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July 10, 2014

Traverse City has a new anthem

TRAVERSE CITY — Sunrise, cherries, good food and better people are a winning combination, says The Hacky Turtles — this year's winner of the Traverse City Tourism Song Search.

The band will perform their song "Take Me There" (listen at right) on Saturday during the National Cherry Festival from atop the Traverse City Tourism float in the Cherry Royale Parade. The song -- lyrics are below -- is a "wistful celebration" of the band's hometown and was plucked from 18 entries, said a TCT press release.

The funk/reggae fusion band members are alumni of St. Francis High School and TC Central High School and are vocalist Marc Kanitz, Austin Spencer on guitar, Alex Rushlow on guitar/vocals and Erik Krueger on drums.

A music video of "Take Me There" with shots of the band and Traverse City scenery will be highlighted on the Pure Michigan Facebook page and Traverse City Tourism’s website,

"Take Me There"

Sunrise paints these cherry-colored clouds,

Wakes the earth, shining rays out on the ground,

Brings to life our town below the bays.

Great food, better people, everyone’s a friend;

All are welcome where the compass ends.

So raise a toast to one more day!

Take me there, take me where it’s pushing, pulling me along…

Days move slow, my heart is full, everything to right from wrong…

Smiles, dancing, sun or snow, nothing ever looked so pretty.

Oh my, my No. MI, take me there to Traverse City!

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