Thursday, June 08, 2006

The OFFICIAL Press Release

It’s been called the hottest ticket of the summer. Great bands and great folks getting together to support a great cause.

Jake’s Music Festival, an annual celebration of local music, takes place on August 3, 2006 at the Wave Room at Celebration Cinema in Grand Rapids. Top-notch local bands performing this year include Craic Wisely, Muddy V. and the House Rockers, Common Shiner and Creolization. All proceeds will support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride for a Cure.

Local musician and actor Todd Herring is the music coordinator for the festival. “We wanted to put together a roster of local bands that make great music on their own, and then by having them all in the same location it turns into a magical evening. Last year’s festival was fantastic.” Herring’s group, Irish band Craic Wisely, will headline the event. Also on the bill are blues group Muddy V. and the House Rockers, folk/rock group Common Shiner and the Dave Molinari led Zydeko group Creolization.

Sponsors for the evening include John Hancock Financial Network, BlueWater Technologies, Celebration Cinema, Corporate Sound, This Side Up and XS Energy Drink.

The JDRF Ride for a Cure takes place in October 21 in Death Valley, California. Rockford, Michigan bicyclists Tom and Mary Scheidel are putting together this music festival to help benefit their 15-year-old son, Jake. “Jake was 6 years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes,” said Tom. “He’ll be a sophomore in high school this fall, so that means he’s been living with a potentially fatal disease for over 9 years. Every single day, Jake has to test his blood sugar at least 4 times, by poking his finger and every 2 to 3 days he inserts a new tube into his abdomen to administer insulin from his pump. That means he’s stuck himself with a needle over 18,000 times. A little 105 mile ride through the desert doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice in comparison.”

The Wave Room at Celebration Cinema on East Beltline in Grand Rapids, Michigan will be the site of the festival. There will be food, beer, and other concessions, as well as vendor tables and artists. The festival doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with music lasting until midnight. Tickets for Jake’s Music Festival are available by emailing