Finlandia students planning concert

HANCOCK – The student government at Finlandia University is planning a concert for September, and members would like the local community to get involved.

Scott Vargas, president of the Finlandia University student government, said the inaugural Upper Peninsula Fall Frenzy is scheduled to take place Sept. 20 on the Finlandia University Quincy Green on Quincy Street next to the Finnish American Heritage Center.

So far, Vargas said the group planning the concert is negotiating to get acts for the day. It’s hoped a big-name artist can be hired, and that’s where help from the public comes in.

“To scale it up, we’re going to need some money,” he said. “We’re looking to make a big splash off the bat. We plan to have success this year and make it an annual event that gets bigger every year.”

Sponsors for the event are being sought, also..

“The sponsors will be able to gain publicity through all media sources we will be using and all of our advertising,” he said. “The more money we are able to raise, the better the headlining artists will be.”

Exactly who the artists are will be announced later.

Vargas said he hopes the concert will attract a diverse crowd.

“We want to have a large draw from Finlandia, Tech and Northern Michigan University students, as well as community members from the area,” he said.

The concert is planned to take place the same day as Michigan Technological University’s homecoming, Vargas said. It will start after the football game ends, so it’s expected some people who attend the game will then cross the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Hancock. The concert is planned to end at 9 p.m.

Vargas said Quincy Green will be blocked off and there will be an entry gate where admission will be charged. Quincy Green has a capacity of about 2,000 people. Attendees are asked to bring a towel or lawn chair to sit on.

Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson has been part of the concert planning process, and there are still details to be worked out.

“There is a team in place resolving all possible issues ranging from parking to security,” he said. “The team will also be working closely with the county and all parties involved with the event.”

Donations for the Fall Frenzy should be sent to 601 Quincy St. Hancock, MI 49930 to the attention of Finlandia University Student Senate. For more information, contact Scott Vargas at 813-767-8934 or