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.