Stress Test performs Thursday

Stress Test, featuring Tom Sielaff, left, and Bill Martin, performs Thursday at Out to Lunch in downtown Iron Mountain at 11:45 a.m.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The second week of Out to Lunch continued on the first week’s success, with a little less wind and a slightly cooler temperature.

Though for a time the sky loomed and threatened rain, the dreaded drops never came and the 300 plus fully enjoyed the repeat Out to Lunch musicians from the Derrell Syria Project and were happy with the wide variety of music that the group offered.

Stress Test, a group consisting of two highly experienced musicians from the area, will be playing the third Out to Lunch concert on June 27. Bill Martin, lead guitarist and vocalist, has been playing music since he was 4 years old. He started with percussion, and then moved to guitar, and has traveled extensively within the U.S. and Canada as a member of multiple bands, playing a variety of music on both the electric and acoustic guitar.

Tom Sielaff, keyboards and vocals, has had music in his life for slightly less time than Bill — he started when he was 5. After Tom’s musical years in the Niagara School System, he graduated, and began playing locally in the late ’70s, when dozens of venues existed. Since then, he’s had very little rest, but he will still tell you of his time playing in the ’70s that “Those were the days!”

Stress Test plays music from the ’50s through the ’90s, bringing nostalgia to audiences all over the Midwest. They famously say that they are a “two-piece” band that sounds like a “four-piece.” Their music styles range through multiple genres, and no matter the venue size, they make their presence known through fun and exciting stage entertainment.

Last week, at the 50/50 raffle, winners walked away with a shovel donated by Boss Snowplow, a t-shirt from the Daily News, one free ad donated by the Advertiser, and a $150 cash prize from “half the pot.”

This week, audience members will once again have the opportunity to participate in the raffle and win prizes of their own, as well as the grand “half pot” prize, which in the past has been as high as $375.

Crispigna’s and Fred I.M. will continue to serve amazing food to those who come and enjoy the OTL program, Backroom Bakery will no longer participate, and instead, Organic Grounds will take their place. Organic Grounds is located right behind the Out to Lunch stage and will offer a diverse selection of gluten free and vegan goods to the summer program. Out to Lunch runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each week.

Thanks to the generosity of the weekly sponsors as well as season sponsor, Jim’s Music, concerts have been free to the public for 17 years and will continue to be. This week’s concert is sponsored by Friends of the Braumart. The Braumart Theatre has been a staple of the community since 1925 and continues to bring high class groups to the area. Throughout the year they put on multiple plays, show throwback films, and host ballet performances. While they sponsor Out to Lunch on June 27, on June 28 they will host a music legend of their own, with the Glen Miller band coming to play on their stage.

“I remember my husband and I had our first date at the Braumart,” said Kim Swanson, long time concert goer and daughter of OTL co-founder Joan Flood. Swanson continued, “It’s great how so many businesses in the community, those that are new and those that have been around for years, continue to support the Out to Lunch program.”

Kind of Blues will be playing at Music in the Park on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Next week is the Fourth of July, and there will be no concert at either Out to Lunch or Music in the Park in honor of the holiday. Out to Lunch and Music in the Park will both return on Thursday, July 11, and both feature the Cadillacs, one of the season’s most popular groups. They will play at OTL at 11:45 a.m. and at MITP at 7 p.m.

For more information or if you’re interested in volunteering your time with the Out to Lunch program, please call Amber Pipp at 906-774-8534, or Isaac Micheau (secretary) at 774-8530. For more info, please either visit the Out to Lunch Facebook page or the website at www.DowntownIronMountain.com/Out-To-Lunch. If you would like to help with Norway’s Music in the Park, please call Carol Sundstrom at 906-221-3702.

Concerts moved to the Braumart due to rain will also be announced on the Out to Lunch Facebook page; like the page at https://www.facebook.com/IronMountainOutToLunch/ to get all the updates and announcements pertaining to the program. Music in the Park will also make such announcements via their Facebook page, which you can like and follow at https://m.facebook.com/Norway-Music-In-The-Park-387702588291206 for more information.