Archives: May 2013

Summerfest Announces The 2013 Emerging Artists Series

MILWAUKEE (May, 2013) – Summerfest officials are excited to announce the Emerging Artists Series lineup slated for the U.S. Cellular® Connection Stage with Leinenkugel’s and FM 102/1 during Summerfest 2013.

The stage will again feature breaking and up and coming bands via the Emerging Artists Series each day from 3:00 to 7:30 pm. Not only will fans be able to use their cell phones to vote for their favorite bands in the series, but U.S. Cellular® will again offer Pix-2-ScreenTM and Text-2-ScreenTM, which allows patrons to send pictures and text messages to a large screen next to the stage. Each day of the festival, the band with the most texts associated with their name will win an “Emerging Artists Series Care Package” consisting of products from major equipment manufacturers that include Taylor Guitars, Sennheiser Microphones and Headphones, Zildjian Cymbals, Hal Leonard Publishing, GHS Strings, Rocktron Effects and more. This year’s prize package will include gear and merchandise with a total value of over $2,500.

New for 2013, fans can download music from Emerging Artists Series performers for FREE at Additionally, U.S. Cellular will kick-off summer with a pre-event concert featuring an emerging artist on Tuesday, June 25 and will give consumers a VIP experience during Summerfest with exciting surprises. U.S. Cellular will release additional details on the concert in June.

Many alumni of the Emerging Artists Series have gone on to achieve various levels or notoriety in the music industry. Past Emerging Artist Series performers include Walk The Moon, Bronze Radio Return, Carney (Reeve Carney), Ra Ra Riot, Sleeper Agent, Walk Off The Earth, Lights, The Kin, Company of Thieves, The Hush Sound, Gold Motel, I Fight Dragons, Kate Voegele. Some performers have also returned to Summerfest to play headlining shows including Walk The Moon who will open for Fun. this year at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 27 at the Marcus Amphitheater and Bronze Radio Return who will play at 8:00 pm on Friday, July 5 at the U.S. Cellular® Connection Stage.

The 2013 Emerging Artists Series includes:

Wednesday, June 26

3:00 pm Hey Ocean! – Vancouver, BC

4:15 pm The Town Heroes – Halifax, NS

5:30 pm Blah Blah Blah – Chicago, IL

6:45 pm Beat Club – Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, June 27

3:00 pm Aktar Aktar – Chicago, IL

4:15 pm Ivy Spokes – Milwaukee, WI

5:30 pm Blood Red Boots – Chicago, IL

6:45 pm AboveWaves – Chicago, IL

Friday, June 28

3:00 pm Daniel and The Lion – Baraboo, WI

4:15 pm PHOX – Baraboo, WI

5:30 pm Hey Marseilles – Seattle, WA

6:45 pm Tristen – Nashville, TN

Saturday, June 29

3:00 pm Larry g(EE) – Dallas, TX

4:15 pm SoHo Ghetto – Halifax, NS

5:30 pm Kane Place Record Club – Milwaukee, WI

6:45 pm The Mowgli’s – Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, June 30

3:00 pm Leogun – London, UK

4:15 pm Modoc – Muncie, IN

5:30 pm Goodbye June – Nashville, TN

6:45 pm Making Movies – Kansas City, MO

Tuesday, July 2

3:00 pm Hot Jam Factory – New Cumberland, PA

4:15 pm Kaleido – Detroit, MI

5:30 pm Boy Blue – Milwaukee, WI

6:45 pm Gemini Club – Chicago, IL

Wednesday, July 3

3:00 pm Mariko – New York, NY

4:15 pm Molly Thomason – Toronto, ON

5:30 pm LEAGUES – Nashville, TN

6:45 pm Kitten – Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, July 4

3:00 pm The Guilty Wanted – Oshkosh, WI

4:15 pm Cheers Elephant – Philadelphia, PA

5:30 pm Ikarus Down – Milwaukee, WI

6:45 pm Turf War – Atlanta, GA

Friday, July 5

3:00 pm Pigpen Theatre Co. – Pittsburgh, PA

4:15 pm Luella & The Sun – Nashville, TN

5:30 pm Hugh Bob & The Hustle – Milwaukee, WI

6:45 pm Great Divide – Chicago, IL

Saturday, July 6

3:00 pm Bonzie – Chicago, IL

4:15 pm Deanna Devore – Toronto, ON

5:30 pm The Tom Fun Orchestra – Cape Breton, NS

6:45 pm Midwest Death Rattle – Milwaukee, WI

Sunday, July 7

3:00 pm Erin Ivey – Austin, TX

4:15 pm Kassini – New York, NY

5:30 pm Ragers – Cleveland, OH

6:45 pm Crobot – Pottsville, PA

Visit and download the Summerfest Schedule App presented by Boston Store for iOS and Android to make your own custom Summerfest lineup!

Summerfest 2013 will take place June 26 – 30 and July 2 – 7, from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, July 1. Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting.

Another Team Rehabilitation Facility Opening Up in Michigan

Dearborn, MI., May 29, 2013 – Team Rehabilitation Services announced the opening of their 26 th  location in the Metropolitan Detroit area. The location, which will be called Dearborn East, will offer the same exceptional service found at all Team Rehabilitation locations. The director of the facility, Rebecca
Jose, holds a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Miami and is experienced in treating  complex neurological injuries and diseases such as stroke, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries,  amputees, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
“I am certified in LSVT-BIG physical therapy, which is a treatment specific to Parkinson’s Disease, but, at the same time, my staff and I are trained and very experienced in treating orthopedic injuries to the  spine and the extremities, post-op and balance, and vestibular impairments”, said Rebecca Jose, “We
would like to show the public and the professional community what a terrific facility this is.”
Persons who are looking for a physical therapy facility for themselves or a loved one, as well as medical professionals, are encouraged to stop by the Dearborn East facility during regular hours.
Call 313-359-8200, or visit for more information.

Amanda Sempf

Amanda Sempf

Amanda Sempf

Amanda Sempf

Country, Alt. Country, Adult Contemporary


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Amanda was born into a family of entertainers and after 18 years of singing and performing with her sisters and mother she has developed a passion for song writing. In the past Amanda’s songs have featured on the families albums and she has gained skills that make her pure vocals a favourite amongst all those fortunate enough to hear her perform.

She is a natural on stage and this captivates her audience making them feel as though they are the only person being played to.

It is finally time for her talents to blossom in her own solo album. She feels that doing her solo album has been a huge step and as she would laugh and say way out of her comfort zone. But having so many special people that have believed in her makes it all worth while and she said after hearing the finished product it was worth all the time and effort spent.

The other side of the coin to recording is live performance and Amanda just loves singing. When she delivers the lyrics of her songs it reveals a moment or time that is important to her and hearing them played back on her CD allows her to remember that particular time or place. Performing her music lets her forget all her troubles and at times it helps her come to terms with certain obstacles in her life. All kinds of music excite her but like most it depends on her mood.

Amanda has travelled widely since her teens playing music and performing in talent competitions, but coming from a musical family she found herself playing for a variety of musters, festivals and private functions through out Queensland . Playing and jamming with fellow musicians is quite often what inspires her to write songs longing to be performed.

She has often said “My greatest thrill is performing in front of people and having them appreciate my songs and singing. I especially love when someone can relate to what I am singing about”

News From Travel Michigan Vice President, George Zimmermann

The April Michigan hotel data is in, and industry trends continue to be positive. Hotel occupancy for the first four months of the year was 50.5%, up 2.7% from the same period in 2012. The average daily rate (ADR) for January through April was $82.43, up 4.7% from 2012. And the revenue per available hotel room (RevPAR) year to date was $41.63, up 7.6% from the first four months of last year.

On a related matter, TourMappers, the receptive tour operator packaging Great Lakes and Michigan tours and selling those tours to other tour operators around the world, announced that their sale of hotel rooms in the Great Lakes for the first four months of 2013 more than doubled from the same period in 2012. They also sold more hotel room nights in Michigan than any other Great Lakes state. While this program is at its infancy and will take years to be fully realized, it’s great to see this momentum starting to build. For more information about getting involved with TourMappers, contact me or Dave Lorenz at or

Despite these results, there was news in the past week that was a reminder of how competitive the tourism business is. According to press reports, state officials in New York announced that they were tripling the New York tourism promotion budget effective immediately, from $19 million in 2012 to $60 million this year.





R&B , Soul ,Funk ,Neo Soul , Jazz, Pop, Rock


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Since her arrival in Sweden in 2001 LaGaylia has mesmerized audiences through unforgettable live concerts and Tv appearances. Three words capture her artistry: Soul, Energy, Edge. A singer and performer of a world class stature is now ready to take a major step on the global music scene!

By reading her device – ”Energy is ageless” – you get the message. What better defines LaGaylia’s artistry, voice and expression? She radiates agelessness in a world more obsessed with youth than maturity. Her music – soul/jazz – is not limited by current trends. Her energized stage personality communicates ageless power.

Already a rising star back home in Florida, managed by Premier Artists, Eliot Weisman, who was responsible for such names as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Jr., LaGaylia became extremely well-known on the US market for her impeccable live performances. While in the US she collaborated with such names as Emilio Estefan, Ric Wake, Don Costa and her participation in the blockbuster hit The Specialist starring Sylvester Stallone, resulted in a top 12 position on Billboards Dance chart with the single ”Shower Me with Love”.

LaGaylia’s entry in Sweden in 2001 drew tremendous attention from audiences and media alike, receiving overwhelming response and praising reviews. In addition to working alongside Scandinavia’s top artists, she also collaborated with international stars Glenn Hughes, Albert Lee, Gino Vannelli, Paul Carrack, Wynne Evans and most recently in August 2012 with Quincy Jones in the concert ”A Quincy Jones Celebration” at Ystad Jazz Festival.

LaGaylia has been featured in countless Tv performances throughout Scandinavia including The Polar Music Prize, Happy Birthday Victoria (annual Tv broadcast celebration of Sweden’s Crown Princess) and the highly publicized Rhapsody in Rock. In China LaGaylia has become a household name with several concerts in major Tv shows broadcasted to an audience of over 1 Billion people through CCTV. Since many years LaGaylia is featured in Stockholm/Arlanda’s ”Hall of Fame” gallery.

LaGaylia released her first album – ”LaGaylia Uncovered” in 2007. The album was a flirt with the mainstream pop genre although with an obvious touch of soul. The album spawned a number one position in the Baltic Song Contest with the track “Over and Over Again”.

In 2012 her collaboration with the internationally renowned Swedish jazz pianist Jan Lundgren, resulted in a live album and an extremely successful tour throughout Sweden. The album, “Until it’s time”, held the number 1 position on the Swedish Jazz charts for over a month. The tour received lyrical reviews where a united press praised the edgy meeting between jazz and soul.

Internationally she was acclaimed by the top rated English magazine The Jazz Journal with quotes such as: ”LaGaylia is a real find and ought not to be confined to any one location in the world” – ”Minutes and then over an hour fled by as the audience was enchanted by her enormous vocal range, agile phrasing, fearsome soul-jazz power and dynamic physical performance”. LaGaylia’s personal and souly approach to jazz rewarded her with the ”Anita O’Day Award”.

2013 means a major undertaking in the music industry for LaGaylia. Her deepened insights reflecting her true love of soul music and what she calls ”the living soul” inspired her to turn her expression into lyrics and music resulting in a true soul experience exuding the very essence of her musical vein. Sweden has not been the birthplace of an international soul experience…….until now.

The first release, That Girl, presents an EP with six tracks planned for a fall release 2013, followed by an album in 2014.

Plumb “One Drop”

Following on the heels of the #1 single “Need You Now (How Many Times)” is the new single “One Drop” from the heralded new Plumb album ‘Need You Now’

 Upbeat and bright, “One Drop” celebrates love, community action and the grace of God in our lives and of those in our needy world.

 The organization Blood:Water Mission adopted the song recently in an awareness campaign with radio and also created the music video for the song!

Click the link below to view the video!


One Drop

Written by Tiffany Arbuckle Lee and Matt Bronleewe

I need you

And you need me

Left alone

We will never be

Who we could be

So take my hand

And don’t forget

That we can do anything



Just one drop

Of your love

A single ray

Of sun

Just one thing

To change the world

It’s just you and me

Starting with a dream

And giving it all we’ve got

Only takes one drop

Only takes one drop

Come with me now

Look and see how

There’s an ocean

Overflowing with our hope so

Lets jump in and

Take a swim its

You and me yeah forever

I need you and you need me

We can do anything together



Spend a Day at a Lighthouse

Tawas Point Lighthouse

What better way to spend a day than to visit a lighthouse, enjoy the fresh air, and play games! Join us for the annual Tawas Point Celebration Days on June 8 and 9 at the Tawas Point Lighthouse in East Tawas.

The weekend includes historical and educational displays, encampments, traditional music, games for kids and even a fishing derby!

Take a tour of the lighthouse, get a sweeping view of the horizon, and learn about the lives of those who have lived in the lightkeeper’s quarters.

Michigan Offers Great Places to Bass Fish as Catch-And-Keep Season Opens May 25

The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to prepare for the statewide catch-and-keep bass fishing season which opens this Saturday, May 25.

This season opener provides the perfect opportunity for anglers to partake in world-class bass fishing. In April Bassmaster Magazine produced their list of the 100 best bass lakes of 2013 – of which five locations were in Michigan. This includes the top spot, which went to Lake St. Clair. Please note the catch-and-keep bass season for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, and the Detroit River does not open until Saturday, June 15.

The four additional Michigan locations on Bassmaster’s list included Lake Erie (#5), Lake Michigan (#29), Lake Charlevoix (#40), and Burt Lake (#81). This annual, national list is developed courtesy of information from every state’s Department of Natural Resources, B.A.S.S. Nation presidents and conservation directors, and 3,500 B.A.S.S. members.

“We’re thrilled to see Lake. St. Clair listed as the number one location for bass fishing in the nation,” said Fisheries Division chief Jim Dexter. “For this water body, and other Michigan locations, to be recognized by bass experts from across the country really proves the value of our state’s fisheries.”

Visit Bassmaster’s complete 2013 list of 100 best bass lakes for more information on Michigan’s and other states rankings at

Just a reminder, the new license season began on April 1, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season. The 2013 fishing licenses are valid until March 31, 2014. Licenses may be purchased at a local retailer or online at

For more information on fishing for bass in Michigan, including rules and regulations, check out the 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide available at

Weekly Fishing Report May 23, 2013


Keweenaw Bay: Is producing a mix of coho, chinook and the occasional brown trout but anglers are putting in a lot of time to catch a few fish. The water is still dirty. Anglers reported debris getting being caught in their lines. Those fishing off the rock dock near the L’Anse Marina are picking up the occasional coho or rainbow trout on spawn, spoons or crawlers.

Falls River: The smelt run is over however anglers are picking up some rainbow trout. Try spoons, spawn or crawlers.

Silver River: The smelt are done but anglers caught rainbow trout.

Huron River: Is producing rainbow trout.

Marquette: Catch rates for coho were very slow with most reporting no fish. Lake trout action was good for those trolling just off the bottom in 200 to 230 feet of water near the Sand Hole. Try assorted spoons with sucker bait. Large schools of sticklebacks were associated with the lake trout. Most fish were three to four pounds but some went as high as 15 pounds. A few chinook salmon were caught by those trolling near Shot Point.

Menominee: Had a few reports of brown trout being caught by those in 30 feet of water. Most are going very slow, about two mph. Boat anglers are trolling near the mouth of the Menominee River. Catch rates were fair to good however the better action was in the evening. Those trolling north and south of the Cedar River caught walleye in the evening when using rapalas in assorted colors.

Menominee River: Water levels dropped and fishing was much easier. Some walleye were caught by those casting rapalas off the Cat Walk and near the dam. Suckers and the occasional catfish were also caught.

Cedar River: Is producing some walleye, smallmouth bass and carp for those trolling, casting crank baits or drifting crawlers.

Little Bay De Noc: Had a pretty good start for the walleye season although water temperatures were a bit cold. The fish did not seem too aggressive and a small percentage had not yet spawned. The average size was up compared to previous years. Good numbers of fish were reported around the head of the bay. The better catches were taken in 20 to 23 feet of water using crawler harnesses during the day or trolling and casting crank baits at night. The “Narrows” were a hot spot for walleye but most anglers were targeting perch. Try 30 to 33 feet of water with crawlers or minnows. Fair to good perch fishing was reported near the green buoy off the Days River in 20 to 24 feet.

Escanaba River: Was producing some walleye. While some limit catches were taken others struggled to catch fish.

Big Bay De Noc: A few walleye were caught just north of Kate’s Bay by those trolling crawler harnesses in 23 feet of water. Catch rates for perch were down but some were still caught as they move out of Garden Bay. Try crawlers in eight to 12 feet of water. Smallmouth bass were active between Ansell’s Point and the head of the bay as well as near Ogontz.

Au Train: Catch rates for coho slowed dramatically. Anglers trolled several hours but caught few fish. Lake trout action was better for those trolling spoons and sucker baits in 150 to 200 feet of water. The fish averaged three to four pounds.

Munising: Pier anglers reported slow catch rates with only the occasional steelhead or splake taken on spawn. When boats can get out, they caught a mix of chinook, coho and splake. The chinook ranged three to 10 pounds. Lake trout up to 25 pounds were caught by those trolling the Big Reef but not everyone out there caught fish.

Grand Marais: The upper parking lot is still blocked with construction debris. Few boats have been out but the number of pier anglers has increased. They are catching mostly whitefish and coho. The whitefish were 10 to 15 inches and the coho were averaging 16 inches. Try spawn, crawlers or casting small spoons and rapalas in the morning. The few boats that did go out managed to pick up a few coho and steelhead. Remember to use caution because of shallow water and rocks by the new breakwall.

Drummond Island: Walleye are slow as water temperatures were about 52 degrees. Anglers had excellent northern pike action at the mouth of Maxton Bay when trolling or casting double bladed spinner baits just off the DNR launch. Lots of bullhead are being caught in four to six feet of water in Maxton Bay. Try worms or minnows on the bottom.

Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers are targeting northern pike while trolling Hessel Bay and casting off the pier. Harvest rates were fair as the water is still a bit too cold. Anglers did better in Musky Bay and Cedarville Bay where the water was warmer but the best action was in the Moscoe Channel. Splake can still be found around Hessel. Lots of large and smallmouth bass were being caught and released.

Carp River: The number of fish is down in the Carp River as the water is running fast and muddy. Some suckers were harvested; a sure sign that steelhead are on their way out.

DNR Reminds Residents and Travelers: Don’t Let a Fire Ruin Your Holiday Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get out and take in Michigan’s beautiful outdoors and all it has to offer. While out celebrating, the Department of Natural Resources is asking all recreationalists to use caution while enjoying their fires.

“Campfires and outdoor cooking are very popular this time of year,” said Ada Takacs, DNR fire prevention specialist. “We can all do our part and make sure our families and natural resources are safe by taking a few simple precautions.”

Takacs said the following tips for fire safety should be kept in mind during the holiday weekend and all summer:

Keep campfires small.
Always have a water source available.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Do not dump coals from barbecues until they are completely extinguished and cold.
Before you go to bed, flip over logs and stir water into embers to ensure the fire is truly out.

Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, said these tips are particularly important because the majority of wildfires in Michigan are human-caused.

“No one wants an escaped campfire to ruin a weekend that’s supposed to be relaxing and fun,” said O’Neill, who also serves as state forester. “Recreationalists are urged to make sure their campfires are completely out before leaving them unattended.”

So far this fire season the DNR has responded to 159 wildfires, which have burned 524 acres.

For more tips and information about wildfire safety, visit