Archives: March 2009

Keith Urban Defying Gravity!

KEITH URBAN’s new album, Defying Gravity, lands in stores today featuring two hit singles — the chart-topper “Sweet Thing” and Keith’s latest top-20 release, “Kiss a Girl.” Keith tells us that a theme of joy and gratitude runs throughout the project, and the source of that happiness is evident in his message to wife NICOLE KIDMAN in the album’s liner notes. Keith writes, quote, “You are truly a gift from the heavens…You give me a love I’ve never known but always dreamed of…You gave me a life and made it possible for us to then give life to our beautiful SUNDAY ROSE, and I love you deeper and more profoundly every day.”

Keith also spent a lot of time getting all the music just right for his fans, and he promises they’ll hear a few surprises if they listen closely. Keith tells us, quote, “I like to try and make records that have layers to them…hopefully with repeated listens you can hear things you haven’t heard before…I’m a big fan of that intricacy.” Keith will perform on NBC-TV’s Today show tomorrow morning to promote Defying Gravity. Look for Keith on the ACM Awards, airing this Sunday night at 8:00 ET on CBS-TV

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

Waterloo“, first called “Honey Pie”[2], was the first single from Swedish pop group ABBA‘s second album Waterloo, their first for Epic & Atlantic. This was also the first single to be credited as “ABBA”.

The Swedish version was the song that won ABBA the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 April, and began their path to worldwide fame. The Swedish version single was coupled with “Honey, Honey” (Swedish Version), the English with “Watch Out” as the B-side.

The single became their first #1 hit in several countries, and also reached the US Top 10.


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Percussion Ensemble Concert April 1

Marquette – A Percussion Ensemble concert, with Dr. James A. Strain, will be presented on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Redfella Pick of the Day on Monday

Jump (For My Love)” was the opening track (and third single) of the Pointer Sisters1983 album, Break Out.

Released prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics games, the song’s video featured footage of athletes competing in track and field events. The song was the second of four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in a row for the sisters in 1984; it peaked at #3 in July. It also appeared on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and reached the Top 10 in the UK, peaking at number six.

The original title given to the song simply was “Jump.” The title was modified to “Jump (for My Love)” prior to its release to avoid confusion with the Van Halen song Jump, which was released earlier the same year.

The song netted the group a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1985.

In 2003, this recording was used in the movie Love Actually.

Pointer Sisters – Jump

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8th Annual Chili Challenge March 31

Marquette – The Northern Michigan University culinary arts students will sponsor the eighth annual Chili Challenge on Tuesday, March 31 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Jacobetti Center Commons.

Featured will be chili prepared by U.P. chefs, students, restaurants and amateurs. Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall, Most Original and Best Use of Heat. Cornbread and lemonade will be provided.

Admission is $3 for NMU students and faculty with I.D., $5 for others. For more information e-mail

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Swim-A-Thon March 28

K.I. Sawyer – A special fundraising Swim-A-Thon to benefit the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network projects and the “W” at Sawyer will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the “W” 301 Avenue A at K.I. Sawyer.

The event is open to all ages and swim abilities.

To obtain a pledge form, call 346-3559.

NMU Relay for Life today!!!


The 5th Annual NMU Relay for life will be held in Marquette today starting at 1pm at Vandament Arena on Northern’s campus. It will go from 1pm Friday until 1pm Saturday.

There is a total of 27 teams taking part in the event and around 500 participants. The theme for the Relay is “One World One Cure” there will be many country themed events at the Relay.

NMU Hockey players will be on site to sign autographs, so make sure that you bring the kids over they will enjoy meeting their favorite NMU hockey player.

Last year the Relay raised $23,000.00 and so far this year have raised over $20,000.00 so it looks like they will exceed last years amount!!

If you would like more information on getting involved with the Relay for Life you can contact Carl Fulsher, Community Representative, with the American Cancer Society, at 906-282-4657. You can also e-mail him at I would like to thank Carl for coming in today and letting us know about everything that will be taking place at the NMU Relay for Life.

Hope to see you there!

Shane Wyatt Joins Doc and Duck!

shane-wyatt-2Born in a small town in south central Oklahoma and raised by a family of cowboys and truckers, Shane Wyatt was naturally drawn to country music from an early age. At age 10, Shane started playing fiddle – taking lessons from the legendary Benny Kubiak. By his mid teens he was playing in local bands, first with other teenagers, and later with more experienced musicians (often, they would have to sneak the under-age fiddle player in the back door). Shane started playing guitar at 14, and he immediately started putting the songs he had been writing to music.

Shane’s singing and songwriting was heavily influenced by the soulful country singers whose pain and joy was so evident in every song they sang – Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson.

Shane began singing publicly at solo acoustic shows, testing out the songs he had written by looking the audience in the eyes and watching the reactions on their faces. Here he honed his songwriting skills and his ability to connect with an audience, one person at a time.

When he moved to bigger stages, Shane remembered the entertainers he had admired as a child – Hank Williams, Jr., Garth Brooks, and Chris LeDoux. Shane’s goal on stage is to put on a high energy show and bring everyone to their feet – all while sticking to his roots and “not doing anything my Grandmother wouldn’t approve of.”

Shane’s debut album was released on June of 2008 – and Shane wrote every song on the album. The mix of tunes is a reflection of all of his influences – modern, edgy declarations of love, soulful ballads, cowboy honesty, and high energy, boot kickin’ anthems. And because they all came from his heart, his rich baritone voice brings them all to life.

Wherever this journey takes him, Shane is ready. “All I can do is put myself out there – the real me, with no filters or additives. I think people know an honest song when they hear it.”

Clear Look into our Community thanks to Meyer Family Vision.

Pancake/French Toast Breakfast March 28

Calumet – A pancake/French toast breakfast will be served on Saturday, March 28 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Calumet Elks Lodge 404.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, with proceeds going to the Calumet Elks local schools scholarship fund.