THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT Authority will kick off its 22nd year of the Out to Lunch program on Thursday, June 6. The weekly free entertainment is provided from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each Thursday at the Systems Control Stage on Iron Mountain Street across from the Dickinson County Library. DDA Event Coordinator Kenzie Williamsen and summer staff member Aaliyah Milbraith get posters ready for the summer series. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Out to Lunch summer live music series is set to return soon to downtown Iron Mountain.

The Downtown Development Authority will kick off its 22nd year of the program on Thursday, June 6, at the Systems Control Stage on Iron Mountain Street, across from the Dickinson County Library.

The OTL concert series, presented by Upper Peninsula Audiology, runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each Thursday into August, with the exception of the week of the Fourth of July.

“The DDA has a great line-up for 2024 — offering a variety of genres of music,” DDA Event Coordinator Kenzie Williamsen said.

First to take stage this season June 6 will be the alternative folk duo Flagship Romance from Kentucky. Married singer-songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson are known for their harmonies, inspired songwriting and on-stage chemistry.

“The couple will be in the area doing a mini-tour — the community can also see them at Brew Fest,” Williamsen noted.

On June 13, Bryan Drewyor the One Human Band of the local area will play his soul, rock, folk and blues music for the audience.

The talented multi-instrumentalist has created a unique sound, she said.

Cjo & Trev of Eagle River, Wis., come to town June 20. Carolyn Jo Weber, formerly of Soul Child, and Trevor Moore team up to play a mix of soul, rock and blues for the audience.

“They are definitely one of the crowd favorites,” said Williamsen, adding they also appear at Girls Night Out in the fall.

“She has such an awesome voice,” she said. “And it’s the right music genre for the crowd to enjoy.”

The Iron Mountain classic music trio Datura, featuring Thomas Niebrydowski of Major 10th Music, will be featured June 27.

The collaboration of Niebrydowski, along with Christianna Maule-Tekampe and Natasha Maule-Tekampe, perform classical, Celtic, Eastern European and other sounds from around the world.

Coming back to the stage July 11 is Glen Martin to play a variety of pop favorites for listeners.

“He is family with Erickson Jewelers, so every year he travels to appear around the Fourth of July,” she said. “We are looking forward to having him again.”

The U.P.-based Kind of Blues will provide an energetic show July 18.

The band, composed of all public school educators who have played together for more than 20 years, will present blues made famous by many of the classic artists as well as several new selections.

“They will be doing a double header with Music in the Park in Norway that evening,” Williamsen said.

The popular variety county group 141 North will play July 25.

Members of the local-based band include Matt Harvath, Rob “Hoss” Hostettler, Brent Hostettler, Brian Whitens and Gerry Pirkola.

“They are always a big draw whenever they play,” Williamsen said.

On Aug. 1 they welcome Mark Young & the Happy Enchiladas of Iron Mountain. Young and friends will bring a mix of folk, rock, classic oldies, heavy metal and Woodstockian music for the crowd.

“They are always fun,” she said.

The DDA again will close out the season with the DayDreamers of Marquette on Aug. 8.

The five-piece band plays a large selection of hits from classics through today.

“For several years now they have been a great way to end the program,” Williamsen said. “They bring a really good crowd as well.”

Food vendors taking part this year will be Cousin Mike’s Hot Dogs, Crispigna’s and Dulce Nulla.

Dr. Kati Stilwell of U.P. Audiology will have an information booth each week and be available for questions.

“She also brings a fun hearing fact of the day,” Williamsen said.

The Dickinson County Library will set up a booth during the lunch event offering different children’s activities, including chalk for art. They will also have their summer program schedule available.

The Friends of the DDA will host the Out to Lunch raffles each week that include prizes donated by sponsors.

They will walk through the crowd each week selling tickets. For those who are missed, tickets can be purchased at the DDA table as well.

Opening week, the DDA will pass out OTL season schedules to the crowd that also includes the Music in the Park lineup in Norway.

They also hope to include “pop up” shops throughout the season, selling DDA merchandise and event tickets.

Participants are reminded to bring lawn chairs for seating as well as an umbrella for sun protection. “We will have a few umbrellas to borrow at the DDA table for those who forget,” Williamsen said.

The music is free. Lunch and beverages can be purchased from participating vendors.

Iron Mountain Street in front of the stage will be closed to traffic each week during the concert, Williamsen noted.

Aaliyah Milbraith will work alongside Williamsen to help with the Out to Lunch series. “I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. “The DDA has a great summer of music planned.”

Out to Lunch was created by a group of dedicated ladies who wanted to offer free entertainment to local residents, Williamsen said.

“What they started is great,” she said. “We are looking at some new ideas for next year, but the focus remains the same — giving the community an afternoon of great music provided by our sponsors.”

Williamsen expressed appreciation to all the local businesses that have stepped up so they can host the free event each year.

In case of inclement weather, the music will move to the Braumart at 106 E. B St. in Iron Mountain. The DDA will post updates on Facebook the day of the event if the location changes.


Out to Lunch 2024

The schedule for the Thursday summer live music series —

— June 6: Flagship Romance, sponsored by 41 Lumber;

— June 13: One Human Band, sponsored by First National Bank & Trust;

— June 20: Cjo & Trev, sponsored by Linnea & Kristine;

— June 27: Datura, sponsored by Blomquist Architect;

— July 11: Glen Martin, sponsored by Erickson Jewelers;

— July 18: Kind of Blues, sponsored by Jim’s Music;

— July 25: 141 North, sponsored by Mouw & Celello;

— Aug. 1: Mark Young & Friends, sponsored by Loyal 2 Local;

— Aug. 8: The DayDreamers, sponsored by Tourism Association of the Dickinson County Area.

Note: No concert will take place during the week of July 4.

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