Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

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113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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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

Upcoming Events

Erik Koskinen with guest David Huckfelt

Show Times:
Friday, Sep. 01, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Advanced Tickets: Adult General Admission: $15 Student General Admission: $5

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Candor and craft are front and center on Erik Koskinen’s new album, Erik Koskinen Live at The Real Phonic Radio Hour. Recorded at the monthly James J. Hill Library Radio Show featuring Erik’s regular band Paul Bergen, Frankie Lee, and JT Bates. All fifteen songs capture the power of music made in synchronous time, place, and company. Koskinen, whose last two albums Keep It To Yourself and America Theatre showcased his witty lyricism, sharp tongue, and poignant songs, does them one better with Live, releasing some old favorites along with eight never-before-recorded songs.

Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Koskinen’s albums are a lyrical and musical metaphor of American’s theaters of war, of history, of relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor.

Just Announced: Erik will be joined by opening act, David Huckfelt -  quite a bonus for the audience! David is a founding member, singer and songwriter of transcendental Midwestern folk band The Pines. The flat, endless expanses of The Pines' native Iowa inspires songcraft with a filmmaker's keen eye for detail and framing, blending celestial, ethereal atmospherics with rich, warm vocals and earthy acoustic instruments. Huckfelt collaborates with a rotating array of multi-instrumentalists, with a beatnik’s love of language and a cocktail of blues, folk, country & early American roots music. Erik and David offer a gripping brew that demands your total presence, transporting you into vividly painted musical and lyrical snapshots.

Check out Erik performing "Nothing Without You" here

Or check this link for a longer video of Erik performing on Prairie Musicians

We think after watching the videos of  Erik Koskinen and his band, you will agree with us that he is a wizard at uniquely crafted lyrics for his own brand of American folk music. Mix in a little blues, country and rock and you are in for a memorable evening's entertainment. Erik has been performing throughout Minnesota for years and has developed a fan base that appreciates his ability to create musical metaphors of powerful topics. We are pretty sure there will be plenty of Gogebic Range and Northern Wisconsin residents added to that fan base after his show here in Ironwood!

 DOORS OPEN 6:30 pm;  SHOWTIME 7:30 pm

Please note: Ticket prices shown are for advance purchase only. Additional $3.00 for tickets purchased at the door.

Superior Horns & Blue Ice ~ Sep 2017

Show Times:
Friday, Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017 at 7:30pm
All General Admission seating. In advance: $15 Adults $5 Students. Add $3 at the door.

The Superior Horns & Blue Ice

This local super group blew audiences away at their previous performances on the Historic Ironwood Theatre stage.  This fall they are changing things up a little - a smaller horn section, better suited to the largely rock'n' roll set list they have planned. This show will feature selections from Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Elton John, and Bette Midler.

Bringing together members of the Lowell Street Band, the Keweenaw Rhythm and Blues Band, the Gogebic Range Band, local school band directors, and our area's top young musicians, this group will bring an exciting concert line-up to the stage of the Historic Ironwood Theatre on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

Doors open at 6:30p. Showtime 7:30p.

Kelly's bar will be open Saturday night only, at 6:30pm

Come back soon for more details which we will publish as they become available.

Room 2 Groove

Show Times:
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Adult General Admission: $15 Student General Admission: $5

Late in the summer 2013, all the pieces of a vision, several years in the making, started to fall into place. There were a number of bands in the area, but there was genre gap... music that people couldn't help but dance to!

Michael McKenna (percussion/vocals) and David Blong (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Pelsue (bass) had all recently moved to Washburn. Andy Noyes (guitar/vocals) had been playing music in the area for many years. Rose Spieler Sandberg (keys/vocals) had just graduated from Northland College and decided to stick around while Brian Heeringa (drums) had been looking for a reason to get back to his drum set. Scott Griffiths(vocals/percussion) finally got up the gumption to ask all these talented musicians to let him try his hand (and voice) on the the microphone... and with that, Room 2 Groove was born.

The Cat & the Canary

Show Times:
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
General Admission: $15 Adults $5 Students

The Cat and the Canary is a 1927 American silent horror film adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. The plot revolves around the estate of Cyrus West, uncle to Annabelle, Charlie, and Paul. As death approaches, West’s greedy family descends upon him like "cats around a canary". In retaliation, Cyrus places a condition on his will – it shall not be read until 20 years after his death. Eventually, Annabelle inherits her uncle's fortune, but when she and her family spend the night in his mansion they are stalked by a mysterious figure. Meanwhile, a lunatic known as "the Cat" escapes from an asylum near the mansion.

The film is part of a genre of comedy horror films inspired by 1920s Broadway stage plays. Paul Leni's adaptation of Willard's play blended expressionism with humor, a style for which Leni was noted and critics recognized as unique. Leni's style of directing made The Cat and the Canary influential in the "old dark house" genre of films popular from the 1930s through the 1950s. The film was one of Universal's early horror productions and is considered "the cornerstone of Universal's school of horror." The play has been filmed five other times, with the most notable in 1939 starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. If you are a true horror movie aficionado you need to see the 1927 original!

The film will be masterfully accompanied on the Ironwood Theatre’s Barton organ by organist supremo Andrew Rogers from Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre. Not to be missed, and a great way to get into the spirit of Halloween – mark your calendar now.

HIT Idol - Season 7!

Show Times:
Friday, Nov. 03, 2017 at 7:00pm
General Admissison: $10 Adults $5 Students

Tickets go on sale September 1, 2017

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Audition dates for Season 7 of the popular HIT Idol youth vocal contest were announced recently. Singers participate in one of three different age categories:
 * 5th through 8th Grade
 * 9th through 12th grade
 * Young adult - 18 thru 29 years  of age.

Young vocalists who wish to try out for this year's show should make a note of the following audition dates and times:
Saturday September 30, 2017   10a - 2p
Sunday October 1, 2017  Noon - 4p

Enter through the main concourse entrance on Aurora Street, and bring either:

* sheet music so one of the show's musical directors can  accompany your audition, or

* your own accompanist, or 

* a CD with backing track, or

* a smartphone with the song downloaded.  Please note: The WI-FI signal in the theatre mezzanine can be unpredictable, so do not rely on being able to stream music live. Please capture and save your music before you come to the theatre.

To keep the show fresh for both audience and participants, each year we add a few songs to our "songs not to be included" list. Typically they are numbers that have been done numerous times previously, or were performed last year. To make sure you don't prepare a song that cannot be included in our Season 7 show, click here to get the list.

HIT Idol Season 7 will be presented on Friday, November 3, 2017 with the winners announced on Saturday November 4, 2017 just prior to the concert by American Idol Season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze.  The singers who make it through the auditions into the show will get to perform a couple of numbers on stage with DeWyze on Saturday night.

Pictured above are Season 6 winners with American Idol, Jessica Meuse, and at right, Lee DeWyze.

So... those dates again:

Audition Sat 9/30/2017 10a - 2p
Audition Sun 10/1/2017 Noon - 4p

HIT Idol Season 7: Friday 11/3/2017
Winners annouced  & Lee DeWyze show: Sat 11/4/2017

All of us associated with HIT Idol are excited to begin planning for what we know will be another wonderfully successful program - and a lot of fun. As HIT Idol co-director Janie Williams has been heard to say on more than one occasion: "It's going to be awesome!"

Lee DeWyze

Show Times:
Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Reserved: $25 Adult General: $15 Student General: $5

Lee DeWyze first garnered a national audience when he auditioned for, and then went on to win, American Idol season nine, but his passion for writing and making music began years before that.  “I was writing music, and performing for years before making an appearance on the show. American Idol was just my way of getting myself out there, because I wanted to write and make music for a living. It is my passion.”

Says DeWyze: "My new music definitely reflects where I’m at creatively right now. Songwriting is at the core of what I do and who I am. Telling stories and sharing experiences whether it be mine, someone else’s, or just a thought in my head has always been the constant. I love drawing a listener into the song."

Lee Murdock

Show Times:
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Adult General Admission: $15 Student General Admission: $5

Broadly acknowledged as “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes,” Lee Murdock’s work is an anthem to the people who live, work, and play along the freshwater highways of North America. Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard word, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in. Noted as a fluent instrumentalist, Murdock's musical influences span fifteen generations, combining ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with his flair for storytelling in songs.

Warren Miller's "Line of Descent"

Show Times:
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
General Admission: $15

Line of Descent The lineage of mountain lifestyle continues in Warren Miller Entertainment's 68th full-length feature film, Line of Descent. In this year’s film, WME travels the globe, by land, air, and sea, exploring the ties that bind ski culture.

In Squaw Valley and Jackson Hole, WME visits skiing icons who have made the mountains their home and raised mini Moes and Moseleys of their own. Traveling to Norway, a Canadian ski patroller enjoys the company of his Norwegian brethren, and in the French Alps, native son Jean-Claude Killy’s legacy fills Val-D’Isere hearts with pride.  From BC to France, Glacier Country to Steamboat, new generations of skiers and riders are pushing their sport to new extremes, making their parents proud—and often downright nervous.

WME crews chase winter along the Beartooth Highway where a road trip via motorcycles takes athletes Kalen Thorien and Mike “Bird” Shaffer from Montana to Wyoming. And still to come, snowboarders Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill will head to New Zealand to descend Mount Cook.

For 68 years, ski families have cheered the official kickoff of winter with the ski film company that started it all. This year is no different. The family grows, and the traditions grow richer, in Warren Miller’s Line of Descent. Bigger, deeper, fresher than ever.

For teasers, athletes and locations go to For behind the scenes photos and filming updates, follow along with Warren Miller Entertainment on Facebook and @warrenmillerent on Instagram.

This stop on the 2017 Warren Miller tour is promoted by the Snow Country Ski Club, formerly the Ironwood Ski Devils, our local High School Ski Racing Team. The club is no longer funded by the school system. Parents of racers, racers and volunteers fundraise to help keep local youth skiers active, engaged, and competitive on the racing circuit that covers Upper and Lower Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. The club is very proud of its long track record and deep history. The local skiing community is strong and many of these long time skiers are Ski Devil Alumni. There are many fond memories of the ski devil travelling team, its successes and championships and its former long term Michigan Hall of Fame coach, Theron Peterson.

The Snow Country Ski Club partnered with us at the Theatre and with Warren Miller to bring this premier movie to our ski town. This is one of the very important fund raisers that help cover travel expenses, lift tickets, equipment maintenance, coaching, and more. So buy some tickets and bring a few friends to the movie and get your Stoke for Winter! Winter is coming!

Doors and Kelly's Bar open at 6:30 pm (CST). Line of Descent screens at 7:30 (CST), but come early, hang out with your ski crowd and dig into the latest gear on display by our local sponsors.

NOTE TO THOSE TRAVELING FROM OUTSIDE OUR IMMEDIATE AREA: Even though we are in the UP, Ironwood is in the Central Time zone!

Big Road at SisuSkiFest

Show Times:
Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Adult General Admission: $15 Student General Admission: $5 Racers: Free (Show bib)

Some of Northern and Central WIsconsin's finest musicians are coming to Ironwood for Sisu SKiFest.  A great way to celebrate the ski race, the event is open to the public with free admission for racers.

Big Road is: Mark Zanoni: Vocals, Lead and Rhythm guitar, slide guitar, Harmonica ; Michelle Zanoni: Bass, Vocals; Pete Stoltman: Drums, Vocals; Gerry Plank: Saxophone, Woodwinds, Keyboards, Vocals;  ?Shane Zanoni: Guitar, Vocals

Big Road’s set list is varied, and ranges from Classic artists like The Dead, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Joe Cocker, Little Feat and Derek and the Dominos to funk (The Meters, Isley Brothers) and soul (James Brown) to real deal Blues (Koko Taylor, Fenton Robinson, Paul Butterfield, Delbert McClinton) and even some Reggae (Bob Marley).

According to the band: “Our original songs come from the heart and have become crowd favorites also. We play what we love...and love what we play! We think you will too...”

DOORS & Kelly's Bar OPEN 6:30 pm;  SHOWTIME 7:30 pm


Ole & Lena Renew Their Vows!

Show Times:
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
In advance ~ Adult General Admission: $15 Student General Admission: $5

Ole & Lena's 50th Wedding Anniversary and Vow Renewal

When Lena sees a young couple renew their vows on the Dr. Phil show, she decides that's what she and Ole are going to do for their 50th wedding anniversary. One problem: the only thing on Ole's mind  is the Lodge's ice fishing tournament, and how he and his neighbor and lifelong friend, Sven, are going to win the "whole deal."  Will Lena get Ole to the altar to renew his vows? Will Ole talk Sven into covering for him so they can both fish in the tournament? Find out in this hilarious comedy about love, marriage, and growing old together.