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Dickinson County starts off summer concert series

Music is filling the air this summer in Dickinson County.

Every Thursday, individuals accumulate in downtown Iron Mountain for Out to Lunch, a free concert series that happens from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

“We have a different band each week and we have vendors,” said Iron Mountain DDA program director Mindy Wittock. “It’s a great time for the community to come out and enjoy lunch together with a neighbor and enjoy the free music.”

Wittock says Out to Lunch has been a most loved tradition in Iron Mountain for over a decade.

Last year’s concert series was abbreviated, and usual activities like raffles were canceled. Wittock says it feels incredible to completely invite public back this summer to enjoy live music.

“Music, as is any art form, is something that brings people together,” she said. “It gives you a sense of place, and it gets people excited to be outdoors, so we’re happy to provide that for our community.”

Since an alternate band plays out every week, Out to Lunch sound technician Greg Hunt says each show is unique.

“We’ll have blues, we’ll have a folk singer, we’ll have a band, we’ll have a duo or a soloist,” said Hunt. “It’s something different every week.”

This week, Kind of Blues took the stage as the featured artist. The group played out a special number out of appreciation for TV6 Chief Meteorologist Karl Bohnak.

“My family and I, we’re big Karl Bohnak fans,” said singer and songwriter Phil Lynch. “He rules the weather of our fair peninsula! I’ve had the chance to play for him a couple times, believe it or not, so I wanted to do one for him. It’s called ‘Blues for Karl Bohnak.’”

Norway is likewise hosting a free summer concert series called Summer in the Park. That is held Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30.