Andrew Lay


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When it comes to martial arts, fighting styles, and self defense, an array of information along with misinformation can be found in abundance. Many teachers of many styles can be found across the Great Lakes Bay region alone; however, few are familiar with the true powers of the science based art of Wing Chun

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​Many pundits and investors alike seemed stunned that Janet Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors’ of Federal Reserve didn’t announce interest rate hikes in September. It doesn’t take much searching to find many of these same pundits and investors were completely shocked by the 2008 crash, as we heard repeated over and over: “Nobody could have seen this coming!”

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When it comes landmark businesses that help to propagate both the growth and sustenance of the musical community in the Great Lakes Bay region, Mid-Michigan Music has withstood the test of time to set both the tone and the timbre for what the blueprint of a full-service musical instrument and professional audio company should looks & sound like that has resonated successfully for 30 years.

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This year the selection of Best Metal Band at the 2014 Review Music Awards went to Four Minute Death Ride – a group of friends who just decided to start making music together “after numerous unsuccessful attempts”, explains drummer Jeff Douglas.

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The Michigan Jazz Trail has managed to coral a big bag of holiday joy from Santa’s sled, as they bring to the Saginaw stage contemporary Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a ‘Big Band Holiday’ extravaganza at The Temple Theatre on Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 PM.

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Gretchen Peters is a familiar name in country music yet her notoriety is somewhat obscured by years of writing songs for other artists. She penned Independence Day for Martina McBride and won the CMA Song of the Year in 1995.

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Crisis after crisis, the latest whodunnit partisan blame game in Washington ended somewhat abruptly after massive finger pointing by both sides as to whose idea this horrible sequester really was; and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post strode in and showed he is a lapdog of neither party nor any administration.

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2010 was a productive and positive year for the Great Lakes Bay hip-hop scene. Some positive music and unity movements were key in accelerating the quality of the scene to the forefront. Some very well deserving artists took home awards this year, and I checked in with the winners to see what's going on and their upcoming plans.

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