It’s a Hooe-down with Country Music Stalwart Blackhawk

A Preview of a Great Show with comments from Dig Niddy & Chad Borgen It’s been a long haul, but big name popular music is finally returning to the Upper Peninsula this weekend. Don’t think I’m saying that there hasn’t been some extremely talented (and properly lauded) musicians who’ve come through so far this year, such as Department of State…

A Fitting Funeral for Some Friends…

“Dude, I wish you could have made it, it’s a blast back to 2002. These bands would have fit right in, but we’d have had to put this show on in a basement or Radio X put it on in the Great Lakes Rooms.” I sent that message to Marquette Punk royalty (The Minor League), and First Aid Founding Member,…

Get Out and See GREAT Country Music this Week!!!

If you’re an Americana/Alt-Country fan this may be the best week for music this summer. Starting TONIGHT (Wednesday July 7) the eclectic Chad Borgen & the Collective take the special outdoor stage at Jackson’s Pit in Negaunee at 8 pm. Since breaking away “solo” Borgen has taken the outlaw country approach he became known for and has combined it with…

Rockin’ for a Cause this Saturday July 3rd!

Cancer fucking sucks. However, it sucks even more when it’s one of your own circle who is dealing with that beast. Well, someone very close to Marquette Music Scene (the organization) and a major player in the game, Pete Polini, has been dealing with that bastard for a few months now. If you don’t know Pete Polini, he’s the drummer…

The Thunder Rolls…

Thunder on the Iron Ranges pushes forward with the Upper Michigan Music Fest UPDATED: Obviously y’all know that no festivals went down in 2020. Tis life. Hopefully we’ll see this ‘fest return with the potential to be the coolest in the Midwest in 2022. It’s obviously been a rough couple months for everyone, not just the music scene.  Sure, we’re…

Live Music & Laser Shows!

Yesterday I got an urgent (frantic?) message from the director of the Shiras Planetarium, Becky LeBrecque. She and I are friends, and we’ve talked a bit about Marquette Music Scene eventually collaborating with the planetarium on their spectacular laser light shows. If you haven’t been out to one of these yet, you are DEFINITELY missing out.  Anyhow, this message yesterday…

MMSHOF#2019

Time is moving very fast towards this years Hall Of Fame Event! We are looking forward to honoring this years inductees. Hope you’ve marked your calendars to join us in November 30. We will list this years inductee in October. Stay Tuned!

TOTIR Country Fest: A few words with “American Outlaw” Cecil Allen Moore

A few months ago I saw something scroll across my timeline that indicated Cecil Allen Moore was coming to the West End of Marquette County. Okay, actually I scrolled on by it, then it registered, and had one of those “WAIT, WHAT?!? HELL YEAH!” moments. I’ve been a fan for years, and we’ve been connected on Facebook (due to my…

Thunder on the Iron Range: A few quick words with Mike Ridenour

So doing the Country Fest write-up I happened to catch up with Mike Ridenour the main man behind Thunder on the Iron Range. Initially, I just wanted to get a quick quote for the article, but his answers were so good I wanted to just include the quick interview as a separate piece. Tickets for the festival are only $10…

A Country Music Fest in Negaunee? Hell yeah!

A legitimate music legend is coming to Negaunee this Saturday. Yes, I said NEGAUNEE. Saturday the inaugural “Country Music Fest” is being produced in downtown Negaunee by, a new entity for some familiar players in the local music scene, Thunder on the Iron Range. It’s going to be a solid day of Country & Americana music from regional and national…