The winter festival fires up Saturday with five bands. One of those, punk’s I Believe in Julio, was the featured artist for this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE. Listen to the podcast, see the festival schedule.
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Popular Grand Rapids ska band Mustard Plug headlines today’s first-ever Perrin Brewing Co. Ice Jam, with a total of five bands performing in a heated tent behind the Comstock Park brewery.
Also performing at the event will be Heaters, The Mainstays, I Believe in Julio and Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish. (See the full schedule to the right.)
The event – with adult and children’s winter activities – is a preview to WYCE-FM’s Jammie Awards, with extended sets by West Michigan bands nominated for 2016 awards. (The Jammies take place Feb. 10 at The Intersection in Grand Rapids.)
The inaugural Ice Jam will also serve as a fundraiser for Kids’ Food Basket, with admission fees serving as donations to the nonprofit organization which provides nutritious meals to thousands of children.
“We’ve never had a winter festival,” said Lindsey VanDenBoom, public relations manager for Perrin Brewing, 5910 Comstock Park Drive NW. “But we kind of wanted to bring people out in the off-season, something new. Typically, people don’t throw parties in the backyard when it’s snowing outside.”
To help preview the festival, Grand Rapids punk band I Believe in Julio on Friday stopped by the studios for Local Spins on WYCE to chat about the festival, the band’s Jammie-nominated EP and to perform two songs on the air. Listen to the radio podcast here.
PODCAST: Local Spins on WYCE with I Believe in Julio (Jan. 27, 2017)
“We hope people are dancing. It’s cold outside so we want to keep them warm in the tent and keep them grooving,” VanDenBoom said, noting that Perrin brews and food will be available outdoors as well as inside.
The day-long festival, running from 2 to 8 p.m. behind Perrin Brewing, will also feature bonfires, a cigar-rolling lounge, cornhole games and a variety of “family-conducive” children’s activities. Depending on the weather, Perrin also plans some snow- and ice-focused activities as well.
In addition, a “Frostbite 5K Run” will take place starting at 1:30 p.m. today.
The centerpiece, however, is the music, booked with the assistance of Joel Gordon.
The festival will feature a headlining set by Grand Rapids ska meisters Mustard Plug, which delivered its annual holiday show celebrating its 25th anniversary as a band last month at The Intersection, with several hundred fans on hand. Mustard Plug is a past winner of a Legacy Award at WYCE’s Jammies.
Local Spins and WYCE representatives will be on hand introducing bands throughout the day and early evening, with performances by Kalamazoo funk and soul band The Mainstays (nominated for best blues/soul album of 2016 at the upcoming Jammie Awards), Grand Rapids rockabilly/roots duo Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish (nominated for best roots/revival album), Grand Rapids punk band I Believe in Julio (nominated for best alternative album) and Grand Rapids psych-rock group Heaters (nominated for best alternative album).
Donations – cash or needed food items – will be taken at the gate. Needed items include fruit juice boxes, cracker packs, granola bars, individual fruit or pudding cups, cheerios, creamy peanut butter, and bulk pretzels, Cheez-Its or Goldfish crackers. More details online here at perrinbrewing.com.
In addition to the in-studio performance by I Believe in Julio, this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE also featured the debut of new local and regional songs by John Merchant & The Desolation Angels, Jack and the Bear, Boulevard Billies, Serita’s Black Rose, Adrian + Meredith, The Bootstrap Boys, The Mainstays, Heaters, Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish and a classic from Mustard Plug.
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