Upper Penninsula

Having 29% of Michigan’s land and only 3% of its population, the U.P. is known for its natural beauty. The U.P. also has a distinct culture and music scene.


Marquette, the peninsula’s largest city, and home to Northern Michigan University, has a wealth of music venues.

The Marquette Music Scene website keeps and up to date list of upcoming performances and open mic nights in the city.

Ore Dock Brewing Company, The Blue Lounge,  Blackrocks Brewery, Flanigan’s Bar, The Wild Rover (advertised as the only authentic Irish pub in Marquette) and many other bars and restaurants frequently host live music.

The Wild Rover

Oasis Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that also holds frequent performances.

The city sponsors a concert on Presque Isle the first Thursday of every month during good weather season.

Marquette is a cultural hub of the U.P. as well as having numerous awards to its name, including being ranked the 8th best small city in the nation in 2015. It is no surprise it has an extensive music scene as well.

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie is the second largest city in the U.P. and home to the Soo Locks, the busiest locks system in the world.

Venues in Sault Ste. Marie include The Satisfied Frog, a pub and nightclub with live music, and Kewadin Casino, which frequently has performances by regional bands.

The Satisfied Frog

The annual Music in the Park concert series brings in a different band every Wednesday during the summer.

The Soo Locks are the busiest locks system in the world by tonnage. These locks attract many tourists who travel to see boats navigate the 21 foot elevation change between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

The Soo Locks