The Organgrinders to bring bluesy beats – Ore Dock Brewing Co. will host a weekend of rocking guest musicians


Photo courtesy of The Organgrinders and Ore Dock Brewing Co. The Organgrinders, a blues band originally from Wisconsin, croons harmonica and rifts guitar on stage at a performance. The band will rock out again at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

Jamieson Greenough

The Organgrinders, a blues band originating out of Southeast Wisconsin will be on hand to lay down the funky jams this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Co., along with some other local acts.

This weekend’s performances will also feature Ani & Kora, an act coming from the Keweenaw Peninsula, and NMU alumnus Tyler Dettloff.

The featured band, The Organgrinders, started as simply four friends with a common interest and soon became more than just a hobby, said Brian “Looper” Lucas, frontman and singer for the band.

“We basically just got together to hang out and play music, and we thought ‘Hey, we should do this,’” Lucas said.
Since their formation the band has gone on to play many different shows in the area, including the Marquette Blues Fest, and shows at Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery.

Audiences can expect to hear many original songs as well as a few favorite covers. All of the artists performing this weekend offer audiences a unique Midwestern blues and americana sound.

“[They’re] some of the best blues in America,” said Ore Dock Entertainment Manager Kris Wierenga. “All of the bands who are playing this weekend are top-notch. Anyone who enjoys great music and a good time should come down.”

Admission is free for both nights, and the venue is open to all ages until 9 p.m., at which point the venue is 21 and over.

For those who can’t make either show at the Ore Dock, The Organgrinders will also be playing at Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery from 6 to 9 p.m on Thursday, Jan. 25.