Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

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113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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109 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
(Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)

Upcoming Events

4th Annual HIT Idol - 2014!

Show Times:
Friday, Nov. 07, 2014 at 7:00pm
Cost:
General Admissison: $10 Adults $5 Students

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Back by popular demand - this vocal competition features performances by local young people, aged 11 - 29. Participants compete in three different age groups:
* Youth in grades 5 thru 8
* High school aged youth
* Young adults (17 - 29)
Auditions: were conducted over the weekend of Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 3-5, 2014. Of some 70 young vocalists who tried out, 44 were selected.
Rehearsals: Contestants selected to be part of the two-day show have been rehearsing (a lot!) and are getting ready to put on a first-class show!
Performance: Each contestant will present one song for the panel of expert judges. Six winners (2 in each age category) will be announced at the beginning of Saturday's performance by American Idol Season 10 finalist, Naima Adedapo.
Special Group Numbers: the entire cast of contestants will perform a couple of special group numbers, and last year's winners will return for a special performance!

HIT Idol 2014 is proudly sponsored in part by:

 

* Indianhead Mountain Ski Patrol
* Midland Services Cenex
* The Ironwood-Hurley Rotary Club


Naima Adedapo

Show Times:
Saturday, Nov. 08, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Cost:
Reserved Seating: $25, General Admission: $15 Adults, $5 Students

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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!.


A Claudette Christmas Card

Show Times:
Thursday, Dec. 04, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 06, 2014 at 7:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 07, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Cost:


Tickets go on sale November 1st!

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. The show will open during the Jack Frost Festival.  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! Tickets go on sale November 1st!


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 gutar 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


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
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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
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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