Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Offical Press Release for JMF 2017

One of the best local music festivals in West Michigan will see some major changes for their 2017 event. Jake’s Music Festival, a benefit concert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), will take place Saturday, April 22 in a new venue. After 13 years, most of those in the historic Wealthy Theatre, the festival is moving to the Orbit Room on Grand Rapids’ southeast side.
“We wanted to change things up for this year’s show,” said organizer Tom Scheidel. “We needed a space that could handle the bands, silent auction, concessions, and other festival activities all in one room. The Orbit Room really fits that bill. Plus it is a fantastic music venue. Prince and the Verve Pipe have played there in the past.” 

The list of bands for this year’s festival is mixture of local favorites and high energy newer bands. Headlining the show are Papa Vegas and the PotatoeBabies. The Jet Beats, The Autmnatic, and Lipstick Jodi round out the roster. “We are so excited for this year’s line-up,” said festival music director Clay Grueber. “These bands are all a lot of fun and hearing them in the Orbit Room will be wild.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25. VIPs include special reserved seating, a free beverage, and a swag bag. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Thanks to event sponsors Perrin Brewing Company, PC Specialist, and Town & Country Carpet, 100% of the ticket price goes directly to the local chapter of JDRF.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. on April 22 with the music starting at 7:00 p.m. Jake’s Music Festival is named for Jake Scheidel who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 20 years ago. JDRF is largest private funder of research into finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Friday, February 03, 2017

New Year, New Venue, New Logo

2017 is bringing a whole lot of changes for Jake's Music Festival. The biggest news is that the show this year will take place at the Orbit Room on April 22. The Orbit Room is located near the East Beltline, just north of Centerpointe Mall, on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. The new venue has many advantages. There is more seating. The stage, silent auction, and bars are all in the same room. There is a special VIP seating area above the stage. And there are acres of free, close parking.

The second big announcement is our new logo. Actually, we've never had an official logo before, so the new logo is our first logo. We really like it and think it captures the flavor of JMF. We'll have some special giveaways featuring the logo in the VIP packet.

Watch the web site and our Facebook page as we will be announcing the bands for this year's festival in the next couple of weeks.

Jake's Music Festival 2017. Bigger. Better. And raising more money for the fight against Type 1 diabetes.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Photo's from Jake's Music Festival 2016

Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish
We didn't forget. Here are some of the photos from this year's show.  Once again we would like to thanks all the bands that gave of their time to make JMF 2016 the best ever. Thanks also to our sponsors, auction donors and the great team that helps us put this on every year. Because of all of you we are one step closer to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

JMF 2016 is a wrap!

What a great night. We had more energy in the room than ever before. The bands were fantastic. Our volunteers stepped up big time. Most importantly we raised $5,000. That's a nice donation to the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Nick Arthur and the Habitat. More photos coming soon.
Thank you to our sponsors Perrin Brewing Company, The Gordon Group, and 36th Street Lounge. Special thanks to our music director Clay Grueber and auction coordinator Vicky Lotterman. Thanks also to all the people who helped out during the show, whether at the auction tables, back stage, or with the bands. An extra special shout out to our stage manager in training Liam B. We also appreciate all the hard work by the staff of Wealthy Theatre.

Finally, thanks to everyone who attended, donated, or just cheered us on. Because of you we are one step closer to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tomorrow Night is THE Night

This Saturday night in our opinion, is the best night for local music in Grand Rapids. Jake's Music Festival takes over Wealthy Theatre for an evening spanning several musical genres by some of the hottest acts in town. You can see the full schedule by clicking on the "2016 Show Line-up" tab above. Along with great music we will be having a ton of fun. There's a photo booth, silent auction with a new twist this year, concession stand with adult beverages, back stage tours for VIP pass holders, celebrities and celebrity impersonators (will you be able to tell the difference?), and much more.

The festival is a fund raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Because our generous sponsors, Perrin Brewing, the Gordon Group, and 36th Street Lounge, cover all of our expenses, every dollar donated tomorrow night goes directly to the local chapter of JDRF. So while it's free to attend the show, donations are cheerfully accepted.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6:00 p.m. and rolls non-stop until 11:30 p.m. Hope we see you there.

Friday, April 01, 2016

VIP Tickets and Auction info

We have some fun new things on tap for Jake's Music Festival this year.
First off - VIP tickets. For only $15 you get a reserved seat, a beverage from the Wealthy Theatre concession stand, a t-shirt (JMF vintage or JDRF tech), a $5 Connie's Cakes gift certificate, and a back stage tour. Only 50 VIP tickets are available. Actually, we've already sold some so there are only 38 left. So don't delay. You can order your be emailing or stopping in to Connie's Cakes during normal business hours.

Next, we have a lot of great items for the silent auction. This year we are doing things a little bit differently. Instead of bidding on items you buy tickets and put them in a bucket in front of the item you want. At the end of the night we will draw one ticket per item and that person wins. You can take your prize right then, no additional financial transaction necessary. You can put one ticket in and hope to get lucky, or stuff the bucket to practically insure a win. Plus this allows bidding on a lot of items without having to part with a lot of cash if you're the eventual winner.

Finally, here's a list of the items up for bid as of today. There will undoubtedly be more the night of the festival.
Harmony Brewing - Growler and a fill-up
Grand Rapids Public Museum - 4 admission passes and carousel rides
Grand Rapids Children's Museum - 4 admission passes
Z's Bar & Restaurant - gift certificate
John Ball Zoo - 4 admission passes
Grand Rapids Ballet - 2 tickets to Cinderella
Spirit Dreams - gift certificate
West Michigan Whitecaps - 4 game tickets
Boxed Water - Hat, t-shirt and 2-8 packs of water
Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery - gift certificate
Grand Rapids Wellness - Acupuncture session
Frames Unlimited - Framed posters
Jake's Music Festival poster signed by all the bands
Chow Hound - Cat and dog gift baskets
XS Energy Drinks - 2 variety 12 packs

Friday, March 11, 2016

Promotional Video

Our friends at Skip Fiction made a cool promotional video about the festival.