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.