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“If you want to end gerrymandering in Michigan, let me know.” With that simple social media post, Count MI Vote founder Katie Fahey managed to start a new movement.

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of Kevin McCreery on September 14 from cancer. Many will remember Kevin as a fixture in the regional music scene, as his local bands Mach, Love Jones and Feeding the Machine enjoy “legendary” status to those who followed original music in the area during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Kevin’s bands were regulars at the annual Review Music Awards and within the pages of the magazine.

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Now a fixture in the annual Fall entertainment calendar, The Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival returns to Bay City from 9/28 thru 10/1 for its 12th annual incarnation. Over the years the music portions of the program have grown in stature, both within the event and in the eyes of potential performers. The Festival now enjoys a stellar reputation as a host for independent, original music.

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This year brings a new entry to Bay City’s Fall calendar, with the inaugural MI Made Marketplace Festival. This outdoor event is scheduled to be held September 30 thru October 1, on Washington Avenue & Fifth Street in Downtown Bay City. The event will run from 10 AM to 5 PM each day.

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Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Joscho Stephan comes to Bay City, with a special performance at Arbeitor Hall. The Jim Pagel Trio will open this show, scheduled for 7:00 PM on 9/12.

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Singer-songwriter releases a debut of album full of powerful and melodic American tracks.

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You’ve got to love it when a plan comes together. As we sit in the Summer of 2017, even to a casual observer, this would seem to be exactly what is happening in Downtown Bay City.

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The 12th Annual Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival will be held in Bay City from September 28 - October 1. This year's music line-up was announced in a special event at Unity Park on August 10.

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There is perhaps no greater influence on modern pop culture than that of hip-hop music. It is with this fact in mind that Hell's Half Mile celebrates the fashion, beats, rhythms and rhymes of independent hip-hop at their second SPIT N' SPIN concert event. In addition to Lightnin' Licks Vinyl Preservation Society spinnin' classic cuts from their extensive catalogue of hip-hop LPs, some of the most accomplished underground artists from the Mitten State and beyond will be sharing a stage in the Empire Room on July 14.

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Where Winter seems to come with a specified playlist that we revive on cue every year after Halloween, Summer cries out for its own soundtrack. Windows down, breeze in our hair, and a perfect new tune in our ear. This is how our warm weather memories are cemented.

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As a self-styled aficionado of stringed instruments, I’ve asked a number of players and builders over the years a pretty standard question: “What makes a good guitar?” When I recently sat down with luthier Jason Mills, the founder of Highwood Guitars, he gave me perhaps the most interesting answer I have gotten to date: “Curiosity.”

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It’s often said, “the devil is in the details.” In music this is as true as in any pursuit, as it is the ability to interject a performance with nuance and guile that separates the derivative from the deft.

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Always among the busiest musicians in this region, 2017 is the year in which Michael Robertson and Ron “Rosco” Selley take things to new heights. Along with Bay City native and current South Carolina resident Daniel Patrick, the two have recorded a new CD of songs under the name The Sky Blue Sky.

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When we last checked in with Tweed & Dixie, the newly formed band had walked off with an amazing number of eight individual and group trophies at the 2016 Review Awards, including ‘Best Original Band’, ‘Best Country Band’, and ‘Best New Band of the Year’.

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Mid-Michigan native and current Austin, Texas resident Kara Mosher makes her recording debut with the CD Dosage.

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