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!