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Benefit concert for juvenile diabetes takes place Saturday

The Nick Stevenson Band performs at Jake's Music Festival in 2013.
The Nick Stevenson Band performs at Jake's Music Festival in 2013.
Thomas Scheidel

Jake’s Music Festival celebrates 10 years of presenting great local music to support a great cause. This benefit concert started in 2005 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has raised over thirty thousand dollars for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This year’s event features performances by the Waxies, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, Dave Molinari, the Rhythm Aces, Elise & the Pretty Reckless, Otis Blueswell Jr. with special guest Emma Loo, the B-Side Growlers, and Lynn Thompson.

Show time is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Wealthy Theatre. Because of generous event sponsors Frames Unlimited, Perrin Brewing Company, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Dodd’s Record Store, and PC Specialist, this year’s concert will be free to attend. Donations to JDRF will be cheerfully accepted. There will also be a silent auction, free cake samples and other surprises.

Jake’s Music Festival was named for former Rockford, Michigan resident Jake Scheidel who was diagnosed with Type 1, also known as juvenile diabetes, 17 years ago when he was only six years old. Jake now lives in Chicago but travels back to Grand Rapids for the show. All proceeds raised help fund research to find a cure for diabetes.

The Wealthy Theatre is a 103 year old, magnificently restored historic space. The 400 seat theatre provides an intimate setting that is one of the best sounding music venues in the area. Wealthy Theatre is located at 1130 Wealthy Street SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.