IRON MOUNTAIN - The Tonewoods, which makes up the duo of Thomas Niebrzydowski and Mark Young, met at an Out To Lunch concert before Niebrzydowski moved to Iron Mountain.
Since then, the duo has played at Italian Fest, Hog Wild, Sol Blu, Moose Jackson, Four Seasons, Norway Mountain, and private parties.
Niebrzydowski is an instructor and performer of guitar in the Iron Mountain area. Born near Pittsburgh, Pa., he picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and eventually refined his skills with the study of classical
guitar. He relocated to Portland, Ore. for 12 years where he performed as a classical guitarist and in various musical groups. The styles of these
groups varied greatly and included country, Bossa Nova, Chanson Franaise, world and rock-n-roll. At that time, he also began instructing music. Niebrzydowski currently performs in the Iron Mountain area as a solo
guitarist as well as in a duo with Mark Young called The Tonewoods. He currently teaches guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bass and banjo at Thunder Island School of Music.
For Thursday's performance of Out to Lunch, he will play guitar, ukulele, and mandolin.
Mark Young will play guitar and harmonica for this performance, but also plays
mountain dulcimer, mandolin, and ukulele. Mark has had parody songs in the "Funny Five" on the West Coast One nationally syndicated radio show, "Dr.Demento," and has one of the largest repertoires of requestable songs in the country (1,165).
Born and raised in Janesville, Wis., Young graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He moved to the U.P. in 1988, and has been performing locally since.
First National Bank is this week's Out to Lunch sponsor.
Out to Lunch is held every Thursday through Aug. 16, in the parking lot
between Hughitt and Iron Mountain streets (by the library) from noon to 1:15 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music and the food. Vendors start serving at around 11:45 a.m.
This event is hosted by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Dickinson County Council for the Arts.
New this year is a presentation during intermission by the Almost Home Animal Shelter. Kari Laurent will be presenting the pet of the week, and the shelter is offering special adoption pricing on that pet.
Schedules of performances are available at many Downtown businesses. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer your time, please call Jonathan Ringel at 774-8534, or Pat Nicometo at 774-5532.
Information is now also available on the Out to Lunch website at ironmountaindowntown.com/?outtolunch
Next week's performer is the Phil Lynch Jazz Trio, sponsored by Hahner Law Office.