Funday Sunday Benefit Concert Series at Northern Sun Winery: contemporary folk duo Small Potatoes
983 10th Road
Bark River, MI 49807 (906) 399-9212
Sundays in summer bring Funday music events at Northern Sun Winery as the U.P.’s premier estate vineyard hosts its annual Funday Sunday Benefit Concert Series. Along with locally inspired wine offerings of Northern Sun, Sunday concerts promise again to be a tasty and enjoyable experience.
Now in its fourth season, the popular ”Funday Sunday” concert series on the grounds of the vineyard opens with Small Potatoes, a contemporary folk duo from the Chicago area, appearing June 16. Other outdoor concerts this summer feature a repeat appearance July 21 by Genna and Jesse, a popular, internationally traveled couple who describe their eclectic genre as “retro soul pop,” and Marquette’s own U.P. Gumbo, on Aug. 18 bringing back their unique version of zydeco and New Orleans-style music.
Concerts begin at 4 p.m. and proceed rain or shine. Early arrivals can spread blankets or set up their lawn chairs to enjoy the winery’s specialty wines from the tasting room or under the pergola overlooking the vineyard’s rolling hills. A free vineyard and wine cellar tour begins at 3 p.m. prior to each afternoon concert. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch (no alcoholic beverage carry-ins permitted).
Nonprofit organizations co-hosting the concerts and benefitting from proceeds include Clear Lake Education Center (June 16), the Delta County United Way Imagination Library program (July 21) and Delta County Nonmotorized Trails (August 18). Tickets are $10 in advance, available at Northern Sun and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce in Escanaba and from representatives of the co-hosting organizations. Purchased at vineyard on day of concert, tickets are $15.
For more information, contact Northern Sun at 906.399.9212 or visit www.northernsunwinery.com; check Facebook postings for Northern Sun Winery, too.
Northern Sun is located south of Bark River and U.S. 2 at 983 10th Road. Watch for directional signage from U.S. 2 and on southbound D Road (South Bark River Road).