Wednesday, November 09, 2011

April 14, 2012

We are officially announcing the date for the next Jake's Music Festival. The next event will be April 14th, 2012 at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids. Mark your calendar because you will not want to miss this year's show. We have some exciting plans to make 2012 our best year ever. That means great music and great fun, all supporting the LOCAL chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Planning for 2012

Jake's Music Festival has become an almost year round endeavor for our volunteer staff. We are already starting to plan for the 2012 show. We know will be back at the Wealthy Theatre in April. So now we are thinking about bands for next year's line-up. Which local West Michigan bands would you like to see? Leave your suggestions in the comments.
Thanks for your ideas and support.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Slide show of the 2011 Festival

It took us a little longer to get the photos of this year's show posted because we had so many more to go through. Some excellent professional photographers took some shots for us this year and we are pleased to share some of them with you.
Thanks to Jeff Hage, Paul Jendrasiak, Seth Thompson and Anthony Nowack.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


What a great night. Thanks to everyone who attended Jake's Music Festival 2011. Also thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, staff and especially the performers. We raised over $5,000 for diabetes research. We'll be posting photos and videos soon. In the meantime click here for a review by John Sinkevics of the Grand Rapids Press.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, it's almost tomorrow

Despite the title of this post we promise no Broadway show tunes tomorrow. However, we will have almost every other kind of music at Jake's Music Festival. There will be folk, funk, rock, and roll, electric violin, accordion, singer songwriters, and a man wearing a kilt. Where else can you go for this kind of musical diversity?

The doors open at 2:30 and the music starts at 3:00. The last band is scheduled to hit stage at 10:00 p.m. It's eight hours of solid music. So be one of the cool kids, come to the show at the Wealthy Theatre Saturday (tomorrow) to see the best that local music has to offer. AND help us raise money to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. For the full show schedule click on the "2011 Show Line-up" link above.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Silent Auction and other stuff

We have quite a number of items for the silent auction. Thanks to these local companies for their donations.
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Eastern Floral, West Michigan Whitecaps, Twisted Rooster, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Symphony, San Chez, Smooch Beauty Boutique, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, John Russo's Wine Warehouse and Deli, From the Heart Yoga, Robinette's Gift Barn, and Grand River Grocery. We'll also have a music package featuring CD's from the bands playing at the festival and a framed festival poster.

The Wealthy Theatre will have adult beverages, soft drinks and snacks available for sale. There are also plenty of restaurants within walking distance if you want to take in dinner before, during or after the show.

Links to the various media interviews we've done this week are now in the link session on the right. Since it's "news" you may have to scroll through the station web site to find the clip about Jake's Music Festival.

See you Saturday!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

One week until the big show

Edit: Added link to Fox 17 interview and John Sinkevics column. Added TV 13 coverage.

Jake's Music Festival takes off at 3:00 p.m. next Saturday. But if you can't wait that long we will be all over the media spectrum this week. Here's a schedule of radio, TV, internet and newspaper appearances coming up.

Fox 17 Morning News -  4/13  8:15 a.m and 8:45 a.m.

MYGR Weekend - 4/13 & 4/14  7:00 p.m. on WXSP; 4/14 & 4/15  1:30 a.m. on WOTV; online at and

WGVU 88.5 FM  Morning Show with Shelly Irwin - 4/14  9:30 a.m.

WYCE 88.1 FM  Local Resonance - 4/15  11:00 a.m.

TV 13 Saturday Morning News - 4/16  6:00 - 8:00 a.m. (there will be a segment sometime during those two early hours)

Grand Rapids Press Weekend Edition - John Sinkevics column

Rapid Growth Media - online at

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Less than a month

We are less than one month away from Jake's Music Festival 2011 and the excitement is building. Over the next few weeks you'll see posters going up all over town, we'll be featured on several area radio stations and our Facebook page will be buzzin'. This marks our seventh year of putting on this festival. In that time we've raised thousands of dollars for diabetes research. It's great seeing so many people come out to listen to fantastic local music and support a worthy cause.
Thanks to our sponsors Frames Unlimited, The Gordon Group and Magic Hat #9. Because of their generosity this year's show is free to attend. But you'll want to bring some money anyway. The Wealthy Theatre will have adult beverages available for purchase, including Magic Hat #9. There will be a silent auction with items from several Local First member businesses. We'll post a full list when we get closer to the show date. Finally, we'd love for everyone in attendance to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It's not required but it is appreciated.
Thanks and see you all on April 16th.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Changes to the web site

We've made a couple of changes to the web site to make it easier to get information about Jake's Music Festival. Underneath the banner headline you will see three tabs "Home", "2011 Band photos" and "2011 Show Line-up".
The Home page will list current information about what is going on with the festival. Photos of this year's bands are under the next tab and the third tab is the line-up with start times. This should make it easier for our readers to find out who's playing and at what time without having to scroll all the way through the main blog. Hope you like the changes and we look forward to seeing everyone on April 16th.

Friday, January 28, 2011

JMF 2011 Line-Up

This could be our best show ever. We have so many performers that we are starting in the middle of the afternoon and going until late in the evening. Check out this line-up and make sure you hit Wealthy Theatre at some point on April 16th.

3:00 PM   A Grand Entrance
3:05 PM   Poor ‘ol Jim
3:45 PM   Welcome to the show
4:00 PM   The Fainting Generals   
4:45 PM   Ryan McCarthy
5:00 PM   The Veloras
5:45 PM   Michael Schaeffer 
6:00 PM   Paucity   
6:45 PM   Karisa Wilson wsg Lynn Thompson 
7:00 PM   Chance Jones          
7:45 PM   Todd Herring  
8:00 PM   Spitting Image
8:45 PM   Ritsu  
9:00 PM   Igby Iris
9:45 PM   DJ Jef Leppard 
10:00 PM   A.B ! and Coconut Brown

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011 Line-up is almost set

We have some great bands on tap for this year's festival. We are very pleased to announce AB and Coconut Brown as our headliners. Other performers include Igby Iris, The Fainting Generals, Chance Jones, Paucity, The Velora’s, Spitting Image, Karisa Wilson w/ Lynn Thompson, Ritsu the Great - Violin Extraordinaire, Todd Herring, Ryan McCarthy, Michael Schaeffer – Accordion Extraordinaire and DJ Jef Leppard. Plus we will have a few other acts and special guests just seem to show up. This is a great evening of local music. In fact, with all these bands we are going to be starting at 3:00 p.m. this year. So it's a great afternoon and evening of great local music. We'll have the full run down soon or you can watch our Facebook page for more frequent updates.