MARQUETTE –Finn Grand Fest 2005 will feature a series of free concerts as part of the Aug. 10-14 festival in Marquette.  The concerts will be held in the entertainment tent near the Superior Dome on the campus of Northern Michigan University. 

            In addition, the Marquette City Band has moved its usual Thursday evening concert to Wednesday to better fit with Finn Grand Fest activities.  It will feature the Finnish brass septet “The Boys of America” (Ameriikan Poijat) as guest artists.

            “We invite the Upper Peninsula community to come, relax, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy,” said Pauline Kiltinen, president of the Finn Grand Fest 2005.

            The schedule of free concerts is as follows: 

            Wednesday – 7:30 p.m., Marquette City Band Concert, featuring guest artists “The Boys of America” brass septet. 

            Thursday: 10 a.m., Joanne Palonen, accordionist; 11:30 a.m. the band Lost Lake Effect; 2:30 p.m., to be announced; 4 p.m., Melvin Syria; 7 p.m., Finnish Christian rock band “The Road.” 

            Friday: 10 a.m. Tanya Stanaway, singer, musician; 11:30 a.m., Ron Jarvinen, singer, musician; 1 p.m., Les Ross, Sr., ensemble; 2:30 p.m., SkÃ¥lmusik, Scandinavian band from Minnesota; 4 p.m., Finnish band “Finn Power”; 7 p.m., Michigan band “Third Coast” led by U.P. native Pat Niemisto.

            Saturday:  10 a.m., Melvin Syria; 11:30 a.m., Lost Lake Effect; 1 p.m., Finn Power; 2:30 p.m., Wil Kilpela and Friends, a Marquette-based Finnish-American band; 4 p.m. Kajaani Accordionists, accordion band from Marquette’s Finnish Sister City; 7 p.m., Third Coast and Conga Se Menne, Marquette’s Finnish reggae band.

            Sunday:  1 p.m., The Road.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications