Other traditional music and dance events
As we learn of other traditional-music events in our area, we’ll post them here, starting with jam sessions and scrolling down to concerts and other festivals. We hope you will find something you enjoy, and we especially hope you will patronize the businesses that host jam sessions, sponsor concerts and otherwise support traditional music!
Some jam sessions stop during the summer. We’ve made note of all the summer breaks we know about, but please call and check before you go.
Other traditional, acoustic jam sessions
We keep these listings as current as we can, but you should call ahead before you drive a distance to one of these jams, because hours may change, etc.
Sunday Acoustic Jam in Marquette at Donckers
The Sunday acoustic jam in Marquette at Donckers soda and candy shop, 137 W. Washington in Marquette. 2-5 p.m., Sundays. Thanks to Donckers and to all the places that have hosted this jam in the past several years!
Fun Fact: President Obama visited Marquette on February 10, 2011, and he ate lunch at Donckers and bought chocolates for his daughters. So come to a jam and walk in the footsteps of the President!
Also, congratulations to Donckers, winner of the 2011 Arts Business Honor Roll Award from the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The accolade recognized a business that has recognized excellence in the arts by supporting artists or arts organizations in its community.
Superior Entertainment Center
A long-running acoustic jam continues on Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm, at the Superior Entertainment Center (bowling alley, by Super One Foods) in Marquette. This is an open jam with a general focus on old time, early country, bluegrass, folk, and cajun genres. If you would like to be on the email list, contact the Hiawatha Music Co-op office at 226-8575
Marquette Community Traditional Jams
Marquette Community Traditional Jams at the Peter White Public Library in the Community Room of PWPL, 217 N. Front St. in Marquette. Co-sponsored by Hiawatha and PWPL. Join other acoustic musicians for a community jam of traditional folk music. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, bass, or voice to play and sing great tunes by Peter, Paul and Mary, the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and others. A limited quantity of sheet music will be available for use for those not familiar with the songs. This is not a performance but an informal gathering for people interested in playing or singing with others who enjoy traditional acoustic music. Listeners are always welcome. No admission charge, donations welcome. Continued thanks to Margaret Boyle and the PWPL staff for supporting traditional, acoustic music! Monthly jam sessions at the library are held on the second or third Saturday of the month, depending on space availability, from 2:00-5:00 pm September through May. There is no admission charge to attend the event which is sponsored by the Hiawatha Music Co-op and the Peter White Public Library. Call 906-226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information.
Celtic Music Sessions
Celtic Music Sessions at 6:30 pm every first Sunday at the Evergreen Heights Apartments, 1820 Mary’s Way, Kingsford, Mich. (near the Police station and next to Bianco’s Fitness Center) and at 5:30 pm every third Thursday of the month at the Dickinson County Library, 401 E. Iron Mountain St., Iron Mountain, MI (corner of East A St. and Iron Mountain St.). For more information, call 906-396-8697 or google “Menominee River Celtic Session Group”.
NOTE: Bennett’s Roadhouse is no longer in business.
Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., Thursdays, Thunder Bay Inn, Big Bay, Mich. 906-345-9220. As always, open mike.
Ishpeming Jam -the third Saturday jam session at the Ishpeming Carnegie Library from 2 to 4 pm. The library is located at 317 N Main Street; the jam session is held in the Leverton Room, lower level.
Questions? Contact Jim Janofski at (906) 486 4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditional Concerts, Festivals and Dances
The Dance Zone, 1113 Lincoln Avenue in Marquette (corner of College and Lincoln), will present the following Traditional Dances Events. The Dance Zone presents many types of dance, but we’re highlighting traditional dance here. Check the Dance Zone website for all opportunities.
Contra and Old-Time Square Dances Dance to the traditional sounds of All Strings Considered or just come and listen to the music. 7:30-10:00 PM Monthly dances on Fridays- Donations accepted to help defray cost of the band and the refreshments.
Live music every Saturday night unless announced otherwise. Suggested admission: $5 adults, $1 child, $20 family. 104 E. Munising Ave., Munising, Mich. 906-387-3008. Shows begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Old Time Music Jam
In conjunction with Game Night, every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00p, we’ll be taking you back to the old time music jam. Treat yourself to some nostalgia and enjoy a relaxing evening of games and familiar tunes
It will be another wonderful set of concerts in fall and winter of 2016-2017. Thanks to Bette and Dean Premo for this gem of the U.P. traditional-music year.
Each Folk Dance afternoon starts with an acoustic jam session from 1 to 3 p.m., (Central). The concert begins at 4 p.m. (Central), with White Water and the featured artists. Each Fortune Lake winter concert is followed by light refreshments and a dance. Concert admission is $7, free for those under age 15.
The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls (in Iron County, Michigan), two miles west of Crystal Falls on US-2. South on Bible Camp Road, right on Fortune Lake Camp Road. 906-822-7889 or white-water-associates.com/second.htm
Lake Effect Community Arts, Manistique is starting a new Traditional Dance Series in Schoolcraft County
Community Contra Dances in Cooks
Lake Effect Community Arts sponsors an Old-time Community Contra dance twice a month in Cooks at the Inwood Township Hall, from September through May, 7:00-9:00 pm, with live music and caller Sue Robishaw. New dancers are welcome! Cost is $7 plus potluck snack. See the website for dates and more info: www.LakeEffectArts.org, or call 906-644-2598, or email sue@LakeEffectArts.org.
Labor Day Weekend, Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. 906-226-7658.