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Of Legends, History & Faith In the Future 25th Review Music Awards Program & Update
by Robert E. Martin
Back in the Day • Jim Perkins, Review Publisher Robert Martin & Maestro Leo Najar at the 3rd Annual Review Music Awards • Jasper’s, circa 1989
It seems completely amazing to me that 25 years have passed since the very first presentation of the Review Music Awards took place at the historic Fordney Hotel. It was a chaotic yet unforgettable evening, with memorable performances by The Mick Furlo Band, Romeo Ridge, The Boys of Joy, Silk (featuring the late Felton Sparks and Jerry Holmes) and one of the first performances by a then unknown Larry McCray. A lot has changed since then. Unfortunately, the Fordney Hotel went down in a fire four years later and luminaries such as Sparks & Holmes are no longer with us; but over the years this event has traveled many halls & theatres throughout the Tri-City area, so in many ways it is entirely fitting that our Silver Anniversary Celebration will take place at the newly rebuilt Golden Glow Ballroom, which unlike the Fordney has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes of a devastating fire that occurred two summers ago, and is now a state-of-the-art facility that once again will feature live music. This in itself is exciting, seeing as the 25th Music Awards will be the first live music showcase in this spanking new ballroom, which in prior decades showcased such notable artists as Alice Cooper, The Romantics, and The Supremes, to name but a few. For me what remains eternally exciting is the fact that the music and artists that we value and honor with this event has reached and branched out in so many notable directions, solidifying the stature of talent that we are fortunate to have amongst us to cultivate, nurture, and support here in the MidMichigan area. The Review Music Awards is is the only ceremony of its kind that connects people, audience, and artist together insofar as nominees & winners are entirely determined by the voting public at large, which this year during our final round of voting, tabulated well over 7,000 votes – nearly twice that of previous years. But more deeply, the idea of this entire event is to honor and showcase the breadth of incredible talent we are fortunate to have with us in the Great Lakes Bay, for there are certainly no losers when it comes to the gifted pursuit of creativity, and every nominated artist is worthy of recognition in their own respective right.
The Mothers of Re-Invention For this special 25th Silver Anniversary edition of the Review Music Awards, one of my goals was to ‘re-invent’ the ceremony and give it a freshly aired structure, shape, and style. Towards that end a special RMA committee was selected consisting of Michael Brush, Chad Cunningham, Bo White, Al Limberg, Tim Boychuck, and Andrew Lay, which started meeting last Fall to figure ways we could improve upon and expand participation with this signature event. One of the first things we decided to do was
move the Ceremony from its traditional Monday night to a Thursday. Years ago it was impossible to hold this event on any night other than a Monday, but with the amount of clubs featuring live music on Thursdays down to a handful, it was felt the change would make this event more accessible to the general public. The second thing we decided to do was streamline the event by shortening its length, combining certain individual categories into collective ones, and increasing the number of guest & featured performances by shortening the set lists from 40 minutes to 15 minutes - in this manner allowing more variety, vibrancy, and unique collaborations among musicians. We’ll also be running the performing artists from two stages this year to expedite the flow of the ceremony. Indeed, we trust you will not be disappointed.
Program & Itinerary
What follows is a breakdown of this year’s line-up and schedule, so you can plan your evening accordingly. This year we have two ticket prices for the Awards Ceremony, one at $15.00 in advance for the Ceremony; and another at $25.00, which will include a Banquet Dinner that will be served from 5:30-9:30 PM. Advance tickets are now on sale at all the venues noted in the display ad on Page 2. Insofar as nominated artists are invited at no charge, those interested in partaking of the Banquet dinner can do so for a nominal charge of $10.00. Please notify us in advance so we can plan accordingly; and you can also RSVP on the Golden Glow website or our Review website at goldenglow.com or newreviewsite. com. Tickets for wives, friends, fans, and supporters can also be purchased online at the Golden Glow website, or at any of the ticket venues noted earlier. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event for an additional $5.00 charge. I would like to thank everybody in advance for helping make this a memorable evening. Please feel free to phone our offices if you have any questions, and I look forward to seeing you on the evening of Thursday, May 5th for this epochal 25th Annual Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration. 5:00-6:00 PM • Video Highlights of Previous Awards Ceremonies.
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6:00-6:05 PM • Opening Remarks 6:05-6:20 PM • ‘Smooth Jazz’ with The Robert Lee Revue. Featuring legendary guitarist for Question Mark & the Mysterians, Bobby Balderama, joined by his ensemble of musicians that have performed in New York City and beyond, receiving international radio showcases and critical acclaim for their original
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M.E.A. Ponders Possibilities of a Teacher’s Strike as Early As May
By Mike Thompson
nyone who is between approximately 40 and 70 years old and grew up in the City of Saginaw may remember two things. (1) The Saginaw County Fair still was staged during Labor Day week on the city’s East Side, at East Genesee and Webber, before the move to the county’s Chesaning outskirts. (2) A lot of times kids could attend the fair on weekday mornings and afternoons, because the schools were closed when the teachers went on strike. The first of Saginaw’s seven teacher strikes was in 1967 and the last was in 1990, shortly before former Governor John Engler initiated legislation to harshly penalize walkouts. Teachers could still strike, but no longer did they have the unique 180-days-of-school mandated advantage of getting back the money in June they had lost in September - thus striking, in effect, at no cost. But now the unions seem more upset with new Governor Rick Snyder than they ever were with Engler. Michigan Education Association President Iris Salters is raising the possibility of a statewide walkout and asking union locals to conduct votes. Furthermore, the union possibly won’t wait until the start of the 2011-12 school year. A strike is possible in May. Today’s kids, and even some of their youngest parents, would have no experience in encountering a strike that could last two, even three weeks. But Saginaw Education Association President Mary Ann Dupuis, who hired into the city district in 1976 and took part in most of those fall pickets, says a return to the old days is entirely possible. “At this point in time we are at a critical juncture where people have little respect for people who provide public services,” she says. “We want the best from our public servants but we don’t want to pay them. It’s amazing that we have adopted a mentality that only takes care of the business sector and not the public sector.” Republican Rep. Ken Horn, formerly a substitute teacher in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth, says teachers have a right to express their views about a lack of respect, but that he would be very much surprised if those with whom he is meeting would call a walkout. “This is about the president of the MEA (Salters) conspiring to break the law.” Horn says. “Teachers are concerned, but this union issue has nothing to do with teachers.” “This is a democracy and so teachers should stand up and raise their voices,” Horn says, “but strikes are illegal.” Dupuis says Horn may feel surprised about how teachers view things. “A number of my friends who have been staunch Republicans have been a little upset at what has happened since the election of Synder and GOP Page 4 • Review Magazine • April 14-27, 2011
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8th Annual Saginaw On Stage For the COVENANT WHICH DOCTORS CONSORTIUM Music is the Best Medicine
By Robert E. Martin
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t is often said that music is the best medicine, so when the 8th Annual Saginaw On Stage music festival takes place on Saturday, April 23rd, audiences will have an opportunity to see a group of Doctors and medical professionals put that adage into practice when the Covenant Which Doctors take to the stage at Apple Mountain Resort & Conference Center for this annual showcase of local music that will feature over 28 bands & artists performing on five stages, giving music lovers of the Tri-Cities an opportunity to sample a broad smorgasbord of musical entertainment and tastes ranging from Folk, Blues, Country, Pop, Rock and Jazz to Celtic and Gospel. A major fundraising event for the Saginaw Rotary Club, according to event coordinator Bill Koepke, since its inception this annual event has raised over $120,000 for local charities and organizations. “Once again this year we’ll be partnering with Covenant on their ‘Sleepsack Project’ for kids, which provides every newborn with a sleepsac that reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Additionally, we can obtain matching funds from the district & national Rotary levels, so this is definitely a major annual event for us,” he notes. While the programming of Saginaw On Stage strives to evolve every year, Bill notes that “We try to bring at least half of the artists that we feature back each year, and then mix the other half up with new artists, the main idea being to expose people that might not catch this talent at local taverns or bars.” For 2011 one of the more intriguing musical alliances certain to draw attention will be the aforementioned Covenant Which Doctors Consortium, a musical convergence of medical talent that lay down their tongue compressors and scalpels and pick up electric guitars and saxophones instead to write their own distinct musical prescription for personal well-being. “We formed about two years ago,” says spokesman Larry Daly, one of four members of the group who are not doctors, but who work for the 4000-employee Covenant HealthCare system. “We showcase a lot of talent not usually displayed in the operation room,” he quips. “Collectively there are 12 to 14 of us.” According to Daly, the reason they call themselves ‘Which’ Doctors instead of ‘Witch’ Doctors is because they’re never sure who will perform during a planned concert due to – you guessed it – the ever constant call of a potential medical emergency. The Consortium will perform a mix of folk, blues and rock. Daly, who is Director of Planning & Business Development at Covenant, says the Which Doctors formed on a whim to participate in a Covenant employee talent show and then got hooked on the idea of continuing the concert gigs. “It helps having such a large pool of talent to draw upon,” he continues, “because it gives us the latitude to split into a variety of acts. It would be a sound nightmare to have nine guitarists up there playing all at once, so we have a couple of solo and duo acts that are acoustic/folk, a bluesy band, and a rock band, all of which will perform at Saginaw On Stage.” Daly lays out how the Consortium operates on stage. “A few of us, Dr. Brian Schroeder (Head of the Covenant Hospital Medicine Program (guitar & vocals), Dr. Peter Fattal (MCVI cardiologist - guitar & vocals), Dr. Erica Canales (Valley OB/GYN - guitar & vocals) and Carol Levack (Erica’s Mom - guitar &
The Laurie Middlebrook Band will perform at 9:30 PM in the Covenant Room at Saginaw On Stage on April 23rd.
vocals) are more acoustic oriented. So it works out well for them to do a couple of more mellow numbers to get things rolling.” “Then we work some of our acoustic players into our more blues oriented electric band. I am part of that group along with Dr. Guy Boike (Gynecological advanced robotic surgeon and guitar), Kris Ciesliga (CRNA & Guy’s better half - keys & harmonica), Brent Racca (surgical tech - drums), and Al VanArsdal (Covenant HR Director - bass, guitar & vocals).” “Brent and Al team up with Dr. Tom Minnec (Women’s OB/GYN - guitar), Dr. James Bersalona (Urgent Care Physician - guitar & back up vocals) and Terry Mohn (husband to Covenant surgical nurse) to form the more rock side of the Covenant Which Doctors Musical Consortium. We also bring in Chris Jarema (surgical tech - bass & drums) and Dr. Tim Eckstein (Medical Director of the Covenant Occupational Medicine program - sax) from time to time.” For Saginaw On Stage, Daly says they group will start with the folk and solo acts, then do the blues group and work up to the rock band, noting the rock ranges from Frank Zappa to the Black Crowes. They’ll play a 90-minute set starting at 6:30 PM in the BIerlein Room. Getting the consortium together to rehearse is nearly impossible, Daly admits, “so there is a lot of homework, learning the lyrics and the music.” Other than hospital related events, thus far the Which Doctors have performed in the Blue Line Club before Saginaw Spirit hockey games. “When we first got started as the Covenant Which Doctors we could actually take the stage together. However, now that we’ve grown to upwards of 13 members and nine guitars, we needed to evolve into the musical consortium and away from the single band approach.” So how often do the Which Doctors rehearse and how regularly are they able to perform, given their busy schedules? “As often as we can on both counts,” replies Daly. “It is not easy with everyone’s work and on-call schedules, but there is a real dedication here. And that’s the good thing about having many performers. We can mix and match.” Have they worked on developing any original material, or is the Consortium primary a coversoriented focus?
7:30 Red Hawkins Band (Americana) 8:30 Susan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler (Irish, Americana)9:30 Eastside Mike and Friends (Americana, folk, blues, country) Bierlein Room 4:30 Cornpone (hillbilly swing) 5:30 Dick Case & Friends (jazz) 6:30 Covenant Which Doctors (rock, blues) 8:00 Doodads (bluegrass) Saginaw On Stage Schedule Concluded On Page 17
“A number of our musicians are songwriters, too,” notes Daly. “Erica and Brent both have CDs worth of original music. However, given the amount of time we have together and the audiences we have been playing to, we have really concentrated on cover tunes that we are fond of that we think our audiences share a love for along with us. That’s not to say there won’t be Covenant Which Doctor original music in the future. It’s a pretty creative collection of musicians.” When asked what the most challenging component has been bringing a conceptual band like this to fruition, Daly notes, “Time. Certainly not dedication or creativity.” Of the various members, are there any that stand out in terms of musical ability, experience, and acumen in terms of forging the musical direction of the group? “Just as we have a diverse array of high level medical talent, we have a diverse group of seasoned musicians. Most members have been active players in earlier days, and it is like riding a bike – especially when music is such a big part of your life. What is really refreshing is to see so many musical backgrounds come together. In addition to musical harmony there is a strong personal bond that has developed between members. The musical respect and admiration shared among us helps us take the music to new levels. It will be exciting to see where this all leads. For me, I am honored to be along for the ride.”
Saginaw Teens On Stage Another highlight at this year’s Saginaw On Stage will be the debut performance of Saginaw Teens On Stage, who will perform in The Covenant Room from 6:30-7:30 PM. Saginaw Teens On Stage features some of the senior Voice/Keyboard students from the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy (SASA) along with one Delta College student and a freshman from Heritage High School. Directed by Michael Brush, the inclusion of this event was suggested by Deanna Hurtig, the mother of one of Brush’s past students at S.A.S.A, Kate Hurtig, who is now at Heritage. “Kate was often a soloist in the SASA concerts, choosing good songs and delivering them very well,” states Brush. “She is the only student on the program, as far as a I know, who is not a senior at SASA, except for Mariama Sharper, the daughter of Howard Sharper, who attends Delta College.” Their set will include solos and small group songs and performers will include: Florence Alexander, Shamiah Bell, Breanne Badger, David Brown, Kate Hurtig, Emerald Joiner and Mariama Sharper. “My hope is that this can become a performance that continues to be driven by the senior class, insuring a display of new talent each year,” continues Brush. “This is a very talented group and many have been featured in SASA concerts. Emerald Joiner and David Brown will be music majors next year, and both have always volunteered to perform whenever opportunities have arisen. They also do many nice duets and Emerald is also a basketball standout and was the ‘go to’ person in helping organize the participants for this segment.” What follows is a schedule of performances for the 8th Annual Saginaw On Stage: Merrill Lynch Atrium Silent auction 4:30-6:30, Bob Barcalow & Eva Stone (Strings & Things) Covenant Room 4:30, Argontos (world music) 5:30 Equinox (Celtic) 6:30 Saginaw Teens on Stage 7:30 New Reformation Band (jazz, Dixieland) 8:30 Brush Street featuring Julie Mulady (jazz, blues) 9:30 Laurie Middlebrook Band (country) Stevens Room 4:30 Jazz 101 (jazz and fusion) 5:30 Fabulous Retreads (rockabilly, early R&B) 6:30 Muzyka! (folk, gospel, bluegrass)
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Sister Strikes Again: Late Night Catechism 2 Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We Are Guilty Sponsored by Catholic Federal Credit Union To Benefit the Bay Area Catholic Schools. Tickets; $25.00 & $20.00 (Reserved Seating)
The long awaited sequel to the comedy hit ‘Late Nite Catechism is here! In this latest outing, Sister warns us that we’d all better start making changes or we’re going to be spending eternity with the heat on high!
Friday • May 6 • 7:00 PM
An Acoustic Evening with Mark Farner Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad To Benefit The University of Michigan Camp For Kids Tickets: $35.00 & $30.00 (Reserved Seating)
Mark Farner IS the enging that took the original Grand Funk Railroad, one of rock music’s most successful groups, to the top of the charts. As their lead vocalist, lead guitarist and principal songwriter, the group made a beeline to rock stardom following their show-stealing performance at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1969. Also on this bill will be special guests Hunter Brucks with Tasha Lord, Mirage, and Stewart Francke.
Saturday • May 7 • 7:00 PM
Jason Gray Sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church TIckets: $10.00 Adults • $5.00 Students
One of the things you should know about Jason is that he suffers from a speech handicap known as stuttering. But instead of it being a liability, he has transformed it into an asset. Says Jason, ‘I truly believe that God gave us music to help keep our hearts working properly. Music has the power to move us and make us feel joy and give meaning to our struggles. It gives us access to a strength beyond ourselves”
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By Bo White Rustbucket is a collaboration of seasoned veteran musicians who are as cantankerous and unpredictable as a Michigan spring. And just when you think they are down for the count, they dust themselves off, get up on their feet and keep on rocking. Despite an illustrious past of great songs and mass popularity, these touch-of-grey dudes had their share of the missed opportunities, busts, burnouts and barroom brawls. John Krogman and his band mates just won’t go away and bask in past glories. Sure it would be so much easier if they would just know their place - sit down in the old rocking chair, goof with the grandkids, look at old black & white photos and grouse about the old times. Instead they are filled up with an unlikely drive and zest for playing rock & roll in clubs – way past their bedtime. And they are creating some incredibly hot music that needs to be heard. Rock & Roll may be dead but it continues to flourish in the vision and craft of artists like Krogman, Jim Davenport, Scott Causley, and John Van Benschoten. Indeed, it seems like fate intervened to create just the right conditions and circumstances for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes and spread its brilliant multi-colored day-glo wings one more time. Johnny Boomer and the Burdon-twins earned their stripes in one of the many renaissance eras of Old Town Saginaw. A recent archeological excavation on the former site of Daniel’s Den uncovered the original rust bucket in which Dick Wagner bequeathed his ancient oversized genius to future generations of rockers. So the torch has passed. Sure Rustbucket may be grizzly, wizened and seasoned beyond the years of their youth; but protest and rebellion and passion are the key components, and this band is still able to stand up and dish out some of the best Rock & Roll in mid-Michigan. Why did you form a new band? Krogman explains the conditions that led to the formation of Rustbucket. “I did a solo house gig out in Frankenmuth for about 4 years. When that was done, I was ready to rock with a band again. All through my career, I have switched between solo and bands out of necessity really. Jim Davenport and I have been friends for a long time. We hooked up through “social media” and Page 8 • Review Magazine • April 14-27, 2011
Seasoned Veterans Create Music Brimming with No Boundaries
Rustbucket (left to right) consists of Scott Causley, John Krogman, Jim Davenport & John Van Benschoten. Photo by Dan Arnold.
kicked around the idea of doing something together. Jim is a great songwriter and I had wanted to work with him when we were younger, and we did have a band together. It was the birth of Johnny and the Boomers. Jim was playing drums. Anyway when we reconnected last year we decided to start a band. Scott Causley was interested along with John van Benschoten and we started playing and it’s going great.” Weren’t the Boomers and The Burdons ruling the scene at the same time in the 1980s and ‘90s? The Burdons were around right before the Flies broke up. Johnny and the Boomers came later, but our paths never crossed during those years, so I think it was like they had their scene and we had ours. What is it like to write music and create songs with a new set of partners? It’s great! Jim and Scott and I are like-minded so we work well together. Scott Causley is a great engineer and has a 24 track recorder and is able to record live drums, so we can lay the basic rhythm tracks down and then add on from there. Jim and Scott are also good singers and recognize the importance of harmony, and they both have a great work ethic and the sense of being a team. All that together makes our songs better. Another thing is I have with this group is my good friend John van Benschoten playing guitar, and we work well together, as he was one of the guys that taught me how to play back in high school. How did you come up with the name Rustbucket? I was playing in Fayetteville, North Carolina and staying with my friend Rob Anderson. I did a radio show at WFSS 99.9 in Fayetteville and met some awesome musicians who made me one of their own. He had a house in the woods and there was an old abandoned falling apart red barn wood house on some property nearby. I went over to take some photos and I found this old rusty bucket. That is the inspiration for the name and I brought the bucket home with me. Plus it’s a tip of the hat to Neil Young. Rustbucket Continued On Page 19
By Robert E. Martin
The Creek Grill • Serving Upscale Cuisine at Eminently Affordable Prices in a Family Friendly Atmosphere
Those with an appetite for newly creative dining experiences offering a varied array of quality cuisine in a tastefully pleasing family atmosphere are in for a rare treat at the newly opened Creek Grill, located at 1259 S. Poseyville Rd. in Midland, twoand-a-half miles south of Dow Diamond. Owned by David and Kathryn Dean at the site of the former Four Jas restaurant, The Creek Grill strives to fill a blend of niches that range from offering quality dining at affordable prices, engaging live jazz, duo, and musical entertainment Thursdays through Saturdays, plus an upscale family friendly Sports Bar with several Hi-Def televisions for watching games, and a volleyball court in the back for those blessed warmer days of Michigan’s Spring & Summer. The Creek Grill is the culmination of a lifelong dream for Dean, who is a Bullock Creek native that upon graduation with an MBA from banking at Wayne State University went to work for Comerica for six years. After returning to Midland to work as the CFO for a trucking company in Saginaw for 15 years, Dean took a buy-out and went on to manage the Bay City Country Club for two years from 2008 to 2010. “I live on this side of town and knew that Bullock Creek needed a good restaurant and a solid upscale sports bar that was community focused,” explains Dean. “I’ve managed hundreds of people so knew it wouldn’t be bad managing 20 or 30, plus I knew that I didn’t want to work for anybody else.” In terms of what he feels distinguishes The Creek and the niches that he is striving to fill, Dean is candid and straightforward. “Bay City
Nirvana in the Great Lakes Bay: (left to right) Chef Dan James, Kathryn Dean, David Dean • Upper right (Surf & Turf) • Lower right (The Cobb Salad
and Saginaw have a fair amount of smaller family owned restaurants, but Midland really doesn’t. So my niche and goals center on providing extremely good food at an affordable price with a recreational atmosphere. I want to offer upscale ambiance without being stuffy and serve top notch cuisine at a truly affordable price.” To this end since his opening, Dean and company has solidly achieved their goal. Last Valentine’s Day I experienced their Valentine Special, which consisted of properly constructed and fresh Oysters Rockefeller, large fresh Alaskan lobster tails, King Crab legs, shrimp, sautéed red potatoes, plus a carefully crafted dessert served with a red rose for the ladies at the unbelievable price of only $40.00 per couple. In a nutshell, such quality and caliber of food at such an amazing price is unheard of in this day and age. So how does Dean do it? “I buy all my groceries and work with the vendors,” he explains. “We serve a lot of good seafood and I’ve found that flash frozen seafood is usually better quality than trying to ship seafood fresh. Plus the chain and a lot of the upscale restaurants simply are not going to pass whatever
savings they realize onto the customer. If they save 10% on an item, they’ll still charge a high price for it. My goal is to build a solid client base and make The CREEK GRILL concluded on page 19
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NightClubs&Dining A.J. BAILEY’S SALOON, 304 Salzburg, Bay City. Phone 989-895-9446. DJ/KARAOKE Thurs, Fri., Sat, 9-close with Derek Dixon’s LCA Music Ent. Co. Food served ‘till 9 pm. Take Outs Available. Pitchers $5.25; Minis $2.75. Happy Hour 11 am - 8 pm Monday - Friday. Thursday $1.00 pints. Weekly drink specials! ATRIUM RESTAURANT 1100 N. Water St., Downtown Bay City, (Third & Water St., adjacent to the Stein Haus), 891-1600. Excellent dining in a relaxed environment! Bill Rosebush on guitar/vocals/harmonica during dinner on Friday & Saturday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM. BEMOS, 701 S. Madison Ave., Bay City. Stay for the party! Call 989-893-7071 for more info.
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Entertainment Line-up: Mondays – Electric Open Mic Night hosted by Bruce LaFrance. Thurs. April 14, Venomous Lemon; Fri. April 15, Radio Therapy; Sat. April 16, Shamboree – Benefit for Autism – 10 bands from 2 PM – 2 AM; Sun. April 17, The DNA Chain; Tues. April 19, Open Mic w/Amelia Jo; Weds. April 20, Jypsy James & the Pickpockets; Thurs. April 21, Maybe August; Fri. April 22, The Automatics; Sat. April 23, Brett Mitchell & the Giant Ghost; Sun. April 24, Grupo Sensible; Tues. April 26, Big Dreams; Weds. April 27, TBA. BRUCE’S BAR, 2717 Carrollton Rd., Saginaw, 989-754-6805. Weiss Rd. to Carrollton Road Right 2nd Bldg. on Right. Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 2:30 AM; Sunday, Noon – 2:30 AM. Club Keno!!! 2nd Chance Winners Fridays! 5:00 PM! $2.00 Domestic Bottles All Day Every Day! $4.00 Pitchers! Check out
our Big Screen HD TV’s for all your Favorite Sporting Events! Pool – Darts – Shuffleboard. Thur. Apr.14 – Shuffleboard Tournament; Apr. 16 & 23, Bill Humes Karaoke & DJ; Fri. Apr. 29 – Surprise Birthday Party! You know who! Check Us Out, You’ll Like What you See!! COTY’S LANDING, 777 Midland Rd. Saginaw, Mi. Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials: Monday; Open Pool All Day and $1.00 12 oz. Drafts After 8 PM; Tuesday, $2.00 bottles, well drinks, Captain Morgan & 22.oz drafts; Wednesday, Tim & Jim from 6-9 pm; Karaoke w/Red Dog; $5.00 pitchers & $3.00 Johnny Vegas; `Thursday, Honesty & Dean from 6-9 pm. DJ/Karaoke w/Lynn Q, starts at 9 PM. $3.00 Jager Bombs, Jello Shots, and $5.00 pitchers plus Happy Hour All Night! Entertainment Line-up & Special Events: April 15-16, The Kix Band; April 22-23, Burnaround; April 29-30, Trippy Ramble. Call 989-790-9430 for more
information. THE CREEK GRILL, 1259 S. Poseyville, Midland. 2 miles south of Dow Diamond. Happy Hour Every Day from 3-6 PM! Band Line-up: April 15-16, Myk Rise; April 22-23, Honesty & Friends. Open Mic Every Tuesday! Our giant deck is now open and we will have outdoor games soon. Join us for Easter – Prime Rib, Country Cooked Ham & Much More! Great Lunch & Dinner Specials Daily. We serve only Choice Steak and our Prices Beat Anyone in the Area. . Good Times Flow at the Creek! 486-3717. MIXX NIGHTCLUB & METRO GRILL. Located at 115 N. Hamilton St. Saginaw, 989-498-4022 Your Heart Beats... Your Breath Quickens... And You Haven’t hit The Dancefloor Yet! Walking into the Mixx, is like walking into a “Big City” Nightclub, but with a small town
friendly attitude. The Mixx has a very Mixed Cosmopolitan Straight & Gay Crowd. The Dance Bar is open Fri. and Sat. nights at 10pm, featuring high energy sounds from Chicago and New York spun by local DJs. The Mixx’s VIP ROOM is Very popular for bachelorette, birthday, & other parties. The “Ball Room” is available for rentals for luncheons and private parties. The Mixx’s Video Bar “The Metro Grille”, offers Great Burgers served up in a comfortable metropolitan atmosphere, open Weds. Thru Sun., appetizers are served until 1am. Happy Hour till 9pm with $1.00 off drinks and .50 cents off drafts. The Metro features KARAOKE Wednesday Thru Sunday Nights at 10pm, with over 20,000 songs to choose from! The Mixx Of The People, The Mixx Of The Drink, The Mixx Of The Music, You Can Find It All At The Mixx Nightclub and Metro Grille. www.TheMixxNightclub.Com MORT’S NORTHERN BAR, 353 State Park Drive, Bay City. Phone 989-684-0843. PARTEE!! Spring Break Weekend – April 29 & 30 at Mort’s Northern Island! Featuring ‘Crop Circle’ both Friday & Saturday! Try our Special Mortgarita!! Every Day Beer Special $1.00 Cans til 6 PM. Sundays – Peanuts are back! Mondays – Wii Bowling Contest 7-11 PM. High Score Tuesdays – Euchre 7 pm. Wednesdays – Free Grilled Dogs 7 PM. Thursdays – 3 Ball Pool Tourney 7:30 PM. Fridays – DJ Dancing & Karaoke. Saturdays Live (no Cover); April 16, High Ground; April 23, Smokin’ Nun; April 29-30, Crop Circle; May 7, KMJ Band; May 14, Sic Pack Crush; May 21, Screaming Casanovas; June 4, Tuff Cookie. Get Mortified! NORTHERN LANES RECREATION. 1129 E. Saginaw Rd. Sanford. 989-687-5562. Appearing Friday & Saturday, April 15-16, Steel Wheels; April 22-23, The Clay Guns. THE OLD TYME ROADHOUSE, 9620 Gratiot, Saginaw, 781-3707. $2.00 Domestic Bottles Mondays after 9 PM; Open Pool Every Tuesday; Wednesday, Open Jukebox after 9 PM; Thursday, BIKE NIGHT from 6 PM to Close. $2.00 well drinks, $2.00 Captain Morgan, Happy Hour & Beer Specials. Karaoke DJ starting at 9 PM. Friday – Perch & Walleye Fish Fry; Live Entertainment Every Friday & Saturday. Happy Hour All Day Sunday with 30-cent wings. STEIN HAUS, 1108 N. Water Street, Bay City, 891-BEER. Join us to see why the Stein Haus is Bay City’s ‘Gathering Place!’ Live music Thursday & Sunday evenings. Voted Best Beer Selection in the Tri City Area! Appearing Thursdays, Derringer from 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM; Sundays, Marty Viers & the Music Doctors from 7-11 PM. WHITES BAR, 2609 State St., Saginaw, Phone 792-2631. Happy Hour Mon – Fri 7 – 11 AM & 4-7 PM. Every Sunday, Excalibur at 9 PM. Bloody Mary Mondays from 4-8 pm with Cornpone; Server Appreciation – Show Uniform or ID and Get 50 cents off your favorite drink! Now Every Tuesday from 5-9 PM – Mel Curry & Chris Mohn. Appearing Thur. April 14, The Honky Tonk Zeros; Fri. April 15, Scott Baker’s Universal Expressions CD Release Party; Sat. April 16, Sinister Footwear; Sun. April 17, Excalibur; Mon., April 18, Don Zuzula; Tues. April 19, Musician’s Night wsg Stephanie Niles & Mel & Chris; Weds. April 20, Shaolin Sound System wsg Melissa May & Jekel at 5 PM; Thur. April 21, Brody & the Busch Rd. Trio; Fri. April 22, Night Moves – Seger Tribute; Sat. April 23, Counterculture Icon John Sinclair wsg Rustbucket, Laverty/ Torres Band, Bearinger Boys and more! Sun. April 24, Excalibur wsg Michelle O’Neill; Mon. April 25, Jim Perkins; Tues. April 26, Tim Avram w/ Mel & Chris; Weds. April 27, Melissa May & Jekel; Thurs. April 28, The Honky Tonk Zeros; Fri. April 29, The Tosspints; Sat. April 30, John Krogman’s Rustbucket. For more info go to www.whitesbar.com
Sports Apr 15: Saginaw Sting vs. Canton Cougars Arena football has arrived in Saginaw! See the Sting take on the Canton Cougars in an Ultimate Indoor Football League game! The game will be held at 7pm at TheDow Event Center, 303 Johnson, Saginaw. For tickets, please contact the box office at TheDow for available seats. For more information, please call (989) 759-1330 or visit www.stingfootball. com. Apr 29 - May 1: Freeland Walleye Fest. The Freeland Walleye Festival and Fishing Tournament will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday-April 29th through May 1st in Freeland. Fish may be caught on the Tittabawassee River, the Saginaw River and the Saginaw Bay. You may also enjoy a community-wide garage sale, casino-style gaming, an entertainment tent, kid’s trout pond, a parade, car show, teen dance, great food and much more! Held by the Freeland Lions Club, the Festival will run all day long! For more information regarding admission, entertainment, sales and parade, please contact (989) 906-1170 or visit www. freelandlionsclub.com for a FULL LISTING OF EVENTS! Apr 29: Saginaw Sting vs. Johnstown Generals - Arena football has arrived in Saginaw! See the Sting take on the Johnstown Generals in an Ultimate INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE game! The excitement will be held at TheDow Event Center, 303 Johnson, Saginaw, on April 29th at 7pm. For available tickets and for more information, please call TheDow box office at (989) 7591330
Cinema Apr 17: “Rear Window” - A photographer with a broken leg, takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a summer heat wave. Things really begin to get hot when he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife and buried the body in a flower garden. Come in and enjoy this classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly on Sunday, April 17th. The film will be shown at the Hoyt Library, 505 Janes Street, Saginaw. For more information on tickets and times, please contact Kim White at (989) 755-9823 or Chris Holubowicz at (989) 755-9833, ext. 850. Apr 21: “To Catch A Thief” - John Robie is a one-time cat burglar, now reformed and living in a plush villa. When a fresh set of burglaries rocks the Riviera, all bearing the hallmark of Robie’s own robberies, he is the natural suspect. Robie sets out to catch the new burglar himself, mainly to prove his innocence. This classic cat-and-mouse film will be held at 12:45 PM at the classic Temple Theatre, 203 N. Washington in Saginaw on April 21st. Admission is $7 per person. For any questions regarding this movie, please contact the Temple at (989) 754-SHOW or visit templetheatre.com. Apr 25: “The Wizard of Oz” - This timeless classic follows Dorothy and Toto’s magical trip over the rainbow. Held at 2 PM at Hoyt Library of Saginaw. For more information on tickets, call the Hoyt Library. Apr 29: “Departures” - Japanese cellist becomes unemployed when his symphony dissolves, begins working for a funeral home by accident. He gradually perfects his skills in comforting families, and gains an understanding of what he does. (Japan, 2008, Takita, 130 min.). Presented by the Valley Film Society. Screening will be held on OUT & ABOUT continued on next page April 14-27, 2011 • Review Magazine • Page 11
Thru Apr 15: Pre-School Storytime - Bring your pre-school tots out for pre-school story-times at the Zaul Library, 3100 N. Center Road, Saginaw. Must be accompanied by a loving adult. The story-times will be held on April 8, 15, 22, 29. For more information, please call the Zauel Library at (989) 792-5359 or (989) 755-9833.
Friday, April 29th, at 7:30 PM in Curtiss 100, Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, Saginaw. For more information regarding tickets and more, please contact (989) 964-4015 or visit www. svsu.edu/vfs.
Informational Apr 14: “One Book, One Community” - This lecture will feature Leslie Morgan Steiner’s memoir about surviving domestic violence. Her book, “Crazy Love” is a New York Times bestseller, People Pick, and Book of the Week for The Week magazine. Leslie will speak at 7pm on April 14th at The Temple Theatre, 203 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw. Admission is free. For more information, please contact (989) 754-7469
Apr 16-20: Airbrushing for Teens - Teens are invited to learn the techniques of airbrushing as we celebrate libraries. The event is free and supplies are provided for teens to create and design their own t-shirt. Teens must preregister for this program at any Saginaw library branch. Each library has a limit of 20 teens who can participate. This session will be held on April 16 at the Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center, Saginaw, April 18th at Wickes Library, 1713 Hess, and April 19 at Claytor Library, 1410 N. 12th Street, Saginaw, and April 20 at Butman Fish Library, 1716 Hancock, Saginaw. To register, please call 799-2771. Apr 19: Lunch & Learn - The Castle Museum of Saginaw will present “Pages of History Book Club” with the group discussing “Public Gardens of Michigan” by Miriam Easton Rutz. This event is co-sponsored by the Public Libraries of Saginaw. This Lunch & Learn group will be held free with admission to the Castle Museum at NOON. Dessert and beverages will be provided. The Castle Museum is located at 500 Federal in Saginaw. For more information please contact (989) 752-2861. Apr 26: “Lunch & Learn” - In this session the group will discuss “The Story of Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant”. Amy Zehnder Grossi will discuss her family business. She will also have signed copies of Dorothy Zehnder’s cookbook, “Come Cook With Me”, available for sale! Held at the Castle Museum, 500 Federal, Saginaw. This is a free event with Museum admission and held at NOON. Dessert and beverage will be provided. For more information, please contact The Castle at (989) 752-2861 or visit castlemuseum. org. Apr 27: CLAP for Kids Series - The next “CLAP FOR KIDS SERIES” will feature “LOOK OUT GALILEO” where kids will explore the starry skies like never before! Madcaps’s giant puppets join Galileo on a comical quest to prove that the earth revolves around the sun. Scientific experiments are part of the fun as the
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ancient stories of Cassiopeia and Egyptian Sunrise come to life. PERFORMANCE IS FOR RECOMMENDED FOR KIDS GRADES K-5. This session will be held at the Temple Theatre, 203 N. Washington, Saginaw on April 27 beginning at 10 AM. Admission will be $4 per person. If you have any questions about this series, please call (989) 754-7469 or visit www. templetheatre.com. Apr 28 & 30: Hands-On Art - Fifth-grade students will have an opportunity to experience the power of art through sculpture. Participants will ATTEND A LECTURE at the Hoyt Library of Saginaw ON APRIL 28th, and visit the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum ON APRIL 30th TO CREATE A SCULPTURE. THE LECTURE WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 28th at the Hoyt Library, 505 Janes Street, Saginaw, from 6-7:30 PM. Admission will be FREE but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling (989) 755-9826, ext. 814. *NotePlease see April 30th listing under Instructional for more information regarding “To Create a Sculpture”, under the heading of “Hands-On Art. You may also visit www. saginawlibrary.org. for more information.
Happenings Apr 15: Film Food & Fashion - Held at Urban Laundry, 812 Saginaw St., Bay City. Join our after hours party with beer and wine sampling, music, food from Old City Hall, coffee from Populace Coffee and the latest Spring fashions from Urban Laundry. This event supports the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival and the Jefferson St. Garden. Tickets are $20 and available in advance. Apr 15 - Apr 17: Midland Quilters Squared “Pass the Tiara-Wish You Were Here” will be
presented by the Midland Quilters Squared in their quilt show Heritage Park, 3200 Cook Road, Midland. This event will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 1-4 PM on Sunday. Admission is $3 for each day. For more information on the quilt show, please visit www.passthetiara. blogspot.com. Apr 16: Super-Duper” Garage Sale - A super place to bring all of your sale items! And, you don’t need to clean out your garage to sell them! The “Super-Duper” Sale will be held from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road in Birch Run. Admission is $3 for adults and children under 12 are free! For more information, please contact (989) 624-4665 or visit birchrunexpos. com. Apr 28: Saginaw Fireworks Fundraiser - The Saginaw Area Fireworks Fundraiser & Auction Event is an annual event to raise funds for the Saginaw 4th of July Fireworks. Come and enjoy great FOOD & DRINK, bid on SILENT & LIVE AUCTION ITEMS! This great and wonderful event will be held on April 28th from 6-8:30 PM at the Apple Mountain Resort, 4519 N. River Road in Freeland. Cost of event will be $35 per person. If you have any questions about this event, please contact (989) 793-6258. Apr 30: Earth Day Celebration - Join us at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, 1730 S. Washington, Saginaw, for a fun-filled day of games and activities focused on protecting our environment. THE FIRST 500 VISITORS who BRING IN A RECYCLABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER will receive free admission! Please visit the Zoo and enjoy HALF-PRICE ADMISSION THROUGH APRIL 30th! This event will be held on April 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM with admission of $3.50 per person with members of the Zoo free! For more information about the Go Wild! Earth Day Celebration at the Zoo, please contact (989) 759-1408 or visit www.saginawzoo.com. Apr 30 - May 1: Progressive Dog Show Please come out to enjoy a dog showing and judging hosted by The Progressive Dog Club of Wayne, on Saturday & Sunday, April 30th & May 1st. There will be admission to this classic Dog Show and will be held from 8 AM-5 PM at the Birch Run Expo Center, 11600 N. Beyer Road in Birch Run. For more information regarding this show, please contact (989) 624-4665 or visit www. birchrunexpos.com.
May 1: Spring Poetry Performance - River Junction Poets will read their poetry and winners of the annual high school poetry contest will also read their poems. The Spring Poetry Performance will be held on May 1st at 3 PM at the First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson, Saginaw. For more information, please contact (989) 992-6130, (989) 781-2206, or (989) 792-8550. Thru May: To Go Boldly – A Look at NASA’s Shuttle Program. Frankenmuth Historical Association, 613 S. Main, Frankenmuth. $2.00 adults, $1.00 students, $5.00 family. Call 6529701 for more info. May 03 - May 04: Giant Rummage Sale First Congregational Church, Jefferson at Hayden, Saginaw, 48601. Tuesday May 3 from 9 am to 4 PM. Wednesday, May 4 from 9 am to 11 am. Clothes, shoes, housewares, linens, furniture, appliances, books, toys and games, sports equipment, jewelry, antiques and collectibles. Wednesday, two bags $1.00. May 5: 25th Annual Review Music Awards The Review Magazine’s 25th Annual Music Awards Ceremony and Celebration will be held at the Golden Glow Ballroom, located at 2950 S. Graham Road in Saginaw, (M52 on the corner of S. Graham & Swan Creek Road). Dinner Banquet from 5-7:30 PM. Ceremony & Performances from 6 PM to Midnight. Tickets are $30 Dinner & Banquet & Show. $20 for Show Only. $5 off in Advance. Featuring Guest Performances & Collaborations by Michael Brush, Sharrie Williams, Stewart Francke, Tom Dolson, Finding Clyde, Thick as Thieves, Ske3m, Jim Fulkerson, The 25 cent Beer Band, Astray, Laurie Middlebrook, John Krogman, Rustbucket, John Vasquez, DJ Snakes, 2nd System, Matt Corrigan, Paul Vanston, Bryan Rombalsky, Julie Mulady, Seth Patrick, Robert Lee Revue, Noel Howland, Honesty, Mel Currty, Silverspork featuring Melissa May and more! Tickets available at Review Magazine, White’s Bar, Golden Glow Ballroom, Mid Michigan Music in Bay City & Midland, Bemo’s, Herter Music, Tim Boychuck’s State Farm Insurance. Also available online by going to Golden Glow.com.
at Central Middle School Auditorium in Midland. This timeless story is set for a modern twist of “Romeo & Juliet” where two young lovers must obey their elders from different backgrounds. Race, romance & differences all come into play in this production. All performances are at 7 PM. Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $12 for adults and are available at Dunkin Donuts, Village Green or at the door before the performances. The play will be held from April 14 through April 16. Apr 20 - Apr 21: Men of Music Living Last Supper - This dramatization will be presented for the 7th straight season at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3701 Jefferson Avenue, Midland. Hear Christ’s Disciples agonize over the words he to them: “---tonight one of you will betray Me”. The presentation will be made on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 at 7:30pm and again on THURSDAY, APRIL 21 at 7:30pm. There is no admission charge, but proceeds from a free will offering will be donated to the Trinity Special Needs Fund. Apr 28 - May 8: “Guys & Dolls” - Guystaking a chance on the dice. Dolls-taking a chance on the guys. Youtaking NO CHANCE on this All-American musical production of “Guys & Dolls”, a Broadway favorite with crooks, chorus girls and the Salvation Army all making nice with each other. Sensational music. Snappy dancing. Sassy comedy. Sheer delight from Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. You won’t have to gamble on this ageless tale...just make sure that your children are 8 AND OLDER! This production will take place at the Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave., Bay City. For tickets and more information, please contact the box office at (989) 893-5555 or visit baycityplayers.com. The play will run from April 28th through May 1st and May 5th through May 8.
Arts Thru May 6: Avram Golden, Matthew Krease & Nicole Kamidoi on display at the Court Street Gallery, 417 Hancock, Old Town Saginaw. For more info call 992-5867. Thru May 8: Art 4 All Exhibitions at the OUT & ABOUT continued on next page
Apr 14 - Apr 16: “West Side Story” - Presented by the Midland High Drama Department
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Arts Saginaw Art Museum. Paolo Pedini, Anna Belle Seymour, Matt Krease, Chris Thompson. Also on display is Larry Butcher, Alan Maciag, Ruth Howell, Thomas Hammond, Randal Crawford, Gerald Moore, and Charles Breed. For more info call 754-2491. Thru May 28: Art in Architecture: The Collaborative Spirit of the Interwar Period in Detroit. Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. SVSU. 10 pm – 5 pm. Call 964-7125 for more info. May 1 - May 8: Saginaw County Art Exhibit - Artwork by students from Saginaw County Schools. Many of these fine pieces will become permanent collections of area businesses and organizations during the 24th Annual Saginaw County Art Exhibit. This Art Exhibit will be held at Fashion Square Mall during Mall hours on May 1st to May 8th. For more information on this art exhibit, please contact (989) 399-6500. May 5: 5th Annual Frankenmuth Fine Arts Council Spring Art Auction - Our goal
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this year is to work with Frankenmuth’s Downtown Development Authority to participate in the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. In order to raise funds for this event, we are holding this auction at Zehnder’s Restaurant, 730 S. Main in Frankenmuth. There will be a silent auction from 7 to 8 pm and a live auction from 8 to 9 pm. The Midwest Sculpture Initiative was founded in 2005 to promote outdoor sculpture exhibitions throughout the Midwest and to advance the role that visual art plays in the quality of life. The sculptures will be placed in various areas in Frankenmuth from May 2011 to April 2012. Most of the artwork donated to the auction has come from local artists. Included will be sculpture, carving, watercolors, oils, crafted cards, jewelry, pottery, stained glass and more. For further info please contact Calista Hecht at 989-239-6719. Mar 31 - May 6: Watercolor Exhibit “Traveling in Italy: Watercolors by Judy Carr” is on display now through May 6th at the Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Drive, across from Ojibway Island in Saginaw. This exhibition features a collection of watercolors inspired by the artist’s trip to Italy. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Concerts Apr 13 - Apr 16: Ragtime Festival - The Zehnder’s 17th Annual Ragtime Festival features ragtime performers from around the U.S., with dinner and lunch concerts, Vaudeville night, Silent movies, seminars and “Meet the Artist”. Tickets will be required for each event with prices ranging from $15-$50. The festival will be held from April 13th through April 16th with various
Psychedelic Jammers PHISH land at DTE Music Theatre June 3. Steely Dan plays the Fox Theatre July 16th. times and events. The location will be held at Zehnder’s Restaurant, 730 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth. For more information on event schedules and cost, please contact (800) 863-7999 or please visit www.zehnders. com. Apr 15 - Apr 16: Bringin’ Back the 80’s - This is your chance to relive the 80’s! Bring back totally awesome memories by celebrating the music, trends, and events of the 1980’s. Enjoy outrageous live cover bands, a best-dressed contest, 80’s retro rec room, breakdancing shows, Rubik’s Cube demonstrations and much more. All Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Held on April 15th, (Friday), from 6pm-midnight, and Saturday, April 16th, from 4pm-midnight. Location will be Heritage Park, 601 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth. Admission will be $7 for pre-sales, $9 at the door, and $10 special express entrance available when
you purchase tickets in advance. For more information about this outrageous event, please contact (989) 652-8008 or visit www.80sfest.org. Apr 15 - Apr 17: Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” - Opera. Held at the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, SVSU Campus, Saginaw. For tickets, please call the Box Office at SVSU at (989) 964-4261. Apr 15: Loretta Lynn - Come out and see one of the purest voices in Country Music! Loretta has been astonishing audiences from around the world and she is coming right to our own “front porch” with new, old and classic songs! Held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant. For more information regarding tickets and times, please visit Soaringeaglecasino.com. Apr 16: Dancing Dreams & Reveries Antonia Joy Wilson, Artistic Director and Conductor, along with the Midland
Symphony Orchestra, will feature “Dancing Dreams & Reveries” at 8 PM with musical prelude at 7:15 PM at the Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews Road in Midland on Saturday, April 16th. Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dancers and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana provide a powerful SEASON FINALE for the MSO’s 75th season. Tickets are slated at $24 & $32 for adults and $10 for students. For more information about this special MSO season finale, please contact the MCFTA at (989) 6318250 or (800) 523-7649. You may also visit www.mcfta.org. Apr 17: Rush - The Palace of Auburn Hills. For tickets and more info., please visit www. palacenet.com. Apr 18: The Resonators and Michigan State University Percussion Ensemble In Concert - The Michigan State University College of Music and Fulkerson Music Studio will join forces to present a special percussion concert at the Bullock Creek High School Auditorium. Opening for the MSU group will be Midland’s resonators Percussion Ensemble, featuring Pearl artist Eddie Garcia on congas. The program will include a host of contemporary chamber, Latin and jazz works performed on various combinations of mallet keyboards, drums and an array of percussive instruments. Admission is free. Under the direction of Own Turgett Thrasher and Jon Weber, the MSU Percussion Ensemble is a diverse group of students with many talents and interests. Apr 26: Music of the Renaissance XIX - Held at 7:30 PM in Founders Hall, SVSU Campus, Saginaw. For tickets, call (989) 964-4261. Apr 29: Pixies - Fox Theatre, Detroit. All Ticketmaster on sale 1/29. May 3: Midland’s Men of Music - Midland’s renowned all-male choir, The Men of Music,
will perform in Coleman on Tuesday, May 3rd, at the Faith United Methodist Church. The appearance by the group, now in its 75th year, is part of the “Concerts in Coleman” series being put on by the church to help raise funds for building a new sanctuary. Led by conductor Grace Marra, the men will present a great concert of songs suitable to the occasion. The Men of Music regularly perform for a wide variety of audiences around midMichigan and beyond, and are sought after wherever they go. Concert schedules and more information can be found at www.menofmusic.org or . The concert will be at 7:30pm in the church’s Fellowship Hall, which is also currently serving as the worship space. A reception for the audience and singers will be held following the show. Tickets for the concert are $5, and can be purchased by contacting the church office at (989) 465-6181, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, , or through Ann Sigsby at (989) 615-2599. Tickets will also be available at the door. The church is located at 310 Jefferson Street, Coleman, at the corner of Fifth Street and Jefferson. Contact Ann Sigsby (989) 615-2599; email@example.com; or . May 4: Neil Young - Appearing on May 4th at the Fox Theatre, Detroit. May 6 : Nephew Tommy and Friends Nephew Tommy will perform at TheDow Event Center, 303 Johnson Street, Saginaw. For more information regarding tickets and times, please call (989) 759-1330 or (989) 497-7747. You may also visit www. doweventcenter.com. May 7: Jason Gray - Jason Gray will perform at The State Theatre, 913 Washington Ave., Bay City. Performance date will be May 7. For more information regarding tickets and times, please call (989) 2660 or visit www. statetheatrebaycity.com.
25th Review Music Awards Itinerary Continued From Page 3 forays into the arena of smooth jazz. 6:20-6:30 PM • Jazz Awards. Favorite Musician, Club, and Songwriter. 6:30-6:50 PM • Brush Street. The award-winning sounds of Michael Brush, Jim Fulkerson, Roland Wallace and Julie Mulady. Also joined by the acclaimed work of guitarist Bryan Rombalsky. 6:50-6:55 PM • Jazz Awards. Small Combo, Male & Female Vocalist, Favorite Big Band. 6:55-7:05 PM • Paul Vanston. One of our most gifted pianists, composers, and creative talents, who’s career has spanned five decades of excellence. 7:05-7:10 PM • Misc. Awards. Favorite Solo artist, Favorite Duo, Favorite Folk, Favorite Tejano Band. 7:10-7:25 PM • Noel Howland & Mel Curry. Performing with special guests. 7:25-7:35 PM • Misc. Awards. Misc. Awards. Best Soundman, Best website, Favorite Radio Station, Favorite New Artist. 7:35-7:50 PM • Stewart Francke. Fresh from opening for the legendary Bob Seger, this Saginaw born & Detroit based artist returns for a set of new original compositions. 7:50-7:55 • Country Awards. Songwriter, Favorite Club, Male Vocalist. 7:55-8:10 PM • Laurie Middlebrook. One of our most talented original artists performs with Bob Hausler, Tom Dolson, Duane Miller and Robert Gunther. 8:10-8:15 PM • Country Awards. Female Vocalist, Country Musician, Favorite Band. 8:15-8:30 PM • Steven Armstrong & the 25 Cent Beer Band. Last year’s winners for Favorite Country Band take to the stage for a rip-roaring set of vibrant country music. 8:30-8:40 PM • Misc. Awards. Best Concert/Album, Favorite Waitress & Bartender, Most Innovative Artist. 8:40-8:55 PM • Seth Patrick. A fresh set from 2010’s RMA winner for New Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year and Mixtape of the Year. 8:55-9:00 PM • Hip Hop Awards. Best Performer, Producer. 9:00-9:15 PM • Rustbucket with special guest John Vasquez. A new convergence from veteran rockers John Krogman, Jim Davenport, Scott Causely and John VanBenschoten. 9:15-9:25 PM • Misc. Awards. Favorite Variety Band, CD Release, Favorite Alternative Band. 9:25-9:45 PM • Thick as Thieves. An amazing blend of rhythm, jazz, spoken, work, Hip-Hop, and Blues, this collective of cogent creativity give fresh force to the notion of a musical melting pot. 9:45-9:55 PM • Misc. Awards. Favorite Metal Band, Favorite Original Band, Favorite Rock Band. 9:55-10:10 PM • Astray. New sounds from a legendary performer on the local Hip-Hop scene. 10:10-10:15 PM • Blues Awards. Instrumentalist, Songwriter, Favorite Club. 10:15-10:30 PM • The Fabulous Retreads. Fresh R&B with Mike Brush, Tom Dolson, Duane Miller, and special guests Ron Tucker and guitarist Drew Pentkowski. 10:30-10:45 PM • Sharrie Williams. The one-and-only First Lady of the Gospel Blues and an International recording star and musical force lays it all down with a rare local performance, backed with the Fabulous Retreads and keyboardist Dan ‘Swivel’ Sliwinski. 10:45-10:50 PM • Blues Awards. Male & Female Vocalists, Favorite Funk Band, Favorite Blues Band. 10:50-11:05. Finding Clyde. This rock ‘n roll outfit from Bay City has been storming the national charts with their unique original sound, and opening for major artists nationwide. 11:05-11:15 • Rock Awards. Rock guitarist, drummer, Female & Male vocalists. 11:15-11:30 PM • Silverspork with special guest Melissa May. A unique collaboration from one of the most dynamic bands on the local rock scene. 11:30-11:35 PM • Rock Awards. Favorite Keyboardist, Songwriter, Club, Bassist. 11:35-11:50 PM • Ske3m. Innovative & original Hip Hop from one of the area’s vital voices. 11:50-12:05 PM • 2nd System. Winners of numerous past Review Music Awards, this creative group goes beyond Metal with their musical expression and will also do a special collaboration with hip-hop artists Ske3m. 12:05-12:10 PM • Hip Hop Awards. Promoter, Mixtape, Artist of the Year, Favorite DJ. 12:05 -12:20 PM • DJ Snakes. Last year’s winner for ‘Best DJ’ closes out the evening April 14-27, 2011 • Review Magazine • Page 15
Meets Ghetto Priest The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed By Bo White I’ve always liked The Process and the incredible full body blast sound that heats you up like a nuclear meltdown whenever you catch them live, or through recordings. The Process has never strayed too far from their unique vision of reggae music and their molten embrace of social consciousness and spirituality. They have a tenacious grasp on a perspective that music can be more than just another silly diversion. This is all good and true but our airways and information highways are clogged with the stuff that keeps the public isolated, uninformed, and preoccupied with meaningless spectacles such as sports, instant celebrity, and mass-produced disposable culture. It seems that the more we are plugged in, the more we are tuned out. So unplug your X-Box, I-Pod, DirectTV and Notebook and listen to the real thing. The Process creates astonishingly complex and beautiful music in layers of sounds and rhythms with a voice that speaks an uncompromising truth. This is the thinking man’s soul music - warm, passionate and political. Even if you don’t ascribe to Rasta principles and practices or the deification of Haile Selassie, you will still be able to dig the music. If you are Rasta, well. You are there. The Lion of Judah CD is a seven track gem that was three years in the making. It was a painstaking labor of love featuring an international cast of characters including Ghetto Priest aka Squids from London’s eclectic music scene, Skip McDonald from Sugarhill Records house band, seminal techno wizard David Harrow, Adrian Sherwood from the UK Reggae scene, Congo Natty aka Rebel MC and, of course, the members of The Process including Seth Peyton. The CD was recorded in London, Los Angeles, and Michigan. It was worth the wait. This is one of the most thematically rich and concise bodies of music to emerge since Good Morning Magpie by Murder by Death or John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This. The Process are motor city metal madmen that will take it to you like a full body slam and then pick you up, dust you off and punch you in the face musically speaking. You may not realize what just happened, but you will beg for more even though your face is bloody and your body is bruised and aching. This is a modern spiritual music. Listen to the gospel. The music and lyrics are inspired by the story of Haile Selassie’s life and his belief that God’s spirit would prevail over the forces of evil. This is heavy karma in the day and age of never ending war. In Rasta culture, the Lion of Judah represents Emperor Haile Salassie of Ethiopia. Rastafarians hold that Selassie is a direct descendant of the Israelite Tribe of Judah through the lineage of King David and Solomon and that he is the Lion of Judah mentioned in the Book of Revelation. (Revelations 5:5). The EP contains all of the original mixes of The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed – Little Axe Mix, Adrian Sherwood mix, Congo Natty’s Page 16 • Review Magazine • April 14-27, 2011
well toasted mix, Adrian Sherwood’s Mix plus a bonus Dub-Step version by David Harrow. There is a bonus track entitled Ghetto Life by Ghetto Priest from his upcoming CD Sacred Ground. The Music: The disc opens with the original mix of The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed with David Asher and Ghetto Priest switching off on vocals. The sound is pristine with just enough echo and the vocals mixed up front. There is a solid interplay of instruments with the rhythm section, bass and percussion mixed back and echoed guitar. Version two is a Chilled Mix worked out by Little Axe. This mix has a softer sound with an emphasis on mixing the sweet harmonies up front in the mix. The drum machine is less effective but never interferes with the message or overall sound. Skip McDonald’s guitar work is splendidly understated. He riffs in an economical melodic style that gives this mix emotional grit. Adrian Sherwood is the featured producer on the next three mixes. This one features Congo Natty on vocals with Asher. The rhythm section is used to greater effect on this mix. Drum/percussion and Bass lines are more prominent. Natty has a raspy rapping style that drives the power of the message. Sherwood’s “Toasted” mix brings Congo Natty back in a free-form rap of the Rasta gospel and praise His name. This is the only version that strays from the original lyrics written S.G. Townsend, David Asher and Garrick Owen. There is more of an electronic/synthesized vibe to this mix. It sounds great and Congo Natty’s inspired vocals elevate this version to an almost perfect mix. Sherwood’s final effort, “The Dub” mix - is primarily an instrumental workout that experiments with empty spaces, echo, electronica and synthesized surges of sound and fury David Harrow mixed the sixth and final version
of the Lion of Judah. It is slowed down and has abrupt stops and starts with some wah wah guitar mixed with synthesized squibbles, blurts and conga beats. At times the vocals are accapella and echoed giving this version a minimalist edge Bonus Track: Ghetto Life by Ghetto Priest from the forthcoming Ghetto Priest CD “Sacred Ground” Ghetto Life has a sparse arrangement to an unobtrusive reggae beat with occasional electronic doodlings. The musical backdrop includes a somber keyboard riff that weaves in and out of the mix. The vibe is laid back but the lyrics tell a tale about the horror of poverty, violence and exploitation. The contrast is powerful. Ghetto Priest sings in a distinctive tenor that is reminiscent of Sting during the heady days of The Police. A masterful performance! The Lyrics It is essential to the overall experience of the CD to know the words that support the music. The lyrics are repeated in each of the six mixes with some degree of variation The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed Standing like patience on a monument, smiling at grief Blood sweat and tears for the sake of peace He sits upon the highest regions, overlooking all the harder they came is the harder they fall When I see the lightning and I hear the thunder I know man and woman have made a blunder Jah makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers At his word the mountains rose and the valleys sank down The Lion Of Judah hath prevailed is available at Records & Tapes Galore and online at www. myspace.com/theprocessmusic
14 Interesting Facts & Observations About Trevanian
(the only writer more reclusive than J. D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon)
By Mark R. Leffler
In the world of Starbucks, and public libraries and coffee houses crammed with kids with nose piercings and ear studs writing screenplays, there is a noticeable lack in the art of the storyteller. Those men, women or bright and shiny young things who cannot transcend the desire to just Xerox their Exciting Young Lives and tell everyone what they have done and snorted and who they have slept with (their therapist, their graduate student teaching assistant, their tour guide to sunny Old Athens) have forgotten the art of telling The Ripping Good Yarn. Oh where have you gone, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett; our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo woo woo. But for thirty five years or so there was one brief shining moment when a storyteller took the stage, first with a college text on filmmaking and a few plays and one screenplay adapting a novel, later with books more akin to those of Flaubert and Balzac than Jackie Collins, Harold Robbins, Anne Rice and Stephen King, talented though some of them were and are. Trevanian was the nom du plume (well, one of several) employed by Rod Whitaker, once a college professor of theater and film who later became famous and wealthy as a teller of tales, first espionage thrillers and later gothic romance, western and memoir. He was one of the more unique storytellers this nation has ever produced, and in this Review article, I intend to pay homage to one of the finest storytellers I have ever had the pleasure to read. And be forewarned: Most of the readers I have introduced have read at last one and in a few cases, all of his published works still available. Some of these books are out of print, but are still available with a little sleuthing on Amazon.com. Someday, most likely very soon, someone will write a very interesting biography of this great man and his storytelling mastery, but then again, perhaps not. Whitaker played it very close to the vest when it came to his personal life. Almost no autobiographical clues appear in his fiction beyond the fact that he had been a college professor in Texas and a few other locations, and later retired to the Basque countryside, which he adopted as his home in his later years. Three of his books were at least in part set there and his love of the area shows through. It’s a strange feeling writing about this old friend. Writers who move us tremendously can come to feel like friends, and this article feels a bit like telling tales out of school, which Rod Whitaker would certainly consider an invasion of his privacy. But to the dead we really only owe the truth, and the truth of Whitaker’s life and fiction are certainly fascinating. If in the course of this essay I manage to draw even a few constant readers to his books, I will be proud and hope that Mr. Whitaker will not be too embarrassed. So, Rod, this one is for you! 1. Whitaker had a love of wordplay and puns. One example of this is that he gave the name of the assassins in the Eiger Sanction and The Loo Sanction names based on poisons, hence the main character’s name of Jonathan Hemlock (hemlock was the poison that Socrates was given to drink to kill him in ancient Greek history. If you don’t know who Socrates is a) look him up on Wikipedia and b) you are a cretin. He also gave the head of the CIA/The Mother Company in The Eiger Sanction, the wonderful name of Yurasis Dragon. It took years for me to figure out that joke. Say it out loud. 2. Rodney William Whitaker was born June 12, 1931, landing right square in the Great Depression, which may explain a little of the reason why his father abandoned his family. Men generally define themselves by their occupation, just as women generally defined themselves until recently by the man in their life. 3. Just as Sherlock Holmes was gifted with a supernatural sense of observation, and the heroine in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has an Eidetic Memory, Jonathan Hemlock in both The Eiger Sanction and The Loo Sanction is gifted with a supernaturally accurate eye for art, being able to discern forgeries at a glance. 4. Whitaker had a wonderful sense of witty insult. Once an enemy said “I hope you won’t hold that against me.” To which Hemlock answered, “Hope’s cheap. Indulge yourself, anus.” Another time, a military officer is trying to get the main character in the novel Shibumi to take an offer to assassinate some enemy of the United States. He makes the comment “Opportunity doesn’t knock twice.” The main character, Nicholai Hel asks him to knock twice, “so I won’t confuse you with opportunity.” 5. Whitaker was fascinated with radio stories and songs as a boy during The Great Depression. The final novel he wrote The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street featured much of the radio music and entertainment that was to him what cable TV and the internet are for us today: The state of the art of entertainment. His love of storytelling very likely came from listening to radio and reading books as a lad.
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9:00 Tosspints (punk/rock-influenced Celtic) 10:00 Robert Lee Revue (smooth jazz) White Crow Chapel acoustic mix 6:00 Bob Hausler 7:00 Zydeco Ziggie and Oz Oswald 8:00 Bob Buchanan 9:00 Open Mic with Fred Eurich, Addie Riebschleger, John Tulppo and More 10:00 Susan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler Ziba Ski Lodge Clubhouse 4:30 Riptide (classic rock) 5:30 Zydeco Ziggie and Oz Oswald (Cajun, roots, blues) 6:30 The Reivers (Americana, folk, rock, blues) 7:30 Carrie Traeder (acoustic singer/songwriter) 8:30 The Bearinger Boys (rock, Americana) 9:30 The Holy Gun (funk, rock) The event will run from 4:30 pm to 11 PM on Saturday, April 23rd. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $5.00 for students in advance, and $25 and $10.00 at the door. Credit card phone orders can be made 24/7 by calling 989-7769425 and tickets are also on sale at Flagstar Bank on Bay Rd., The White Crow Conservatory of Music on Mackinaw, and Westside Decorating on State Street. A complete dinner buffet is available for $12.00 on sale at the door, with cash bar throughout the evening. 6. He enjoyed writing under various pseudonyms as well as his most famous one “Trevanian.” He also published works as Benat Le Cagot, Nicolas Seare and Edoard Moran. He published the filmmaking textbook The Language of Film as Rodney Whitaker. 7. His novels published as Trevanian are: The Eiger Sanction (1972), The Loo Sanction (1973), The Main (1976), Shibumi (1979), The Summer of Katya (1983), Incident at Twenty Mile (1998), Hot Night in the City (a collection of stories published in 2000) and the memoir The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street (2005). 8. He created a website late in his career and published cyber notes as a companion to The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street. The website has recently been updated by his daughter, the executor of his estate. www.trevanian.com. 9. He once commented on the people who enjoyed his writing: “The Trevanian Buff is a strange and wonderful creature: an outsider, a natural elitist, not so much a cynic as an idealist mugged by reality, not just one of those who march to a different drummer, but the solo drummer in a parade of one. 10. It was rumored that Trevanian was Robert Ludlum, writing under a pen name. Trevanian rejected that in a rare interview, stating, “I don’t even know who he is. I read Proust, but not much else written in the 20th century.” 11. Trevanian wrote his novels and stories with a style and a manner that I have found unique and delightful. He would first think of the story he wanted to write and then like a method actor, create the perfect writer for that story. He would imagine what the writer had as far as education, what his childhood and adult life were like and then assume that character as the author. He wanted his various novels to be written and credited to different pen names, but his publishers insisted that he employ the name Trevanian to increase sales and to help his reading fans to find his work. 12. Abandoned by his father at age three, he wrote characters that were for the most part loners and romantically detached. His character of Jonathan Hemlock was betrayed by two women who got close to him - one named Maggie Coyne, to doubly add the insult of a woman betraying him like a Judas for money. He harbored serious grudges, one may imagine. He left America after a certain number of years being dismayed by the Reagan and Bush years, and one can only imagine his revulsion at the sexual excesses of Bill Clinton. 13. Whitaker was a climber and a spelunker (cave explorer) and these two athletic pastimes figure prominently in The Eiger Sanction and Shibumi. 14. The Summer of Katya is the closest that Trevanian came to penning a love story, but it is a tragedy and leaves one with a sadness that I can only compare to the ending of A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Be forewarned. While his characters are never happily married, Whitaker himself met a wonderful woman in his youth and stayed married to her his entire adult life. There is only one rumored photograph of him and it is with her, presumably. Still, one should remain skeptical about this as other biographical bits of information. As I warned in the title, this was a writer more reclusive and more guarded about his private life than J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon. And that’s saying something. April 14-27, 2011 • Review Magazine • Page 17
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excited to meet John. We will play mostly original material. I can’t wait for that show! How did you hook up with Bob Goodman and his radio Show Whole ‘Nuther Thing When I was in North Carolina, I received an email from Bob that said if I would send him a copy of Live without Love he would play it on his show. I think he stumbled upon my website http://www.johnkrogman.com and listened to the song there first. Since then I’ve been on 7 times, the latest being April 2, 2011. If you haven’t listened to Bob Goodman’s webcast Whole ‘Nuther Thing, it’s on every Saturday 6:00pm till 9:00pm out of Mission Viejo, California. All the webcasts are archived. Check it out it’s a great show. There is a link on my homepage to the show. Any last comments? Yes, thanks to you and all the rest of the people who have shown me their support over the years! Rock till you drop! Editor’s Note: Rustbucket will be performing with counterculture icon John Sinclair on Saturday, April 23rd at White’s Bar.
Listening to some of your demos, I’m struck at how adept you are at shifting into different styles and genres. How were you able to incorporate various influences and still be totally original? I like many different genres. Because I write songs, when I get an idea, I don’t listen to anything else until I’m done working on a particular piece. If I am going to the studio I only listen to what I’m going to be working on that day. This stops the “oh it sound like this or that song” syndrome, which can be a big obstacle, because when you write with an acoustic guitar, at first it’s bound to sound like something else until I present it to the band. I don’t dictate to them what to play. I just let them feel it and play what they play. I love your new song Carolina Moon - It has a folksy Harvest Moon vibe with Workingman Dead harmonies but doesn’t sound like Neil Young or The Grateful Dead. It seems to capture the essence of your own unique vision without borrowing too much from those other artists. What do you think? Carolina Moon was inspired by exactly that - when I was in North Carolina. Many great songs are 3 or 4 chord songs. Some come out of nowhere, like a gift from God. The song usually will lead me where I need to go. How would you characterize your music? Good question. Rock, Blues, old Country, Rockabilly, Ska. No boundaries. My music is my music; I do it because I like to write songs, so as long as I’m happy with it that’s all that matters. Songs just happen and it’s not the same every time. Sometimes I will head in a certain direction, and other times I just work with what comes out. I love the nursery rhymes you set to music on the demos. I believe you made them for your grandchildren. This Old Man has incredible charm. Is it something you might keep in your shows or on a future CD? The nursery rhymes are for a new company in Redlands, California, DND English Learners, Consultants and Coaches. They are language professionals and Rustbucket is recording nursery rhymes and original material to help young children (ages 5 to 10) from different foreign countries to learn English. You reworked the incredible Follow Me Down with Rustbucket and it is even better than the original version. Your guitar work is excellent; probably you’re best ever. You were up and down the neck from the E string to the bass strings. Is this one of your shining moments on record? I was in the studio working on something else and just tried it on a big distorted electric guitar and it worked. Yea, probably the best lead work for me. This song has taken on a whole new life. I enjoyed your socio-political themes on Kandahar Is Falling. Is this a new stance for you? When we went into Afghanistan, the reporters just kept on saying Kandahar is falling, so the whole song is built around that phrase. As far as my stance…no comment. Do you have plans on recording a Rustbucket CD? Yes, we are doing that right now, and we have a lot of music to record. You have an upcoming show with legendary Michigan poet John Sinclair. Do you have any special plans for that show? No special plans except to put on one hell of a show for our part. We are very
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money the old fashioned way. I want to attract customers through excellent food, keep my overhead low, and cultivate a significant volume.” Another popular item on their menu is the Surf & Turf, which Dean offers at $12.95 and will sell four or five dozen of on any given Friday night. “In most upscale restaurants, for the quality of food that we serve, people would pay $24.00 to $30.00 for something similar. I could charge that, but I would rather sell 40 of them instead of a dozen.” Dean develops a seasonal menu along with Chef Dan James, the former Executive Chef at Molly’s, who came on-board in April of last year. “Dan is a pivotal person in our operation and we designed our menu together. For lunch we have everything from sandwiches to burgers to pastas and all our dishes are homemade, utilizing choice meats and seafood.” “I try to stay with a stable menu, but we will make a few changes three or four times during the year, just to keep the menu interesting. Plus we offer different specials every night.” Another commitment Dean & company has made is to showcasing live local music. “My vision was to offer a sports bar with great food and entertainment,” explains Dean. “What I learned from my time at the Bay City Country Club is that in today’s economy, people have some disposable income, but not that many places to spend it. So the differentiation comes from being a sports bar with upscale food and entertainment that is appropriate for the size of our establishment.” “We bring in artists like Empty Pockets, Honesty & the Liars, Brett Mitchell and Myk Rise. If people want to have some good food, enjoy some music, watch sports, or let the kids play volleyball in the back, then I’m doing something different. If I don’t make a commitment to that, then I’m nothing more than a restaurant or a bar. I’m not interested in traditional bar food or staying open until 2 AM.” “Right now the economy makes it challenging for all restaurants,” continues Dean. “There’s a lot of unemployed people out there and everybody is chasing the dollar. Food costs are going up. So the most challenging thing is to manage food costs and attract customers with a product they want to come back to experience.” “Honestly, the most worthwhile and gratifying thing for me is to have a customer tell me they just experienced the best meal they ever had. And you can see it on their faces.” Dean says the most popular items on his menu for lunch center around the Club Sandwich, the Reuben, and the burgers, especially the Maui Burger and the Bullock Creek House Burger. Popular dinner items include the surf & turf, perch platters (“People in the Great Lakes Bay like perch, what can you say?” laughs Dean) and as with everything on their menu – you guessed it – the price is eminently affordable. If you’re into Ribs & Wings, they are smoked at The Creek for six to eight hours each day. And for Easter, a special menu of Prime Rib, Cooked Ham, and more will be featured on their special holiday menu. If you’ve yet to experience the tasteful, intoxicating, memorable, and affordable delights offered at The Creek Grill, do yourself and the taste buds of your family a huge favor and check them out. As their motto aptly puts it: Good Times Flow at The Creek!
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MIchigan Education Association Ponders Strike continued from page 4 legislative majorities,” Dupuis says. Teachers and other public employees have started to compare Snyder to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Dupuis says, although the fervor in Lansing has not reached the same level as in Wisconsin. For his part Synder has insisted he is “not Scott Walker” and is not striving to dismantle unions. “Snyder isn’t overt,” Dupuis says. ”Walker probably didn’t have enough smarts to be more diplomatic. The best thing Scott Walker has done is to motivate unions across the country. If we don’t have unions, then we don’t have a middle class. Rick Snyder’s tax cuts would amount to 86 percent for businesses at a cost of $1.8 billion.” At the same time, she notes, middle and lower-income people will pay more while still seeing funds cut for public schools and many municipal services. “Plus, what was Proposal A committed to doing?” DuPuis asks, referring to the 1994 cut in property taxes with a higher sales tax as a tradeoff. “It was to pay for K-12 education. Why is the current proposed budget taking $300 million from the K-12 budget and giving it to higher education?”
“This $300 million cut is what will cause school districts across the state to lose more on their per pupil foundation allowance. Instead of increasing the per-pupil allotment for schools by about $270 dollars per child with this $300 million, districts across the state will lose anywhere between $470 and $1,000 dollars per student.” “Why are we robbing Peter to pay Paul when Proposal A guaranteed money for K-12? Colleges have the ability to raise tuition. Proposal A’s purpose, from John Engler and company, was to take away the local tax base assessment and replace it with a statewide basis for raising revenue.” Nonetheless, a poll during the first week of April indicated that Wisconsin residents still support Walker’s actions, although by a narrower 44-41 margin than when the Dairy State protests first started. Horn says citizens in Michigan and elsewhere increasingly have learned that spending policies of the past must be curtailed. He has recommended in the past that directors of each state department be asked to reduce spending by 2 percent.
“This is my fifth year working on a state budget and each year we’ve had a billion-and-a-halfdollar hole,” Horn says. “This is the first year that we don’t have a magic pot of money to fix a broken budget.” On one point, the governor and fellow Republicans have found agreement with the unions. Both favor setting a two-year budget so that the annual conflicts and shortfalls are discontinued.
Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Repeal of Public Act 78 on May 3rd Ballot in the City of Saginaw On May 3, 2011 City of Saginaw residents will
have an opportunity at the voting polls to repeal the 1935 Public Act 78, which will allow for the city to consolidate public safety departments and address budgetary issues related to public safety that consume close to 70% of the general budget. City of Saginaw staff will be providing informational meetings for the public regarding this ballot proposal. These ‘Town Hall’ style meetings will be held as follows: April 21 • 6:00 PM • First Ward Community Center • 1410 N. 12th St. April 26 • 6:30 PM • Michigan Lutheran Seminary
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