Matt deHeus


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Our community has suffered a great loss with the sudden passing of Sarah Parker on October 4. Sarah was well known to local music fans and many readers of the Review for her work as an event promoter, with the Indie Spot group and with C & C Entertainment. She was a regular nominee for the Review Music Awards individually and with Indie Spot, including a win in the category of Best Promoter this year.

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One of the most intriguing things about the future is you never know when it is going to start.

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With a number of Democratic incumbents and primary winners running unopposed in the November general election, the contest for the 96th District in the State House of Representatives has become the featured regional race on Bay County ballots.

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The 11th incarnation of Bay City’s Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival once again is scheduled to bring many of the region’s best original music to town as part of its celebration of independently produced arts.

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A pair of June 30, 2016 decisions by the Department of Justice are serving as twin kicks to the pineal gland and the pocketbook for those who make their living as songwriters.

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Looking to build on a highly successful inaugural event in 2015, the Freeland Blues Festival returns to Tittabawassee Township Park on July 30th. This year’s festival is headlined by the Marcus King Band, the blues rock phenoms who are making a return trip to the area in a summer filled by a heavy national touring schedule.

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The 2016 Election Cycle is proving to be one of the most interesting in recent memory. Ranging from races that are contested to those that are actually contentious, the ballot is full of candidates vying both for open and occupied seats.

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With two term office holder Charles Brunner stepping down due to term limits, the 96th District seat in the State House of Representatives is up for grabs in this November’s election.

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At some point everyone asks themselves the question “What do I want to do when I grow up?” For most people, this is a question they’d love to have answered as quickly as possible. Start a career, start a family and gradually improve the length and quality of your vacations. A comfortable and predictable path is the American Dream for many.

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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.

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By announcing that he will retire after 20 years in the post, Bay County Sheriff John Miller ensured that in 2017 there will indeed be “a new Sheriff in town.”

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When Bay County Prosecutor Kurt Asbury announced that he will retire at the end of 2016, it created an open race to fill the office in this year’s elections. Asbury, who was initially appointed to the position of Prosecutor back in 2006, was re-elected in 2008 and 2012.

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South Carolina guitar rock phenomena the Marcus King Band is coming to Bemo's Bar in Bay City on June 15.

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Rock and roll has a history of power pairings, where the lead singer and the lead guitarist become almost an entity unto themselves – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Stones or Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith might immediately come to mind to many music fans. In this region, we have our own version of the Glimmer Twins in Jeff Zimmerman and Michael Eudis of The Hipakritz, this year’s winner for Best Rock Band in the 30th Annual Review Music Awards.​

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It is probably fair at this point to call Jason Isbell a phenomenon. On the radar of serious music fans since his days as a member of the rough and tumble alt-country outfit Drive by Truckers, Isbell as a solo artist has grown into one of the clearest voices of this moment.

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