Unplugged XIV and Fundraiser Features National Musicians Sept. 17-19 in Grand Marais

COOK COUNTY, Minn., (July 24, 2015) – Musicians have been creating a buzz at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais for a great cause since 2001.  The annual, family-friendly event Unplugged XIV and Fundraiser takes place Stage Thursday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The event will include over 12 nationally and internationally recognized performers including two concerts with NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, local brewery tastings and a Folk Artisan Market.  Top performers include: Haley Bonar, John Mark Nelson, Charlie Parr, Don Henry, Jon Vezner, and more artists to be determined.

Founder and Creator of Unplugged

Minnesota native Jon Vezner is founder and creator of the singer/songwriters event known as Unplugged.  Vezner is a successful musician and won a Grammy in 1990 for “Best Country Song”.  “Where’ve You Been” is the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea.  Vezner’s songwriting has been picked-up by some of big country artists, such as Martina McBride, John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Clay Walker and Diamond Rio.






Community at Unplugged


Raise a glass with local Minnesota breweries Fulton Beer and Voyageur Brewing. The breweries are offering beer tastings during the event, and funds raised will go to help support the North House Folk School.


Jam sessions give event attendees an opportunity to join with fellow musicians and create music together.


The Folk Artisan Market features ten artisans who will display their handwork as well as provide an opportunity for event attendees to try their hand at craft in mini courses and/or traditional craft coursework.  The market provides a variety of crafts to choose from including jewelry-making and shoemaking and will be free to the public.


Points North Online Auction

The Points North Online Auction “Auction with a Cause” will have North Shore lodging deals, one-on-one tutorials with North House Folk School instructors and gift certificates for local businesses.   All proceeds go to North House Folk School’s endowment fund and to fund campus improvements.

Event Schedule and Ticket Info

Please click on the link for the event schedule.

Event Sponsors

Visit Cook County, Event Partners, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, Fulton Beer, Voyageur Brewing Company, and RBC Wealth Management.


About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.