MMS to give out annual awards

MARQUETTE — Some familiar faces will be honored on the Red Room Stage at the Upper Peninsula Masonic Center in Marquette at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Marquette Music Scene has chosen 14 individuals, groups and entities that work to uphold and enrich the performance of live music in the area.

MMS editor-promoter Andrew “Bear” Tyler said over the course of the year, the selection committee is informally presented with many nominations.

“…Through discussions within the committee, a handful of other movers and shakers, and MMS-Hall members narrow the list down to 10-12 members,” Tyler said. “These are the musicians, promoters, educators, venues and more that make the Marquette Music Scene something amazing.”

Inductees for 2022 include noted pianist Bob Buchkoe, vocalist Julie Wiliams, musician and performer Greg Sandell as well as the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

Other notable names include Muddy Waters, Jeff Krebs, Phil Watts, Diamond Club and Blackrocks Brewery owner and musician Andy Langlois.

Well-known accompanist and music educator Jeff Bruning, who died earlier this year, will be inducted posthumously.

The Lakenens will be inducted as this year’s Music Mafia. The title denotes a local business owner and or venue operator who played a major role in keeping the Marquette Music Scene alive in the previous year.

The Rising Stars award, which has gone to up-and-coming performers, will be given to Ore Dock Brewing Co. and Blackrocks Brewery for their recent venue improvements.

Tyler said attending the MMS ceremony can provide a snippet of what makes the area a great place for music, among other things.

“Every region in the country provides their own unique swathe that make up the whole of Americana, and the musical talent in this region is without a doubt a huge part of ours. Honestly, I’d put it right behind mining, its hard to compete with the largest mineral boom in history. Over the years I’ve seen young and old enjoy the show,” Tyler said.

“When I went to the first induction I didn’t know what to expect. What we had was this amazing celebration of this areas incredible, and unique, music history from a lot of those that were there. Stories from inductees and those introducing them, lots of smiles, lots a back pats. It’s just an amazing opportunity to pay homage to many that have given us so much joy over the decades, and thankfully we’re able to pay that homage while a majority of them are still able to accept it.”

The event is free, but donations will be accepted and appreciated, organizers say.


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