Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, will be a featured guest on the next performance/recording of The Red Jacket Jamboree on October 3rd . We'll be recording two episodes: “Revenge of the Deer” and our Halloween Spooktacular”
Lorenz is responsible for leading the state's tourism branding, advertising and public relations efforts; overseeing the award-wining Pure Michigan tourism campaign and coordinating overall statewide tourism initiatives.
Lorenz is on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Travel Association, the National Council of State Tourism Directors, Michigan Cares for Tourism, Circle of Michigan, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, MotorCities National Heritage Association, West Michigan Tourism Association, Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Grand Rapids Hotel Advisory Board. In 2018, Dave was named to the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds of 2018”
Prior to Travel Michigan, Lorenz was the Manager of Partnerships and Promotions, for Meijer, Inc. He also has 14 years' experience in radio broadcasting in roles varying from announcer and news reporter to numerous management positions.
For more information/Tickets visit www.redjacketjamboree.org.
Rebecca Glotfelty, writer/producer/director of The Red Jacket Jamboree, attended the 2019 Northland's Storytelling Confabulation held in Madison, Wisconsin. The conference was three days of workshops and presentations by professional storytellers from across the Midwest. This wonderful experience was made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Copper Country Community Arts Council. Thank you! Pictured below are scenes from the 2019 Confabulation. With featured storyteller, Tim Lowry of South Carolina in bottom right corner.
The upcoming performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing and Michigan's most valuable resource- its water! The show will be recorded in front of a live audience on July 18th at the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet, the village formerly known as Red Jacket. Guest performers: singer-songwriter Jen Sygit and storyteller Pete Griffin join the RJJ cast to help share and interpret the history and culture of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Lansing based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jen Sygit has four solo albums under her belt with her latest release “It’s About Time.” Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, always with a raw honesty “It’s About Time” is a sonic journey through the landscape of Americana music. Produced by Sygit’s long time friend and collaborator Dominic John Davis and featuring guest appearances from Luther Dickinson, Colin Linden and The McCrary Sisters, “It’s About Time” reveals a depth and maturity to Sygit’s ability as both songwriter and performer.
Pete Griffin returns to The Red Jacket Jamboree for his third appearance. Nicknamed the Storytelling Ranger, Pete Griffin has been sharing his stories with thousands of people across the continental U.S. and Alaska. Pete grew up in Cedarville, Michigan before moving to Alaska in 1992. He worked for the US Forest Service as a wildlife biologist and District Ranger until his 2010 retirement. Described as the “Storytelling Ranger,” he's been telling personal stories about life that incorporate natural history, leadership, and learning for years. He's been a storyteller on board Disney and Princess cruise ships, and at libraries, schools, and museums between Alaska, Hawaii, and Michigan. Pete is a member of the National Storytelling Network and was selected as one of the Showcase Performers at the 2017 National Storytelling Conference.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is produced by Real People Media, a nonprofit helping people share their stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. The 2018/2019 season is sponsored by Copper Country Preservation. Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show features Martin Achatz, Poet Laureate of the U.P.,the Red Jacket Actors and instrumental arrangements by the Copper Cats, under the direction of Jerry Younce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Zach Ott on percussion. The family show is both educational and entertaining. Free admission for Students 17 and under when accompanied by an adult. The next show is Thursday, July 18th at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 5 minutes before the show.
The program is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Episodes of The Red Jacket Jamboree are distributed by PRX Radio Exchange. For more information about this and other upcoming shows, visit www.redjacketjamboree.org. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased through the Calumet Theatre box office: (906) 337-2610 or online.
"From Copper Town to Motown" and "Even Women Get the Blues" to be recorded at the next Performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree!
Jazz and Blues vocalist Julie McIntosh and Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams will take the stage for the performance/recording of episodes #23 and #24 of The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show. The show, which shares stories, songs and music from the Keweenaw Peninsula, is recorded in front of a live audience at the Calumet Theatre for later radio broadcast. Two hourlong episodes will be recorded: “Copper Town to Motown,” which explores how the histories of these two great cities are interwoven through storytelling and some Motown tunes! The show also celebrates the contributions of the Keweenaw's pioneering women in “Even Women Get the Blues.” We're singing the Blues but this show is sure to lift your spirits.
Vocalist and singer/songwriter Julie McIntosh began her professional career in New York City in the 1980's as lead vocalist with “The Shakes” and “Wreckless Abandon.” She cut her teeth in rock-n-roll, adding a brief stint with Hip-Hop sampling producer John Robie, then moved through the musical genres of Jazz, Rock and Pop until landing in the world of Rhythm and Blues. She has performed with drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, guitarist Billy Hector, and key keyboardist, Tony Z and opened for many notable performers including Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Li'l Ed and The Blues Imperials.
Mary Stewart Adams travels extensively teaching a humanities based approach to understanding the night sky. As a Star Lore Historian and global advocate for naturally dark skies, Adams led the initiative to establish Michigan's only International Dark Sky Park, the 9th in the world at the time. One of the many ways she work to “restore the mythic grandeur of knowing the stars” is through her weekly radio segment “The Storytellers Night Sky, which airs every Monday morning on Interlochen Public radio.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is a production of Real People Media, Inc. and is sponsored by Copper Country Preservation. Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show features Martin Achatz, Poet Laureate of the U.P.,the Red Jacket Actors and instrumental arrangements by the Copper Cats, under the direction of Jerry Younce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Jonathan Taylor on percussion. The family show is both educational and entertaining. Free admission for Students 17 and under when accompanied by an adult. The next show is Thursday, June 13th at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 5 minutes before the show.
The program is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Episodes of The Red Jacket Jamboree are aired on Interlochen Public Radio and distributed by PRX Radio Exchange. For more information about this and other upcoming shows, visit www.redjacketjamboree.org. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased through the Calumet Theatre box office: (906) 337-2610 or online.
The Red Jacket Jamboree celebrates the Great Bear Chase, The Copper Dog 150 and the Birthplace of Professional Hockey!
Singer/songwriter John Davey, storyteller Jenifer Strauss, and author Bill Sproule will be featured at the March performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show, which shares stories, songs and music from the Keweenaw Peninsula. The show is recorded in front of a live audience at the Calumet Theatre for radio broadcast. Two hourlong episodes will be recorded: “Skis, Skates and Sleds,” which celebrates three popular winter sports, and “Springtime in the Keweenaw.”
Originally from Indiana's Wabash River Valley, John Davey has re-established himself on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The transition has resulted in a new body of work which captures the regions landscape including its vast forests and roaring waves of Lake Superior. Self -reflective tunes like “L'Anse” and “Brave” underscore Davey's journey toward self-realization. His creative lyrical arrangements are often self-deprecating yet remain unapologetic. It's this authenticity combined with his skills as a vocalist and musician which earns Davey a cadre of admirers. His music, a blend of old-time country, rock and contemporary pop, appeals to audiences of all ages. This will be Davey's second appearance on The Red Jacket Jamboree.
As a professional storyteller, Jenifer Strauss uses stories to enrich lives. Her engaging and enthusiastic style has endured her with audiences across the state. Jen's well-loved Great Lakes repertoire includes: lumber era legends, mining stories, shipwreck and lighthouse tales, mysteries, and ghost stories. Her stories are both heart-warming and educational. Jen will share a few personal stories collected during her work and travel in the U.P.
Bill Sproule is a Professor Emeritus, Michigan Tech University where he taught in transportation engineering, public transit, airport planning, and hockey history. He is the author of "Copper Country Streetcars" and soon to-be-released "Houghton - The Birthplace of Professional Hockey."
The Red Jacket Jamboree is a production of Real People Media Inc and is sponsored by Copper Country Preservation. Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show also features Martin Achatz, Poet Laureate of the U.P.,the Red Jacket Actors and instrumental arrangements by the Copper Cats, under the direction of Jerry Younce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Zach Ott on percussion. The family show is both educational and entertaining. Free admission for Students 17 and under when accompanied by an adult. The next show is Saturday, March 9th at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 5 minutes before the show.
The program is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council. Episodes of The Red Jacket Jamboree are now aired on Interlochen Public Radio. For more information visit: www.redjacketjamboree.org.
PHotos attached- Singer-songwriter John Davey returns to The Red Jacket Jamboree on March 9th with storyteller Jennifer Strauss
Rebecca Glotfelty, Executive Director of Real People Media, was on the Pure Michigan Radio show on WJR (Detroit) this week talking about The Red Jacket Jamboree! The interview which promoted our upcoming show (March 9th) was aired on several stations across southern Lower Michigan. You can listen to the interview here on soundcloud starting at 8min.
Jenifer Strauss of Traverse City is the featured Storyteller at the next performance/recording of The Red Jacket Jamboree! Saturday, March 9th!
Dynamic and thought-provoking, heart-warming and educational, Jenifer Strauss is an energy-injected story artist who connects to her audience with warmth, joy and humor. She's been touring and telling tales since 1993 and debuted her Michigan Legends and Lore program back in 1997. This repertoire includes lumber era legends, mining stories, shipwreck and lighthouse tales, ghost stories, and personal tales based on her life-long love affair with northern Michigan.
Jenifer has been a featured storyteller on Michigan Radio's (NPR) stateside. She is coauthor of the book, Telling Stories and co-producer of the CD, U Tell-A-Tale, winner of the Parent's Choice and Storytelling World Awards. Her CD; Michigan Legends and Lore, Stories from Shore to Shore has gained a wide listening audience since 2009.
Help Real People Media finish editing The Red Jacket Jamboree- America's new old-time radio variety show! We have recorded 20 one-hour episodes of this fun and informative family show and have aired 10 of these episodes on Public Radio networks throughout Michigan. We need to raise $30,000 to finish the mastering of Season one. (The first 14 episodes) Completing season one will enable Real People Media to offer The Red Jacket Jamboree to national markets. Please help us keep this program on the air!
Marquette's Public Radio 90 is the latest Michigan Public Radio station to carry The Red Jacket Jamboree in its line-up of programming. The station will air three episodes between now and the end of the year. The station will begin by broadcasting The Red Jacket Jamboree's Halloween Episode with special guests: singer-songwriter Michael Waite and storyteller Pete Griffin. The show can be heard at 3pm on Wednesday, October 31st (Halloween) Public Radio 90 will also broadcast "Armistice 1918" and "Christmas in Calumet" The day and time of these broadcasts have not yet been announced.
When: Friday's in August. 9pm. (August 10, 17, 24, 31)
Four episodes of The Red Jacket Jamboree, Michigan's new old-time radio variety show, will be broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio beginning Friday, August 10. The hour-long episodes will air at 9pm Eastern time on FM stations, 91.5 Traverse City; 90.1 Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 Manistee.
“This is an important milestone for The Red Jacket Jamboree,” remarked Rebecca Glotfelty, Executive Director of Real People Media, the nonprofit organization which produces the show, “Interlochen Public Radio has acknowledged the show's high production quality as well as its content, which shares history and culture in a way that's educational and entertaining for all ages. Although the show is performed/recorded in Calumet and focuses on the history and culture of the Keweenaw Peninsula, it resonates with listeners across the state.”
The Red Jacket Jamboree features stories, music and songs reflecting the history, landscape and culture of the Keweenaw Peninsula. To date, Real People Media has recorded 12 hourlong radio episodes. The show is performed and recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet. The next show on Friday, August 17th celebrate Pasty Fest and the Great Deer Chase mountain bike race which take place on Saturday, August 18 in Calumet. The show will feature indie-folk duo Channing and Quinn of Grand Rapids and Storyteller Bill Jamerson of Escanaba.
“The Keweenaw National Historical Park, which is located in Calumet, is a contributor to the show,” adds Glotfelty, “they write “Madame Blanc,” a humorous sketch in which Madame Blanc uncovers the mysteries and history of Copper Country. The sketch is fun and provides a lot of information.”
Hosted by Lena Dorey, The show also features performances by the Red Jacket Radio Actors, poetry and musings by Martin Achatz, the Poet Laureate of the U.P. and a wide range of music performed by the Copper Cats, the stage band. The band consists of Jerry Younce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Carrie Biolo on percussion and vibraphone. Biolo is also the show's sound effects artist.
“People have described the show as the Michigan version of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion,” remarked Glotfelty. “We were all fans of that show and we'll occasionally reference it. Madame Blanc, written by KNHP Superintendent Wyndeth Davis, gives a wink and a nod to Garrison's “Guy Noir,' which Garrison himself modeled after the radio drama's of the 30s and 40s.”
The Red Jacket Jamboree is presented by Main Street Calumet and Real People Media, a nonprofit with the mission to help people share their stories through the literary, visual performing and media arts.. The 2017-2018 season is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Leo S. Guthman Fund, The Michigan Humanities Council, the Keweenaw National Historical Park, business sponsors and private donors.
For more information about the show visit the website: www.redjacketjamboree.org. Tickets for upcoming shows can be purchased online at www.calumettheatre.com or by calling the Calumet Theatre Box Office at (906) 337-2610. The audience is asked to be in their seats 10 minutes prior to the performance.