Friday, December 21, 2012

Mark your calendars

We are happy to announce that the next Jake's Music Festival will be held on April 13, 2013 at Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This will be our ninth annual show and promises to have one of the best line-ups of music ever. There will also be a silent auction, Michigan beer on tap in the concession stand, and free cake samples. Plus surprise guests and just a whole bunch of fun. So mark your calendar now and follow this site or our Facebook page for updates as we get closer to the event.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

We're Awesome!

Jake's Music Festival was just awarded a $1,000 grant by the Awesome Foundation of Grand Rapids. This new philanthropic group was moved by the work we are doing to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Type 1 Diabetes. This donation will help defray our operating costs which means even more money will be donated to the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this year.
Thank you Awesome Foundation for helping to make 2012 our best year ever!

Joy Homolka of the Awesome Foundation presents a check to Clay, Tom and Jake on Wednesday evening.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Some photos from JMF 2012

We'll be posting more photos over the next couple of weeks, including a slide show. But here's a few shots from Saturday.

Piper Tyler Caro starts the show
Valentiger wowed the early crowd
Just part of the 20 piece Cedar Springs High School Jazz Band.
Kelsey Rottiers sounded great in her solo set.
David Molinari and Creolization were great. This is not David.
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys closed the show with rockabilly fun.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

What a great night

Flashing Blue Lights take the stage at Wealthy Theatre
Thank you to everyone who participated in Jake's Music Festival 2012. It was a great evening filled with wonderful music and a few surprises. We had Celtic music and airbrush tattoos. Rock-a-billy and craft beer. Jazz and an "80 year old" quilt. Straight ahead rock and roll and free cake. Cabaret and hip hop.Truly it was a night that provided something for everyone. But the main thing the festival did was move us closer to finding a cure for diabetes. Thanks to the generous donations, sponsors and silent auction we are happy to report that this year's festival cleared over $5,000 for diabetes research. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

We would like to thank our major sponsors Frames Unlimited, The Gordon Group and Right Brain Brewery. Thanks also to our donors WYCE, Connie's Cakes, PJ's Sound and Backline, and DVS. Thank you to all the businesses that donated items for the silent auction. Special thanks to Erin Wilson and the crew at Wealthy Theatre. Thanks to the volunteers who manned the silent auction table, put up posters and helped back stage. A very special thank you to Clay Grueber, our music director, who books all the bands and keep everything humming behind the scenes.

The final two thank you's go to all the bands and performers who donated their time to help make JMF a reality and to all the people who attended last night's show. Because of all of you we are one step closer to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

If you didn't have a chance to attend but would like to contribute you can do so on-line. Follow this link to our JDRF Ride for a Cure page and click on one of the "Donate to..." links on the left side.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tonight's the Night

It's all been leading up to this - the best night of local music in West Michigan. There will be over 16 acts performing on the Wealthy Theatre stage. Doors open at 3:30 and the music starts at 4:00. We'll be starting with this year's youth act, the Cedar Springs High School Jazz Band. They will be followed by accordionist extraordinaire Michael Schaeffer. At 4:45 one of the hottest bands in the area, Valentiger, takes the stage. Charlie Walker then does a solo set. Next on the stage is a band that has been getting an incredible amount of buzz. Don't miss Flashing Blue Lights at 5:30.

The Celtic Kilroy Cabaret will be the first of two Irish music acts. We are very pleased to present the up and coming Nick Stevenson Band at 6:30. Next is Kelsey Rottiers, who wowed everyone with her beautiful voice when she did an interview earlier this week on Fox17. Long time JMF favorite David Molinari and Creolization take the stage at 7:15 with a high energy Creole sound. Karissa Wilson and Lynn Thompson follow with a duet. At 8:15 we welcome back The Fainting Generals. Then David Molinari returns for a solo set. Our second Irish act, The Waxies hit the stage at 9:15 followed by Michael Stephen Tryc. To close the show in their rockabilly style we have one of the top bands in West Michigan. Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys start at 10:15 p.m.

Thanks to all of tonight's performers. Thanks also to our sponsors Frames Unlimited, The Gordon Group, and Right Brain Brewery. Because of their generosity and commitment to the cause Jake's Music Festival is a free show. However, if you feel so inclined, we would welcome your donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

So come early, stay late. Pop out for a bite at one of the great local restaurants on Wealthy Street or just stay inside and enjoy the treats from the theatre concession stand. Plus there will be free cake samples from Connie's Cakes and a silent auction with lots of great items from local businesses. And, like every year, we have a few surprises in store. You'll just have to be here to see them. See you tonight.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

TV and radio interviews

JMF Music Director Clay Grueber and Organizer Tom Scheidel were featured on the Fox17 Morning News program today. The interview was done at Wealthy Theatre and viewers even got a sneak peek at the Festival in the second part. Singer Kelsey Rottiers performed a song live from the Wealthy Theatre stage. Thanks to Emily Richett from Fox17.

Thanks also to John Sinkevics and his Local Spins program. We spoke with him on WGRD on Tuesday and on WJRW on Wednesday. During the WJRW interview Lynn Thompson played a brand new song live. Both Kelsey and Lynn will be performing on Saturday along with 14 other acts. Click on the links below to see and hear the full interviews.


Part one of the Fox17 interview.

Part two of the Fox17 interview.

Local Spins with John Sinkevics.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

JMF Silent Auction

Besides all the great music there are also great things to purchase at Jake's Music Festival. Several of the bands with have merchandise for sale. The Wealthy Theatre concession stand will be open, serving a variety of Michigan beer including a selection from our sponsor Right Brain Brewery. And then there's the silent auction. Many local businesses have donated items. Here's a partial list.

4 tickets to a West Michigan Whitecaps game
Brewery Vivant gift card
San Chez gift card
John Russo Wine Warehouse gift certificate
One night stay at the JW Marriott
O'Grady Orthodontics gift certificate
"I survived the blizzard of '78" vintage t-shirt
Handmade quilt
Founder's Brewing package
Music package from the JMF bands
Framed JMF 2012 poster

Thursday, April 05, 2012

JMF in the News

It's rather obvious that we promote the festival on this web site. However, it's always cool when the local media outlets pick up on what we are doing and start spreading the word. We will be all over the media between now and April 14th, starting today. Rapid Growth Media did on feature story in their ...do good column. This weekend we'll be on Sunday Morning Townsquare with Paul Jendrasiak. Below is a list of where you can catch us talking about Jake's Music Festival. On some of the programs we will also have musicians with us, so you can get a taste of what you'll be seeing at JMF 2012.

Rapid Growth Media, Jennifer Wilson's ..do good column

Sunday Morning Townsquare, WLHT 95.7 FM and WTRV 100.5 FM, April 8 - 6:00 a.m

John Sinkevics, Local Spins, WJRW News Talk 1340 AM, April 11 - 10:00 a.m.

Fox17 News, on your TV, April 12 - 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

The Morning Show with Shelly Irwin, WGVU 88.5 FM, April 12 - 10:00 a.m.

Local Resonance, WYCE 88.1 FM, April 12 - 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Two weeks from today

That's right. We are just two weeks away from Jake's Music Festival 2012. This year's event starts at 4:00 p.m. on April 14th at Wealthy Theatre. The show runs until 11:00 p.m.-ish. There are very few places where you can see this many styles of music playing almost continuously on one stage. And since this is a free show (donations cheerfully accepted) you can come in for one or two bands or stay the night. Or come early, pop out for some dinner, and come back for more music later. It's going to be a great night so make sure you are there.
The Fainting Generals performing at JMF 11. They will be back again this year.
We also have one change to announce. Ritsu will not be performing this year. We have added the Nick Stevenson Band. Nick is very excited about playing at Jake's Music Festival and we look forward to having him. For the full schedule click on the 2012 Show Line-up tab above.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Additions to the line-up

Jake's Music Festival 2012 is only 28 days away. The excitement is building for one of the most eclectic musical shows in West Michigan. This year's performances will include rockabilly, Celtic, experimental violin, rock and roll, Creole, singer/songwriter, and jazz. Quite literally, something for everyone.

Our opening act has traditionally been a family or youth act. It's a great way for young performers to play at one of the best music venues in the area. In the past we've had the School of Rock kids and Irish family band Five Leaf Clover (with their 6 year old whiz kid drummer) in that slot. This year we are pleased to open the show at 4:00 with the Cedar Spring High School Jazz Band. They promise to kick off the festivities with a bang.

We have also added the band Flashing Blue Lights. These guys are performing a lot right now and getting very popular. According to their Facebook page the band exhibits "strong songwriting from the classic school of British rock and a hint of Americana infused alt-country." In addition we've added two soloists; the ever enjoyable Celtic Kilroy Cabaret and singer/guitarist Michael Stephen Tryc.

Unfortunately we've also had a couple of bands drop out because of personal reasons. Igby Iris and the Daisy Cox Band will not be in the show this year, but look for them in a future Jake's Music Festival.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Return of a favorite

Karisa Wilson has been one of our featured performers since we started holding the festival at Wealthy Theatre. She's back again this year along with Lynn Thompson. He normally fronts the Lynn Thompson Band but on April 14th he'll be playing an acoustic set with Karisa. That alone would be worth the price of admission. But hey, admission is FREE. Donations are cheerfully accepted for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Check out the tabs above to see photos of the 2012 performers and the full line-up.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Silent Auction and Quilt Raffle

Another part of the entertainment happening at Jake's Music Festival is a silent auction. We annually have wonderful items from many local companies. This year's auction includes an overnight stay at the JW Marriot, a gift certificate to John Russo's Wine Warehouse and the beautiful quilt you see above. The quilt, created by Lowell artisan Barb Dey Porter, will be raffled off at the music festival. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance and at the concert.

The large quilt measures 65" x 68" and is a reproduction of a famous quilt called "Trip Around the World." Information about the quilt from the artist: Quilt reproductions are from the Michigan State University Museum. Travel back in time to the 1930s with this colorful mix of prints, solids and novelties based on the MSU Museum "Trip Around the World" Quilt made by Lauar May Clarke in 1932.

Monday, February 27, 2012

More bands, new sponsor

We just added David Molinari & Creolization to our line up for the 2012 edition of Jake's Music Festival. David is one of the most talented musicians in the Grand Rapids area and a JMF veteran. His band Creolization will bring a bit of Louisiana fun to our springtime event.

We'd also like to announce that Right Brain Brewery is a new sponsor. This Michigan craft brewery will be a welcome addition to the evening's festivities, being that Right Brain (along with some other local beers) will be served at the Wealthy Theatre concession stand on April 14th.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

More performers to announce

The line up for this year's show keeps growing. We are very happy to welcome back violin virtuoso Ritsu with Hugo Claudin. They had one of the most talked about performances last year. You won't want to miss them. Appearing for the first time at JMF will be the Daisy Cox Band. Daisy is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association and has been nominated for a Detroit Music Award.

We will also have our silent auction which will include a hand made quilt by a local artisan and a room package from the JW Marriott. And there will be free cake (while it lasts) from Connie's Cakes. A lot of fun stuff is happening so make sure April 14th is on your calendar.

Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 Band Roster

We are putting together the line up for this year's festival. We still have a few slots to fill but here's who already committed for the show.

Igby Iris
The Fainting Generals
The Waxies
Valentiger
Michael Schaeffer
Kelsey Rottiers

We'll be posting links to their music later so watch here and our Facebook page. And put April 14th on your calendar - now!