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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.
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IF YOU GO
• 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
Julianne Ankley performs in Lexington
LEXINGTON Expect a lot of original music from Julianne Ankley when she performs Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.
“I’m going to be doing almost entirely original music,” Ankley said. “I’m an award-winning singer-songwriter, so I should do my own music.”
Ankley, who is a fixture on the local music scene, received a 2014 Detroit Music Award as outstanding country songwriter. Her group, Julianne Ankley and the Rogues, was selected as outstanding country artist/group.
She said she’s proud to be from southeast Michigan, and that Detroit country music is different from country music in other parts of the country.
“I’ve got country blood deep,” said Ankley, who writes in her biography about riding a tractor with her dad on their Thumb-area farm with the radio playing. “That’s the root of it. Country music sounds different here than in other parts of the country.
“There’s a lot of Detroit influence.”
There’s also a lot of Port Huron influence. A video for her single, “No Place for a Lullabye,” was shot in 2009 in the area behind the Raven Café. The song is about what it’s like to be homeless.
“That was nominated for a Detroit Music Award,” she said.
She said performing is “a piece of my soul.”
“Once I started, it was like being bit by a vampire — you’re in it for life,” she said.
“There’s something about connecting with your audience,” she said. “There’s a moment when I’m on the stage and singing and playing a song I wrote, and you look out, and the audience gets it.”
She said she’s currently working on a new album. She also will be among the women featured in a 13-episode series, “Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective on Growing Old,” that starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56).
Ankley will be singing with other performers on the series soundtrack.
She said she’s been performing professionally for 10 years — five years as a solo artist — but she still describes herself as a struggling performer and songwriter.
“Hopefully, I’m building a fan base,” she said.
Inspiration, she said, is “all around you every day… it depends on what you tap into.
“You can find inspiration everywhere.”
Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGross477
IF YOU GO
JULIANNE ANKLEY AND THE ROGUES
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave., Lexington, MI 48450
• Cost: Tickets are $17, $22 and $27.
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Lexington’s Harborview Plaza plans grand opening June 13*
LEXINGTON — The once vibrant Smackwater Block, which went into receivership in December 2011, is getting new life, a new name and new tenants.
Now the Harborview Plaza, the block is at 7318 Huron Ave.
“The new owners are local people that live here,” said Tom Raymond, Lexington village manager. “They have a really good feel about what the area can support.”
New owners, Mike and Lanae Kettlewell, bought the block under the name LLC Harborview Investments and began work to renovate in summer 2013.
The block had a soft opening on May 1. The grand opening will be June 13 [corrected from May 24] with entertainment in the new theater.
The block now houses the Sweetwater Gourmet Deli and Bakery, the Celtic Ray Pub, and the Lexington Village Theatre. Studio Hair Design and ER Fitness also are in the plaza.
“The plaza was dead and sad for a while,” said Lisa Hind, co-owner of Sweetwater Deli. “The courtyard is beautiful now with the fountain flowing and flowers planted. It was brought back to life. It’s a gathering place now.”
Hind said the deli’s soft opening earlier this month was a success.
“The response was overwhelming, better than I could ever imagine,” she said. “The last two weeks have been a good sign for things to come this summer.”
Raymond said community has welcomed the additions.
“We have a diversified group of eateries now,” Raymond said. “None will be in competition with each other because they will be offering a variety, which is key. Now people don’t have to leave Lexington to find variety.”
He said he was impressed with the Celtic Ray Pub.
“We have gotten a very positive response from the community,” said Kevin Doyle, pub owner. “People have been thanking us for saving the building and for bringing something new to Lexington.”
The pub, with a sister location in Florida, was supposed to have opened in Port Huron. But when Doyle by chance walked past the Lexington building, he was sold.
“It was a beautiful building, perfect for an Irish pub,” he said. “And it wasn’t being used for anything. The wood paneling and brick layout were beautiful.”
Doyle said during the grand opening of the block on June 13 [corrected from May 24] there will be a traditional Irish pub sing-a-long band performing with an Australian blues fusion band in the Lexington Village Theatre.
The theater is connected to both the pub and the deli.
“The first year for the theater will be the warmup year,” Mike Kettlewell said. “We expect the first year to be slower, but we do have some significant acts coming out.”
Among the acts are the John Corbett Band, the Little River Band, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
“The three additions, the pub, the deli, and the theater, are all giving people a reason to stay longer in Lexington and to come more often,” Hind said. “You could literally have a pub crawl now.”
The former Smackwater Block was 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.
Contact Nicole Hayden at (810) 989-6279 or email@example.com. On Twitter @NicoleHayden_TH.
Reprinted by permission of the Times Herald.
*Grand Opening corrected from May 24 to June 13