Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Official Press Release for JMF 2017

One of the best local music festivals in West Michigan will see some major changes for their 2017 event. Jake’s Music Festival, a benefit concert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), will take place Saturday, April 22 in a new venue. After 13 years, most of those in the historic Wealthy Theatre, the festival is moving to the Orbit Room on Grand Rapids’ southeast side.
“We wanted to change things up for this year’s show,” said organizer Tom Scheidel. “We needed a space that could handle the bands, silent auction, concessions, and other festival activities all in one room. The Orbit Room really fits that bill. Plus it is a fantastic music venue. Prince and the Verve Pipe have played there in the past.” 

The list of bands for this year’s festival is mixture of local favorites and high energy newer bands. Headlining the show are Papa Vegas and the PotatoeBabies. The Jet Beats, The Autmnatic, and Lipstick Jodi round out the roster. “We are so excited for this year’s line-up,” said festival music director Clay Grueber. “These bands are all a lot of fun and hearing them in the Orbit Room will be wild.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25. VIPs include special reserved seating, a free beverage, and a swag bag. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Thanks to event sponsors Perrin Brewing Company, PC Specialist, The Gordon Group, and Town & Country Carpet, 100% of the ticket price goes directly to the local chapter of JDRF.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. on April 22 with the music starting at 7:00 p.m. Jake’s Music Festival is named for Jake Scheidel who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 20 years ago. JDRF is largest private funder of research into finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.