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Weaving Together the Connections Between Art, Music & Culture

For the second year in a row the Great Lakes Bay region is poised to explode with a brilliant flourish of artistic & musical activity as the PATCHWORK Art & Music Festival prepares to showcase 15 major events spread throughout venues in each of the Tri-Cities from May 4-13th, including seven concerts, multiple gallery receptions, film premiers, poetry slams, literary speakers, educational seminars and panels, comedy, wellness activities, and much more.

20th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Innovative, Literate and Acclaimed Michigan-Based Alt-Country Folk Rockers Set to Perform May 6th at Bay City’s Historic Masonic Temple at 7 PM

Frontier Ruckus is a Michigan based band busy making serious inroads on the national performing circuit. The group's catalog can be most consistently classified as folk rock with a strong verbal emphasis woven around a sound that is augured around the lyrically intensive songs of Matthew Milia, who formed the group along with banjo player David Winston Jones while growing up in Metro Detroit.

20th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Redefining Perceptions Through the Stories of Good People Making a Difference

One of the new features at this year’s PATCHWORK Festival is the world-wide debut of a new film by Alex Mixter that is titled ‘Saginaw’ and will be showing on May 7th at Pit & Balcony Theatre at 5 PM.

20th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

New Music in Review

It probably wasn’t their intent when they recorded their second CD, Lost Your Love, but today Bay City based Blues Mobile performed a rescue mission. In this case, the cast of veteran area performers used their ample skills to drive away a case of the “Friday in the office on a sunny day” blues. I am here to tell you that I think they just may have found a cure.

20th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Original Showcase Happening May 4th at The White Crow Conservatory

Those who follow the original music scene in this area are very likely to be familiar with Bob Hausler. Known as a singer, songwriter, sideman and mentor to many who aspire to create music on their own, Bob has developed a circle of fans and friends in the local, regional and national music communities.

20th April, 2017 | 1 Comments

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Celebrating 31 Years of Musical Excellence on Sunday, April 23rd

It seems impossible to believe that three decades have passed since the very first presentation of this ceremony took place at Saginaw’s legendary historic Fordney Hotel, which was the center-hub venue for a burgeoning regional musical scene that featured dozens of clubs on both Saginaw’s Hamilton Street & Bay City’s Midland Street Entertainment districts that were featuring live music six-nights per week.

06th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Saginaw’s First Bourbon Bar Creates a Fresh Industrial Community Ambiance That Merges the Historic with the Modern

There is an intoxicating energy emanating from the historic Bancroft Project standing proudly in the core of the Downtown Saginaw business district on the corner of Genesee & Washington as the newly renovated, refurbished, and re-invented Bourbon & Co. prepares to open its doors, the latest step in a journey that over the last few years has witnessed a luxury apartment complex, a Coffee & Tea Café, an increasingly popular Wine & Martini Bar, and an expansive regional art gallery infusing fresh life and affirmative possibilities for excitement into the Downtown corridor.

06th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Blossoming Soul Colors the Contours of Contemporary Jazz

Monique Ella Rose is one of those rare performers that realize the importance of forging a connection with her audience; and how regardless of one’s tonal range or technical ability, it is the human bond between artists and the people they perform in front of that more often than not make the difference in one’s musical career.

06th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Sixgunn El Dorado live in Concert at Whites Bar

06th April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Top Five Finalist Nominees & Final Voting Round

The Final Voting Round in the Review’s 31st Annual Music Awards Ceremony is now underway. During the nomination round we had a total of 2,372 votes cast and 832 musicians nominated for all categories and divisions during the initial balloting round. The total number of nominees in each division appears beneath the title and only the top five nominees are listed in the finals, except in instances where a tie occurred.

16th March, 2017 | 1 Comments

Appearing March 24th in Bay City at Arbeitoer Hall

The Marcus King Band is led by singer, songwriter & guitarist Marcus King, who was raised in Greenville, South Carolina and brought up on the blues, playing shows a pre-teen sideman with his father, the fellow bluesman Marvin King.

16th March, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pit and Balcony Explores the Moral Complexities in Steinback's Defining Classic

The late great American author John Steinbeck was a founding member of what sadly has become a feeding tradition known as Muckraking journalism – a discipline that sought to expose atrocities involving the exploitation of workers forced to perform arduous and soul crushing labor for minimal wages in abject conditions that was most brilliantly rendered in his groundbreaking work The Grapes of Wrath.

16th March, 2017 | 0 Comments

Celebrating a Decade of Musical Excellence with All-Star Extravaganza

Every great adventure starts someplace. In the case of Andy Reed, his musical journey had a pretty inauspicious beginning. Reed’s grandmother, Joan Kozuch, taught catechism classes at Visitation School to children from special education classes. It was in these classes that Andy played his first “gig,” as he provided piano for the hymns and other songs of faith that his grandmother used to teach her weekly lessons.

16th March, 2017 | 0 Comments

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SixGunn El Dorado local band, interview.

15th March, 2017 | 0 Comments

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After three months of trying to catch up with these three great musicians, I finally got a chance to sit down and talk with Crud Spider for the first time. A local band out of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

25th February, 2017 | 0 Comments

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