109 E. Aurora Street Ironwood, MI 49938 (Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)
Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Superior Shores Winds and Strings
Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
Superior Shores Winds and Strings are a new ensemble featuring musicians from Hurley area to Ashland and Park Falls. This is the first performance for the ensemble. All the musicians are members of the Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra affiliated with Northland College. The idea for bringing this group together came about after researching chamber music and finding really great repertoire for groups of many different sizes with a variety of instrumentation. It’s always fun to bring musicians together to explore the vast amount of literature available, and the group has had wonderful time rehearsing and making music throughout the summer months. Rehearsals began in May 2017, and the ensembles are looking forward to performing at the HIT on August 18. The ensemble will perform the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Nonette by Louis Spohr.
The musicians have generously designated the theatre as the beneficiary of their performance - all donations received at the door will support ongoing theatre operations and presentation of other fine musical performances.
Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017
Joseph "Blind Joe" Bommersbac is a 34-year-old totally blind singer/songwriter born in Kindred ND and raised in and around the Fargo area. He now lives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Joe made it into the top 32 of NBC's The Voice as a member of team Blake Shelton. He has opened for some great bands and musicians inlcuding David Allen Coe, Craig Morgan, the Kentucky Headhunters, Brett Michaels of Poison, Joe Diffie, John Hiatt, Buddy Guy, James Ottoand many more. In Joe's words: " I believe that good music always comes straight from your heart and soul!"
We are excited to announce that Joe will be joined on stage by local vocalists Kate Averitt, Nick Backlund, and Hannah and Vanessa Nasi.Thanks Joe, for your willingness to share the spotlight and for supporting the development of youth talent.
DOORS OPEN 6:30 pm; SHOWTIME 7:30 pm Please note: Ticket prices shown are for advance purchase only. Additional $2.00 for tickets purchased at the door.
Keyboardist Tim Mesun, of Ironwood Township, will perform his 17th benefit concert for area charities on Saturday, August 5th at 7:30 PM here at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Tim earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Gogebic Community College. He is continuing his musical performance education at NMU, where he has been a member of the University Choir, the Arts Chorale, the Jazz Band, and the Jazz Combo. He made the fall of 2016 and winter 2017 Dean's List at NMU. Tim also won the 2017 Northern Stars Talent Show. We are thrilled that while he is home from Marquette for the summer he will perform for us here at HIT.
Tim has frequently been involved with local theatre, including as a band member and rehearsal pianist for Theatre North's various musical productions. He has also created original music for a number of shows. Prior to taking up residence in Marquette, Tim performed Barton organ preludes before most shows at the HIT. He also accompanied a silent movie, playing an original score he developed for the film - a wonderful presentation of Buster Keaton's "The Navigator".
Joining Tim for the seventh consecutive year is Paul Butcher on trumpet and accordion. The director of Jazz Studies at Florida Southern College, Paul has a long and varied career as a musician in classical, jazz, R&B, and reggae groups. He has performed principal trumpet in touring Broadway shows, and been a featured soloist on Baroque piccolo trumpet. He has worked in Nashville as a recording studio musician, and performed with major artists such as Ray Charles and Henry Mancini. Paul has performed on television shows including The Dove Awards show, The Original Amateur Hour with Willard Scott, Muppet Special and Music City Live. Paul teaches here in Ironwood during the summers, and has been Tim's jazz instructor since 2006.
Tim's other guest performer will be Vivian Gammill. Viv is a past winner of HIT Idol and was a foundation member of the Awkward Stage Drama Club. She recently graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles CA and is home in Ironwood for the summer, planning her next move.
Tim, Paul, and Viv will perform works from a variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, and blues.
Admission is by donation at the door (suggested minimum $5.00). Thanks to Tim's generosity all proceeds will benefit the theatre's Barton Organ fund.
Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017
TrueGrass! is a new bluegrass band in the old style, covering material by the classic artists of old with reverence, but also adapting modern material and originals to the bluegrass idiom. In TrueGrass! Tom Draughon brings together a formidable array of players as part of an upcoming multimedia theatre show about the rural roots and history of bluegrass, (still a work in progress), and also as a touring concert band.
Tom has graced the HIT stage in the past with Indian Summer, Take 3 and others. In a TrueGrass! concert, he is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, primarily playing Doc Watson style guitar and fronting lead vocals. The band also features the talents of Jed Malischke on banjo and dobro; Bruce Qualey on bass; and fiddler Liesel Wilson. And they ALL sing!
If you like American roots Southern Appalachian and Bluegrass music, you will love TrueGrass!
Here's a sample for your listening pleasure...
Brown Bag Concerts - Free!
Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017
Friday, Jul. 21, 2017
Start your Festival Ironwood activities a little earlier in the day. Grab a sandwich or other bite to eat from one of Ironwood's downtown eateries and bring it to the theatre for a free lunch time concert - and free lemonade.
Thursday noon July 20 enjoy "The Troubadours" featuring Don Dugan and Bob Michaels, playing a little folk, a little blues, a little soft rock, and a little bit more! Don and Bob dedicate this performance to the memoryof their friend, Al Rice.
Friday noon July 21 enjoy Ethan Puisto and The Drape featuring Devin Kelly on guitar, Cole Clements on drums, and Ethan Puisto on guitar and vocals. Come on out to support this new local band of talented young musicians, playing a high energy mix of rock, pop, and alternative music. The music is free and so is the lemonade! What's not to love?