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.
Real People Media is a 501c3 nonprofit organization helping people share their stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. More information about Real People Media can be found at the website at www.realpeoplemedia.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The Red Jacket Jamboree, Calumet's old-time radio variety show, features stories, music and songs reflecting the history, landscape and culture of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The March show, which celebrates the CopperDog 150 and The Great Bear Chase, features the band Breathe Owl Breathe and storyteller Pete Griffin.
Hailing from Traverse City, Breathe Owl Breathe spends their time playing and touring around North America, bringing laughter and excitement wherever they go. Their songs blend the carefree playfulness of childhood with the darker realities of growing up and growing old. Their performance is pure fun, and the joy they exude from the stage will lighten your spirit and send you home smiling.
Nicknamed the Storytelling Ranger, Pete Griffin has been sharing his stories with thousands of people. He 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 U.P. (yes, he's a Yooper). The series ran five years, drawing public praise in the Capital City. 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, Pete shared natural history stories aboard the Disney Wonder, a 2600-passenger cruise ship, along the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska in its inaugural season. On board he performed stage shows 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, in addition to spending hours on deck with binoculars talking to passengers about glaciers, bears, whales, and the forests they were seeing. Pete will be sharing several stories during the show including “The Great Snowshoe Race.”
Every episode of The Red Jacket Jamboree includes performances by “The Copper Cats,” with Bill Carrothers on piano, Jerry Younce on guitar, Carrie Biolo on percussion and vibraphone and Harry South on bass; and humorous sketches by the Red Jacket Actors.
Real People Media was nominated for a Spark Plug award for The Red Jacket Jamboree, old-time radio variety show! The nomination is for "Project of the Year" The Spark Plug awards recognized individuals, businesses and organizations in a number of categories.
"We just want the community to recognize the businesses, the organizations, the projects, that help the community grow. It's just giving recognition to those that work hard and deserve it," said Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce member relations and events coordinator Whitney Warstler.
The annual award ceremony is Thursday, March 1st at the Bonfire Steak House in Houghton.
Real People Media would like to acknowledge the staff and volunteers who have helped bring the Red Jacket Jamboree to life! To date we have recorded 6 one-hour radio shows which share the stories, songs and history of the Keweenaw Peninsula with the rest of the state. The nomination gives testimony to the hard work of these individuals.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is presented by Main Street Calumet and Real People Media. The 2017/2018 season is funded with a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Leo S. Guthman Fund, the Keweenaw National Historical Park, Philip and Marlene Glotfelty and private donors plus in-kind support from dozens of local businesses.
Peg Carrothers is our featured vocalist for "Keweenaw Kiss" our Valentine Day Episode of The Red Jacket Jamboree held on February 10th. The February performance will also celebrate Michigan Tech's “Winter Carnival.”
The show will feature an eclectic array of music by “The Copper Cats” with featured guest vocalist Peg Carrothers, poetry by poet laureate of the U.P. Martin Achatz, and sketches by Red Jacket Actors: Ruby Birckelbaw, Noah Ekdom and Ralph Horvath. The show is hosted by Lena Dorey. “ The Copper Cats” features Bill Carrothers on piano, Jerry Younce on guitar, Carrie Biolo on percussion and vibraphone and Harry South on bass.
Peg Carrothers was born and raised in "Nordeast" Minneapolis. Her musical training began as a young child, learning songs from the family for every season and occasion. Her love for song and a music scholarship led her to pursue a music degree at St Catherine’s College and finish up at the University of Minnesota, studying in the classical opera tradition before vocal jazz was a developed curriculum. It was during these early college years that she met Bill Carrothers, who suggested Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday for her thirsty young jazz ears. Turning to the jazz community, she built a standard repertoire, performing in local venues with many talented musicians. Along with Bill Carrothers she's shared the stage with Dean Magraw, Chris Bates, Jay Epstein, Jacqueline Ferrier-Ultan, Adam Linz, and others and is featured on cellist Matt Turner's CD, "The Voices That Are Gone" (Illusions).
The 2017/2018 season of The Red Jacket Jamboree is a production of Main Street Calumet and Real People Media, a nonprofit organization helping people share their stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. The program is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and private donors. More information is at the website: www.redjacketjamboree.org. The performance is Saturday, February 10 at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 10 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets for reserved seating can be purchased online at www.calumettheatre.org or by calling the box office at (906) 337-2610.
The Red Jacket Jamboree invites you to come share stories of “Love in the Copper Country” for The Red Jacket Jamboree's Valentine's Day Show on February 10.
Love stories must be true and must be able to be presented in under 6 minutes. Stories can be one's personal narrative or those of a friend or relative. Upon request, storytellers can have musical accompaniment. Selected storytellers will have help presenting their stories prior to performance.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is also accepting poetry submissions for the duration of the 2018 Season. Poetry should reflect the history, culture or landscape of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Interested poets/storytellers should send an email asap to email@example.com . Up to two people will be selected to share their stories for the February Show. Selected storytellers should be available the evening of February 9th and 10th.
Indie Folk Artist, Jetty Rae will be featured at The Red Jacket Jamboree on December 22.
The December show “Christmas in Calumet” shares stories and music reflecting the season. An eclectic array of holiday music by the Red Jacket Band and guest artists, will be woven into historical narratives, interviews and humorous sketches by Red Jacket Actors.
Jetty Rae, a northern Michigander with a bluesy soulful voice, has been singing, touring, and recording since 2006. In the last 10 years she's recorded 9 albums including a Christmas Album, “More than December” and “Can’t Curse the Free,” released this past February.
“I hope that when people hear my songs they hear their own stories being told back to them. As a songwriter I want to help people understand themselves on a new level and think – that is exactly what I’ve been trying to articulate for myself.” Jetty says. “These songs are for the down and outers, the lost and hopeless, for the longing the troubled. There is hope, and it’s in connection.”
Rebecca Glotfelty, Director of Real People Media, described Jetty's ability to connect with her audience as being a key reason for selecting her for this show. “Jetty has such a wide fan base. She appeals to high schools students, young families and seniors because her songs come straight from her heart. She's not presenting bubble gum pop, she shares her struggles during her performances. She's a great storyteller and she's real.”
Jetty Rae often shares how her Christian faith has lifted her up out of tough times. This faith is a common theme throughout her music. “For 'Christmas in Calumet' we wanted to bring an artist who was interested in sharing their personal joy and connection to the holiday,” added Glotfelty.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is a production of Main Street Calumet and Real People Media, a nonprofit organization helping people share their stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. The program is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and private donors. More information is at the website: www.redjacketjamboree.org. The performance is Friday, December 22 at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 10 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets for reserved seating can be purchased online at www.calumettheatre.org or by calling the box office at (906) 337-2610.
Main Street Calumet has been awarded a $19,500 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs toward the 2017/2018 season of The Red Jacket Jamboree. The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show, features stories and songs celebrating the history, culture and landscape of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The programs will be recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre for future radio broadcast. The first show, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, will be October 14 and 15 and feature alternative folk artist Sean Rowe of New York.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is a collaborative effort between two nonprofit organizations, Main Street Calumet and Real People Media. Main Street Calumet was founded in 2003 with the mission to guide the revitalization of Calumet's historic downtown into an exciting and vibrant district that is attractive to residents and visitors. The district lies within the boundaries of the Keweenaw National Historical Park and Main Street Calumet works to express the local copper mining heritage through preservation, education, and cultural events such as The Red Jacket Jamboree. Leah Polzien, Executive Director of Main Street Calumet says “The Red Jacket Jamboree helps to fulfill this mission, celebrate the community's local history and culture, and stimulates the local economy through tourism.”
Main Street Calumet has partnered with Real People Media, a nonprofit with the mission to help people share their stories through literary, visual, performing and media arts. “By combining our skills and resources, we're able to bring a unique experience to Keweenaw residents and visitors,” adds Polzien.
The Red Jacket Jamboree evolved out of the show's precursor, The Red Metal Radio Show, which was produced by Main Street Calumet from 2009-2013. The series, written and directed by Oren Tikkanen and other community members, brought historical events to life including the 1913/1914 miners' strike. For the October 14 and 15th performance, The Red Jacket Jamboree will resume this historical narrative in 1915 but the show will segue into contemporary stories and songs from the Copper Country. The show's featured storyteller will be singer-songwriter and naturalist Sean Rowe. Rowe shares his love of family and the natural world through his deep baritone voice which has garnered him national attention. Sean will share the stage with host Lena Dorey, the Red Jacket Jamboree Band and Actors and community guests.
The Red Jacket Jamboree would not be possible without this grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, says Rebecca Glotfelty, Executive Director of Real People Media. “We are deeply grateful for the grant and to the people of Michigan who support cultural events in our community. The arts add to the quality of life for our residents and to the visitor experience. We welcome the opportunity to share the stories of our community with the people of Michigan and beyond.”
The Red Jacket Jamboree will be scheduled to coincide with other community events, such as the Copper Dog 150 and Pasty Fest to encourage visitors to extend their stay to the Copper Country. The MCACA grant only funds a portion of the cost of the series. The organization will also seek sponsors to underwrite the program. For those wishing to become involved, purchase tickets or to sponsor, please visit www.redjacketjamboree.org.
The Red Jacket Jamboree receives grant funding from the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)
Thank you Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the People of Michigan for supporting The Red Jacket Jamboree in Calumet, Michigan! The project was awarded 19,500 for the 2017/2018 season! Our request from MCACA was 30,000 - so we will need to make up this difference through sponsorships, donations or ticket sales. So we hope to see YOU at The Red Jacket Jamboree on October 14 and 15th. We have a great show for you!