Wednesday, March 20, 2019

This year's performers

We have an incredible line-up on tap for our 15th year. And as good as this looks, there may be some surprises. We don't have the exact show order yet, but here's who is performing.

We are so happy to have The Autumnatic back on our stage. This is a tight pop/rock band baptized in blues and R&B. There's even a rumor that they have a new album coming out.

Barrel Bones will take the stage at approximately 9:00 p.m. The band delivers blues-inspired melodic testimonials you won’t soon forget. Their original songs are medicine for the soul, and fuel for the heart.

Cabildo is a West Michigan based alternative Latin rock collective that delivers a unique blend of cumbia, ska, folk and other genres of music from Latin and South America. The “Rock en EspaƱol” movement inspires many of their selections, consisting of original music and covers from several popular Latin American rock bands.

Stone Soup & the Broken Teeth is the latest venture for former Waxies frontman  Branden Garner. He has convinced musicians with varying backgrounds - from country and western swing to rock, blues and soul - to come together, make unique music, and share it for everyone to enjoy.

Young Pioneer makes their way to Grand Rapids by the way of southeast Michigan. This upbeat pop/rock group has a flair for telling stories reminiscent of growing up and always keeping hope.

The 5 is unique, exciting, high power, and not to be missed. The 5 is Industrial Psychedelic Trap Metal.  A unique blend of Genres creating something of its own, something new, something different.   

Plus, DJ SYLX will be spinning the tunes as soon as the doors open at 6:00 p.m., Sarah Jean Anderson will also be back creating original art while you wait, and there's the silent auction, with merchandise from a variety of west Michigan businesses. Did we mention the surprises?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jake’s Music Festival Celebrates 15th Year


15 years of great music for a great cause. Jake’s Music Festival takes to the stage on Saturday, April 13, 2019 for the 15th annual benefit event. This year’s festival returns to Elevation at The Intersection. Start times and bands will be announced soon.

“It’s amazing that this is our 15th year,” said festival organizer Tom Scheidel. “We started this back in 2005 and it’s gratifying to see the growth. We annually bring in some of the top bands in the Grand Rapids area for a night of fantastic music.”

Event sponsors Perrin Brewing Company, The Gordon Group, and United Bank cover the production costs of the festival. This means that all proceeds from the festival are donated to the local chapter of JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

“This is going to be a great year,” said festival music director Clay Grueber. “We have some excellent bands lined up and some special surprises to celebrate this milestone year.”

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.