Hobart Jaycee Fest is back with live music, a food vendor and plenty of cold beer starting 6 p.m. through July 3.
Some of the proceeds are being donated to the “About Face Burn Camp” in Martinsville, Ind., a state and national Jaycees-supported project. It will also be used locally to present the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Hobart’s Festival Park and for a Christmas shopping spree for children of low-income Hobart families, said Tracie Pouch, president of the Hobart Jaycees.
On Monday, the Hobart Fire Dept will have fire fighters serving as guest bartenders at the beer truck, with tips being donated to Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Three years ago the fest switched from a 21-and-older-only event to a family-friendly one.
“The impact of making this all-ages has been wonderful,” Pouch said. “We’ve had much larger crowds and the feedback has been very positive. The beer garden is off to one side (with a great sight line to the stage), while the family section gives younger fans access to the front of the stage to get up close to the bands."
Pouch believes tonight’s performance by the national touring/recording act Cracker will be this year's biggest money-making night.
Cracker, an alt-rock band with Americana/country flavoring that found success in the 1990s — scoring multiple gold records, is still going strong under the guidance of co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Kickman.
Their best known radio hits include “Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl” and “Get Off This.” Cracker’s most recent album is 2009’s “Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey.”
A new album is expected later this year, so region fans will be hearing some new tunes mixed with the old favorites.
“This is Cracker’s second time at Jaycee Fest. The turn out for them last time (in 2008) was wonderful and feedback we've heard makes me think we’re going to see a really big crowd for them again this year,” she said. “We’re also expecting our closing night (July 3) with Brian Howe’s Bad Company to bring out a lot of people too.”
Howe spent time in the 1980s and early 1990s as frontman for the classic rock group Bad Company, following the departure of original vocalist Paul Rodgers. Howe was featured singer on such latter-day Bad Co. albums as “Fame & Fortune,” “Dangerous Age,” “Holy Water” and “Here Comes Trouble.” He was also the lead singer on Ted Nugent’s 1984 “Penetrator” album.