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Blues at Pine Mountain

Fund-raiser for U.P. Veterans Memorial & Park

August 20, 2012
By TERRI CASTELAZ - Staff Writer , The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - "A Different Shade of Blues" can be heard on top of Pine Mountain Saturday.

The blues band, Michael Murphy and the Mob of Kaukauna, Wis., will be headlining the fund-raiser planned at the U.P. Veterans War Memorial and Park in Iron Mountain.

Squadron 50 War Memorial Corp. has organized the event to recognize Korean War veterans, as well as raise funds to make necessary site improvements, including an expansion of the complex.

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Squad 50 War Memorial Committee members Dennis Larson, left, chairman, and Mike Laydon treasurer, are planning the Memorial Park fund-raiser on top of Pine Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Also performing will be the classic rock group, Sam Brown and the Brink of Appleton, Wis., and The Bill Hassey Orchestra featuring Skip Wagner.

Veterans are asked to arrive around 2 p.m. to prepare for the dedication honoring all Korean War veterans.

Attendees are asked to park in the lower parking lot of Pine Mountain and shuttles will be transporting groups to the top of the hill every 20 minutes.

A dedication of the memorial honoring Korean War veterans will be held at 5:30 p.m.

"This will be a very special moment for many of our vets who proudly served their country," said Squad 50 War Memorial Committee member Dennis Larson, chairman.

Entertainment schedule is as follows: The Bill Hassey Orchestra and Skip Wagner will play at 3 p.m.; Sam Brown and the Brink at 6 p.m.; and Michael Murphy and the Mob takes stage at 8:45 p.m. with special guest Rick Bailey of the Red, White and Blues band on the harmonica.

Organizers are excited to book national blues recording artists Michael Murphy and the Mob.

"We are hoping everyone will come out not only to support the veterans, but to see these great entertainers," said Squad 50 War Memorial Committee member Mike Laydon, treasurer.

Michael Murphy and the Mob is a three-piece electric and acoustic band featuring Michael "Big Dog" Murphy on lead guitar/lead vocals; Mark "Texas" Lee on bass; and LeMon "Wardy" Ward on drums.

Their music includes contemporary and traditional blues songs, as well as original material, presented with their own attitude. "A Different Shade of Blues" describes their creative and entertaining playing style.

Muphy's playing is a more aggressive interpretation of the blues that is fueled by passion and guided by his emotions.

As he stays true to the feeling of the blues, Murphy takes a different approach by delivering a mix of traditional with a twist for the unexpected.

Admission is $5 and no carry-ins will be allowed.

"There will be beer, wine and soda, along with porketta, brats, and burgers for purchase on the grounds," said Laydon.

"As this is our first such event, we will not know until it's over how successful our efforts will be," said Larson. "We are dedicated enough to the continued upgrading and expansion of the memorial to give it all that we have."

"We are praying that the public will turn out at this beautiful setting to help us raise the funds needed for continued projects," added Laydon.

Organizers noted that there is no barbecue cookoff competition, which had been listed on the event posters.

Any questions regarding the event or to make a contribution call (906) 221-9373.

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