sillohetteFriday, May 29, 7:30 – 10:30 pm Up North Big Band at Red Sky Stage

Dance lesson 6:45 – 7:30

30’s and 40’s Swing Dancing

The Up North Big Band, Northern Michigan’s premier concert and dance big band returns to Petoskey for a concert and dancing on Red Sky Stage new dance floor. The Up North Big Band (UNBB) Is comprised of 19 talented musicians from across Northern Michigan, who came together to preserve the sounds of the big band era. The UNBB offers tight ensemble playing combined with exceptional solo features and live vocals.

The UNBB has officially moved their well known and popular interpretation of 30’s and 40’s swing music and big band dance back home for a long overdue return to Downtown Petoskey.

We are honored to welcome the UNBB and all its fans to Red Sky Stage

Admission: Adults $10, Students with ID $5 at the door.

See our schedule page for more dates.


Wings Over Gaylord EAA Air Show

Friday, June 19th – Big Band Night @ Gaylord Airport 6-11pm | 1940’s Theme1940s-again

A big hit last year and back again is the Big Band Night.
Live Music, playing Glenn Miller favorites in a one of a kind party setting.
Eat, Drink, Dance and enjoy a trip to the past. Brought to you by EAA1095.

Petoskey News Review article 12-7-12

Have a swingin’ good time

UNBB Dance PNRCouples enjoy swing dancing in October of this  year at the North Central Michigan College cafeteria. The next swing dancing  event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at North Central Michigan
College in Petoskey. (file photo / December 7, 201

Once a month, from October through January, the college cafeteria transforms into a swing era ballroom out of history complete with a live big band ensemble.

“Honestly, you don’t hear music played like this nowadays,” said Josh Raber, member of the Up North Big Band. “That’s why it’s so important to keep this history alive.”Live big band music, explains Raber, showcases raw talent and depends on human proficiency. Alternatively, modern  music relies on digital correction and electronic manipulation.

Featuring the Up North Big Band, these dances capture the magic and energy of the bygone swing era. The 18-piece orchestra has been performing for almost 20 years; it aims to preserve the sounds of the big band era and specializes in music of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.

The next swing dancing event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. The latest dances have averaged 80 to 100 attendees.

Beginners are encouraged to attend a free instructional portion at 6:45 p.m., before the main event starts. Band members instruct attendees in the Lindy and jitterbug dance styles.

“Don’t be afraid to show up and look stupid trying to learn,” advises Raber. “It doesn’t matter what your skill level is; everyone is out there having fun.”

Blissfest Music Organization sponsors this dance series. The group strives to share the cultural significance of big band music and swing dancing, as well as provide an exciting outlet for socialization.

Big band music, commonly associated with jazz and swing music, originated in the 1930s and quickly gained popularity with teenage and young adult audiences. Its upbeat rhythms gave way to iconic American swing-dance styles such as the Lindy Hop, Lindy Charleston and jitterbug.

The series ends its winter season with a dance on Jan. 25; the spring season begins in March. Each event is $10 for adults, $6 for those under 18 years and free for children under 5.

Blissfest Music Organization also hosts country dances at various locations.

For further information about either dance series, visit To learn more about the Up North Big Band, contact Josh Raber at (231) 675-8311 or visit the website
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Ladies and gentlemen…Mr. Dave Pugh

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Hollween Dance Winners 2012

Here are the 1st prize winners of the October 26 Holloween Dance costume contest.

They are Lexi, Margret, Elizabeth and Natalie Sobonya. Congratulations!


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