Live events return to downtown Marquette
DIGS has started its summer concert series, and the Ore Dock Brewing Company will host comedy shows each month.
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Live events are coming back to downtown Marquette for the first time since the pandemic began.
On June 11, live comedy is returning to the Ore Dock Brewing Company.
“It’s been more than a year since we’ve gotten a chance to get up on the mic and tell jokes,” said comedian and host Vincent Schultz. “It’s really cool to finally have a venue to do comedy again.”
Schultz will host “Brew HA” on Fridays of the first full week of each month. The event will feature local and regional comedians, as well as three open mic slots each night.
“Everybody’s been locked up for like the last year and a half; I feel like somebody’s got to have something to say,” Schultz said. “What I really want to do here is open up an opportunity for people who want to say something, get something off their chest that might be silly. It’ll create entertainment for everybody else around.”
Venue manager Kris Wierenga says the show will be open at half capacity until July 1. Even with a limited audience, he expects the shows to help the brewery’s business.
“It’s been gutting to all of us not to have this environment of joy and community,” he said. “We know that the town is hurting for it. People want to have some fun, have a laugh, and come back to the events that we’ve been hosting throughout the years.”
Meanwhile, DIGS has already started its summer concert series. The shows are held at DIGS City Beach, right behind the restaurant.
“We are going with bands and DJs on the weekends throughout the rest of summer,” said DIGS co-owner Patrick Digneit. “Then come July 1, we’ll have the inside open and we’ll have DJs and bands inside as well.”
Digneit says DIGS will begin hosting events like trivia on weeknights as the summer progresses. He says it’s been exciting to welcome regulars and new faces as pandemic orders lift.
“I think live music and local entertainment always bring people out, especially in summer,” said Digneit. “I don’t think there’s anything better than a cold drink, sitting outside, eating some food, and listening to live music in Marquette. It’s a great time.”
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