Free music festival at Ludington Park Saturday

ESCANABA — The free third annual Lake Shore Live music festival will be Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. at the Karas Memorial Bandshell in Escanaba’s Ludington Park.

Lake Shore Live is a musical festival that organizer Nick Nolde started due to his love of music festivals.

“I started this because I’m a huge fan of music festivals,” said Nolde. “In my opinion, there is no better venue in Delta County than Ludington Park with its natural stage of the bandshell.”

Local bands with a classic rock theme are featured in the event.

The band “Where’s Gary” will kick off the festival at 1 p.m. with their classic rock sounds until 2 p.m.

From 2:15 to 3 p.m. Trevor Ohlsen, accompanied by Kevin Chown, will entertain the crowd with some pop originals. Ohlsen is going to be a big star one day, according to Nolde.

The classic light rock and pop sounds of “Speedy Beef” will be heard from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed up by “Bad Munkee”, an ’80s rock band, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The “Jam Band” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. with a mix of classic rock and country music from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

Topping off the night from 9 to 11 p.m. will be the band “Sore on Sunday”, playing all kinds of rock and pop music.

Bobaloons, Wildman’s Steak Sandwiches, The Little Red Caboose, and Papa Lee’s Ice Cream truck will all be at the park with food and drink to purchase.

Festival-goers can bring in coolers with their favorite refreshments, a chair or blanket, and come and go throughout the event or stay and enjoy the music.

Thanks to donations and sponsors, this festival to completely free to attend.

“We’ve been blessed with gorgeous weather the last two years,” said Nolde. “This event was a dream of mine for many years and when I went for it two years ago, it came together quickly. Our community continues to give without end.”

It was important for Nolde to make the music festival free to the community and he knew the only way to do that was ask for sponsorships.

“I thank all of those business/individuals from the bottom of my heart. I’m looking forward to another great event this year. Our community has a rich tradition in music and we highlight that the best we can.”

If there is forecasted severe weather, the music festival will be moved downtown to the Marketplace on Ludington Street. The date of the event could change to Friday, Sept. 13. All information can be found on the Facebook page Lake Shore Live LLC.