This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and a meet & greet reception.
Calumet Theatre mission states they are committed to offering a quality entertainment experience that provides diverse cultural and artistic opportunities while preserving the historic character of the Calumet Theatre. The Calumet Theatre is listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1971 and is a heritage site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park since 1993. Currently, it is the only heritage site that still serves its original function.
Phil Dirt & The Dozers is a five=member musical act from Columbus, Ohio whose music repertoire consists of classic Rock ‘n’ Roll hits. The band is made up of musicians and vocalists of various backgrounds including lead vocalist Steve Cabot, keyboardist Mark Frye, guitar players Tony Alfano and Hadden Sayers, and drummer Chris Guthrie. Since being founded in 1981, Phil Dirt & The Dozers have toured their themed shows throughout the United Stated and Caribbean Islands.
Calumet Theatre presented Phil Dirt & the Dozer “Surf’s Up: Tribute to the Beach Boys” show that featured dancing and singing along to the music of The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Hondells, Ronny and The Daytonas. The community outreach activities included a post-performance meet & greet and reception with the artists. Promotion of this event was increased through an interview featured on Great Lakes Radio Sunny 101.9 in Marquette, Michigan. Community members had the opportunity to see a popular oldies act at a local venue for a reasonable price.
“We loved Beach Boys music in the 1960s and still love it now. We enjoyed the band’s comments about them enjoying the audience and the audience having fun and getting lost in the music again!” — Audience member
“The group’s appeal was so good that both my [17-year old] niece and I thoroughly enjoyed the music. You could feel the energy in the crowd around us.”— Audience member