TOIVOLA - Visitors and performers alike at the Agate Beach Music Jamboree this weekend will have an extra four hours to enjoy music in a pristine location.
Although the set-up remains virtually unchanged from last year's edition, organizers Patricia and Rick Hayrynen have expanded the hours of the two-day music festival - to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - to allow more musicians to perform and to give attendees more listening time.
For the 18th year, the jamboree will set up shop on Agate Beach outside Toivola, and offers anyone a chance to perform for a half-hour.
"We're going to have a sign-up sheet an hour before we start each day," Patricia Hayrynen said. "We don't sign up anyone in advance; that way, everybody gets a chance."
Those that wanted to sign up Saturday but couldn't will get first crack at Sunday's lineup, according to Hayrynen. For the second straight year, the acoustic has been dropped from the jamboree's name, so musicians may play electric instruments, as long as they do not disturb the surrounding residents. A sound system and microphones are provided for all who plan to perform.
For attendees of the jamboree, a concession stand will be available, including those raising money for Finn Fest 2013, which will take place in the Copper Country.
To get to Agate Beach, take Misery Bay Road off of M-26, then take a right on Agate Beach Road, then take another left to stay on Agate Beach Road. Signs will be posted.
For more information, contact Hayrynen at 288-3377.