Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Thanks for a Great 2018

The Autumnatic put on a great show.
The 2018 version of Jake's Music Festival was a rousing success. The new venue, Elevation @ The Intersection, was absolutely perfect. The bands, bars, artists, and silent auction were all in the same room. That really added to the festival feel of the whole evening. The bands, Conrad Shock and the Noise, Valley Girl, The Autumnatic, PotatoeBabies, and DJ Nayytive, kept the place rockin' all night long. Here are some photos from the event.

A big thank you to our sponsors Perrin Brewing Company, The Gordon Group, and United Bank. Because of them, 100% of all the money we made on April 6th is being donated directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. That's a little over $5,600, one of our best years ever.

Thank you also to our volunteers, auction donors, in-kind donors and the staff at the Intersection. Because of all of you the evening was very smooth and our guests had a great time.

Finally, thank you to everyone who attended our 14th annual show. Your donations through buying a ticket, bidding on an auction item, or dropping a dollar in the donation jar, have helped us move a little bit closer to finding a cure for Type One diabetes. From Tom, Mary, Jake, and Clay - See you next year. Peace.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Show schedule for Friday Night

The entrance to Elevation is on the Cherry Street side of the Intersection. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the music will start immediately.

7:00 p.m. DJ Nayytive 
8:00 p.m. Conrad Shock and the Noise
8:45 p.m. Valley Girl
9:30 p.m. The Autumnatic 
10:15 p.m. PotatoeBabies

Tickets will be available at the door. $10 General Admission. There are still a few VIP passes available for $25.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Silent Auction

In addition to the great music we have some great items up for bid at the silent auction. Here's a partial list.

Gift certificates to:
Anna's House
Chick-Fil-A
Terra
Z's Restaurant

Admission passes to:
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Ballet
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Blanford Nature Center
Circle Theatre

Gift basket from Grand Central Market
Krisscross entry
Framed Jake's Music Festival poster signed by the bands
2 night stay at The Homestead Resort
XS Energy Drinks

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Taking Flight

Thanks to Steve Secor for this cool video of The Autumnatic performing at the 2017 show. The band is back again this year.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bands for 2018

We are excited to announce the bands that will be performing in Jake's Music Festival 2018 at Elevation @ The Intersection.

PotatoeBabies are one of the most fun bands performing in Grand Rapids. Fronted by Rev. Charles Preston Smith, their shows are full of energy, humor, hula hoops, and beach balls. Don't miss this one of a kind performance.

The Autumnatic currently works as a quartet comprised of Nick Arthur, Aladin Kadic, Caleb Denman and Scott Tabor. Perhaps most noted for their striking versatility in songwriting and engaging live shows, the band has a fresh take on what it means to be a self made, collaborative, creative entity in today's ever shifting indie music culture.

Conrad Shock and the Noise are Conrad Schaak, Michael Pierce, Olivia Vargas, Koty Schoenberg, and Bailey Budnik. Together, the mustached hero and his compadres present an extremely empowering and electrifying experience. They keep on keepin' on, pumping out a fuzz-laden garage rock that borrows from retro-rock, jazz, psych, rugged blues, and soul.

Valley Girl - Swells of comforting synth tones make way for dreamy guitar lines, thick bass tones, and melodic vocals in this emerging pop band. With influences rooted in the past and present, their ambition lies towards making the connection between music and the individual.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6. Make sure you're there to celebrate great music for a great cause.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Jake's Music Festival is on for 2018

We are very excited to announce the date and venue for this year's show. We've been doing a lot of behind the scenes work since last year and we are pleased to announce that this year's festival will be at a brand new venue - Elevation @ The Intersection on April 6, 2018.

This is the third concert space at The Intersection and we will be one of the first shows there. The date is also a bit of a departure from what we usually do. April 6 is a Friday night.  A new venue and a new night of the week - it will be a blast.

Watch this space and our Facebook page as we announce bands over the next couple of weeks. We will have a silent auction again this year and other surprises are in the works. As always, all proceeds support the local chapter of JDRF. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

JMF 2017 is a Big Success

Thank you to our sponsors, the bands who performed, the volunteers, and everyone who attended. JMF 2017 was one of our most successful years ever, both in terms of the quality of the show and the amount of money raised. This year's event raised over $5,600 for Type 1 diabetes research. 

The Jet Beats performing at the Orbit Room during JMF 2017.
Type 1 diabetes is an insidious disease. The person who has it looks normal, but their body is fighting against them. Type 1 destroys the bodies ability to produce insulin. Without insulin our cells can't get energy from the food we eat. A person with Type 1 must take daily injections of insulin just to survive. Even with good control of the disease there is a risk of developing complications that can lead to blindness and amputation. Thankfully, the money raised by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is helping to develop therapies for treating the disease. While there is still no cure the outlook is very positive.

Fundraising events like Jake's Music Festival take place all over the country. Golf outings, bake sales, bike rides, and walks all add up to millions of dollars raised every year. Because of this effort we are closer then ever to finding a cure for Type 1.

Thank you once again to everyone who was involved in any way with this year's festival. One day soon we will see an end to diabetes.