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.
The Indie folk duo Channing and Quinn and storyteller Bill Jamerson will be the featured guests at the August 17th performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree, a new old-time radio variety show showcasing stories and songs from the Keweenaw Peninsula. The show is performed/recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre in downtown Calumet. Two hourlong radio episodes are recorded per performance. The August show celebrates Calumet's Pasty Fest and The Great Deer Chase mountain bike race, both of which take place in Calumet that weekend.
The show, hosted by Lena Dorey, also features humorous sketches performed 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.
Channing & Quinn are a Grand Rapids based indie folk duo crafting music that blends quirky with creepy, and theatrics with sincerity. The husband and wife collaboration provides entertaining performances marked by Channing's beautiful vocals combined with imaginative and descriptive lyrics and diverse musical instrumentation which includes guitar, ukulele, accordion, drums, glockenspiel, banjo, looping vocals and even tap dancing!
In addition to 3 EP's, the duo has released 3 full length albums “Underneath This Big Striped Tent”, “Temporary Things” and Up North” released in 2016. Their music can be heard in film and television scores, including the soundtrack of “More Than Me” starring former SNL cast member Jim Bruer, “3rd Street Blackout” with Ed Weeks and Janeane Garofalo, and “The Muslims are Coming” featuring comedians Jon Stewart and David Cross. Channing and Quinn have toured and performed with numerous artists including Brian Vander Ark, Langhorne Slim, and Enter The Haggis. More information about the duo can be found at www.channingandquinn.com.
For more than a decade, Bill Jamerson, of Escanaba, has been sharing stories about America's past with his “History through Song” programs. He developed a love of history at an early age inspired by his grandfather's stories about life in the lumberjack camps and living through The Great Depression. Most of the songs presented are based on stories collected from people with first-hand knowledge. Jamerson presents his live programs across the Upper Midwest at a wide variety of venues.
His presentation has been described as a cross between Woody Guthrie and Garrison Keillor. It's the oral tradition of sharing cultural and ethnic traditions with humor, storytelling, and song. The telling of these stories is more than preserving the past; they are a reminder of who we are, and how we got to where we are. And in this way, the stories are as important as they are entertaining. For more information about Bill, visit: www.billjamerson.com
The show is Friday, August 17th at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 5-10 minutes before the show. Tickets available at www.calumettheatre.com or by calling the Calumet Theatre box office at (906) 337-2610.
Real People Media has received a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to bring storytellers, Bill Jamerson and Pete Griffin to Calumet, Michigan for public performances.
Bill Jamerson, of Escanaba, will present stories and songs from the U.P. during the August 17th performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree, a new old-time radio variety show performed and recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre. More information about the show is available at www.redjacketjamboree.org. On August 18th, Bill will present a free family concert as part of the Pasty Fest celebration. Families are invited to bring their chairs and blankets to the concert, which will be held on the south side of the Keweenaw National Historical Park visitor center, located on 5th street.
For over a decade, Jamerson has been sharing stories about America's past with his “History through Song” programs and school assemblies in a 12-state region across the Upper Midwest. He developed a love of history at an early age inspired by his grandfather's stories about life in the lumberjack camps and living through The Great Depression.
Jamerson attended the University of Michigan and was in the advertising business for 15 years when he decided to change direction in his career. In 1992 he wrote and produced his first major documentary for Michigan Public Television, Camp Forgotten - The Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan, which aired on 58 PBS stations nationwide. He went on to produce ten other films on Michigan history including Grand Rapids furniture making, Mexican Farmworkers, General Motors, Herbert Dow the chemical pioneer and a history of winter sports in Michigan.
In 2002 Jamerson began presenting live programs about the Civilian Conservation Corps, lumberjack and iron mining history in schools, libraries and other venues. His programs included original songs played with his guitar. Most of the songs are based on stories collected from people with first-hand knowledge. Today, Jamerson presents his live programs across the Upper Midwest at a wide variety of venues.
Jamerson's presentation has been described as a cross between Woody Guthrie and Garrison Keillor. It's the oral tradition of sharing cultural and ethnic traditions with humor, storytelling, and song. The telling of these stories is more than preserving the past; they are a reminder of who we are, and how we got to where we are. And in this way, the stories are as important as they are entertaining. More information about Bill can be found at: www.billjamerson.com
Pete Griffin, known as the storyteller Ranger, will share some “spooky” Yooper tales during the October 4th performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree. Griffin will also lead a storytelling workshop on October 5th and 6th for local historians, KNHP park staff, and heritage site interpreters.
Pete, a native of Cedarville, started his career with the US Forest Service in 1973 as a wildlife biologist. When he was promoted to District Ranger on the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska
in 1999, he started recording short natural history vignettes for radio. Titled, Tongass Trails,
the essays documented his exploration of the temperate rainforest and eventually incorporated
Pete's experiences growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The series, which ran for five years, received numerous public accolades. Pete later narrated Shades
of Green, a Forest Service production of video stories about life and land of the Tongass as
told by the people who live and work there. Following his retirement from the Forest Service, he has shared his stories aboard the Disney Wonder, a 2600-passenger cruise ship, along the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska . He performs for hundreds of passengers at a time, featuring unique aspects of some common and not-so-common species of plants and wildlife of Southeast Alaska. For more information about Pete visit: www.thestorytellingranger.com.
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Come enjoy drinks and appetizers while listening to the latest episode of The Red Jacket Jamboree, recorded June 21st at the Calumet Theatre. Admission is by donation. Reservations required. Check out the information below. Hope to see you at the Party!
Our Saturday, July 28th performance of the Red Jacket Jamboree will feature the musical stylings of Younce Guitar Duo, a unique father son collaboration that has been entertaining audiences since 2009 with their exquisite original compositions and superb musicianship. Younce Guitar Duo creates intricate, flowing & rhythmic sonic weavings inspired by Latin, Jazz and World Music. Get ready to be taken on a musical journey that is both moving and exhilarating!
Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show features musical guests and interviews, poetry and musings by the Poet Laureate of the U.P., Marty Achatz, humorous original sketches performed by the Red Jacket Radio Actors, and music and accompaniment by the Copper Cats, with Bill Carrothers on piano, Jerry Younce on guitar, Carrie Biolo on vibraphone and percussion, Harry South on bass.
Reserved seating tickets are available now through the Calumet Theatre: www.calumettheatre.com