PAELLA IN THE PARK 2011

This Friday! August 5, 2011, 5 PM – 10 PM

at Clinch Park in Downtown Traverse City

Featuring 7 Old Mission Peninsula Wineries, 7 Chefs, 4 Bands (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Hoots & Hellmouth, Grupo Aye, and Johnny Rodgers), professional swing and salsa dancers and dance floors, and a beautiful evening on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay.

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Tickets are $46 at the door – while tickets remain (the additional $1 per ticket will benefit Traverse City’s Bay Front Parks) and include a commemorative wine glass, (5) 2 oz. wine pours, (3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

WINERIES & CHEFS
2 Lads & Chez Peres
Black Star Farms & The Inn at Black Star Farms
Bowers Harbor Vineyards & Soul Hole
Brys Estate & The Bay Leaf
Chateau Chantal & Firefly
Chateau Grand Traverse & Siren Hall
Peninsula Cellars & Mission Table

SCHEDULE
5 PM – Doors open to the public
5 PM – Hoots & Hellmouth
6:30 PM – Grupo Aye
7:30 PM – Johnny Rodgers
8 PM – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
10 PM – Drive, bike, boat, walk safely home!
(10 PM – After party at the Loading Dock with Hoots & Hellmouth!)

Information you should be aware of:
> Each cork gets you a helping of paella from the local chefs of your choice.
> Drink tickets are $2 each. There will be wines that are 1 ticket, 2 tickets, and possibly 3 tickets. Each winery will provide a 2 oz. pour of the wine you choose.
> Additional corks ($3 each) and drink tickets ($2 each) are available for purchase at the merchandise tent.
> FREE water, Northwoods refreshments, and Moomers ice cream are available at the merchandise tent.
> Please be conscious! Please reduce and reuse before you recycle.
> 21+ only. No exceptions, please.
> Re-entry allowed.

A mixed paella made for a recent family gathering

WHAT IS PAELLA (pronounced Pie-Eh-Ya)?
Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.
There are three widely known types of paella:
1. Valencian paella: white rice, green vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck), land snails, beans, and seasoning.
2. Seafood paella: white rice, seafood (mussels, squid, shrimp, octopus, fish, lobster, crab, etc.), and seasoning.
3. Mixed paella: a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans.

THANK YOU!

Wineries, Chefs, and Sponsors

Wineries, Chefs, and Sponsors

CHERRY POPPIN’ DADDIES TO HEADLINE SECOND ANNUAL PAELLA IN THE PARK FESTIVAL AUGUST 5

Last August, we enjoyed perhaps the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula’s finest evening, as nearly 2,000 gathered for Blues Traveler live in concert, along with pairings of great local wines and paella.

Now prepare for Paella in the Park 2011, set for Friday, August 5.

Traverse City’s bayside Clinch Park grounds will transform into a swingin’ festival! This year’s lineup features: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the swing group known for “Zoot Suit Riot,” Groupo Ayé, a 10-piece Cuban salsa band, and Hoots And Hellmouth, a mix of rockabilly and funk.

This 21+ event (no exceptions, please) will again pair the seven wineries with local chefs. Guests will enjoy Spanish paellas from fresh ingredients cooked over an open fire, right on-site.

The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Porterhouse Productions are teaming up to produce the annual summer culinary and music event. Last year’s inaugural festival, featuring Grammy-winning artists Blues Traveler, attracted a sold-out crowd of close to 2,000 attendees.

Paella in the Park, which will go from 5-10 p.m., will feature the seven wineries of Old Mission Peninsula paired with seven regional chefs who will prepare Spanish paellas on-site. Each winery will host a station featuring three 36” pans in which chefs will cook paella using featured wines from that vintner and fresh local ingredients.

The evening will be capped by a live performance by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at sunset on the shores of beautiful West Bay. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, renowned for their high-energy live shows, were the first band to ever have a neo-swing album crack the Top 40 on the Billboard 200.

Rolling Stone declared them the “leaders” of the swing revival, and the group has toured with everyone from Ozomatli to Reel Big Fish to The Mighty  Mighty Bosstones. A popular touring and festival act, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have often averaged 300 shows a year, traveling internationally as headliners with major music festivals such as Warped Tour.

Popular Michigan-based Afro-Cuban band Grupo Aye and Philadelphia-based roots rockers Hoots & Hellmouth will perform as opening acts at the event. Grupo Aye specializes in a grooving, danceable sound that mixes salsa, Latin jazz, bachata and merengue influences. Hoots & Hellmouth has toured with such renowned musical acts as Langhorne Slim and Grace Potter, winning over audiences with their blistering foot-stompers and tight three-part harmonies.

Chefs representing various local restaurants will prepare their own unique takes on paella at the event. Paella, a rice-based dish that boasts hundreds of variations using different ingredients, is one of Spain’s most popular food entrees. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to converse with local chefs about the art of making paella, as well as enjoy food and wine at each station.

Tickets to Paella in the Park, which will be held in conjunction with Friday Night Live and Traverse City’s Annual Downtown Street Sale, will go on sale Friday, July 1 at Oryana and online at www.porterhouseproductions.com. Tickets are $41 in advance or $46 at the door (the additional $1 per ticket will benefit Traverse City’s Bay Front Parks) and include a commemorative wine glass, (5) 2 oz. wine pours, (3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space is limited. This event is open to ages 21+, no exceptions. Festival proceeds will benefit local non-profits Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Bay Front Parks.

*Advance ticket price does not reflect outlet or online handling fees. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Even though we advertise a “Day Of” ticket price, there is always a chance it can sell out before hand.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Zoot Suit Riot

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Thank you so much for bringing such great music to my community. I have been able to expose my friends and family to music they wouldn’t have heard otherwise by picking up CDs at the shows I’ve seen. Good music helps us grow into better people. Thank you for making my life better.” — Amy

GREAT WAKES FESTIVAL 2012

[Logo designed by www.hitchdesignstudio.com]

GREAT WAKES FESTIVAL
in partnership with Bay Area Recycling for Charities

Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2
at The Open Space in Downtown Traverse City
where Union Street & Grandview Parkway meet
RAIN OR SHINE!

A rockin’ celebration of water with a mission to raise funds and awareness for water-focused non-profits, to support efforts to protect and keep clean the region’s rivers, streams and lakes, and to offer a wide variety of water-themed activities and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Friday Evening (21+) | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | $15 ADV, $20 DOOR
Saturday
 | Registered Activities begin at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday Daytime Events
 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | FREE & FAMILY FRIENDLY
Saturday Evening (21+)
 | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | $15 ADV, $20 DOOR
Friday/Saturday Evenings Combo Ticket
 | $28 ADV ONLY
Advance tickets will be available online until 11:00 a.m.
Door tickets will be available at the gate

PARKING at Old Town Parking Deck & Hardy Parking Deck
Friday, June 1: FREE Parking after 5:00 PM
Saturday, June 2: FREE Parking All Day

Visiting Traverse City for the Great Wakes Festival on June 1 and 2?Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is offering a special accommodations package for the festival for just $129/night, which includes complimentary transportation to and from the event. To book your stay, click here and use promo code “GREAT”, or mention the Great Wakes Festival over the phone.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | Ages 21+

Friday evening features
• Great live music (see schedule below)
• Yummy local food (sold separately) from Siren Hall, Mana, Goodwillies Café, House of Doggs, U & I Lounge, Moomers Ice Cream, Northwoods Soda, Free Culligan Water
• Local wines (sold separately) from Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) and Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) – Proceeds from beer and wine purchases will go toward BARC’s fundraiser for the Great Lakes Water Fund (see mission below)
• Brews (sold separately): Bell’s Oberon, Bell’s Amber, Bell’s Java Stout, Arbor Brewing Larry Hoppe, Arbor Brewing Strawberry Blonde, North Peak Furry Black IPA, North Peak Dubious Stout, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, Good Island Matilda, Stella Artois, Shock Top Shandy, and Bud Light – Proceeds from beer and wine purchases will go toward BARC’s fundraiser for the Great Lakes Water Fund (see mission below)
• Wakeboard Aerials & Pro Competition | Sponsored by Action Water Sports
• Parkour Demos with Parkour master Levi Meeuwenberg and his team of 7
• LED Hula Hoop Troup

EVENING MUSIC SCHEDULE

Main Tent Stage (HEATED, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling!)
5:00 p.m.: DJ/House Music
5:15 p.m.: Soul Patch
6:30 p.m.: Heatbox
7:50 p.m.: Funktion
9:30 p.m.: Heatbox & Funktion
10:00 p.m.: CURFEW – walk, drive, and ride home safely!

Silent Disco Tent (HEATED, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling!)
spinning mash-up, dub-step, 80s, 90s, and popular dance music

5:00 p.m.: DJ Dominate
6:00 p.m.: DJ Scott Perry
7:30 p.m.: DJ Dominate
9:00 p.m.: Heatbox with DJ Dominate

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SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Registered Activities begin at 8:30 a.m.
Daytime Events | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | FREE and FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Evening | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | Ages 21+

Registered Activities
8:30 a.m.: Captain’s Meeting for Volleyball Tournament
9:00 a.m.: Volleyball Tournament
9:00 a.m.: Beach Race | Sponsored by March of Dimes
12:00 p.m.: Boardman River Stand Up Paddleboard Race (please note, this time has changed from 11:00 a.m. due to Coast Guard scheduling)

Great Wakes Festival | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | FREE and FAMILY FRIENDLY!
10:00 a.m.: Gates Open
11:00 a.m.: Aerial Art | Sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan
12:00 p.m.: Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo & Display
12:00 p.m.: Music begins (see schedule below)
1:00 p.m.: Wakeboard Aerials & Pro Competition | Sponsored by Action Water Sports
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Education at the TACS (Traverse Area Community Sailing) Tent
• Kayaks, Kayaks … Which One Is Right For Me? with Michael Gray of Uncommon Adventures
• North American Fur Traders with the Maritime Heritage Alliance
• TACS – Who Are We & What Do We Do?
• Water Safety
Daytime events feature

• Great live music (see schedule below)
• Yummy local food (sold separately) from Siren Hall, Mana, Goodwillies Café, House of Doggs, U & I Lounge, Moomers Ice Cream, Northwoods Soda, Free Culligan Water
• Wakeboard Aerials & Pro Competition | Sponsored by Action Water Sports
• Watercraft Demos & Rides (kayaks, stand up paddleboards, ski boats, sailboats, and more
• Parkour Demos with Parkour master Levi Meeuwenberg and his team of 7
• Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Associations TROUT DERBY 2012

DAYTIME MUSIC SCHEDULE
12:15 p.m.: Deep Blue Water Samba Drumming (on main lawn)

Main Tent Stage (HEATED, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling!)
12:30 p.m.: Funktion
2:00 p.m.: Heatbox
3:00 p.m.: Roster McCabe

Nauti-Cat Stage
12:00 p.m.: Motus Mixtus
1:00 p.m.: Garret Borns
2:00 p.m.: North Shore
3:00 p.m.: Ratone
4:00 p.m.: Motus Mixtus

Silent Disco Tent (FUN for all ages | HEATED, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling!)
spinning mash-up, dub-step, 80s, 90s, and popular dance music

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Come see what the FUN is all about!

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SATURDAY EVENING
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | $15 in advance, $20 at the door | Ages 21+

Saturday evening features
• Great live music (see schedule below)
• Yummy local food (sold separately) from Siren Hall, Mana, Goodwillies Café, House of Doggs, U & I Lounge, Moomers Ice Cream, Northwoods Soda, Free Culligan Water
• Local wines (sold separately) from Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) and Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) – Proceeds from beer and wine purchases will go toward BARC’s fundraiser for the Great Lakes Water Fund (see mission below)
• Brews (sold separately): Bell’s Oberon, Bell’s Amber, Bell’s Java Stout, Arbor Brewing Larry Hoppe, Arbor Brewing Strawberry Blonde, North Peak Furry Black IPA, North Peak Dubious Stout, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, Good Island Matilda, Stella Artois, Shock Top Shandy, and Bud Light – Proceeds from beer and wine purchases will go toward BARC’s fundraiser for the Great Lakes Water Fund (see mission below)
• Wakeboard Aerials & Pro Competition | Sponsored by Action Water Sports
• Parkour Demos with Parkour master Levi Meeuwenberg and his team of 7
• LED Hula Hoop Troup

EVENING MUSIC SCHEDULE
7:15 p.m.: Deep Blue Water Samba Drumming (on main lawn)

Main Tent Stage (HEATED, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling!)
5:00 p.m.: DJ/House Music
5:15 p.m.: North Shore
6:00 p.m.: Roster McCabe
7:30 p.m.: Heatbox
8:30 p.m.: That 1 Guy
9:30 p.m.: Heatbox & That 1 Guy
10:00 p.m.: CURFEW – walk, drive, and ride home safely!

Nauti-Cat Stage
5:00 p.m.: Garrett Borns
6:00 p.m.: One Hot Robot
7:00 p.m.: Ratone
8:00 p.m.: Northshore
10:00 P.M.: CURFEW- walk, drive, and ride home safely!

Silent Disco Tent (HEATED, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling!)
spinning mash-up, dub-step, 80s, 90s, and popular dance music

5:00 p.m.: DJ Dominate
6:00 p.m.: DJ Scott Perry
7:30 p.m.: DJ Dominate
9:00 p.m.: Heatbox with DJ Dominate
10:00 p.m.: CURFEW – walk, drive, and ride home safely!

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LATE NIGHT AFTER-PARTIES
10:00 p.m. at Union Street Station and Brew – don’t miss ’em!

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BAY AREA RECYCLING FOR CHARITIES’ mission is to help raise awareness and action to support our local watersheds. The Great Lakes Water Fund is designed to provide grants, donations, and support to local watershed and water related causes. This year BARC is embarking on a campaign to eradicate cigarette butts from the streets and parks of Traverse City and the greater Grand Traverse area. There will be street sweeps, awareness displays, and lots of discussion and education regarding this problem.

Stay in the loop!

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations for making the Great Wakes Festival possible:

CITY OPERA HOUSE/WHARTON CENTER

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Porterhouse Statement on Wharton Center/City Opera House Contract

Throughout Porterhouse Productions’ relationship with the City Opera House and Wharton Center, our purpose has been to stay positive and open to the collaborative opportunities presented by an entity like Wharton, while still asking the necessary questions to protect our right and the community’s right to access and enjoy this publicly owned building. As one of the major producers of concerts and events at the Opera House, we felt compelled to lend our voice in shaping the future of the venue to ensure it was the best fit for all. The process wasn’t always comfortable – for anyone involved – but it was both necessary and productive. At the end of the day, because user groups and community members came forward and got involved, the public had the invaluable opportunity to share their input on this operating arrangement. Students and young professionals who might not otherwise ever engage in local politics came to a city commission meeting to speak out. Arts groups had a chance to share their stories of being in the Opera House and what the venue means to them. Opera House staff and board members were able to publicly present their arguments. The community, though coming from different viewpoints, all rallied around a central cause: protecting the future of one of Traverse City’s most treasured landmarks.

While we still believe the ideal operating arrangement for the venue would be one in which the management remained in local control, we appreciate the financial commitment Wharton has made to the venue, and plan to continue producing our events and shows under its umbrella. Because the public and user groups fought strongly for guarantees of rates and access, the contract was refined to the point where we now feel cautiously optimistic about moving ahead if the commission approves the agreement. It is our hope that we will turn over a new leaf through our relationship with Wharton; that our past challenges with the oversight of the facility will be dissipated, and that we can reinstate as many of our shows as possible that were canceled for 2010 under former management. We hope to meet with Wharton as soon as this week to discuss our relationship going forward, and the next steps for bringing Porterhouse events back to the City Opera House.

We look forward to the return of Porterhouse events at the City Opera House in the very near future.

12/8/2009 – BY Sheri McWhirter

smcwhirter@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — The show will go on at the City Opera House and a downstate group will raise the curtain.

On Monday, Traverse City leaders unanimously approved a three-year contract between the opera house and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts to manage the facility on Front Street. It’s a deal pitched as a way to boost performance offerings and reign in deficit spending at the city-owned historic building.

“They are absolute pros and we look forward to working with them,” said Sam Porter, of Porterhouse Productions, a frequent opera house renter who previously voiced concerns about maintaining local access to the facility.

Wharton, an organization based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, will take over operations, finances and bookings for the City Opera House on July 1, but will play an advisory role until then. The opera house will pay Wharton $75,000 a year for three years to manage the downtown Traverse City facility and Wharton will absorb any financial losses during that time, but will not cover the opera house’s $250,000 operational debt.

Any earned profits will be split between the opera house and Wharton, with the latter receiving 25 percent. Additionally, annual financial reports will be filed with the city.

Wharton and opera house officials worked on the deal without public input for months and last month brought it to elected officials’ attention. The secret negotiations angered some city residents, who attended a Nov. 23 city meeting to complain and express concerns about continued local access.

City and Wharton officials agreed to include in the management contract a clause that ensures local access to rent the opera house will be maintained.

Those conversations are encouraging, said both Porter and Ed Downing, executive director for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Downing said he took Wharton’s offer to cover financial losses as a sign of commitment to the opera house.

Commissioner MaryAnn Moore said she’s glad Wharton worked out concerns about local access and she “thinks it’s great for Traverse City.”

Angela Schuler, opera house board co-chairman, said they are pleased to move forward with Wharton, despite recent concerns in the community about how the deal was struck.

“Ultimately, I think the integrity of the proposal spoke for itself,” Schuler said.

The debate about opera house management showed the community’s interest and commitment to the facility, said Commissioner Mike Gillman.

“The community was reminded this is a jewel and should be treated as such,” he said.

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Wharton contract process concerns citizens

Published: November 24, 2009 07:40 am

By Sheri McWhirter
smcwhirter@record-eagle.com
TRAVERSE CITY — A potential operating agreement for the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City brought dozens out to voice support and concerns, including issues with secretive deal-making with a downstate group.

The Traverse City Commission met Monday to discuss a proposed three-year contract between the opera house board and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University, but did not take any action. Many city residents spoke favorably about the organizational abilities and experiences Wharton could bring to the city-owned opera house, but others voiced worries about how the public was left out on decision-making.

“I think the public will always crash the party when they’re not invited,” said Beth Milligan, a Traverse City resident who also noted there’s a “long history in Traverse City of back-room deals.”

Wharton stands to receive $75,000 annually to manage the opera house and would guarantee any losses be absorbed by the organization, should the facility fail to turn a profit. Wharton would not cover the opera house’s current $250,000 debt.

Residents questioned why Wharton is the sole organization pitched to run the opera house and why a local manager wasn’t pursued.

“It feels like the decision has all but been made,” said Ansel Bowden, of Traverse City. “I think there needs to be more time for discussion and input from residents.”

Mayor Chris Bzdok described the situation as “being painted into a corner” with Wharton as the only option.

“It’s been determined without our input and without our knowledge. I don’t want that to happen again,” Bzdok said.

Michael Moore, founder of the Traverse City Film Festival, said festival officials were never consulted about a deal with Wharton, despite being among the most frequent facility renters.

“You don’t make the best decisions when you make them this way,” Moore said. “The best decisions get made when everyone is involved in the decision.”

It’s not so much a concern about how well Wharton would run the venue, he said, but how contract details for a publicly owned building were negotiated behind closed doors.

Sam Porter, of event presenter Porterhouse Productions, another frequent venue renter, said he opposes exclusive management at the opera house, preferring a partnership among stakeholders.

“I hope that after this talk we have the chance to collaborate,” Porter said.

Bob Spence, co-chairman of the opera house board, said the deal required a confidentiality agreement at the outset, but opera house officials are “not trying to hide anything.” He spoke about local access being maintained for groups like the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, the film festival and Porterhouse, and how the board turned to Wharton because it can protect the opera house’s financial and programming interests.

Wharton Executive Director Mike Brand said there are no pre-conceived ideas about what acts will be booked. He guaranteed local access will continue and agreed to insert language to that effect in the proposed contract.

“I think we’ll try to make a business out of what’s already there and then grow it,” Brand said.

Commissioner Mike Gillman said he’s not sure another offer to manage the facility without a financial risk — beyond the annual fee to Wharton — will surface.

“That’s an offer I don’t think we can turn down,” he said.

The facility on Front Street went through a multimillion-dollar renovation paid for by a long-running community fundraising campaign. The venue is now available for private rentals as a performance house directed by the City Opera House Heritage Association, the nonprofit that raised money for restoration.

The opera house is entirely funded through donations and venue rental rates, paying both taxes and rent to the city. No city tax dollars go to the opera house and Wharton’s fee will be paid from the facility’s operational fund, should the deal be approved by city commissioners.

Wharton will take over operations, bookings and financial responsibility for the opera house on July 1, 2010. Wharton and the opera house will split any earned profits, with the downstate organization taking a 25-percent cut, according to contract details.

City Manager R. Ben Bifoss will work out local access issues in the proposed contract and will bring the matter back before commissioners, perhaps as early as next month.

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Public Expresses Support, Concern Over Opera House Plan

Listen to IPR’s interview here: http://ipr.interlochen.org/episode/5700

11/24/2009 – Last night, Traverse City commissioners met to examine the City Opera House’s plan to have Lansing’s Wharton Center manage the historic theatre. And nearly 25 people cmmented on the issue at the study session.City Manager Ben Bifoss offered to meet with the parties involved and present his findings to the panel.Mayor Chris Bzdok said he was unhappy with City Opera House managers for springing the idea on the city without much warning. He said that makes it hard for the commissioners to make a decision.“There’s a certain amount of uncertainty there,” Bzdok says. “And if our job is to make sure before we hand the keys over, how do you help us? Is there better way we could peel that banana?”

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Editorial: Is deal worth loss of trust?

Record Eagle – Published: November 28, 2009 10:05 pm

Haven’t we been here and done this?

About two years ago city residents had their ire up over a proposal to bring a steel I-beam sculpture titled “Time Myth” to Traverse City and plunk it down in the middle of the Open Space.

Their anger seemed equally divided: putting anything at all on the Open Space that would block views of West Bay; and the fact that the deal had almost been finalized before the public knew what the heck a “Time Myth” was. Residents felt they were the last to know, and they didn’t like it.

Fast forward to last week when a lot of people wondered how we came within a whisker of approving a three-year deal for the prestigious Wharton Center for Performing Arts to manage the City Opera House although virtually no one outside the opera house community knew a thing about the deal.

In neither case was someone trying to pull a fast one or feather their own nest at the public’s expense. In both cases dedicated people who had put in long hours of volunteer work for the city were doing what they thought was best.

In both cases, though, the process bypassed the people who ultimately matter the most — the taxpaying public.

While a lot of people panned the Time Myth idea (partly because of the sculpture itself and partly because this was the Open Space, after all), the Wharton Center proposal is an altogether different issue that deserves careful consideration, after the fact or not.

After all, the opera house stands to come under excellent management and benefit from expanded and upgraded programming; and there’s Wharton’s promise to absorb any losses during the proposed three-year contract.

But the fact remains that this was a closed loop. Some opera house people talked to some Wharton people and all of a sudden, with no request for proposals, no other bids and no public notice, we’ve got a deal — or we’ve almost got a deal; the city commission has to sign off, and plenty of them were not happy with the chain of events.

Mayor Chris Bzdok described the situation as “being painted into a corner” with Wharton as the only option. “It’s been determined without our input and without our knowledge. I don’t want that to happen again,” Bzdok said.

And maybe not this time, either.

After all, the Traverse City area is not without resources or resourceful people who could perhaps offer the city similar services.

Whatever one thinks of his politics, the city would be foolish indeed not to look to Traverse City Film Festival co-founder Michael Moore and the expertise the festival has gained over the years. The group manages the State Theatre, which is open every day of the year and offers a dizzying array of programs, after all. In fact, the State is one of the most frequent opera house renters.

At a recent city commission meeting at which the Wharton proposal came in for criticism because it looked to be a “back-room deal,” Moore said festival officials were never consulted. “You don’t make the best decisions when you make them this way,” he said.

He’s right.

Bob Spence, co-chairman of the opera house board, said the deal required a confidentiality agreement at the outset. Sorry, but this is city business.

The opera house is a private, non-profit organization; it pays rent and taxes to the city, and salaries come out of opera house revenue. But in the end, the city — and city taxpayers — own the opera house, and city business must be public business.

If the opera house, which is carrying a $250,000 debt, had said, “We think we can do better with an outside manager” and gone out for bids, no problems. That’s what a public process is all about.

But that’s not what happened, and we’re in a jam. Now, the city can accept what appears to be a generous and beneficial offer from a renowned operator in the field, but at a cost — more public trust down the drain.

This isn’t about the Wharton Center. It is, as it too often is around here, about process and who gets — or decides — to speak for the rest of us.

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TC Commission to vote on Wharton Center

Traverse City Record-Eagle – Published: December 02, 2009 07:30 am

3-year deal would cede management

By Sheri McWhirter
smcwhirter@record-eagle.com
TRAVERSE CITY — A decision could come soon on the City Opera House’s future.

Traverse City commissioners may decide next week whether to sign off on a proposed three-year management deal between the opera house board and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts from Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Wharton would take over operations, bookings and financial responsibility for the venue in July, should commissioners approve.

The deal was negotiated quietly for months and the public and elected officials learned about the proposal late in the game, a situation that drew heavy criticism at a Nov. 23 city meeting. The contract could have been pursued differently, but it doesn’t diminish the promotional expertise Wharton can offer the opera house, officials said.

“In hindsight, could we have done it differently? Yes, maybe. But I don’t know that we’d come to a different conclusion,” said Bob Spence, opera house board co-chairman.

Spence said board members discussed other possible management organizations, including national companies, but did not issue a request for proposals. They decided a deal with nonprofit Wharton couldn’t be outdone, he said.

Wharton would be paid $75,000 a year and will absorb any financial losses during the contract period. It will not cover the opera house’s current $250,000 operational debt.

“I just hope (commissioners) keep in mind the fact that Wharton is a high-quality venue manager and we’re lucky to have this proposal in front of us,” Spence said.

Local author Doug Stanton is a frequent opera house renter for an author’s speaker series that raises money for college scholarships. He’s not worried that Wharton will deny local access to the venue. Additionally, the partnership will be beneficial, no matter how it was reached, he said.

“It sounds like a good deal thus far,” Stanton said. “I wouldn’t position this as a back-room deal. My perception was it was a volunteer board trying to figure out how to stay in the black.”

And that’s exactly what Wharton intends to do for the opera house, said Michael Brand, Wharton’s executive director.

“I think we can bring the knowledge of how to lay the business plan out for how this theater should operate,” Brand said.

Wharton will book a dozen or more events each year, leaving plenty of available dates for local groups like the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Traverse City Film Festival, Porterhouse Productions and more, he said.

Mayor Chris Bzdok said it’s important for city leaders to ensure local access is maintained at the opera house. He also said surprise contracts like the one commissioners will consider shouldn’t happen that way.

“People expect us to be in charge, so we need to make sure we’re in charge,” Bzdok said.

If you go

The Traverse City Commission will discuss whether to approve a three-year City Opera House management contract with the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. on the second floor at the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave. in Traverse City.

TENT VENUE

Porterhouse Productions Launching New Mobile Entertainment Venue in Michigan

Spectacular Structures – a high-capacity, four-season mobile venue – will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Traverse City, Mich – August 6, 2013 – Concertgoers, festival attendees, event planners and conference organizers in Michigan will soon have access to a resource that’s previously been unavailable to many communities in the state: a high-capacity entertainment venue capable of hosting year-round, four-season local and national events.

Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City is launching Spectacular Structures, a brand-new luxury mobile venue designed to host 4,000+-capacity events. The customizable, sophisticated tent structure is the first of its kind in the country and will dramatically expand the state’s programming and hospitality capabilities, particularly in Northern Michigan. The enterprise has secured an early investment partner in Start Garden, the Grand Rapids-based venture capital firm launched by entrepreneur and ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos.

Sam Porter, owner of Porterhouse Productions, says the mobile venue – which can be heated or cooled, enclosed or opened, and scaled in size to house both intimate and large-scale events – has the potential to revolutionize the event-planning industry in Michigan.

“Whether it’s local symphonies looking to play in an outdoor covered venue, chambers of commerce planning business expos, wedding planners looking for a unique event setting or national touring artists booking high-capacity stages in Michigan, this venue will allow us to cater to every single one of those demographics,” says Porter.

The mobile structure comes with a 53-foot semi-trailer that doubles as both transportation for the venue and a independent refrigeration unit that can be used separately for food and beverage service. Porter, who plans to offer sponsorship branding space on the side of the trailer, says the asset will allow the company to offer local food and beverage options at events and will provide much-needed infrastructure for small businesses and vendors who are otherwise restricted in service capabilities.

Porter plans to first put the venue to use in Traverse City, debuting the structure at a weekend of festivities in the Open Space August 16-17 that includes the fourth annual Paella in the Park event on August 16 and the second annual Great Wakes Festival on August 17. From there, the tent will be utilized on an ongoing basis for both Porterhouse concerts and festivals as well as for outside rental by communities, event planners, corporations and conferences throughout Michigan and the Midwest. The company will manage two interactive public brands: Spectacular Structures, the parent company and rental division, and Tent Venue, a fan-driven branch focused on concert and event updates, crowd-sourcing campaigns and marketing and social media outreach.

Porter says the launch of the venue is just the beginning for the business. In 2014, he plans to add an additional component to the structure that will expand its total capacity to 10,000. His ultimate goal – and that of his partners and investors – is to eventually take the business national, expanding its market reach into key cities across the country with high demand for event space.

“Our first priority is to build a market here in Traverse City, providing this venue as a resource for our community as well as other communities in the state,” says Porter. “By focusing on bringing tourism dollars, national partners and high-profile entertainment and business to Michigan, we hope to build a nexus of excitement and energy that can then expand outward to other states.”

Complete details on Spectacular Structures – including venue information, schedule of events and rental information – will be available soon at www.tentvenue.com.

 

2012 3RD ANNUAL PAELLA IN THE PARK

—> WE ARE NOT SOLD OUT! TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE FOR $41!

2012 3rd Annual Paella in the Park
presented by Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula
Friday, August 3, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
at Clinch Park in Traverse City, Michigan
The weather calls for 85º and sunny – with a full moon to boot!
This is a strictly 21+ event.

Tickets will be available at the door for $41 (advance tickets are no longer available) and include*:
A commemorative wine glass
(5) wine pour tokens
(3) 4 oz. servings of paella – vegetarian and meat options available
All festival entertainment
Additional food and wine tickets available for purchase at the event
A dollar from every ticket will benefit Traverse City’s Bay Front Parks

Featuring
SPIN DOCTORS
Grupo Ayé
KaiserCartel
Andrew Sturtz Trio

Winery/Restaurant Pairings
Each of the seven chefs will be making 3 paellas over the course of the evening – 1 vegetarian, and 2 meat options.
Black Star Farms === Hearth & Vine
Bowers Harbor Vineyards === Aerie Restaurant & Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Brys Estate === Mana
Chateau Chantal === The Towne Plaza
Chateau Grand Traverse === Siren Hall
Peninsula Cellars === Mission Table
2 Lads === Bay Town Kitchen

Text “Paella12” to 70000 for updates and a chance to win Dierks Bentley tickets!!


What is Paella? And how is it pronounced?

Paella (pie-yay-a) is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols. There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella (Spanish: paella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanish: paella de marisco) and mixed paella (Spanish: paella mixta), but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck), land snails, beans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. Most paella chefs use calasparra or bomba rices for this dish. Other key ingredients include saffron and olive oil.

Cooking Authentic Seafood Paella from La Paella
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*Important Ticket Information:
* Ages 21+ only for this event – no exceptions, please (no infants, toddlers, kids, or teens – thanks for your understanding). Please bring your ID with you and be prepared to show it at the door. Thank you!

* Advance ticket price does not reflect outlet or online handling fees. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Even though we advertise a “Day Of” ticket price, there is always a chance it can sell out before hand.

* Refunds and Exchanges – ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Please review ticket ordering information carefully prior to ticket purchase. Neither Brown Paper Tickets nor the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula or Porterhouse Productions will refund or exchange tickets, unless event is canceled or rescheduled.

Hotel Options
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Bayshore Resort
Park Place Hotel
Holiday Inn West Bay
Cambria Suites
More options available at Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website under “LODGING”.

UP NORTH FOURTH 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012
East Park in Charlevoix, Michigan

Presented by Charlevoix Ace Hardware & Weber Grill

ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE ENDED. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – FREE ENTRY, FAMILY-FRIENDLY
Live Music from Michi-Guinea featuring Facinet Bangoura, Silent Disco DJ Dance Tent with DJ Dominate, and others with an epic laser light show, Bouncy Houses, games and activities, balloon twisters, and much more! A $5 donation (proceeds support Keep Charlevoix Beautiful) will allow kids all-access to Silent Disco DJ Dance Tent and bouncy houses. Parents can enjoy a mini-grilling clinic featuring the latest Weber Grill products. Local food and delicious eats like whitefish tacos, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, vegetarian cuisine, and drinks available for purchase. Weber Grilling Clinics: See the 2012 Weber line in action as a grilling expert offer tips, tricks and professional techniques to make culinary magic on the world’s leading outdoor cooking surfaces. Clinics taking place throughout both daytime and evening sessions will include tasty kabobs, ultimate burgers, mouth-watering steaks and much more!

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – $25 IN ADVANCE, $30 AT THE DOOR, 21 AND OVER
Live Music with headliners THE VERVE PIPE, SETH BERNARD & MAY ERLEWINE with their band, JETTY RAE, and Silent Disco DJ Dance Tent with DJ Dominate, and others with an epic laser light show! Includes a commemorative glass and four drink tokens which can be used toward wines from Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula, Civilized Spirits, and top-shelf beer from Arcadia Ales, Bell’s Brewing, Founders, and Jolly Pumpkin (these samples may require more than 1 token). Experience grilling clinics presented by a barbecue expert featuring tips and techniques on the latest Weber Grill products and beer education with some of the Great Beer State’s leading brewing minds in the Michigan Beer 101 Tent. Food and additional drink tokens available for purchase. Weber Grilling Clinics: See the 2012 Weber line in action as a grilling expert offer tips, tricks and professional techniques to make culinary magic on the world’s leading outdoor cooking surfaces. Clinics taking place throughout both daytime and evening sessions will include tasty kabobs, ultimate burgers, mouth-watering steaks and much more!

Good flavors, good music, and family friendly! Charlevoix Ace Hardware and Weber Grill present the second annual Up North Fourth great American picnic and music festival on July 7 in beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan. Local food and delicious eats like whitefish tacos, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, vegetarian cuisine, and more.

Live music from The Verve Pipe, Seth Bernard & May Erlewine with their band, Jetty Rae, Michi-Guinea featuring Facinet Bangoura, a Silent Disco dance tent, bouncy houses, and more!

And you don’t want to miss the thirst quenching microbrews from Bell’s, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, and Arcadia Ales. Also available will be Civilized Spirits and wine from Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula.

Hurry, tickets are limited. For more information, visit www.porterhouseproductions.com.

CELTIC CROSSROADS

YouTube Preview ImageJust when you think that you have seen the best that Irish music has to offer, a fresh new show from Ireland is taking the art form to an entirely new level. Celtic Crossroads presents Irish music like never before, they are doing to Irish music what Riverdance has done to Irish dance. Last year saw Celtic Crossroads perform it’s first ever season in the USA. Every show was a complete sell-out, and this year the show is looking at it’s biggest season yet. Performing from east coast to west, these  world-class musicians and dancers are taking the performing arts circuit by storm.

The name Celtic Crossroads originates from a time in Ireland when neighboring communities met at the crossroads between towns and villages to socialize – long before the pub tradition began. With a focus on keeping the tradition of Irish music alive, each performer nurtures this bygone concept, but by virtue of their young age and raw talent, they high-kick this tradition into the 21st Century. True high-kicking from some of Irelands best-respected Irish dancers also intensifies the pulsating rhythms of the show.

The live concerts are a spectacle of talent, displaying how Irish music influenced the global birth of a multitude of musical genres. This show is redefining Irish music by going right to the heart of its rhythms. The inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves are steering Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory.

The show itself, incorporating seven world-class musicians, playing over twenty instruments on stage, is a fantastic spectacle. From start to finish you are captivated by a wonderful fusion of musical genres, such as eastern European Gypsy, north American Bluegrass, world Classical and Jazz, and the various forms of Celtic music from around Europe and the rest of the world.

National and international accolades, awards and championship medals are too numerous too mention for this young cast for whom the extraordinary is everyday and the impossible is always achievable. Magical interludes from the haunting Uilleann pipes, whistles, low whistles and of course the Celtic harp along with some of Irelands finest exponents of traditional song transport the listener to that crossroads in Ireland. Tempestuous fiddle playing competes with explosive banjo, intricate mandolin, accordion, mandola and bouzouki and awe-inspiring guitar riffs, while silky classical flutes remind the audience that these fiercely traditional musicians are also classically trained.

Throw in thunderous drum rhythms, saxophone and cajon and the audience finds themselves recklessly and ecstatically stomping along. As the thunder starts to take hold, rhythms beating, Irish dancers defying laws of speed and gravity, musicians swapping instruments before your eyes, building and rising from a slow groove to a climactic, epic and all encompassing wildness of unadulterated genius, audiences are unable to prevent themselves from jumping to their feet in thunderous ovation.

Celtic Crossroads Long Trailer

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PAELLA IN THE PARK 2013

PAELLA IN THE PARK

Friday, August 16, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Open Space, Traverse City, Michigan
$30 ADV, $35 DOOR (if any remain) • Ages 21+ • 5-11 PM
VOLUNTEER!

Paella in the Park, Great Wakes Festival, TC Waterman and New Tent Venue Set for August 16-17 on Open Space

The return of a popular local culinary event and an evening of bayside activities celebrating the region’s water-based sports and organizations is heading to the Open Space in downtown Traverse City August 16-17.

The weekend of events, produced by Porterhouse Productions, kicks off with the fourth annual Paella in the Park on Friday, August 16 from 5-11 p.m. The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) and local craft beer and spirits will be featured at the summer culinary and music evening, paired with Spanish paellas prepared on-site by regional chefs from renowned local restaurants.

Each winery will host a station featuring 36” pans in which chefs will cook paella using featured wines from that vintner and fresh local ingredients. For the first time this year, the event will also feature a craft beer bar and a Bloody Mary bar featuring McClure’s Farmer’s Market Bloody Marys mixed with local spirits.

Chefs representing the participating local restaurants will prepare their own unique takes on paella at the event. Paella, a rice-based dish that boasts hundreds of variations using different ingredients, is one of Spain’s most popular food entrees. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to converse with local chefs about the art of making paella, as well as enjoy food and wine at each station.

The evening will be capped by live performances by Cuban orchestra Grupo Aye, renowned reggae band The Resolvers, champion beat-boxer Heatbox, popular local guitarist act Younce Guitar Duo and the amazing unicycling, juggling high energy fire twirling of global star Jason Divad.

The festival weekend continues in the Open Space on Saturday, August 17 with the second annual Great Wakes Festival and TC Waterman Stand Up Paddle Board Nationals (SUPs).  During the day see over 250 SUPs on the bay, roam over 40 booths, including many staffed by water-based non-profits, and enjoy great food and family fun. The evening events, which will take place from 6-11 p.m. for adults aged 21+, will focus on a community celebration of water sports, activities and conservation efforts in one of Traverse City’s most scenic waterfront venues.

Three-time Grammy-winning Latin hip-hop/rock group Ozomatli will headline the evening’s entertainment, which will also include appearances by The Resolvers Big Band Reggae, Polynesian Dancers, performer and movement artist Jason Divadand fitness gurus the Yoga Slackers. A Luau celebration will feature a traditional pig roast, fish tacos, and paellas. The bar will serve up local craft beer, wine, and McClure’s Bloody Marys.

Two other wonderful community events will take place in conjunction with the Great Wakes Festival – Paddle for Pints, TC Ale Trail’s Boardman River route, and TC Waterman, the Midwest’s premier stand up paddleboard event. For more information on how to participate in these two events, please click on their links above.

The weekend of back-to-back events will mark the public’s first opportunity to experience Spectacular Structures, a brand-new mobile venue structure owned by Porterhouse Productions capable of hosting 4,000+ capacity events. The customizable tent is the first of its kind in the Midwest and will expand the region’s programming and event capabilities by providing a four-season, high-capacity venue for concerts, conferences, festivals, performances and corporate and private events. More information on Spectacular Structures will be available soon at www.tentvenue.com.

Tickets to Paella in the Park are on sale now at www.porterhouseproductions.com and are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, (5) wine pour tokens, (3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets to the Great Wakes Festival are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include all festival entertainment and activities. Tickets can be purchased at www.porterhouseproductions.com.

Advance sales for both events are encouraged, as space is limited and previous events have sold out. Attendees must be 21+ for both evening events, no exceptions. For more information, visit www.porterhouseproductions.com.

OCTOBER FESTIVAL AT THE COMMONS WITH GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

October Festival at the Commons with Greensky Bluegrass

Presented by Porterhouse Productions & Hoxeyville

A Celebration of Local Foods • Microbrews, Wine and Ciders • and Music Made in Michigan

On the Historic Front Lawn of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Friday, October 12, 2012

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$20 in ADV, $25 DOS, Ages 21+ Only, no exceptions

The weather forecast looks great! 50º and partly sunny during the day, 37º and mostly clear in the evening. Please dress appropriately. Heated tents will be on site as well as bonfires, thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling.


Tickets are also available at Oryana in Traverse City.

Join us to celebrate the bounty of Michigan at the beautiful historic Grand Traverse Commons!

FOOD TRUCKS & MENUS
Roaming Harvest

Pulled Pork Taco, Purple Cabbage Slaw, Chimichurri, Great Lakes Tortilla Chips
Kielbasa Sliders, Kraut, Kream Mustard, Great Lakes Tortilla Chips
Butternut Squash Curry, Pita, Basmati Rice (vegan option)

Spanglish (you’ll find Spanglish at the Curbie truck!)
Pombasos (Mexico City Style Street Sandwiches)
: Fresh baked rolls basted with a chili Guajillo sauce, filled with our signature Beef Barbacoa (think ancient Mexican barbeque), shredded cabbage and Jalapeño Mayo
Three Sisters Tamales: Corn masa stuffed with Butternut Squash, Sweet Corn, Beans and Bell Bell Peppers steamed in a corn husk (vegetarian)
Chicken Guajillo Tamales: Corn Masa stuffed with Pulled Chicken in a Guajillo Chili Salsa steamed in a corn husk
Pork and Tomatillo Tamales: Corn Masa stuffed with Pulled Pork in a Tomatillo Salsa steamed in a corn husk

Duane’s Brats (you’ll find Duane’s at the Curbie truck!)
The Hard Luck Charley: Crafted with Left Foot Charley hard cider, local apples, sauerkraut and lean pork (pairs well with hard ciders and dry white wines)
Grounded in the Clouds Brat: Crafted with Higher Grounds coffee, Brazil nuts, a bit of chocolaty sweetness and lean pork(pairs well with stouts, porters and coffee)
The Wing Ding Buffalo Blue: Crafted with ground chicken, that ever addictive buffalo sauce and blue cheese (pairs well with lighter ales)
The Veginator: Crafted with rice, beans, feta cheese and olives, Because vegetable eaters should be able to have sausage too! (pairs well with lighter ales and dry white wines)

Mana (you’ll find Mana in Curbie!)

SEEDS Wood Fired Pizza
Veggie & Meat Options

What The Truck
Bulgogi Beef Taco
: Bulgogi beef, ginger cabbage slaw, sriracha sour cream, scallions, cilantro, served with a side of potatoes.
Korean BBQ Pork Taco: Korean BBQ pork, pineapple jalapeno salsa, sriracha sour cream, avocado coulis, cilantro, served with a side of potatoes.
Thai Chicken Taco: Thai glazed chicken, kimchee slaw, sesame sriracha aioli, cilantro, served with a side of potatoes.
Truck Pow! Chicken: Kung pao chicken served over rice with snow peas, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, celery, onion, and bean sprouts. Finished with spicy sesame glaze and crushed peanuts, served with a side of potatoes.
Veggie Hash: Channa Masala, potatoes, rice, coconut milk whipped goat cheese, scallions, cilantro, fried egg.
Truck Nachos: Tortilla chips, house made queso dip, korean bbq pork, black beans, pico, chiptole sour cream, scallions

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs
Award Winning BBQ Baby Back Ribs
: Served with Bread & Butter Pickles and Creamy Coleslaw
Cider Injected BBQ Pulled Pork: Smoked Slow and Low Then Piled on a Fresh Baked Roll with Our Signature Sauce
Pulled Pork Tacos: 2 Flour Tortilla Shells with our Famous Pulled Pork, Creamy Coleslaw, Bread & Butter Pickles
BBQ Beef Brisket: Sliced Thin and Topped with our own Blueberry BBQ Sauce and Sweet Onion Relish
Burnt Ends
: Tender Little Brisket Nuggets, Double Rubbed and Smoked, Topped with Blueberry BBQ

Pita Pitstop
Falafel Cups
: A savory dough made of chick peas, fava beans and spices flash fried to perfection
Kibbeh Cups: A shell of lean, seasoned, twice ground lamb stuffed with ground beef and pine nuts
Phyllo Treats: Butter, phyllo, butter, sugar, butter, walnuts, pistachios and more butter

MUSIC
Greensky Bluegrass
Joshua Davis Band
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

REFRESHMENTS
Black Star Farms
 Riesling and Fresh Cider
Left Foot Charley Riesling and Fresh Cider
Bell’s Brewery Best Brown Ale
North Peak Brewing Company Hooligan
Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam
Filling Station Microbrewery
 Bayreuth Oktoberfest, Omena Harvest Ale (brewed with hops from Brian & Amy Tennis!)
Arbor Brewing Company
 Strawberry Blonde
Founder’s Brewing Company
 All Day IPA, Breakfast Stout
Arcadia Ales
 Jaw Jacker
Dark Horse Brewing Company
 October fest
Cheboygan Brewing Company
 Oktoberfest
Northern Natural Winery Cider & Wine

ALSO
Silent Disco with DJ Dominate
Glow In The Dark LED Disc Golf (thanks to Solar Glow Disc Experience and read a great article about how this woman’s solar powered, glow-in-the-dark disc golf course lit up the Electric Forest Festival!)
Bonfires & Heated Tents
 (thanks to Team Bob’s Heating & Cooling)
FREE Shuttle Rides
 To & From Old Town Parking Deck (see transportation info below)

CHARITY
PROCEEDS AND 100% OF ALCOHOL SALES BENEFIT BAY AREA RECYCLING FOR CHARITIES. BARC focuses its efforts on converting recyclables into revenues, not only to support itself and fund its expansion, but to give maximum donations to local charities.

TRANSPORTATION
Celtic Shuttle
 will be providing FREE transportation between the Old Town Parking Deck and the Main Gate of the event from 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Parking will be limited – please carpool, ride bikes, walk, or take the FREE shuttle!

LODGING SPECIAL
Traverse City’s EconoLodge is offering great rates on rooms! Visit www.tceconolodge.com or give them a call at (231) 943-3040 and ask for the October Festival special.

ABOUT GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They’re also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn’t slowing down. They’re coming to your town to help you party down. Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.

At the start of the millennium, some of these guys met, then they met more guys. They thought Greensky was a clever name for a bluegrass band. Fast forward to 2011 when they recorded their fourth studio record, called Handguns. Among them, words like, proud, killer, and damn right! have been spoken in regards to the music of Handguns.

While they all may be accurate, we hope you’ll find far more than you expected, hell – even more than we expected contained in this piece work that may well come to define one of 21st Century Americas hardest working musical ensembles.  greenskybluegrass.com

ABOUT JOSHUA DAVIS
“Davis seems to be busily writing the Michigan version of the Great American Songscape.”
– Lansing State Journal, Lansing MI

Joshua Davis is a husband, father, friend and music lover. He shares songs for a living; as a songwriter, record producer, band member, solo act, guitar/songwriting teacher, mix-tape-maker extraordinaire, all with the most amazing people on the planet! Josh was raised on American roots tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. He writes original songs that blend many folk traditions – including gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul. Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, “Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around.”

Joshua has shared his songs, knowledge, interests, and know-how across the US at festivals, theaters, concert halls, coffeehouses, schools, parks and dive bars. He has released albums under his own name, with roots ensemble “Steppin’ In It”, classic swing band “Shout Sister Shout”, and has appeared on many more.

Josh is especially interested in the ways in which music brings individuals and communities together, to foster peace and understanding. He’s noticed that songs can re-soundtrack people’s lives and peoples’ lives too. In February, he travelled to Palestine and Israel with non-profit org On the Ground to participate as “cultural emissary” in the Run Across Palestine, a fund raising ultra-marathon in support of fair trade farming communities in the West Bank.

This fall, Davis will release an album inspired by his experience in the Holy Land. Half of the proceeds will mean olive tress and educational scholarships for the farmers and families he encountered during his travels. The songs are deeply personal and deal with his struggle between his Jewish identity and the oppression and confusion he found in the Middle East. Josh is developing a program to bring to schools and communities that combines his music and stories about the trip as well as club dates with a six-piece band.  joshuadavismusic.com

ABOUT LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS
The story of the Flatbellys begins with the convergence of several young, musically driven, bluegrass obsessed, college students, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  Joshua and Spencer along with Joshua Brand and Jesse Myers made up the original group, and they started travelling far and wide to insert themselves into every possible musical situation.  Their energetic, yet humble approach to the music was welcomed at jams and festivals all over the state, where their late night stamina became as well known as their performance capabilities.  (If you would like to hear the original Flatbellys, we have posted the entire album for free here.)

When the college days were done, the boys inevitably parted ways to follow diverse paths, and the end seemed near.  Enter, Lindsay Lou: a beautiful person with a beautiful voice, who walked into an open mic night at Dagwood’s Tavern in Lansing, MI (the same place where the Flatbellys began) and reinvigorated the music.  She was a natural fit, and when she left shortly thereafter for a study abroad program in Ecuador, it became clear that the group was missing a now essential member.

While she was in Ecuador, Lindsay honed in on her bluegrass chops and became a prolific songwriter.  Upon her return, she had dozens of new original songs, which became the basis for the debut album; Lindsay Lou – A Different Tune.

During the planning stages for the album and the subsequent performances, the Flatbellys gained another crucial element with the addition of Keith Billik on the 5-string banjo.  The Flatbellys had long known Keith from their frequent visits to the local music store mecca, Elderly Instruments, where Keith worked as floor manager for over a decade.  His banjo playing not only offered the driving bluegrass sound, but also brought a level of sophistication to the less traditional numbers.

The full formulation of the present day Flatbellys was completed in the summer of 2010, with the addition of Mark Lavengood on the dobro.  While rehearsing for a performance at Blissfest, a friendly faced young man with a dobro walked up and asked to play along.  While Lavengood began to do so, the talent he had to offer came through loud and clear.  A year later, when he stepped into the group with a world of positive energy and started booking shows for the group, it was apparent that he would become a tight fixture of the band.

An infectious spirit and undying optimism permeated Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys, and they continue full steam ahead, writing, travelling, and performing a diverse collection of music that spans from hard-line traditional bluegrass to the progressive fringe of the genre. lindsayloumusic.com

* Advance ticket price does not reflect outlet or online handling fees. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Even though we advertise a “Day Of” ticket price, there is always a chance it can sell out before hand.

* Refunds and Exchanges – ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Please review ticket ordering information carefully prior to ticket purchase. Neither Brown Paper Tickets, MyNorth Tickets, TREAT Tickets, nor Porterhouse Productions will refund or exchange tickets, unless event is canceled or rescheduled.

2012 4TH ANNUAL TRAVERSE CITY SUMMER MICROBREW & MUSIC FESTIVAL

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2012 4th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival
Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25, 2012
at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Traverse City, Michigan
RAIN OR SHINE!
This is a strictly 21+ event.

A note regarding drink tokens:
FRIDAY: $5 per token or $20 for 5 tokens. One token per pint. You may reuse Friday night’s tokens on Saturday, but please know that your token will be worth $1 on Saturday. Please don’t buy more drink tickets than you can use! Porterhouse Productions is not responsible for drink ticket refunds. Last call is at 9:30 p.m., taps shut off at 9:45 p.m., and curfew is at 10:00 p.m.

SATURDAY: Five pour tokens with entrance. Additional pour tokens will be available for $1 each at the event. Some flavors may require more than one pour token. All drinks are subject to change and some brands and styles may run out before others (your ticket does not guarantee that you will taste any certain product on the list). Please don’t buy more drink tickets than you can use! Porterhouse Productions is not responsible for drink ticket refunds. Last call is at 9:30 p.m., taps shut off at 9:45 p.m., and curfew is at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday’s online ticket sales have ended. TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD OUT & A LIMITED # WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE ($40 GA, $55 VIP, $15 for an upgrade from GA to VIP)

TICKET LEVELS
Friday, August 24, 5-10 p.m. – Ages 21+ | $45.0