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2016’s music year could perhaps best be thought of as a teeter-totter: one minute you’re up in the air celebrating a fantastic album release or impressive live show, and the next you’re sitting on the ground with no dance in your step, wondering how you got so low. Let’s take a look at what the music scene looked like over the past year.

15th December, 2016 | 0 Comments

Blues Rock in Bay City

National touring act the Marcus King Band returns to Bay City for one night at Arbeitoer Hall on 12/27, supported by regional favorite Barbarossa Brothers.

09th December, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Musician's Meditations on the Late Leonard Cohen

Musicians, artists, writers, producers, actors, creators, and dreamers: all too often in this game of ours the urge to quit is something we have to wrestle with - a question demanding an answer that feels like an inevitable surrender. It’s understandable really. We sacrifice so much in order to do what we do and usually with very little (if any) financial success. Our victories have to be measured by the satisfaction of creation, hearing about the impact of our work on someone’s life, or from the simple love of the craft.

26th November, 2016 | 0 Comments

Music Media Roundtable

Welcome to the first edition of “Making Scale,” a new blog covering current topics in the music industry. In this first edition, we set up a roundtable interview with the editors of four well established online music publications. To discuss current topics in the indie music market.

13th October, 2016 | 0 Comments

12th Studio Album Better Than One Can Imagine & Full of Surprises

Good Times is the twelfth studio album by The Monkees. It was released on May 27th, 2016 to resounding critical acclaim. It was an unexpected treat for baby boomers who love jangly rock & roll and pop music with a hook. The disc was produced by Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne) with some additional bonus tracks by Andrew Sandoval to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the band.

26th September, 2016 | 0 Comments

Legendary Rockers Return to Saginaw

The first time I saw KISS perform was back in 1974 inside a metal pole barn located in (of all places) Asbury Park, New Jersey, which ironically is Bruce Springsteen’s hometown. KISS had just released their debut album (in my opinion, still their best) and one year later in 1975 they set a record as being the first band to sell out The Saginaw Civic Center (now known as the Dow Event Center).

16th August, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story

Ray Davies has fashioned an autobiography that brings to light the vagaries of being a successful musician. His status as a rock & roll hero is certainly secure, despite a catalog of music that had drifted toward the mundane in the later part of the eighties and nineties. He was co-opting his own music and replaying that famous riff from You Really Got Me and its follow up clone All Day & All of the Night.

11th August, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sixties Icon to Perform At Tittabawssee Township Park August 17th

Pete Woodman recalls the early days growing up in Freeland off old U.S. 10. He remembers when he hung out with his friends from The Music Box days and high school dances. Now they are in their sixties and seventies and those times have sharpened into a prism of fondly embraced memories.

02nd August, 2016 | 0 Comments

Top Selling Group to Appear at The Harvey Kern Pavilion on July 14th

Blackberry Smoke is a band whose time has come. Since its formation in 2000, the band has experienced a slow steady climb. With a touring schedule that has regularly exceeded 250 dates a year, the band says the have gone about gaining fans the old fashioned way - one at a time.

30th June, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Crisis of Non-Conformity

The Mongrels: Tim Avram, singer, guitarist; Shane Swank, drums; Charlie Klein, guitar, singer; Joe Balbaugh, bass guitar, singer.

21st June, 2016 | 0 Comments

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