HOBART | Organizers of Saturday's Bridging the Gap Music Fest say they're hosting the event to bring the gay and straight communities closer together.
The event is from 11 a.m. to dusk at Veterans Memorial Park, 5899 E. 73rd Ave.
North West Indiana Pride is playing host to the second annual event, group president Richard Popp said.
"We're hoping for a huge turnout this year and plan on using some of the proceeds to help openly gay students with some of their education costs. We're not trying to make money but bring the two communities, straight and gay, together," Popp said.
The North West Indiana Pride group organized a little more than two years ago.
All of the musical groups performing are from the area.
Liquid Signal will kick off the event at 11 a.m., followed by Rebuild and Rebound, the Stylings of Marilu Fanning, Indy Kids, Da Dj Queen along with Angela, Sudden Suspension, Athel and Uncle Bucket.
Vendors will include Meals By Mom, which will provide food such as slow cooked ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, brats, burgers and hot dogs.
Cupcakes, brownies and cookies will be available from Designer Desserts.
Vegetarian and vegan dishes also will be available.
Other vendors include Cheerful Chirping with decorated birdhouses and feeders; Staggers Chiropractic with chair messages; and It Works Global and New Prairies Soap Co. with soaps, organic vitamins and supplements.
Some of the bands will be selling T-shirts, and there will be pride merchandise for sale.
Tastefully Simple will have a booth at the event.
To buy tickets or for more information, call North West Indiana Pride at (219) 775-2584.
The group also has a Facebook page.