Bands and musicians

Bios and stories about the artists we feature

FTV: Joe’s Blues

      Why is it that I do not like child prodigies?  Jackie Evancho is a wonderfully talented young woman, but even at the ripe old age of 15, I can’t enjoy her music.  Why?  Because she was a child phenom.  In trying to sort out my feelings about child prodigies, I have finally honed in […]

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From The Vaults: Greek Week Part 2

    Greek Week Part 1 ended with my observations of Rick Derringer’s band, The McCoys.  They were the headliners in the Greek Week Festival dance/concert held at NMU’s Hedgecock Fieldhouse in the spring of 1969 that also included the local band The French Church as the openers.  Two years later, I got to witness a concert […]

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FTV: Greek Week Part 1

 In my Junior High / Senior High years, the frats and sororities at Northern Michigan University would have an annual spring bash called Greek Week.  I can’t say how long this went on or if it continues to this day, but I remember it mostly for the festival like finale that was held at Hedgecock […]

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FTV; Bun E. Carlos

 His real name is Brad.  Brad Carlson.  His father owned a roofing business in Rockford, Illinois and by all accounts, he probably should have ended up working in the family business.  Back in 1927, his grandfather had helped put the roof on the building where Brad would eventually attend Junior High so it was certainly […]

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FTV: Quit the Band?

    I quit band once.  Junior High band.  It was a misunderstanding and I really didn’t quit, but for some reason everyone thought I did.  Everybody expected our mean old band director to get someone to quit;   it was always the director “who made them quit.”   No one had quit since early in the school year, […]

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