A local band well-known in the Houghton-Hancock area is taking its tunes to the Ontonagon Theater this Saturday.
Keweenaw Brewgrass will play a lively show filled with classic bluegrass numbers with a little rockâ??nâ??roll thrown into the mix.
Band members Doug Oppliger, Marshall Weathersby, Bogue Sandburg, Craig Kurtz, and Jim Hertel have played together for seven years from what began as just some friends picking strings together at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton.
â??We started playing here on Sunday afternoons because it was a nice, quiet place, and then a couple people heard us and asked us to play for real in front of people,â?? said Oppliger. â??So, we gave ourselves a name and started playing more often.â??
The five-piece band is made up of a guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and upright bass. Weathersby said if that isnâ??t unique enough, theyâ??ve got even more surprises up their sleeves.
â??We all play instruments, but four out of five of us also sing,â?? he said. â??So, thereâ??s a fair amount of chemistry and harmonizing that has to take place in a show like that. I, personally, really enjoy the interaction with each other and also the interaction with the audience.â??
On top of that, theyâ??ll be accompanied this weekend by a special guest fiddler, Dennis Dube, in a venue new to the band.
â??Exceptional fiddle player. Just absolutely, truly exceptional,â?? said Weathersby. â??When he plays with us, it just lights the band up, and I think itâ??ll light the audience up as well.â??
â??Weâ??ve never played there before, so weâ??re very excited to do that,â?? added Oppliger. â??Weâ??ve actually been looking toward doing this for a very long time, so weâ??re really fired up about that.â??
From the old-timey bluegrass of Bill Monroe to classic rock like Van Morrison, the Keweenaw Brewgrass takes their show on the road all summer long, playing at least once a month from Houghton, to Lâ??Anse, to the Mansfield Music Fest in June, and anywhere in between.
â??We just try to have a good time, to pick songs that are energetic and have rhythms, but mostly itâ??s just all about getting together and having fun,â?? said Oppliger.
â??I think weâ??re going to present a show that will be a really great mixture of fun music that will make you tap your toes, to ones that maybe will put a tear in your eye,â?? added Weathersby.
The doors at the Ontonagon Theater open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. For ticket information, visit the Ontonagon Theater website here.