MARQUETTE - The setting is idyllic and the mix of bands is eclectic, making the Rockin' The Bay Music Festival one of the special weekends of music in the Upper Peninsula every summer.
"We are excited to have a great lineup for the fourth annual Rockin' The Bay Music Festival," said Craig Johnson, festival organizer. "We are lucky to have some of the region's premier bands coming to Gladstone to perform."
This year's Rockin' The Bay event is set for June 15-16, as always at the Gladstone Yacht Club, which is located on beautiful Little Bay de Noc, on Lake Michigan's north shore. The music starts at 5 p.m. Friday, June 15 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16.
Rockin’ The Bay event, set for June 15-16 at the Gladstone Yacht Club, features (clockwise from top left) Anna Laube, Corey Carlson, The Slamming Doors, Greg Waters & The Broad Street Boogie, Michael Hozz, Erik Koskinen, and Bumpus.
Tickets are $10 for one night or $15 for both, with proceeds to benefit the Gladstone Youth Wrestling Program. Tickets are available at the Gladstone Yacht Club, The Record Rack in Escanaba and Jim's Music in Escanaba.
Johnson, who also is manager of the yacht club, said this year's musical list is a mix of returnees and newcomers.
"Returning this year will be fan favorites Greg Waters and The Broad Street Boogie from Appleton, Wis., U.P. native and Minneapolis-based Erik Koskinen band and local party favorites Uncle Ugly," Johnson said. "We have two Marquette bands, Michael Hozz and Travis and the St. Lou's, as well as Bad Munkee from Gladstone.
Rockin' the Bay
Gladstone Yacht Club
Tickets are $10 a day or $15 for a two-day pass. Tickets are available at the Gladstone Yacht Club, The Record Rack in Escanaba and Jim's Music in Escanaba.
Benefit for the Gladstone Wrestling Club
Anna Laube (Madison, Wis.), 5 p.m.
Bad Munkee (Escanaba), 6:30 p.m.
Uncle Ugly (Marquette/Gladstone), 8 p.m.
Greg Waters & The Broad Street Boogie (Appleton, Wis.), 9:30 p.m.
Michael Hozz (Marquette), 2 p.m.
Travis and the St. Lou's (Marquette), 3:30 p.m.
Corey Carlson (Minneapolis), 5 p.m.
The Slamming Doors (Virginia, Minn.), 6:30 p.m.
Erik Koskinen (Minneapolis), 8 p.m.
Bumpus (Chicago), 9:30 p.m.
"We are also excited to have a few new performers this year including Madison, Wis.-based folk/blues artist Anna Laube, Americana duo Corey Carlson and Andy Dee from Bayfield, Wis., an up-and-coming rock band from the Duluth, Minn., area called The Slamming Doors and Chicago-based funk/R&B group Bumpus."
The event will take place rain or shine. No carry-ins will be permitted as food and drink will be sold on site. No pets are allowed and lawn chairs are encouraged for the outdoor setting, which is along the shore of Lake Michigan.
"The bands will offer a little of everything from folk to blues to cover tunes," Johnson said. "It's an eclectic lineup and should offer something to please everyone. We look forward to a great weekend of music for a great cause."
While Rockin' The Bay has become a favorite event for many U.P. residents, it's still evolving, Johnson said.
"This is our fourth year hosting the festival and we have grown every year," he said. "We have upgraded our lineup this year and hope that we can continue to grow. Our area needs these types of events and they can only happen if people come out."
Gladstone has a strong tradition of producing quality wrestlers and this festival has those youth in mind.
"The event is a fundraiser for the high school and youth wrestling program in Gladstone," Johnson said. "The support is greatly appreciated by the young athletes. We hope you can come out and enjoy the great music, food and drinks on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. It's all for a great cause and it should be an awesome weekend."
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is email@example.com.