Saturday in the Park: Two days of music starts today in City Park

ANDY GIBBONS OF Nashville will perform with the local group Bad Axe Rodeo at Saturday in the Park. The band plays at 9 p.m. Saturday in Iron Mountain’s City Park.

IRON MOUNTAIN — While the name says Saturday in the Park, the music will begin tonight.

This year’s annual fundraising event for City Park improvements kicks off at 5 p.m. today in the park, when gates open and Tease featuring Gracie Fries begins playing. Also on the slate for the first night is Oz, taking the stage at 7 p.m.

Saturday will provide at least nine hours of music, starting at 1 p.m. with a band yet to be announced. The rest of the day’s lineup includes Local Brew at 3 p.m., 141 North at 5:30 p.m. and a reunited Bad Axe Rodeo at 9 p.m., featuring Andy Gibbons of Nashville.

Gibbons is a native of Aurora, Wis., who regularly sings on the stage at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a Nashville country music institution and well-known honky-tonk. Yet he “jumped on the chance when I called him last year to sing in his hometown area,” an organizer said.

Though music definitely is the focus, the event has more to offer for all ages. A variety of food concessions will be sold; carry-ins are not allowed, but beer, wine coolers, hard lemonade, pop and water will be available as well.

FROM LEFT, WESTON BAIJ, Mia Kujala and Tyler Richey, all of Iron Mountain, play on the fire truck ride at the City Park in Iron Mountain. The fire truck was one of the many new playground pieces purchased with previous Saturday in the Park money. Everything earned at this weekend’s fundraiser goes toward City Park improvements. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Bounce houses will be on the grounds from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets for unlimited use are $10.

Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for ages 12 to 20; younger than 12 are admitted free.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or other seating.

For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page.