Marquette, the Midwest’s Secret Independent Music Hotspot!

If you’ve been lucky enough to be in the know the last few months you’ve had the opportunity to catch some headline entertainment in Marquette for not a headline entertainment price.  Now, there’s always great shows in town. FACT: We’re spoiled. However, it’s not every weekend we get national touring talent playing, let alone for no cover.  This has happened…

A quick catch-up with the “Queen of Underground Country”…

I’ve been a fan of Rachel Brooke for over a decade now, in fact I discovered the “Queen of Underground Country,” from Grayling, not long before Troy Graham brought her to the Children’s Museum in 2012.  In 2016, when I was the Executive Director for the Historic Vista Theater in Negaunee we brought in “Tiger-Bear Jon,” aka Rachel’s father Barry…

We Lost a Good One (Elmer Aho)

Special Guest to Marquette Music Scene: Cory Phare “Be better to your neighbors and you’ll have better neighbors.” We lost a good one yesterday. I worked as a board operator for Elmer Aho‘s American Country Gold on WJPD from 1997-2004. For six hours every weekend, he’d take requests and play old-school country music (rule: nothing after 1984). Pretty much that…

The Passing of a Friend (and MMS Hall of Fame Member)

The year was 2001. It was going on Noon, I’d been at WJPD since about 5 am, my usual Sunday shift, when the general manager busted through the door, “My guy for the Rec Show bailed, I need you to go down there til 6pm!”  “Dude, I’ve already been here since 5…” I piped in only to be interrupted “Put…

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…