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Iron Range musicians sharing passion through Facebook

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HIBBING,MN-- What started out as a small idea on the Iron Range, has now turned into a community of music lovers from all across the country.

"I don't even know what happened, it was an accident. A really cool accident," says AJ Grove, of Hibbing.

Grove and Ray Pierce Jr. created the Lockdown Lounge Open Mic Facebook group.

It was created as a way for people to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

The idea came only a few days ago when Grove was chatting with a childhood friend. 

Grove says, "Once we started thinking about it, with the social seclusion thing kind of came into play and there's a lot of people who would probably like some live music."

And people certainly did, the page has gotten more than 3,500 followers from all around the country and Canada in just a few days

Peirce Jr says, "We didn't expect that at all, at least I didn't. We know a bunch of musicians from over the years and we figured that's what we'd get into."

Anyone who plays an instrument, sings, or just wants to listen is invited to join.

"Even if you don't think you can sing very well or if you don't think you can play the guitar very well. Put it out there and take a chance," says Pierce Jr.

But there is one request on the setlist.

"If you jump on there, please just be positive and enjoy the music. Music is subjective so don't rake anybody down," says Grove.

Group members say they are planning to continue the page once the coronavirus pandemic calms down.

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Emma Quinn

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