Tim Mesun & Friends 2016
Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Donation - $5.00 minumum suggested. No advance ticket sales for this event. Entry by donation at the door
Keyboardist Tim Mesun, of Ironwood Township, will perform his 16th benefit concert for area charities on Saturday, July 30th at 7:30 PM here at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Tim recently earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Gogebic Community College, where he graduated with high honors (3.98 GPA) as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Starting in the fall of 2016, he will continue his musical performance education at NMU.
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. Tim performs Barton organ preludes before most shows at the HIT, and recently accompanied a silent movie for the first time - a wonderful presentation of Buster Keaton's "The Navigator".
Joining Tim for the sixth 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 Veronica Weaver who has been singing since grade school in her school choir. In the spring of eighth grade she participated in the Mid-State Tennessee Choir and made fourth chair for sopranos. She auditioned and was accepted into the Vanderbilt Blair Concert Choir in her freshman year of high school and that spring traveled to perform at the International Bach Music Festival in Portland Oregon. She participated in local plays and musicals from seventh grade through high school, and has participated in her church choir through high school and college.
Veronica traveled to Murray, KY to join the Murray State Traveling Concert Choir and to major in vocal music performance. After returning home to MI to major in Forestry, she was instrumental in starting the G.C.C. Sampson Sound Choir. In the fall of 2015 she participated in the Historic Ironwood Theatre's HIT Idol vocal contest where she was named one of two winners in the adult category. For the past six years Veronica has sung at the annual Ontonagon Christmas Concert fundraiser. She recently graduated from G.C.C. with her Associates Degree in Forestry.
Veronica plans to continue to be involved in music and performing arts in some capacity throughout her life, as it is one of her great joys!
Tim, Paul, and Veronica 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) and proceeds will benefit the theatre's Barton Organ fund.
Garland City Consort
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at 7:30pm
Free! Donations Appreciated.
The Garland City Consort is a new orchestra recently formed in the Ashland area to provide performances of wonderful baroque music throughout northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s western UP.
The name "consort" is a late renaissance to early baroque term, meaning a "…random assemblage of instruments." The newly formed group is composed of musicians who range in age from teens to seniors.
According to founder Andrew McInnes, The Consort will provide something different for area music lovers. "What we want to accomplish with The Consort is to have a standing group, as in physically standing, focused on baroque music and playing during the summer," he said.
McInnes said that The Consort would provide a very different experience for audiences. "We are reading from scores, we are standing, performing in a circle”. A total of about 25 musicians are involved in the consort. "One of the most important things I want to do is to build musicianship," explained McInnes, “to get very skilled players, experienced players together with young players."
Announcing the concert recently, HIT Managing Director Bruce Greenhill said he was delighted that HIT was providing an early performance opportunity for the fledgling group. He went on to explain that “…it will be a free concert, but donations are always appreciated”. The Consort plans to turn over all donations received to the theatre. “So come on out and encourage this new “local” group of musicians, enjoy some wonderful baroque music, and support the theatre at the same time” he said.
Superior Horns & Blue Ice 2016
Friday, Sep. 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 01, 2016 at 7:30pm
General Admission: In advance: $5 Students $15 Adults Add $3.00 at-the-door surcharge
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The Superior Horns & Blue Ice
Local super group blew away the audience at their premier 2015 performances on the Historic Ironwood Theatre stage. Now they're set to do it again in the fall of 2016.
Bringing together members of the Lowell Street Band, the Keweenaw Rhythm and Blues Band, the Gogebic Range Band, local school band directors, and top young musicians from the area, this group will bring an exciting concert line-up to the stage of the Historic Ironwood Theatre on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1st.
The classic rock/ blues/ jazz line-up will perform music by Steely Dan, The Blues Brothers, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chuck Mangione, and the Phil Collins Big Band.
Saxophones: Barb Ahnen, Chris Bergquist, Sheri Holms, and Allen Gabka
Trombones: Rob Ahnen, Steve Boniface, Nikki Lekies, and Savannah Dahl
Trumpets: Steve Boyd, Larry Gabka, Madeline Gabka, Myron Re
Rhythm: Nick Wolfe, Matt Clausen, John Grewe,
Guitar: Keith Cannon
Keys: Peter Grewe, Mary Anne Boniface
Vocals: Tammy Grewe, Kevin Maki, Debbie Maki, and Ron Niemi.
Quite a line-up - these players represent many of the finest musicians in the area so we look forward to being wowed. Tower of Power - eat your hearts out!
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HIT Idol - Season 6!
Friday, Nov. 04, 2016 at 7:00pm
General Admissison: $10 Adults $5 Students
HIT's popular annual youth vocal competition is back!
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: will be held in early October - stay tuned for more details
Rehearsals: Contestants selected to be part of the two-day show will rehearse October thru early November.
Performance: Each contestant will present one song for the panel of expert judges.
Announcement of Winners (2 in each age category) at the beginning of Saturday's performance by American Idol Season 14 finalist, Jesica Meuse.
Special Group Numbers: the entire cast of contestants will perform a two special group numbers
Last Year's Winners will return for a special performance!
Tickets: Will be available in September
Saturday, Nov. 05, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Reserved Seating: $25, General Admission: $15 Adults, $5 Students
Jessica “Jess” Meuse is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Slapout, Alabama who began performing in public at age 10. Music has always been part of Jessica’s life and she plays several instruments - she is classically trained on violin, and self-taught at guitar and piano.
Meuse states she is, "influenced by virtually every genre of music." though she calls her style "a blend of southern rock with alternative and rock n’ roll." Her music was once described "rock...infused with country and metal." Her musical influences include Coldplay, Miranda Lambert, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stevie Nicks, Death Cab for Cutie, Bruno Mars, and Shinedown.
When Jess was 20, she won the state-wide artist showcase, Stars of Alabama. In 2013, she took first place in a local singer/songwriter competition at the Workplay Theater in Birmingham, Alabama. Since then she has opened for both national and local acts across the southeast. Jessica was a contestant on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice in 2012, where she made it to the blind auditions. In summer 2013, she won a spot to perform a set at the Vans Warped Tour in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2013-2014, Jess competed on the national television series American Idol®, finishing in 4th place. She became the first person in the history of the show to perform an original song, “Blue-Eyed Lie,” during the finals. She went on to tour with the Idols LIVE Tour in summer 2014, visiting 40 different cities in the United States and Canada. Post American Idol®, Jessica released her first independent single, “Done”, recorded and mixed by a small production team based in Los Angeles. On January 1, 2016, she released her second independent single, “Rio Grande”. She plans to release an EP as soon as possible and tour the country once more. Jess is actively seeking management, writing new material, and participating in as many musical opportunities as possible.
We are thrilled Jessica Meuse has chosen to include HIT Idol in her 2016 tour schedule – we look forward to welcoming her to Ironwood!