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Stars of the North Music Festival attracts visitors, and locals to Grand Marais Harbor this past weekend

Aug 02, 2023 10:08AM ● By Content Editor
Photo by Laura Durenberger-Grunow

By Tryg Solberg - Boreal Community Media - August 2nd, 2023

Since 2017, Grand Marais Music Collaborative (GMMC) has been putting on the Stars of the North Music Festival in downtown Grand Marais. Event organizer Todd Miller explained that the music festival is run entirely by volunteers and is put on to benefit the GMMC. The collaborative is a local 501 (c) (3) that is working to promote music events and lessons in the area through individual donors. For the festival, Miller shared with Boreal Community Media that a portion of festival costs was also funded by Visit Cook County.  

Miller wanted to “Thank musicians and donors for their part in making the event possible.” 

15 acts happened between Friday and Saturday last weekend. Included in the schedule was a performance by the GMMC music students on Saturday night. All artists in the festival were based in Minnesota, and most were local to the North Shore. 

Bringing in local artists is important to Miller and other organizers. Not only does it highlight the success of the performing arts culture in the area, but it also inspires young or up-and-coming artists. 

Miller said he is grateful for his current crew of volunteers, but mentioned that the organization would love to have more helpers to grow the event in the future. Those with experience in fundraising are especially encouraged to reach out to the GMMC. 

To learn more about music lessons, volunteering, or donating to the GMMC, visit:

 The schedule for Friday was listed for interested concert-goers. Photo by Tryg Solberg

 Adam Kirsch, who kicked off the festival on Friday afternoon, switched between a typical wooden acoustic guitar and his steel-body guitar. Photo by Tryg Solberg

 MYsterious WAYs playing as part of the Friday afternoon set. Photo by Tryg Solberg

 MYsterious WAYs playing as part of the Friday afternoon set. Photo by Tryg Solberg

 The Splints played to a large crowd Friday evening. Photo by Laura Durenberger-Grunow

 Those in or near the Grand Marais Harbor were treated to lively music and beautiful skies as the sun set Friday evening. Photo by Laura Durenberger-Grunow

 The North House Folk School Hjørdis does a final "sail-by" as the concert wraps up Friday evening. Photo by Laura Durenberger-Grunow

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