MOUNTAIN IRON — The Sawmill Saloon will be rocking with local talent on Friday night and a 1980s-1990s nationally-known group on Saturday during its fourth annual Summer Jam this weekend.
“It’s getting bigger and bigger. This is the first year where we’ll have a national act,” Sawmill owner Alissa Sundberg said in a telephone interview on Monday.
She was referring to the hair metal group Slaughter, which will take the outdoors stage in the back end of the Sawmill at 10 p.m. Saturday. The group will follow Mellowdrama (4 p.m. performance) and Payback (7 p.m.). The Saturday show, which will cost $20, will conclude with Vitamin Brown at midnight.
There is no cover charge for Friday’s performances, which begin with Preston Gunderson at 5 p.m., followed by Vitamin Brown at 7 p.m., Britanny Lee at 10 p.m. and closing with Country Storm at midnight.
“We think this year’s show will be great and the best so far. We have done a lot of promoting. The response on Facebook and from ads has been great,” Sundberg said.
Slaughter, a band formed in 1988 in Las Vegas, is part of a revival of the 1980s/1990s heavy metal hair music. And the band’s bass guitar player, Dana Strum, says the resurgence of their music is not just being led by rockers of their era.
“If you look at the age of the audience in front of the shows, it’s much younger than you’d ever believe. Often if there’s a meet-and-greet or something like that, I’ll ask, ‘How the hell do you know about any of us,’” Strum said in a recent story on hair metal music in the Las Vegas Weekly magazine.
The band’s debut album, Stick It to Ya, in 1990, produced several hit singles including “Up All Night,” “Spend My Life,” “Mad About You” and “Fly to the Angels.” The album hit double platinum status in the United States.
Sundberg said the popularity of the bands on Saturday led to the event being moved from the front of the Sawmill to the back for more room, where sponsors will also be setting up booths. The sponsors are Starkovich Distributing Inc., Abby’s Accessories, Unclaimed Freight, PrimeLending, Iron Trail Motors, Lucky Seven and Northern Communities Credit Union.
Inclement weather insurance has been purchased, but with no rain in the forecast for the weekend, that precaution likely won’t come into play.
“We bought the insurance just in case. But it looks really good. I’m pumped. It’s going to be a great time,” Sundberg said.