MARQUETTE - The 27th annual International Food Fest, hosted by the Marquette County Exchange Club, will of course include great items to eat from vendors including Aubree's Pizza, Border Grill, K's Oriental, Rampagin' Cajun Inc., Rubaiyat, Stucko's, Sweet'n'Salty and The Thai House.
Another big part of the festival, which runs from noon to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, is the music.
"I think music seems to bring people together," said Bob Vidlund, the Exchange Club's board secretary. "People enjoy being outdoors and having the music turned up."
Goldmine Girls - All the groups are performing at or near this year’s Food Fest in Marquette.
Team Awesome - All the groups are performing at or near this year’s Food Fest in Marquette.
The Regulars - All the groups are performing at or near this year’s Food Fest in Marquette.
Eclettico - All the groups are performing at or near this year’s Food Fest in Marquette.
Vidlund said local music legend Ray Dollar does the booking of musicians for the festival.
"Ray has been doing it for the last 10 years or so," Vidlund said. "He basically has worked out the arrangements for these bands to play at the festival. We look for a variety of styles of music and he does a great job for us."
Each band has plenty of time to perform.
2-3:30 p.m. Goldmine Girls
4-5:30 p.m. Nothing Less
6-7:30 p.m. Jim & Ray & Scott
8-10 p.m. The Reveal
noon to 1 p.m. Team Awesome
1-2 p.m. Dave Berry
2-4 p.m. Fourth of July Parade
4-5:30 p.m. Hart, Harp & Bones
6-7 p.m. Marquette City Band
7:30-10 p.m. None of a Kind
2-3:30 p.m. Eclettico
4-5:30 p.m. Blue Champagne
6-7:30 p.m. WFXD 103.3 Country Showdown
8-10 p.m. Derrell Syria Project
THE REGULARS and TROUT REVENGE will perform at Upfront & Company Wednesday.
The Regulars are a power-pop band from Marquette, a melting-pot of
punk, 60s rock, and just about anything else with deafening guitars and a driving beat. Formed in 1985 by John Burke, Tim DeMarte, Fritz VanKosky and
Jeremy Porter, they're reuniting once again for a performance with very
special guests and Marquette
rock icons Trout Revenge.
The show begins after the fireworks.
"It varies," Vidlund said. "Some are on for an hour, some for an hour and a half. Ray sets that all up for us and it works well."
For International Food Fest this year, veteran musicians taking part are people like Blue Champagne, which features Mary Lou Pesola, Bob Buchkoe and Warren McDonald; Jim & Ray & Scott; and The Derrell Syria Project.
Newcomers are also on the schedule, like The Goldmine Girls, Team Awesome and Eclettico.
The Marquette City Band will take the stage on July 4 to offer a patriotic set, while on Thursday, the WFXD 103.3 Country Showdown will be part of the entertainment. That's a competition in which singers have a chance win a $1,000 prize locally and to advance on for the opportunity to compete for $100,000 on the national level.
Other entertainment at the festival includes the St. Peter Cathedral Children's Game Tent and something new for this year, Jumparooz, which is children's amusement in the form of inflatable items like bounce houses.
It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without fireworks and Marquette's are set for dusk on Wednesday, with Thursday as the alternate date in case of rain.
Vidlund said that through the years, the festival has become a bit more difficult to put together.
"It seems to be getting harder to do because membership is dwindling in service clubs," he said. "The Baby Boomers are the core. Younger people are so busy when they become parents. Kids are doing so much now that mom and dad don't have time to give back to the community.
"I am hoping we are able to get some more members," he said. "It's a commitment but you're giving back to your community."
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music will be a part of the Fourth of July Celebration in Ishpeming as well:
The Blue Notes will offer a concert at 7:30 p.m. in
During the annual community picnic at Al Quaal Recreation Area, music will be provided at 2 p.m. by the Slamtones and at 6 p.m. by Shotgun Kelli.
Other communities having music as part of an Independence Day celebration:
TUESDAY: Baraga County Lumberjack Days Community Fourth of July celebration: "Fat Tuesday" Community Street Dance with music by Slave to Gravity, 8:30 p.m.-12:30.a.m., Superior Avenue
TUESDAY: Gwinn, Street Dance starting at 8 p.m., sponsored by VFW Post 5670, with music by Trailer Hitch
TUESDAY: Michigamme, music before the fireworks, starting at 7 p.m., by The Slamtones