Issue 770

23rd May, 2013 - 12th June, 2013

What 'Cities' Are All About

In a city that has witnessed a high level of demolition of its historic architectural heritage over the decades, the six block area of South Jefferson Avenue on Saginaw's East Side has both survived and served as an important and vital center of the community - a distinctly urban core where one can discover businesses, churches, civic buildings and homes with buildings that chronicle the city's development from a lumber boomtown in the early 1850s to one of Michigan's major industrial centers, with structures that form an almost encyclopedic collection of 19th and early 20th century architectural styles, many designed by nationally prominent architects.

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Stellar Line-up Poised to Board the Showboat July 12th - 20th

The Chesaning Showboat Music Festival started in 1937 with the intention of raising money for community projects. In an age when communities throughout the Great Lakes Bay region struggle with funding public safety and addressing the renovation of their infrastructures, the inception of this idea by Chesaning community leaders back in the 1930s was a rather ingenious one.

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As any artist, manager, or fan involved with the world of rock 'n roll will tell you, the most critical link between the creation of music and the connection of music is not through radio, youtube, television or print; but with the club where those sounds that are a result of the creative process are actually consumed by a public audience.

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The Michigan Jazz Trail Blazes Forward June 19th with Special Season 'Kick-Off' Jazz Roar Before the River Roar

When Jazz vocalist and arts enthusiast Molly McFadden first conceived the idea of pulling together an annual summer Jazz Festival showcasing the top-notch regional and statewide musical talent that populates the Great Lakes Bay area and tying it together with national and international talent in an effort to showcase the breadth & depth of artistry that our area is blessed with, modeling it after similar high-caliber showcases such as the Newport & Montreux Jazz Festivals, her goal was to brand Michigan as a destination point for music fans in the same manner that New Orleans is recognized; and to demonstrate that Michigan has more to offer tourists than golf and water sports.

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Connecting Our Region to the Bounty of Culture & Community

While there are many notable and long-standing festivals & celebrations that usher in the start of summer in the Great Lakes Bay region, one of my own personal favorites is the annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival, which will celebrate its 35th year of serving music, dance, fellowship, and a broad variety of authentic, fresh & sumptuous Greek cuisine on the weekend of June 14-16th.

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The Magic of a Musical Mecca on Bay City's South End

I need to admit at the outset that there is bias in this article.  I have a little bit of a mutual admiration society with Bemo's owners Rob & Luann Ervin.   When Vox Politic first began to run in the Review a couple years ago, the very first person to stop me and discuss a piece at length was Rob Ervin.

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15 Bands * Craft Beer Tasting * Disc Golf & Interactive Art Experiences

Now in it's sixth year the annual Free Music Festival held at Tittabawassee Park in Freeland on Saturday, June 8th from noon to dusk has certainly made a significant impact in the Great Lakes Bay Region and is definitely on a roll, having been selected as the Best Festival or Live Concert Event at the Review Music Awards for three years in a row now.

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Tom Sawyer Meet Louis Carroll * A Sixties Icon Speaks

Donny Hartman may be one of the nicest guys in show biz. He was the an anchor for The Chevelles, the legendary house band for Daniels Den from 1964-67 before he and his band mates began an inspired linkage with Dick Wagner to form The Frost, one of the most revered bands in Michigan rock & roll history.

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Bay City Western High School senior Cameron Zvara has been interested in magic since an early age.  He got his 1st magic kit while he was in pre-school and hasn't looked back yet.  His fascination with magic was to learn how things work during the magic act and then see how people reacted to the tricks.

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