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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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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

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.

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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.

Prepared By
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

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (MABPAC) cordially invites you to a: 


Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Monday, August 17 ~ 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


The fundraiser will include wine tasting and appetizers at Chateau Chantal and Bonobo wineries on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula!

Proceeds from the event will help support state lawmakers who are passionate about the Michigan broadcasting industry. The fundraiser will take place just prior to the 2015 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting at the Shanty Creek Resorts.

Guests will be picked up and dropped off at the Shanty Creek Resorts by the Trolley Company of Traverse City, generously provided by Chris Warren of Midwestern Broadcasting Company.

Cost: $135 / person

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE


NOTE: In compliance with the Michigan Campaign Finance law, only personal checks/payments can be accepted. No corporate checks, please.


Questions? Contact Elena Palombo at or