Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

Theatre Location

113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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Wed, Thur, & Fri:
Noon - 4:30pm
Tel: 906-932-0618
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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.

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Art Works National Endowment for the Arts

Past Events

Sisu SkiFest race party with Conga Se Menne

Show Dates:

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Come to the theatre after the ski race Memorial Building awards ceremony and enjoy an evening of fun and games. Live music. Door prizes. Slideshow of the days events. Refreshments available for purchase. Doors open at 6:00pm, and the first door prize (must be present to win) will be drawn at 6:30pm. 

And at 7:00pm, the main feature of the evening - Conga Se Menna, playing their own special brand of Finnish Reggae! While the lyrics are geared for fun, the quality of their sound is no laughing matter. Conga Se Menne live and work along the chilly invigorating banks of Lake Superior and their mastery of melodic syncopation is second to none. Original songs carry the flavor of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in lyrical silliness and the spirit of hearty residence is reflected in their musical excellence. Finnish lyrics (hyvää kesää, baha poika,) predominate, as does the yooper-accented crooning so familiar to local fans.

The musical style of Conga Se Menne is impossible to pigeon hole, running the gamut of Blues, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Rock, Caribbean beats and ethnic Finnish sounds.  Island beat percussion blends smoothly with melodius keyboards, booming horns and big shouldered guitar work - all mixing with an influence of traditional styles. Most of the music tells of good times and an appreciation of the finer, intangible aspects of living life on your own terms and not taking yourself too seriously.

Free concert as part of the SISUFest Ski Race! Public welcome!!


Garden City Hot Club

Show Dates:

Saturday, Jan. 03, 2015

ON-LINE TICKET SALES FOR THE GARDEN CITY HOT CLUB ARE NOW CLOSED, BUT...
There are still plenty of seats available at the door!

Doors, ticket sales and Kelly's Bar Open at 6:30pm
Barton organ prelude 6:45 - 7:20pm
SHOW TIME: 7:30pm

We hope to see you at the theatre tonight!

The Garden City Hot Club (GCHC) is a swinging trio of two jazz guitars plus bass, built around the hot lead guitar and easy-going vocals of Steve Jones. Steve and second lead/rhythm guitarist Bob Hiltunen bring close to 50 years of combined guitar experience and professionalism to their music. Using the “Gypsy Swing” of Django Reinhardt as their base, the GCHC bring their intensity and joyful approach to original compositions, old jazz standards, modern Roma-influenced music, swing-based novelty songs, blues, and anything else that sounds good.

While living on the East Coast, Steve Jones jammed with the likes of Dorado Schmitt, Angelo DeBarre, Tchavalo Schmitt, and the Ferré Brothers, and had an extended engagement with Dan Levinson and the Djangophiles in New York City. Now living back on the “North Coast” of Upper Michigan, Steve leads the GCHC in performances that always engage audiences and usually get the dancers in the crowd to their feet!  In a review of an October 2014 performance by the GCHC, the Ontonagon Herald described the performance as "...arguably the best modern jazz presentation to appear on the local stage...if you are into jazz as an American art form, you would have been in 7th Heaven." 

The band includes the incomparable Steve Jones on lead guitar; Bob Hiltunen on rhythm guitar; and Scott McIntosh on bass. Occasionally they are joined on stage by other musicians. Once you experience Jones' artistry on the vintage Epiphone guitar you do not forget him. A UP native, he's played the instrument since he was 7, and after spending years playing professionally on the east coast, he returned to the UP where he continues to play and teach.  Rhythm guitarist Bob Hiltunen, clearly enjoys playing with Jones and friends. Over the years Hiltunen has played other styles of music but he has found his place with GCHC as a fine jazz musician.  Whether on guitar, bass, or drums, Hiltunen is there having too much fun!  Scott McIntosh is the serious straight-man of the group who plays a 5-string fretless bass. He moves about the finger board with accuracy and speed, holding the band together. McIntosh is a bass man’s bass man.

DOORS & KELLY'S BAR OPEN 6:30 pm;  BARTON ORGAN PRELUDE 6:45 pm;  SHOWTIME 7:30 pm


A Claudette Christmas Card

Show Dates:

Thursday, Dec. 04, 2014
Saturday, Dec. 06, 2014
Sunday, Dec. 07, 2014

FRI 12/5/2014
Opening Night of A Claudettes Christmas Card receives enthusiastic audience acclaim!
But don't take our word for it, read just one of the dozens of email messages we received today:

FANTASTIC...was a super show.  Wish you could hear the comments in the audience...the ooohs and aaaahs and the whistles and non stop clapping.  Not to mention the laughs at Santa and his antics and Frosty and his snowflakes and little snowmen...and the very long aaaaaaaahhh when the little snowman came to get the snowflake and lead it off the stage.  You got a very much deserved standing ovation.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Once again the Claudettes will kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Extravaganza. Singers, dancers, choirs and bands will join the Claudettes for a celebration of holiday cheer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to create some holiday magic which will delight young and old alike.  This show is a collaboration between Theatre North, The Historic Ironwood Theatre and The Claudettes.  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Three-show extravaganza, not to be missed.


Gogebic Range Concert Band

Show Dates:

Friday, Dec. 05, 2014

Immediately following the Jack Frost Parade
Enjoy our local community band with holiday musical favorites directed by Larry Gabka . There will also be complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. This is a free concert!! Come and warm up after the parade and enjoy the show.


Naima Adedapo

Show Dates:

Saturday, Nov. 08, 2014

American Idol Season 10 Finalist, the multi-talented Naima Adedapo will bring her exciting show to the Ironwood stage as part of HIT Idol 2014. Her sweetness, youthful energy and unique beauty combine to provide Naima's remarkable stage presence! Since her appearances on Idol, and the national attention she garned,  Naima spent the past year or more on a roll-up-your-sleeves journey into the discovery of her own personal artistry. She exudes the determination of a woman on a mission.

The Chicago-born, and now Milwaukee-resident performer has been singing since she was 13, but Naima's first love was dance. As a dance major she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee. For more than four years she performed with Milwaukee's Ko-Thi African Dance Company.

Named after a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959, Naima knew at an early age that performing and expressing herself through music and dance was her calling. As the daughter of renowned Milwaukee area Jazz vocalist Adekola Adedapo, and the great-granddaughter of actress Gladys Williams (who shared the stage with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis in the 1940s), there was no way for Naima not to be bitten by the entertainment bug. She grew up in Chicago but at age 10 Naima moved to Milwaukee with her mom and younger brother after their parents' separation. She spent her childhood around the music scene in and out of Jazz clubs with her mom all the while being influenced at a young age by the Motown music of The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and later India Arie.

Naima's involvement in Milwaukee Public Theater includes dancing, teaching, and acting. She appeared in a number of theatrical performances including the lead in For Colored Girls, West Side Story, and Crowns, among others. Since the age of 13 she taught dance to youth for a variety of community outreach centers and schools all over Milwaukee.

Following her time on American Idol and the fame she garnered as a result of that national TV exposure, Naima did the usual round of TV shows and live appearances. Once she'd met her contractual obligations, she spent the next year out of the spotlight, completely concentrating on song-writing, vocal coaching, and honing her unique sound. She made frequent trips between Milwaukee and Nashville where she immersed herself in music genres and the work of artists to whom she had not been previously exposed. "People have this huge misconception of Nashville. No, I am not doing a country record," she laughs. "Nashville has one of the most diverse, eclectic music scenes I have ever experienced."

Wanting to make music with a message, Naima drew inspiration from some of her own hard lessons and struggles, as well as the empowerment from realizing she had within her the strength to successfully come out the other side. According to Naima, "...it all started coming together for me personally and artistically. It was enlightening. I felt like my soul was being fed for the first time, and I was performing and writing songs that represented what I was about. It started flowing naturally. This new music is part of the fabric of who I am."  The results of those revelations have spawned such tunes as the crowd-favorites, "Beautifully Made" that talks about loving who you are and how you were made, as well as, "Diary of a City Girl," written with renowned singer/ songwriter Phil Vassar that echoes a young girl's love of being raised in a big city.

Naima's sound has a pop vibe with soul sensibilities mixed with a powerful, smoky, soulful vocal delivery that is uniquely her own. Her live performances showcase a voice that is not only powerful, but also has great range. Naima Adedapo is an entertainer whose vibrant love of people and connecting with them from the stage shines through with the fun, energetic performance of a seasoned pro. Performing with Naima will be an experience our local HIT Idol finalists will not soon forget! And neither will those lucky enough be in the audience. So mark your calendar - and get your tickets NOW!.


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