopes that “people can reconnect with themselves and Mother Earth and all our Relations,” and she finds renewable energy from other musicians, her audience and the planet.  If trees sang back-up, they’d be touring with Barb Barton. 

Barb is celebrating the release of her seventh album.  This CD is a fantastic collection of Barton’s poignant originals and she puts her distinctive mark on some of her favorite classic rock tunes. What makes this album unique is the eclectic mix of styles – it is totally Barb.  

Barton’s music comes from the nameless place that connects brain and heart. As a biologist, she might tell you the location does not exist. As a musician/songwriter, she knows right where it lives. And her music lands precisely on the X at the sweet spot.  Close your eyes, imagine a soul massage. Picture a Lake Superior mirage. Drench your brain. Music your heart. Count your senses. You sure you only have five? 

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.  



Thursday June 21, 6-9 pm Downtown Petoskey Gallery Walk

The art world will descend upon Downtown Petoskey for its 19th annual Gallery Walk. This evening of art and entertainment has definitely become a community tradition.

Participating art galleries, including the Northern Michigan Artists Market will greet guests in an open-house format and offer delights for your eyes, ears, and taste buds. Many of the galleries will have the artists present to introduce their works.

As a wonderful and exciting wrap up to the evening, art lovers will get a chance to win some fabulous art donated by the participating galleries. Each gallery that you visit during the evening earns you an entry into the prize drawing for that gallery. Earn additional tickets with each purchase that you make. The tickets will then be drawn at the Afterglow Party from 9:15 to 10:00 p.m. on the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford's Perry Hotel. Thousands of dollars worth of art is given away each year.

Click HERE for more details about the 2018 Downtown Petoskey Gallery Walk



Friday, June 22  Black Rose Tour

Drebb's Birthday Bash



Wednesday June 27 4-6 pm  Art Walk

Every Wednesday starting today through August 15th, participating galleries, including the Northern Michigan Artists Market, will have special events like artist meet and greets, artist demos, music, appetizers, friendly conversation, frivolity and, of course, great art!


Friday, June 29 7 pm  Battle Royale

Hip Hop Tournement

Join us for an evening of hip hop by local artists.

Tickets:  Advance sale $6 at Northern Michigan Artists Market or call 231-881-6271

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