MARQUETTE - Nheena Ittner is stoked about an upcoming event that will benefit the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.
"The proceeds will go into redoing the music exhibit in Micro Society called Graceland Sound Studio," said Ittner, the museum's director. "The new exhibit will be percussion-visual arts based. It will be very cool."
The event - a four-band concert - will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company at 114 Spring St. in Marquette. Organizers Dylan Trost and Jesse DeCaire, through their planning group Flonk, have put the event together.
Proceeds from an upcoming four-band benefit concert will go into redoing this music exhibit at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Micro Society called Graceland Sound Studio. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
"Jesse and I through Flonk promote all-ages drug and alcohol free shows," Trost said. "I am good friends with Nheena and she told me she was thinking about a fundraiser for the music exhibit at the children's museum. Our organization promotes music, so I said 'let's do that.'"
Initially, the event was planned for November at Upfront & Co., but when that venue unexpectedly closed, Flonk regrouped.
"We had to do some more planning and organizing and it has taken a few months," Trost said. "But I am so happy that it has all come together."
More on the museum:
Upper Peninsula Children's Museum
123 W. Baraga Ave.
Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Mon-Wed: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Infants (under 2 years old): FREE
Children (2-18): $5
Adults (18+): $5
Family Rate (up to 7 people): $25
Trost said he and DeCaire got in touch with musicians with whom they are friends.
"The bands that are playing are friends from the local music scene," he said.
The music covers a mix of genres - quite intentionally.
"We work to promote shows with a variety of bands. We love to bring them together for one music event," Trost said.
He's especially excited about a particular band's participation.
"Conga Se Menne, I have always loved," Trost said. "They have been part of the local music scene for 20 years, but they haven't played a show locally in awhile. So it's a thrill to have them be part of things."
Admission is $5 at the door and the music will continue until about 10 p.m. for this all-ages show. Food will be for sale by Dia De Los Tacos.
The concert will feature:
- The public debut of the rockabilly country sounds of The Bad Luck Lullabies
- The island rhythms of Conga Se Menne
- The head-banging sounds of Two Holes Of Man
- The danceable, get-down sounds of Team Awesome, which will kick off the festivities.
Musicians helping with the music exhibit at one of the most popular local spots for kids is a natural fit. Trost said the musicians he recruited are thrilled to be helping.
Ittner, who's thrilled about the event, too, said the revision plan for the music exhibit is still be developed.
"We are going to take a bunch of recycled materials that make different sounds, like pots, pans, various containers and tools, and basically weld/assemble them into a work of art that also makes a sound. Something very durable but that can be beat upon.
"The concept is still being fleshed out but we're excited to try a whole new approach to the sound studio. The concert will help us to build the budget. The total cost is yet to be determined. As soon as we get funding we'll make the plan of attack on what we can afford and/or how much more we will need to build our dream."
Flonk will continue to work promoting shows locally and can always use assistance, Trost said.
"Anyone who wants to help should check out our Facebook page. We can always use help when we're setting up shows," he said. "And when we're promoting them."
Flonk can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Flonk/199389046856330?ref=stream.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.