CALUMET – Real People Media’s Keweenaw Storytelling Center will record another installment of its Red Jacket Jamboree beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, during Pasty Fest 2022. The show will feature Charlevoix, MI. native singer/songwriter Jetty Rae, and songwriter T. Marie Bertineau, from Keweenaw Bay, and of course the Jamboree’s house band, the Copper Cats.
Rae has been singing, touring and recording since 2004. She released her first full album, “Blackberries,” in 2007; his first EP, “Nobody,” in November 2009; and an album of lullabies, “La La Lu and the Lazy Moon”, in July 2011. His album “Drowning in the Grain” was released in February 2012 (peaking at #130 on the CMJ 200 charts), “Climbing the Clouds” in August 2013, followed by a Christmas album “More Than December” in November 2014. 2015 saw Jetty’s first collaborative project under the name “Correspondents” with the release of the album “Gold”. His album, “I can’t curse freedom”, which was produced by Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane, was released in 2017, followed by another Pen Pals album “I disappear” that same year. Jetty Rae’s second children’s album “Stardust” was released in 2018, and in 2019 she released both “Live before you die” (a Pen Pals album) and “We share the light” (his second Christmas album).
Rae shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan and Miranda Lambert at Lilith Fair in Detroit, where she was handpicked by Sarah McLachlan and Terry McBride as the featured local artist. You can also hear Jetty’s music in a number of TV commercials for brands like Microsoft, PetCo, Truvia, Nabi Tablets, Ben & Jerry’s, Amazon.com, and more.
Author T. Marie Bertineau is originally from Upper Michigan and is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the L’Anse Reservation, migizi odoodeman.
In addition to her Carrot Ranch column, you’ll find Marie’s work online with Minnesota’s Carver County Arts Consortium; in Mino Miikana, a publication of the Native Justice Coalition and Waub Ajijaak Press; and in the annual UP Reader. His first memoir The Mason House (Lanternfish Press, 2020) was named Michigan Notable Book 2021 by the Library of Michigan and received the Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature (Saginaw Valley State University). Married with two children, she lives in Keweenaw, Michigan.
Rebecca Glotfelty, executive director of Real People Media, described Red Jacket Jamboree as an old-fashioned radio variety show recorded in front of a studio audience at the RPM studio inside the Keweenaw Storytelling Center, located in the old Woolworth Building on Fifth Street and airs on Michigan Public Radio Networks.
“Interlochen Public Radio broadcast the most”, she says. “They aired the 20 shows we mastered.”
Interlochen Public Radio serves Grand Traverse, Petoskey, Ludington, Manistee and all of Northwestern Michigan.
The show shares the songs, stories, history and music of Michigan’s Copper Country and beyond.
The cast of RJJ is made up of professional performers and musicians who share these stories with the help of guest singer-songwriters, poets, authors and other storytellers. Two thematic one-hour episodes are recorded per show. Artists are selected to help share these specific stories. Expect a family show featuring comedy, music and lots of storytelling.
The Copper Cats, Glotfelty said, are a jazz-based professional band, but perform across all genres. The Copper Cats are: Jerry Younce, guitarist, who has performed jazz, rock, top 40 and country music in show bands and various musical groups during his 30+ year career as a musician.
Pianist Bill Carrothers, originally from Minnesota, has lived in Mass City, Ontonagon County for nearly 20 years. He is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who has been featured in the top ten lists published by Jazz Magazine, Le Monde and JAZZIZ Magazine; Bassist Harry South graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Michigan University with a BA in Music Education. He successfully operated a private lesson studio and led the after-school string program for 4th and 5th graders at Marquette Public Schools. He is currently the Music Director of Negaunee Public Schools. He is an active member of the Marquette Orchestras and performs regularly with singer-songwriter Michael Waite and other musical ensembles. He has been contributing to the Red Jacket Jamboree since October 2017. Jonathan Taylor, percussionist, is a Detroit-based composer and improviser. A fervent collaborator, he co-directs several projects, including the art rock quartet saajtak, the electro-acoustic duo Says Things and Teiku, which reinvents his family’s ancestral Passover melodies in the context of creative music.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is recorded in front of a live audience at the RPM studio theater inside the Keweenaw Storytelling Center. The theater can accommodate 100 spectators. Their 16×30 feet stage can accommodate up to 10 artists.
Seating is on one level with a slight elevation from the floor towards the stage.
The Keweenaw Storytelling Center also includes a merchandise area, a puppet theater and two visual exhibit areas. The center is under renovation. Plans include ADA-compliant public restrooms for men and women, a commercial kitchen, and a soda/coffee fountain
The Red Jacket Jamboree and Keweenaw Storytelling Center are operated by the non-profit organization Real People Media Inc. For more information, visit the website: www.realpeoplemedia.org.