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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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!
Got a good fish story? Are you a spinner of tall tales?
Real People Media is inviting storytellers of all ages to come share their best story for The Red Jacket Jamboree, Have you ever started a sentence with “You're not going to believe this” or Guess what happened to me? If the answer is yes, then we're interested in hearing your story! So come spin your best yarn about life or work in the U.P.!
Stories need not be true but they should be family friendly and be able to be told in under 5 minutes. Storytellers will have assistance with sound affects from The Red Jacket Jamboree actors as well as musical accompaniment.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is also accepting poetry submissions for the October Show. The crew is interested in poetry which reflects the Keweenaw National Historical Park Heritage Sites or relevant to the season. i.e. change in weather, harvest time, upcoming hunting season, etc.
Interested Poets/Storytellers should send an email asap to email@example.com to set up a meeting with the Red Jacket Jamboree crew. A preliminary rehearsal will take place the first week in October. Two people will be selected to tell their story in front of a live audience at The Red Jacket Jamboree!
Are you visiting the U.P. or the Keweenaw to attend The Red Jacket Jamboree? There's plenty to see and do in addition to our show. Here's just a few ideas to make it a fun-filled weekend.
1. Marquette Maritime Museum: October 15th is the last day that the Marquette Maritime Museum will be open for the season. Take a tour of the museum and the lighthouse!
2. Explore the Quincy Mine in Hancock. Did you know that you can go into a real Copper Mine!? How cool is that. The Mine is located at the top of the hill north of Hancock. They also have a great gift shop.
3. The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, located on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, is the official mineral museum of the state of Michigan and is a heritage site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The museum is definitely a must see when visiting the Keweenaw.
4. Keweenaw National Historical Park Visitor Center - Calumet. Located right at the entrance of 5th Street (Red Jacket Road) The visitor center includes three floors of interactive exhibits on Calumet's copper mining history.
5.Laurium Manor - Laurium (Across the street from Calumet) This stately manor is definitely worth visiting. Or better yet, just book a room. You'll be transported back to 1909 Laurium, that is with wifi and all the modern day amenities. Tell Dave and Julie that The Red Jacket Jamboree sent you!!
6. Brockway Mountain Drive and Copper Harbor. Whether the leaves are at their peak color or past, the view from the top of Brockway Mountain Drive is spectacular.
6. Calumet Art Center. Come take a class on birch bark ornament making at the Calumet Art Center on Saturday, October 14. It's only $25