Northern Nights Series Season Tickets Available Through NMU EZ Ticket Outlets

MARQUETTE, Mich.—The 2015-16 Northern Nights series at Northern Michigan University will feature performances by four ensembles representing diverse musical styles and increased opportunities for the visiting artists to interact with the community. Each will spend two days in the area conducting workshops and giving presentations. Season tickets for the series are now available at all NMU EZ Ticket outlets or at

Northern Nights kicks off with the Taiwanese music and dance troupe Sheng Dong, which translates to A Moving Sound in English. The concert will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Kaufman Auditorium. A Moving Sound fuses Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian musical ideas in modern song compositions. Pieces are performed on Chinese instruments such as the vertically held and bowed erhu and the Chinese guitar known as zhong ruan, as well as Western instruments. Tom Pryor of World Music National Geographic wrote that A Moving Sound is “one of the most original outfits working in the world music arena today.”

Michigan-based Wisaal, an Arabic-influenced world music ensemble, will perform Friday, Nov. 6, in Forest Roberts Theatre. Wisaal is an Arabic word meaning links, connections or unities. The group’s goal is to provide a high-quality concert and educational presentations of music that fuse elements of the Arabic musical heritage with Klezmer, classical Indian and American influences, while respecting the spirit of these musical styles.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project will revive and reimagine traditional music collected by folklorist Adam Lomax. Stone, a Juno-winning banjoist and composer, will join some of North America’s most distinctive roots musicians on Thursday, Feb. 11, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday people.

The final concert of the series will be the Celtic folk band, Dervish, on Wednesday, March 9, at Forest Roberts Theatre. Five musicians—Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes—came together to record an album of local music and developed the informal gathering into a working band under the name Dervish. Performances by this group are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high-energy tunes to measured songs.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets can be purchased at all NMU EZ ticket outlets, by calling 227-1032 or online at  Prices are: students/under 18, $17; NMU faculty/staff and seniors 60+, $50; and general public, $70. Tickets for individual performances are priced as follows: students/under 18, $5 advance/$6 at the door; NMU faculty/staff and seniors 60+, $15/$17; and general public, $20/$22.

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3D The Boss Music

Please enable images to see artist photo“Fun, attractive, imaginative, tuneful, catchy, very delightful throughout. Bravo!”
Terrance McKnight, NPR Host WQXR

“ 3D The Boss Music is undoubtedly catchy and will more than likely get stuck in your head.”
Erica Vain Editor In Chief

“If health is the new religion, 3D The Boss is the disciple and their music the movement.”
Kevin Green CEO Boss Entertainment

“3D The Boss is fresh and compelling.”
– Beth Thomas Manager of W Hotel Midtown Atlanta.

“3D The Boss are definitely performers that can fill any show, any stadium any place any time…They are on the road to mega success.”

-Trea Davenport, Senior Publicist For Michael Johnson Annual Fun Fest


3D The Boss, is a health and fitness pop duo that has an inspiring three-dimensional approach, which addresses issues of unhealthy self-image, unconscious messaging and imbalanced role models. 3D The Boss delivers an energy-packed, exceptionally rich experience which is high with excitement, wide with variety and deep with meaning. Their style transcends generations, genres and geographical boundaries by modeling a balanced lifestyle which promotes self-love, purposeful living and passionate pursuits.

3D The Boss released their first music video for their single ‘Lollapalooza’ at the world renowned W Atlanta-Midtown. ‘Lollapalooza,’ which means an extraordinary person, thing or event, is an extraordinary video because of the play between the powerful vocals of The.O and the swagalicious flow of Cei.Lei The Boss Lady. Together with the supporting cast of the Dance 411 kids, Baton Bob, DJ Kidd Luke, and 3D The Boss fans and friends, this group delivers an explosive performance that leaves you buzzing with excitement.

Lake Superior Threatre Brings “Superior Cabaret” to the Community!

MARQUETTE, MI, August 17, 2015–   Lake Superior Theatre hopes to thrill your ears with our final production, Superior Cabaret. Directed by Jeff Bruning with Choreography by Donavon Chambers. The Cabaret will run Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm.
“Superior Cabaret” is sure to leave you humming happily as you leave the theatre. Expect to see amazing vocal arrangements and entertaining dance numbers! Featuring classic, and modern hits from Broadway and beyond, we are excited to share this musical revue with you. This Cabaret is bringing back some audience favorites from earlier this season including: Alex Marks, Sophie Shahbazi, Hanna Numinen, Monica Nordeen and Shane O’Connor. With new local talent, Kees Gray, Danielle Jahnke, Renee Robertson and many more! Come enjoy our beautiful lobby view and be entertained by local talent as we wrap up our 2015 season!
The boathouse also has some new features this summer! We were fortunate to get funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts for new seating and risers. We hope to enhance your viewing experience with our cushioned auditorium style seating and take you to new heights with our rising rows!
Tickets can be bought at any NMU EZ Ticket Outlet, online at or by calling (906) 227-1032. Also, if available, tickets will be sold at Lake Superior Theatre 6:00pm on show nights.
Theatre productions are held at the Frazier Boat House located at 270 Lakeshore Blvd. in Marquette’s beautiful Lower Harbor. Parking is available at the Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, a short walk to the theater. For information call 906-227-7625, check us out on Facebook: or go to our website:
Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $7.50 for age 14 and younger. Cost is $10 per person for groups of 10 or more.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jalina Olgren at (231)622-5578 or email at

Classic Country Music Concert August 23rd

Crystal Falls, Michigan – The Crystal Theatre, 304 Superior Ave., Crystal Falls presents Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash, starring Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins, on Sunday August 23, 2:00 pm.

Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins

Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins

UPCAP’s 2nd Annual Live Well Age Well Conference


UPCAP is teaming up with UP Health Systems, and the Island Resort Casino on Sept 3rd to hold the 2nd annual “Live Well Age Well” conference. This is going to be a fun filled day with live entertainment from the “Marvelous Wonderettes” along with our keynote speaker Dr. James Surrell, and a variety of health and wellness workshops. Workshop topics include Tai Chi Exercise, Zumba for Beginners, Outdoor Recreation, Healthy Eating, Gardening in Small Spaces, and Volunteerism. Registration is $15 and includes casino promo cash, prize drawings, two workshop sessions, and a lunch buffet. For more information or to register please call 1-800-338-1119 or dial 2-1-1. Printable registration is also available at The registration deadline has been extended through August 20th.

–CC: Promo/Registration Form

Darren Young

Manager of Business & Community Relations

Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP)

P.O. Box 606

Escanaba, MI 49829

906.217.3028 or 906.789.5957 (fax)

For more information, Dial 2-1-1 or visit:

NMU Fall Semester Kickoff with Fall Fest!

Northern Michigan University’s fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 24. Media are welcome to cover some of the traditional events leading up to the new academic year.

Students will begin moving into their residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 20. NMU President Fritz Erickson will be among those assisting students and their parents with the process. He is scheduled to be at Payne/Halverson Halls from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. The move-in will continue from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. through the weekend in advance of Monday classes.

The notebook computer distribution runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, in the Superior Dome. NMU will issue 1,800 new computers from Lenovo’s higher-performance Carbon line, which will be on a four-year refresh cycle, and 120 MacBooks.

NMU’s Fall Fest will coincide with the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 24. It is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the University Center lawn. Fall Fest is an “opportunity fair” where students can learn about local businesses and how to get involved in student organizations or community volunteer agencies. There will also be a roving artist and free ice cream.

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Kristi Evans
News Director

Get Glowing! Last Day to Register For The Northern Lights Rave Run 2015!

CLICK HERE to register online for the Northern Lights Rave Run today!
We offer race registration discounts!
  • If you are a UP Road Runners Club Member, use the code UPRRC15 to receive $5 off your registration price.
  • If you are a family of 3+ registering together, use the code FAMILY2015 to receive $10 off your registration price.
Northern Lights Rave Run 2015
Saturday, August 22nd
Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming, MI
6PM: Day of registration, packet-pick up
8PM: Kids’ 1K begins
9PM: 5K starts

Nordic Americana – Swedish artist on 20 state tour,

Sofia Talvik Press Photo 2014 – Photo byline Jonas Westin

Sofia Talvik Press Photo 2014 – Photo byline Jonas Westin

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her she is now poised to conquer the U.S with her new album ”Big Sky Country”. Her songs go straight to the heart with lyrics of love and loss, and at the concerts she binds them together with personal anecdotes from her many tours in the USA and Europe.

Growing up in Sweden her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers, but her 16 month, and 37 state long tour, through the USA (in an RV) has moved the new album closer to the Americana tradition. The adventure on the road spurred a lot of emotions, both those of triumph and joy, but also those of self doubt and defeat – all of which found their way into the songs of ”Big Sky Country”.

Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through her heartfelt and personal performances she got to experience the USA in a way few people do. The people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs. But the new album is not a diary from her tour, it’s more of a storybook of emotions, new and old in which everyone can find their own place.

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center presents Transient Moments: Foresight to the Present

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center presents

Transient Moments: Foresight to the Present

Photography Competition


September 18th – November 4th 2015

New Deadline will be noon on August 21, 2015.

NEW Special Price for Entry

$25, which is the member price!

Juror’s Choice Awards

1ST PLACE – $500

2ND PLACE – $300

3RD PLACE – $150


Traveling Exhibit Awards

providing further at great tourist venues

Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island and The DeVos Place in Grand Rapids!

Where has technology brought our culture to date, and where will we go? We are seeking entries that include imagery of the changes that have been brought on by technology.

Transient Moments: Foresight to the Present is a juried exhibit that asks photographers to look at our landscape, architecture, communications, weather, economy &/ or our culture in general and submit images that demonstrate in some fashion, a change from past to present. Send us photography of how technology changed our world!

Submissions can be multi-media as long as they include some photographed image. All types of photographic methods are encouraged.

To download the application click Here

Your example may include the Upper Peninsula’s mining sites, Detroit’s abandoned factories and repurposed strip malls, or the advent of wind turbines and solar energy. All subjects, including people, are eligible.

This competition is open to Michigan-based photographers 18 years and older. Work previously exhibited at the Bonifas Arts Center is not eligible. Accepted entries will need to be brought or shipped display-ready to the following address:

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center

700 First Avenue South

Escanaba MI, 49829

ATTN: Gallery Director

Entries must have been completed within the last two years and you must be the photographer and owner of the copyright for any image.

New Deadline will be noon on August 21, 2015.
This is not a postmark date. Late entries will not be accepted.