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The Homestead – Music on the Mountain – Jill Jack – June 25, 2015

Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won 37 Detroit Music Awards (see full list) in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes.

You get all of Jill Jack in a performance — her blend of folk and rock traditions, her open humor, her fine band. Jill harbors little of her process from her audience — each performance is about opening a window and shining a light into her songwriting, leading inevitably to the intense relationship with her fans. Her career is founded on folk’s best idea — that there’s a shared knowing between artist and audience, a conversation that flows both ways during a show. Plus she’s a strong woman who’s won over the toughest town in a man’s world — she’s a bandleader, the principal songwriter in a large group bearing her own name, an employer and automatic arbiter of musician’s issues.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

To purchase tickets, call 231.334.5100 or visit

Music on the Mountain concert series presents Jill Jack.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 on Bay Mountain

Concert: 7pm to 9pm

Transportation and Happy Hour (cash bar): 6pm to 7pm


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Garry Krinsky: Toying With Science – Interlochen Arts Festival – June 29, 2015

Kids of all ages will enjoy this fast-paced, varied and dynamic program combining circus skills, daring feats of balance, mime, original music and audience involvement to explore gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines.

It has been said that Garry Krinsky resembles a living cartoon with his animated movement and non-stop energy. Garry was an original member of the Boston Buffoons, co-founder of the Patchwork Players, and a member of The Wright Bros., a New England vaudeville troupe. Since 1978, Garry has brought his high energy and experience to thousands of schools, theaters and festivals. He has also performed on live television, including the Today Show on NBC.

In 1995, Garry created his Toying with Science program and has since been touring it across the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews. Garry is a very physical entertainer. His performance of Toying with Science is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic program. Commissioned and developed with the Museum of Science in Boston, this performance explores, among other things, the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums and simple machines. Combining circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement, Garry and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who explore our world. During the program, Garry brings his science toys to life with motion, music, humor and insight. He turns audience members into stars as he playfully shares the stage, juggling, balancing and welcoming them into his colorful world. He performs original upbeat songs, that explore fulcrums, levers and basic mechanics. He balances multiple ladders on his chin, simultaneously, as he demonstrates how to find the center of gravity! It is incredible how much action, fun and learning takes place in so little time!

As personable as he is professional, Garry consistently dissolves the boundary between the audience and himself, so that the performance sweeps through the entire theater. A performance by Garry Krinsky is truly a unique experience!

Garry Krinsky: Toying With Science
June 29, 2015 – 7:00pm
Ticket price(s):All Seats $23.50
Audience: All audiences

Corson Auditorium


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Joshua Davis – Summer Sounds Concert – Michigan Legacy Art Park – July 1, 2015

Joshua DavisSeen on NBC’s Emmy award winning television show, “The Voice,” Joshua Davis writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul. Davis placed third on the hit series and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the Art Park this summer.

Admission: Tickets are $15 each and will be available for purchase at beginning June 12, 2015. Ticket sales are limited to 200 and will not be available at the park entry the night of the concert.

Due to his immense popularity, the Joshua Davis concert was ticketed and is now SOLD OUT.

Concert begins at 7pm. Location at Michigan Legacy Art Park.

There will be a shuttle available from the Day Skier Parking Lot to the Art Park, beginning at 5:30 pm July 1. There is limited parking available at the Art Park parking lot.

Ticket holders will have seating on a first come, first served basis.

To purchase your custom gourmet picnic dinner for two delivered to you at the concert; call Crystal Mountain at (231) 378-2000 ext. 5000. Pricing starts at $24.95.

Additional Summer Sounds Concerts

July 17: Seth and May
July 24: Benzie Playboys
July 31: Interlochen Faculty Revue
August 7: Ruth and Max Bloomquist
August 14: The Accidentals

For more information about the 2015 Summer Sounds concerts, please visit Michigan Legacy Art Park >>


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National Cherry Festival – July 4 – 11, 2015

July 4 – 11, 2015 in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan!

The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable. Each day Festival goers find cherry delights along with parades, family and kids events and entertainment. In all, there are more than 150 events along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay.

The Festival has been named in USA Todays top ten festivals for several years running.

There are over 150 events that took place in 2014! Check out the 2015 schedule of events for more information:

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World Youth Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta conductor – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 5, 2015

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra is the oldest and most prestigious international youth orchestra in the country. The WYSO will open their season under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, and repertoire will include Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture,” Copland’s “El Salon Mexico” and Revuelta’s “La noche De Las Mayas.”

JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader. An effervescent and exuberant figure on the podium, she has been praised by The Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.” Acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” she serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.

World Youth Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta conductor
July 5, 2015 – 8:00pm
Ticket price(s):$18 Adult $15 Senior $10 Youth
Audience: Age 3 and older

Kresge Auditorium


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The Capitol Steps – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 5, 2015

Rip-roaring fun, the Capitol Steps’ special brand of political satire is an Independence Day tradition at Interlochen. This troupe of former Congressional staffers inject a much-needed dose of humor and musical madness into the serious business of politics, targeting both sides of the political aisle.

Over 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”) and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 34 albums, including their latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

The Capitol Steps
July 5, 2015 – 8:00pm
Ticket price(s):All Seats $34.00
Audience: Age 3 and older

Corson Auditorium


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