Rock out at Porvoo Park for the Summer Canal Rock Series

HANCOCK – During the summer at Porvoo Park, the sounds of different musicians can be heard every Friday night as part of the Summer Canal Rock Series.

The series began as the brainchild Jen Burkhouse, the former treasurer of the Hancock Business and Professionals Association.

According to Mary Kaminski, current chairperson of the Summer Canal Rock Series, during reconstruction of Shelden Avenue in Houghton, the city of Houghton would put on a music event each week at whatever point construction of the road was up to. Burkhouse received inspiration from what Houghton had been doing.

Burkhouse’s inspiration paid off as the Summer Canal Rock Series is now in its fourth year and also receives contributions from the city of Hancock in addition to support from the Hancock Business and Professionals Association.

So far, reception from the event has been great and aside from Mother Nature intervening a couple of times, the weather’s been mostly agreeable throughout the series.

But music’s not just the only thing offered at the weekly Friday event.

“We added a 50/50 drawing,” Kaminski said. “We do it at the band’s break and at the very end.”

And this Friday a trial run of having boardwalk vendors sell their goods will be held.

“We’re contacting people who may want to have a table and would encourage any interested party to contact us,”?Kaminski said.

Interested people may contact the Copper Island Beach Club at 906-482-2422 or call the city of Hancock at 906-482-1121.

The series will go until August 23, ending a bit early because of all the traffic that will be directed toward the fair.

The evening’s events begin at 6 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. In the past, some bands have had an opening act, but the performers this Friday, Bruce and Noble Rundman, will be performing the full three hours.

Bruce Rundman has played the Summer Canal Rock Series before. He currently plays with the band Wolfgang and The Alter Boys.

Originally, the Backroom Boys were scheduled to perform, but because of a scheduling conflict, they were unable to play. Bruce and his son Noble will be filling the empty slot.

“It will be fun,” Rundman said. “My son is playing the drums and I’ll be switching back and forth between electric and acoustic guitars.”

Rundman said he plays a wide variety of music and this Friday he and his son will be playing a mix of original material and covers.

Noble, 17, has been playing with his father in The Alter Boys since about a year and a half ago.

“He’s come such a long way in a year and a half,” Rundman said. “We’ve occasionally gotten to play just the two of us. We don’t have many more opportunities to play together since he’s getting ready to go to college.

Rundman said there is usually a decent crowd in the park and has had good luck in the past in terms of weather. But mostly, he wants people to be able to enjoy themselves.

“Come out and have a good time,” he said.