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North Central Michigan College’s Lecture Series will feature Grammy-Award winning producer/engineer/director Mark Johnson, on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium in the Student and Community Resource Center on the Petoskey campus. This lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Mr. Johnson’s topic will be “Playing for Change.”

For the past 20 years, Mark has worked with some of the most renowned producers in the music, film and television industries, and with such musical artists as Keith Richards, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Bono, Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Sara Bareilles, Los Lobos and many more. In 2005, he earned a “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year” Grammy as producer/engineer of the Keb’ Mo’ album “Keep It Simple.”

In hopes of showcasing musical talent found on the streets, Johnson parlayed his musical knowledge and technical skills to turn his vision into what is now known as Playing for Change.  Mark has recorded and filmed music around the world in over 45 countries and he has dedicated his life to connecting the world through music. Mark will speak about the new social entrepreneurial movement and "saving the world one person at a time."

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available in Petoskey at the North Central Michigan College Welcome Desk and administrative office in the main administration building, in the College Library and in the College Store, Fitness Center and Student Services in the Student and Community Resource Center. You can also email and reserve up to four tickets to be picked up the evening of the presentation. Promotional sponsorship provided by Blissfest. For more information, call 231-439-6225.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Veteran Friendly School.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist