IRON MOUNTAIN - The Daily News Newspapers in Education will host a fund-raising concert at the historic Braumart Theater in Iron Mountain this weekend.
The event will be on Saturday from noon until 7 p.m. There will also be food, games and great prizes.
Daily News N.I.E. Coordinator Christopher Ashburn said by contributing to the Newspapers in Education Program, the community is helping young people learn the importance of current events and instilling a sense of civic awareness.
Daily News Newspapers in Education Coordinator Christopher Ashburn, left, meets with Pioneer Parade band members, from left, Alex Arseneau, Al Lynch and Matt Langlais. The Daily News Newspapers in Education will host a fund-raising concert at the Braumart Theater in Iron Mountain this weekend. Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo
"The newspaper is literally the most up-to-date textbook a school can have. It is a truly great program that deserves to be expanded," he said.
Bands performing on Saturday are both local and non-local acts.
Musicians are volunteering their time.
- Noon until 7 p.m.
- Braumart Theater
Ashburn said some have come from as far as West Lafayette, Ind. to play for this event.
"And it really means a lot to see so many people coming together for a good cause," he said.
Performances are as follows: Jade and Tim of Iron Mountain from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Torches of Houghton from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Boifriendz of Houghton from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., The 141's of Iron Mountain from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Walk A Mile of Iron Mountain from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., John Davey of West Lafayett from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., and Pioneer Parade of Norway from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Sound will be ran by Thrashin' Vamp Productions of Iron Mountain.
"We tried to find a lot of original music to be played at this event. There isn't really an avenue here for musicians who play their own music to be heard, so I saw this as not only an opportunity to raise money for Newspapers In Education, but to bring attention to some of the great talent we have here in the Upper Peninsula that we might not see otherwise," Ashburn said. "Also, I wanted to bring attention to the Braumart Theater. It has been around for a long time, and doesn't get utilized nearly as much as it should."
Food served will include porketta sandwiches, Sloppy Joe's, hot dogs, Nachos, and salads.
Drinks will include bottled water and soda.
Ashburn said the theater is a great place with a lot to offer, and too many people don't get to see that.
"I am hoping that they will at this event," he said.
Admission is $2. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free.
"I hope that this event is successful so we can continue to have it for years to come," Ashburn said.
NIE thanks Jim Ehmer for donating such a great venue for this event and Jinx Brew for her dedication to the theater and support and all the performers and volunteers.