The Jan. 25 outdoor event that benefits Kids’ Food Basket will also feature sets by The Hacky Turtles, Melophobix and Crosscut Kings. Check out the schedule and details at Local Spins.
An outdoor Michigan music fest in late January may defy a certain weather-based logic, but don’t tell that to folks at Perrin Brewing or the hardy souls who’ve turned out after year for the Perrin Ice Jam.
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For the fourth year in a row, the Comstock Park brewery will fire up its winter party later this month, this time with popular Grand Rapids folk-rock band The Crane Wives headlining the show.
The day-long Jan. 25 event will also feature sets inside a mammoth heated tent by The Hacky Turtles and Melophobix from Grand Rapids, and Crosscut Kings from Charlevoix.
“The Ice Jam is a wonderful chance for us to bring our hometown community into where we are and celebrate together. We’ll be blasting out some old favorites, sharing some brand new tunes and featuring an exciting collaboration. Let’s boogie,” proclaimed Crane Wives drummer Dan Rickabus.
“We’ve entered into 2020 with a renewed energy and a determined enthusiasm for the creative process. We’re feeling so jazzed to continue jamming together and we’re really proud of the new sounds we’re cooking up.”
The Perrin Ice Jam Winter Festival – a benefit for Kids’ Food Basket – is preceded at 2 p.m. that Saturday by the Frostbite 5K Run, which attracts hundreds of runners who celebrate afterward with beer, food, outdoor games and, of course, the musical entertainment.
For The Crane Wives – who all are also involved in other projects – the January festival represents the beginning of another chapter for the four-piece band that’s been working on material for a new album, the follow-up to 2016’s “Foxlore.” (Scroll down to listen to a 2019 song by The Crane Wives.)
“We don’t have a target date that we can share quite yet for the new record, but we’re bursting at the seams with excitement about sharing what we’re working on,” Rickabus said. “We’re grateful for the patience of our fans, and we plan to reward their patience.”
Admission to the festival is $10, with proceeds going to support Kids’ Food Basket. Get tickets online here.
(Attendees can also be admitted by bringing items to donate to Kids’ Food Basket; check out a list of needed items here.)
Register for the Frostbite 5K Run here. Participants are encouraged to wear their “warmest pajamas” or onesie for the January run.
Revisit Local Spins’ coverage of Ice Jam 2019: Perrin Ice Jam wards off January chill with sizzling rock ’n’ roll
VIDEO: The Crane Wives, “Sowing Seeds”
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