Calumet Theatre enjoys busy summer

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette The stage of the Calumet Theatre has seen many top-rated performers since opening in 1900, including performances by Harry Houdini, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Lon Chaney, Sr., John Philip Sousa, Sarah Bernhardt, and Madame Helena Modjeska among many others.

CALUMET — The Calumet Theatre has been enjoying a busy summer, in terms of both attendance for shows, and visitors coming for tours, said Marlin Lee, executive theater director.

“It’s been very steady,” he said, “and we had a really good crowd for Rodney Crowell on July 20.”

Monday night, for Musical Mondays, Bob Milne performed, and while he has appeared onstage at the Theatre numerous times, Lee said, he still drew a large crowd.

“We’ve obviously made a lot of changes here since the first of the year,” he said, “but it’s all good as far as public response.”

Marlin said the Theatre is booked up through the end of the year, including a couple of what he called big shows, which includes the finale of Musical Mondays is Aug. 19, with Robbie Fulks who, Lee said is an Americana folk icon.

“He’s a two-time grammy nominee,” said Lee, “the guy’s phenomenal.”

Fulk has released 13 albums in a career spanning more than 30 years, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album, and another for Best American Roots Song.

On Aug. 31, Lee Roy Parnell will be appearing, Lee said.

“He’s had a million country hits, but he’s not really country,” he said, “he’s one of the best slide guitar players anywhere.”

Parnell is categorized as a country and blues artist, singer, songwriter and guitarist who came on the scene in 1990. He has recorded nine studio albumes, and has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts.

“Speaking of Blues,” said Lee, “we have the Fabulous Thunderbirds here on September 21, which will be a good show.”

The Movie Magic Series will conclude on Aug. 14.

“That’s dollar-movies for families. We wrap up with Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse,” said Marlin. “Those have been popular. I mean, when you’re talking a buck, we’ve got concessions, kids have a chance to win prizes, we have prizes to give away.”

While the Calumet Theatre has enjoyed a busy summer, Lee said the entertainment will not end, going into November.