Luke Warm and the Not So Hots play Thursday


NORWAY — Music in the Park continues Thursday with the downstate Michigan based Luke Warm and the Not So Hots performing for the fifth concert of the season.

The free summertime music series will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the bandshell in downtown Norway.

Luke Warm and the Not So Hots combines multi-genre influences from bluegrass, guitar-driven blues, country and standards, and they’ve been entertaining folks all over the Midwest since 2012. They pride themselves in a fun and lively performance with a strong stage presence, while maintaining a professional image.

The band brings more than 100 years combined musical experience in many different genres, and they will be great fun to see and hear. The group hails from Howard City, Mich., outside of Grand Rapids, and they’re looking forward bringing a fun show to the band shell.

This program will be the second double header with Iron Mountain’s Out to Lunch concert series, so those unable to catch the evening concert in Norway can see the band perform from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the Systems Control-sponsored McGee Johnson Music Shell in Iron Mountain, across from the library.

“The doubleheaders give area music fans an opportunity to see an artist at either the Out to Lunch or Music in the Park venue, or both. The evening concert gives the performing group a little more time to ‘stretch out’ and present more music. Luke and his band are excellent performers, so we hope another great crowd will come on down to beautiful bandshell park in Norway for our fifth free performance of this summer’s fabulous series,” MIP Coordinator Carol Sundstrom said.

After rain earlier in the day and the threat of possibly having to move indoors, a beautiful evening greeted downtown Norway concert goers June 30, as the fourth Music in the Park concert of the 2022 season took place. Next Myle performed and the talented local band pulled in area music fans. Their performance was enthusiastically received by the crowd, and everyone had a truly enjoyable evening.

Music in the Park is grateful for the financial support they have received from several organizations, businesses and individuals this year, without whom this concert series would not be possible: Law Office of Steven Tinti, Norway-Vulcan Senior Center, Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs, Dickinson Area Tourism Association, Evergreen Meadows of Norway, Norway Area Preservation Society, Jim’s Music of Iron Mountain, The Curtis J. Brackett Memorial Foundation, Larry and Kathy Bourdeau, Bill and Darlene Asselin, Vicki and Bill Pipp, WJNR-WOBE-WHTO Result Radio, the Iron Mountain Daily News, and numerous individual and anonymous supporters.

Upcoming Music in the Park performances include: 

— July 14: Kind of Blues*;

— July 21:  The Derrell Syria Project;

–July 28: Chris Charboneau;

— Aug. 4: The Community Jazz Ensemble of Marinette/Menominee;

— Aug. 11: The DayDreamers*;

(* — Denotes double- header concert with Iron Mountain’s Out to Lunch)

In case of inclement weather, concerts will be shifted to the Crossroads Church on Odill Drive, behind the Norway Historical Museum on the east edge of Norway. For updates if the weather is questionable, check the Norway Music in the Park Facebook page.


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