Monday, July 25, 2005

What: Jake’s Music Festival, a benefit event for Ride For the Cure – a 100-mile ride through the California desert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, West Michigan chapter.

When: Thursday, August 18, 2005; 6:00-11:00 p.m.

Where: Studio 28, 1350 28th Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509

Sponsors: Founder’s Brewery, WYCE, The Pita House/Sami’s Gyro, Corporate Sound, Blue Water Technologies

Cost: $10 in advance, $13 at the door; tickets available at local JDRF offices, Studio 28, and Founder’s Brewery.

What do you get when you combine good music with a good cause?

A great time at the First Annual Jake’s Music Festival. Top-notch local bands will provide what promises to be a fun-filled evening on Thursday, August 18. Craic Wisely, Red Frog Drum and Dance Ensemble, and a special guest artist will perform at Studio 28 with all proceeds going to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride for a Cure.

Local musician and actor Todd Herring is the music coordinator for the festival. His group, Irish band Craic Wisely, will headline the event. Also on the bill are the African drum group Red Frog Drum & Dance Ensemble.

Says Herring, “We were looking for area bands that play more than the same old cover stuff. We wanted to be original and put on an event that people are really going to want to be at.”

Theater 11 at Studio 28 will be the site of the festival, including the large former lobby area. Food, beer and concessions will be available in the lobby. Founder’s Brewery is the main sponsor and will be pouring their delicious brews. The Pita House/Sami’s Gyro will feature their Mediterranean cuisine. Soft drinks and movie style food will be available at the Studio 28 Café. There will also be other attractions as part of the festival. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for Jake’s Music Festival are available at Studio 28, the JDRF offices, address or by emailing

The JDRF Ride for a Cure takes place on October 22nd in Death Valley, California. Rockford, Mich. riders Tom and Mary Scheidel are putting together this music festival to help benefit their 14-year-old son, Jake.

“Jake was 6 years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes,” said Tom. “He’ll be a freshman in high school this fall, so that means he’s been poking his finger several times a day and getting insulin shots for over 8 years. He lives with a potentially fatal disease every single day, so to ride 100 miles in the desert on one day doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice compared to what he goes through,” said Tom Scheidel. “We named the music festival after Jake as our way of honoring him.”

“The money raised will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which is closing in on finding a cure for this disease.”

Tickets are available at Studio 28, Founder's Brewery, the Juvenile Diabetes offices, and all Pita House locations.