Entertainment & Music

Thursday Night – Derailed

Memorial Park Bandshell – 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM



After years of playing in successful bands across Michigan, Dave Shipman, Mike Lasley, Barry Loper, Steve Gauthier and Tom Walker have come together to form Derailed. Out of their love for the 1980’s style and genre rock music, Derailed was formed to bring that era of rock music back to life with fire and enthusiasm. In past projects, these five musicians have played many area festivals such as The National Cherry Festival, The Bass Festival, The Mushroom Festival, The Venetian Festival and The Freedom Festival. These musicians have also opened for headlining bands such as Firehouse, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Vixen, Bret Michaels, Jackyl and have played in successful Tribute bands as well. The experience of this band is as deep as the set list that is, without a doubt, sure to please. So, come aboard this rock n’ roll train and get Derailed– pump your fists in the air and sing at the top of your lungs because nobody is getting left behind on this ride!

Derailed Proudly is:

Dave Shipman: Lead guitar and Vocals

Mike Lasley: Lead guitar and Vocals

Barry Loper: Percussion and Vocals

Steve Gauthier: Bass Guitar and Vocals

Tom Walker: Vocals

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Friday Night – Northern Nites Band

 Main Street Stage – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM


 Formed in 1986 to play music for a company picnic, the Northern Nites band got its start.  After the countless hours of practice and comradery, the decision was made to keep the band going.  Always a country band at heart, the band has entertained crowds with classic country, new country and some old time rock-n-roll and has a wide range of music for every crowd.  Through the years the band has recorded two CD’s, and has played many events and private parties from as far south as Rochester to as far north as Munising and made many friends along the way.  And although some of the original members have changed, the current members Rod Loper of Boyne Falls, Barry Loper of Charlevoix, Dave Dipzinski of East Jordan and Jim Lambdin of Vanderbilt, find enjoyment in bringing music to our friends and neighbors in and around the Charlevoix county area.


Northern Nites



  Saturday – Locations throughout town


 East Jordan Juggling Club:

The EJJC began in November of 2015 and has met and practiced every Tues. and Thurs. after school in the High School. The concept was put together by Tom Petrie a.k.a. Tommy Tropic and Emanuele Carella, the Italian exchange student Tommy and His wife, Lisa, are hosting. Emanuele has attended a circus school in Italy each week since the age of seven, and wants to leave something that will continue to grow even after he returns home to Europe. 

    More than 100 students have learned the basics of 3 ball juggling and many have learned much more! Expect to see clubs, rings, and bowling balls, also passing and other “team” juggling stunts. We will be offering free juggling lessons to anyone who wants to learn and would like to invite members of the Jordan Valley Juggling Club some three decades ago to join us!

    The EJJC had it’s first “gig” on March 12 as part of kids weekend at Boyne Mountain, and we are looking forward to the home town crowd at the East Jordan Freedom Festival!



Saturday – The Acoustic Tribute

Memorial Park Bandshell – 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Patrick and Anora O’Connor started their relationship playing music together.  Both grew up with music in their lives; Patrick started guitar lessons in 5th grade and Anora began with band in 6th grade.  After school, they continued their musical talents in various outlets.  When they fell in love, the tune was right.  They loved playing covers of their favorite songs and soon added in longtime friend Tom Heath.  Tom started playing violin in 6th grade and continued into his adult years when he also picked up mandolin and struck a chord with vocals.  Now, as The Acoustic Tribute, the trio has a great time playing the upbeat, acoustic tunes they love and sharing this passion for music with others.


Saturday – Full Circle

Memorial Park Bandshell – 8:30 PM – Dusk


Full Circle started playing together in the mid-60’s. Band members John Slough on lead guitar, keyboard and vocal, Nick Lilak on rhythm guitar and vocal, Roger Lilak on bass guitar and vocals. The band will be joined by special guest, Joe Trojanek on drums. Full Circle was influenced by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, strong vocal groups, and early rock featuring exceptional guitar work.
Full Circle