EAST CHICAGO — Nightly fireworks shows will be among the many attractions drawing people to Jeorse Park Beach, 3501 Alder Ave., this weekend for the city's inaugural Fusic Fest.
"It's a fusion of food, fun and music," said Steve Segura, a member of the city's special events committee. "We wanted to bring a different type of festival to the Region."
The fest will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will feature bands representing the 1970s, '80s and '90s.
The headliner will be Sheila E., the percussionist and singer known for her work with late music superstar Prince and her own 1980s hit singles "The Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre."
Sheila E. is expected to take the stage at about 10 p.m. Saturday.
"I'm a child of the '80s, so I'm ecstatic," Segura said.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, while admission to the fest is free.
Parking will also be free in the lots around the marina.
"If it gets really, really busy, there will be overflow parking off of Michigan Avenue with shuttle service," Segura said.
The Cincinnati Circus will be on hand for fire and acrobat shows. Aquafly, a hydroflight team, is scheduled for two performances on the water Sunday.
"The afternoon show will be superhero-themed," Segura said. "The evening show, they'll dress up with LED suits."
There will also be a video gaming truck, ziplining, rock and Velcro walls and a mechanical surfboard, as well as an obstacle course and trackless train for young children.
The fest is sponsored by the city, along with Ameristar Casino and St. Catherine Hospital.
Segura said the goal is for the fest to showcase the city and its lakefront.
"We want to show East Chicago is a safe, wonderful city that is up and coming again," he said.