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

 

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Times Herald Article – Julianne Ankley performs in Lexington

Julianne Ankley performs in Lexington

Julianne Ankley photo by Rachael Ankley

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 rgross@gannett.com. 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.

For more information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.julianneankley.com or call 810-359-5108

This article is credited to Bob Gross and the Times Herald, Port Huron, Michigan.  http://www.thetimesherald.com/

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Andy Gross Interview with Paul Miller on WPHM 1380

Illusionist Andy Gross discusses his upcoming show on Friday, August 29, 2014 with Paul Miller on WPHM1380.  Andy will be performing at the Lexington Village Theatre in Lexington, MI.

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Interactive Rock Opera Coming to Lexington

Null Paradox’s Saturday shows could end one of two ways, and it will be up to the audience to decide.

The group will perform two interactive shows of “Gertrude and Grace” at the Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave.

It is based on a fiction book the group’s bass player, Tom Libertiny, co-authored. The performance has been in the works for five years, Libertiny said.

Saturday’s shows will be the group’s launch of its tour.

Eric Scott Baker performs as “The Bully.” Photo by Dave Lamarand

Eric Scott Baker performs as “The Bully.” Photo by Dave Lamarand

“If you really love rock music and live theater, this is the best of both worlds,” Libertiny said.

The story is about two girls who have grown up together, but their relationship is crumbling. They must decide if they want to go after their passions, which will lead them away from each other, or fix their relationship, he said.

“Each song on the CD is one chapter of the book, and it’s brought to life,” Libertiny said.

This is the first part of the story’s trilogy, so expect more from the group down the road, he said.

He said he has found descriptions vary when people try to explain the group’s sound.

“I have found people comparing us to Evanescence meets the circus,” Libertiny said, noting he’s also had other people compare them to Janis Joplin.

Although the show features many opportunities for audience interactions, deciding the ending is the biggest role the audience will have.

“If you have to pick between the love of your life or the one thing you believe your mission in life is, which would you choose?” Libertiny said. “The audience will vote, and depending how they vote, we’ll do that ending.”

Tickets are $15, $20 and $25. They are available online at www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or by calling (810) 359-5108. For more information about Null Paradox, visit www.nullparadox.com.

 

Contact Crystal Garcia at (810) 989-6276 or cagarcia@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @THCrystalGarcia

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This article is credited to Crystal Garcia and the Times Herald, Port Huron, Michigan.  www.thetimesherald.com

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Null Paradox interview with Paul Miller on WPHM

Robyn, Rachel, and Tom from Null Paradox discuss their upcoming concert with Paul Miller on WPHM.  Null Paradox will be at the Lexington Village Theatre on August 16, 2014. For information and tickets to the show, click HERE.

Interview courtesy of Paul Miller and WPHM, used by permission.

John Corbett interview with Courtlin K on WBTI

John Corbett discusses his upcoming concert with Courtlin K. of 96.9 WBTI.  He and his band will be at the Lexington Village Theatre on July 18th and 19th, 2014. For information and tickets to the show, click HERE.

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John Corbett at Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, Michigan

 

Audio rebroadcast by permission of 96.9 WBTI radio.

Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, Michigan

Grand Opening June 13

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 nhayden@gannett.com. On Twitter @NicoleHayden_TH.

This article is credited to Nicole Hayden and the Times Heraldwww.thetimesherald.com

Reprinted by permission of the Times Herald.

*Grand Opening corrected from May 24 to June 13

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

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