Rare Earth’s Gil Bridges

Listen HERE to Gil Bridges interview with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380.

Rare Earth will be at the Lexington Village Theatre on Sun, May 29th for two shows – 7pm and 9:30pm.  Get tickets now at http://www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com/tickets

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Karaoke Contest Round 1 Results

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support Round 1 of the Lexington Village Theatre & Pub Karaoke Contest. Congratulations to the contestants who are advancing to Semi-Finals on Sat, Jan 23rd:
-Alex Dietz
-April Cutler
-Beth Eschenburg
-Bryon McCLain
-Elizabeth Ealey
-Garrett Veal
-Kathy Parraghi
-Nick Eisinger
-Stacy Egan
-Tyler Ruchgy

Round 2 is on Sat, Jan 16th at 8pm. Register for Round 2 by downloading the rules and registration form at http://villagepublexington.com/lexington-villag…/activities/

E-mail the completed form to info@villagepublexington.com All registration forms MUST BE turned in BEFORE 7pm on Sat, Jan 16th. For questions, please message the Lexington Village Theatre & Pub page or call 810-359-5108.

Karaoke Contest

Jim Witter Interview with Bill Gilmer

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Jim Witter will be at the Lexington Village Theatre on Thursday, December 31st for New Year’s Eve.  Listen HERE for Jim Witter’s Interview with Bill Gilmer of WPHM 1380.

Chuck Colby Interview with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380

Three Men & a Tenor

Chuck Colby of Three Men and a Tenor interview with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380.  Listen HERE

Times Herald article: Little River Band plays in Lexington by Bob Gross

Feeling in a late 70s, early 80s frame of mind?

Maybe even reminiscing?

The Little River Band, which first hit the charts in 1975 with the original members in their home country of Australia, will perform at 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave.

Wayne Nelson plays bass and shares lead vocals — he says he “hired somebody younger” to do the high harmonies on hits like “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change” and “Lonesome Loser.” He’s been with the band for 35 years — since 1979.

“I got a lot of miles under my belt,” he said.

He said he took over as the front man in 2000.

“I get to sing all the cool lyrics,” he said.

The show in Lexington, Nelson said, will have something of a Christmas theme.

“We have a Christmas CD that’s been out for a couple of years,” he said.

He said they’re not likely to be singing “Sleigh Ride” or “White Christmas.”

“Ours are less traditional Christmas songs – pop songs about Christmas like Keb’ Mo’, Mariah Carey and Kenny Loggins, Neil Diamond,” he said.

He said the group is all about giving the people what they expect when they hear the name “Little River Band.” That includes people who grew up in the 70s and people who grew up in the 90s.

“We play for people in their mid-20s who grew up with the music in their house or their car because their parents were listening to it,” he said.

“People go to a show of a vintage band for one thing, and that’s memories. They want to hear it the way they used to.”

After their Lexington gig, the band will be playing in Florida before returning to Michigan at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant on Jan. 17.

“We have a lot of fun,” Nelson said. “There’s way too much travel not to.

“I’m the tour manager as well, and it’s a huge workload to coordinate everyone’s travel.

“It’s pretty grueling when we’re not doing what we love, which is onstage playing the music,” he said. “That 90 minutes makes it worthwhile.”

He said the band’s sets are “no smoke and mirrors,” no fog machines or pyrotechnics, just five guys playing music.

And, he said, it’s something they love to do.

“If it got to be just a job, we would have to quit,” Nelson said.

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett.com.

Read the original Times Herald article HERE

LRB Wayne Nelson interview with WPMH 1380 Paul Miller

Little River Band Wayne Nelson discusses the upcoming Christmas Show at the Lexington Village Theatre on Sunday, December 14th with Paul Miller of WPHM 1380.

Listen to the original interview HERE

WPHM 1380 Paul Miller Interview with Michael Grimm

Michael Grimm

Purchase tickets HERE 

Listen to the original interview HERE

The Times Herald article – Michael Grimm

Grimm shows his Talent

Michael Grimm will be showing why he was the America’s Got Talent’s fifth season winner Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.

Grimm will perform some of the songs that put him in front of judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, as well as a song he released online as a download called “Starting Over.” Concert-goers might even get a sneak peek from the new album he is working on, he said.

Being on the show, he said, “was a life-changing experience. I got to meet some wonderful people along the way.”

A native of Waveland, Mississippi, Grimm, 35, said he thought he would be passed over for the show as its producers were slow to reach him initially, but he got the call to go to Hollywood while on the road touring with Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.

“They called me up and there I was in Hollywood,” he said. “I really didn’t know that I was going to be in front of the judges so suddenly. I thought I was going to do the whole cattle call again.”

After his two shows in Lexington, Grimm said he plans on leaving for Switzerland to celebrate his wife, Lucie’s, birthday. Grimm said he proposed to his wife on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

“I only did that because she said to me, ‘I don’t care if you marry me in a courtroom, but when you propose make sure it’s good’,” he said.

Lexington Village Theater event coordinator Becky Hortop described Grimm as a soulful singer.

“He has kind of that Southern blues sound,” she said. This will be Grimm’s first appearance at the recently re-opened theater, she said. “We are expecting a really good turn out.”

Show times for the Saturday performance are 5 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $19, $25 and $39

The theater is in its first year of business under new owners Mike and Lanae Kettlewell. It was vacant for more than two years. The owners have added a new sound system and upgraded the lighting.

“What we’re trying to do is bring top talent from the area and also nationally. Michael Grimm certainly fits that,” Mike Kettlewell said.

Further plans for the theater include introducing reserved seating, adding season tickets for people who would like to attend multiple events with one purchase, and to publish a list of upcoming events so people can plan ahead, he said.

“This year was more sporadic. We had to catch (performers) on the route as they came through Michigan,” Kettlewell said. “Next year we’re going to have a much more planned approach.”

Tickets are available through the Lexington Village Theatre website, or call the theater box office at (810) 359-5108. Tickets are also at the door.

Contact Syeda Ferguson at (810) 989-6276 or email her at syeda@thetimesherald.com

IF YOU GO

MICHAEL GRIMM

• When: 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Lexington Village Theatre

• Cost: $19, $25 and $39 at www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or by calling (810) 359-5108

More Information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.michaelgrimmmusic.com

 

For the original article, please click HERE

Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, Michigan

Reopening brings Lexington block back to life

Reopening brings Lexington block back to life

By Margaret Whitmer, Sanilac County News.
Photo by Margaret Whitmer
Re-printed by permission of the Sanilac County News.

 

Harborview Plaza is expected to reopen by early to mid-May in downtown Lexington.

Summer visitors, disappointed the last two summers by the closure of the live theater, restaurants and other shops located along Huron Avenue between Washington and Dallas streets, need be disappointed no more.

Two new businesses fill the vacant shop fronts: the Celtic Ray Irish Pub & Restaurant and the Sweetwater Gourmet Deli & Bakery.

Celtic Ray is open now and features an authentic Irish pub menu and live music on weekends. It occupies the space where The Vintage Restaurant and Brewmaster’s Pub used to be.

Sweetwater Deli is in the location of the former Smackwater Jack’s Bistro and Deli and is expected to be open by early to mid-May. The space has been expanded by 40-50 percent to include even more tables for patrons.

And it is hoped that the Lexington Village Theatre will open with performances by local talent Memorial Day weekend, said Mike Kettlewell who, with wife Lanae, is the new owner of the block-long complex formerly known as the Smackwater Block.

The Kettlewells say they are currently updating the popular theater’s sound system and plan to showcase all types of music there.

“We’re open to ideas from the community,” said Lanae.

Adds Mike: “We want it to be community friendly. The community has been very positive. They want to support us.”

The theater and two new businesses, along with Studio Hair Design, which has been located on the block for some time, will fill all the ground floor shops and complete Phase I of the Kettlewell’s plan to bring the block back to life.

“Now we’re working on Phase Two – figuring out what to do with the upstairs,” Mike said.

The Kettlewells are natives to the area and both graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School. Mike is a partner of a Lansing area construction company; Lanae is the retired owner of Water’s Edge Salon & Spa on Main Street.

They own a summer cottage within viewing distance of the picturesque mall of shops that previously drew so many Lexington visitors.

The mall went into receivership and was bought by Eastern Michigan Bank in a foreclosure sale in 2012.

“We sat on our front porch for a year and a half saying, ‘Someone should buy that building,'” Mike said.

In June 2013, they bought the building and set up Lanmik, LLC as the umbrella company for the theater and businesses on the block, with the exception of the beauty parlor.

Ever since, they have been busy painting, installing new windows and upgrading the plumbing and electrical systems.

“It was a shame it was sitting there empty,” Mike said. “It was such an iconic part of the town.”

Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, Michigan

Smack dab in middle of town Cottagers purchase Smackwater

Smack dab in middle of town Cottagers purchase Smackwater

By Liz Shepard and Beth LeBlanc, Times Herald

LEXINGTON – Mike Kettlewell and his wife, Lanae, have spent quality time at their cottage in Lexington over the years.

Originally from the Croswell-Lexington area, the Dewitt couple enjoy being in the village.

But the view from the front porch of their cottage changed about a year ago when the Smackwater Block, 7318 Huron Ave., closed after going into receivership in December 2011.

“You get a little emotional … it is, I believe, one of the iconic buildings in Lexington and so much a part of the town; it’s sad to watch it sit empty,” Mike Kettlewell said.

So, the couple bought it under the name LLC Harborview Investments. The deal was official Monday.

Kettlewell didn’t reveal the purchase price.

“Initially, I’d just like to get it back into tiptop condition, I’m waiting on a liquor permit … which is key to the bar and restaurant area for sure,” he said.

Exactly what will come to the nearly 38,000-square-foot building is not clear.

“Under our ownership, our intent is to lease out most of the space, if not all the space,” Kettlewell said. “Hopefully it will turn out to be a good thing for the town and a fair investment for us.”

He said he is open to ideas about what should be in the building.

The building was previously owned by Adam Buschbacher and housed The Smackwater Grille, Brewmaster’s Pub and The Tap Room. It also housed Gallery 7318, Huron Avenue Gourmet Marketplace and the Lexington Music and Theatre Co.

Kristi Hazard, administrator for the Lexington DDA, said the purchase of the Smackwater building will benefit Lexington residents.

“It means opportunity,” she said. “I think it means activity and kind of removing a dark cloud over the village.”

Hazard estimated the building had been closed since early 2012. She said she was pleased the buyers were local.

“We’re happy that some locals bought it because they understand the village,” she said.

Hazard said the DDA plans to provide marketing help to Kettlewell when his plans for the building are known, so tourists and residents are aware of its reopening.

Village Manager Tom Raymond began working in Lexington in March after the building had been closed, but he said the importance of the structure was evident.

“Any time you go from vacant to occupied is good for the village,” Raymond said.

He also was happy the new owners were local.

“They know what’s been tried there and know the flavor of the area,” he said.

“They may come in with realistic expectations of what the community can support for them.”

Contact Liz Shepard at (810) 989-6273 or lshepard@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @lvshepard

This article is credited to Liz Shepard and the Times Heraldwww.thetimesherald.com

Reprinted by permission of the Times Herald.