Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

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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)

Upcoming Events

Garden City Hot Club

Show Times:
Saturday, Jan. 03, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Cost:
Limited Reserved Seating: $17 in advance / $20 at door
Adult General Admission: $12 in advance / $15 at door
Student General Admission: $5

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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


Sisu SkiFest race party with Conga Se Menne

Show Times:
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 7:00pm
Cost:
FREE Concert

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!!


Harold Lloyd's Grandma's Boy

Show Times:
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Cost:
Adult General Admission: $12 in advance / $15 at door
Student General Admission: $5

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Grandma’s Boy was Harold Lloyd’s first feature length movie. He plays his usual Glasses Guy but is more meek and cowardly than ever. He lets the neighborhood bully walk all over him and monopolize his girl’s attention. He is afraid to shoo away a tramp who has made himself at home in Harold’s Grandma’s yard. The feisty old lady has to do it herself.

When the tramp commits a robbery and shoots a man, a posse is formed to catch him. Harold is made a deputy but is so scared of his own shadow that he spends the night cowering under his bedcovers. His Grandma tells him a story about his cowardly grandfather’s exploits during the Civil War, and a lucky amulet his grandfather was given by a wizened old crone that gave him special powers. She then produces this same lucky charm and gives it to Harold.

During an interview with film historian Kevin Brownlow, Lloyd once said, “If I had to choose my favorite of all my films, I would choose Grandma's Boy.” Apparently it was originally intended as a sort of drama, because Lloyd wanted to stretch himself as an actor and focus a bit more on character development. Following a test screening of the film, when the audience didn't react as warmly to it as Lloyd had hoped, producer Hal Roach told him, “Harold, you're a comic, you've got to get laughs. Let's go back.” The result is a quite funny little story, but one with heart as well.

This 1922 silent classic will be accompanied on the piano, by Alex Marciniak. Many theatres in which silent movies were screened were not as grand as the Ironwood Theatre. Not all owners could afford to purchase and install organs, so silent movies were commonly accompanied on the piano.

Come along to this 2pm Sunday matinee for a rare glimpse into a different side of the world of silent movies!


Warren Nelson & Friends

Show Times:
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Cost:
Limited Reserved Seating: $17 in advance / $20 at door
Adult General Admission: $12 in advance / $15 at door
Student General Admission: $5

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Warren Nelson - Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Poet, Historian, Radio Host and a Tent-show "Man of the Cloth" with a 40+ year show business career returns to the Ironwood stage.  A Fairmont, Minnesota native, Warren was the founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (BTC) where, beginning in the late 70s, he led a team of talented musicians, actors, researchers and technicians in the creation of numerous large-scale, historical musicals.

Playing with his friends, Otis McLennon, and Jack Gunderson and son, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, his performance at the Ironwood Theatre will perhaps be a little smaller in scale than some of his BTC extravaganzas, but it will be no less musically brilliant!  These are some outstanding musicians - the program of original and contemproray music, featuring exceptional vocals and intrumentals is bound to delight audience members of all ages. So call a friend or two, (or six) then book your tickets for what promises to be a memorable evening at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.  

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