2019 HarborFest – Mattson Lower Harbor - Marquette West Rotary
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General Information

Save the Date – Friday, August 23rd & Saturday August 24th, 2019

On August 23 & 24, 2019, HarborFest will return in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park for another year of live music, activities, and family fun.


HarborFest is one of the best free 2-day music festivals in the Upper Peninsula, but it is so much more than just live music! The event includes a beer and wine tent specializing in craft beers. Try some local foods from food tents and trucks. Bring the kids for some fun on the inflatables  or cruise down the rows of classic cars and motorcycles during Saturday’s show. Also returning is the annual South Shore Fishing Association Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day in the Harbor where you can cheer on your U.P. Vets!


The Insiders play Saturday Night

Headlining  for the third year in a row, all the way from Chicago, Illinois, it’s Bumpus! That’s right, the soulful bluesy band is returning to Marquette for another powerful Friday night show on the HarborFest stage. There will also be several local bands playing throughout the day to keep the live music going all afternoon and evening!


Saturday night, HarborFest welcomes Tom Petty Tribute Band The Insiders as the evening’s headlining band. The Insiders are a 6 man band from Grand Rapids, Michigan who channel all of the Tom Petty energy into their shows. Join us at HarborFest Saturday night and give The Insiders a warm Upper Peninsula welcome!


Live Music All Weekend Long


This soul music band has the energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown & the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye.


Friday Night Headliner | 9:00-11pm

After two years in a row of headlining HarborFest, Chicago’s Bumpus is returning for another show. Headlining Friday night at HarborFest 2019, Bumpus will jam out on stage with a mix of some of their own original material and some covers.  Their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush JB Horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.

We’ll have local bands playing throughout the day and big headliners to wrap up each day of HarborFest! Check out information on each of the bands below, plus see the full band schedule:


From Grand Rapids, Michigan The Insiders are a 6 man Tom Petty Tribute Band playing Saturday Night at HarborFest.

The Insiders

Saturday Night Headliner | 9:00-11pm

The Insiders assembled after the passing of rock and roll legend Tom Petty. The band is made up of lead vocals and guitarist Max Lockwood. Lockwood is the bandleader of Grand Rapids band Big Dudee Roo, a solo artist and has been the bassist for other artists including May Erlewine. Mike Lynch is on the keys and has performed with artists like Bob Seger and Kid Rock. Phil Barry is on guitar and is also one half of the folk duo Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Eric O’Daly a vocalist and mutli-instrumentalist for The Insiders, with Joe Vanacker on bass. Daine Hammerle is on drums and is also a bandmate with Lockwood in Big Dudee Roo.

Beechgrove & Blacksmith
Friday | 4:45 - 6:15pm

Beechgrove & Blacksmith is a wife-husband duo that delivers “eclectic acoustic music to tickle your fancy.” With a variety of instrumentation and smooth vocal harmonies, they perform familiar covers and crowd-pleasing originals from genres including blues, folk, rock, traditional, country, pop, and even a splash of jazz.


The Wayouts

Friday | 6:45 - 8:15pm

The Wayouts have a heavy focus on the lead vocals of Cheryl Peterson, and the keyboard antics of area music legend Matt Suomi. The band’s unique sound is retro, synthy keyboards, groove heavy drums from Kris Schaefer, and rock ‘n’ roll guitar from Tom Osier and Rodney Gendron. The result is reminiscent of your favorite memories of attending gigs in the 80’s/90’s.


Strung Together

Sat. | 12:30 - 2:00pm

Strung Together is made up of Ethan VanLete on Guitar, Ryan Moin on Mandolin and Russel Harmon on the Banjo. This local Marquette band plays in the bluegrass/folk Genre. Strung Together is back for their second year at HarborFest.


The Pit Crew

Sat. | 2:30 - 4:00pm

The Pit Crew is a four man band: Kurt Gronvall, Kim Lenten, and Linda Smith all play acoustic guitar and sing for the band with Seamus Collins playing acoustic bass, vocals, and cello. The Pit Crew is from the local area out of Ishpeming, Michigan and covers acoustic music from the singer-song writer era.


Tuesday Jones

Sat. | 4:30 - 6:00pm

Tuesday Jones is a classic rock band with a bluesy edge to their music. Featuring a no nonsense twin guitar attack, in the pocket rhythm section and gritty heartfelt vocals, you’ll love listening to this band live at HarborFest 2019.


Iron Daisy

Sat. | 6:30 - 8:15pm

Iron Daisy is a local band that plays a mix of rock, pop, and country music. They have performed all across Marquette County and are coming to HarborFest to play for you! This is also their second time returning at HarborFest.


Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day

Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day

While you’re enjoying everything HarborFest has to offer, watch the South Shore Fishing Association Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day Boat Parade in the lower harbor. Vets will be showing of their catch of the day while patriotic music plays. The parade will be around 1pm on Saturday, August 24th.
Double Trouble Kids Inflatables

Double Trouble Kids Inflatables

Double Trouble will have about four or five kids inflatables from 5 to 9 on Friday and 12 to 7 on Saturday. Wrist bands will cost 10 tokens each, and will allow the kids to play on the inflatables for as long as they want! HarborFest is the perfect event for families and children of all ages.
Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Enjoy a FREE public viewing of over 100 cars and bikes between the tents and park playground. Running from 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday only, this will be a great extra attraction on site everyone in the family can enjoy.

Sponsored by Good Time Oldies, enjoy walking down the aisles of vehicles while some classic hits play from the big stage!

Live Music Friday & Saturday

Live Music Friday & Saturday

Both Friday and Saturday we’ve got live music at Lower Harbor Park in Marquette! We’ll have local bands throughout the afternoon and some big names in the evening. You can enjoy music from all different genres including country, soul, blues, and rock! Check out the music section to see what bands will be at HarborFest and when.
U.P. Luge Club Demos

U.P. Luge Club Demos

At HarborFest on Saturday August 24th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm the Upper Peninsula Luge Club will have a demonstration luge slide to try out! Come out rush down the 40ft wheel luge slide. The UP Luge Club will also have an informational table so you can learn how to join the club and participate during the winter months.




DaH Pretzel Guys

Senors Food Truck

Waterfront Gala

Join us for the Annual HarborFest Waterfront Gala Thursday, August 22nd!

Marquette West Rotary is already starting to plan for this year’s 36th annual HarborFest, August 22nd-24th, 2019. Due to popular demand, we will again kickoff the festival with our waterfront ticketed event. Over 250 people enjoy this outdoor private party at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. This year’s event is a Hawaiian theme! We expect to see everyone in their best Hawaiian t-shirts and light colored pants. Everyone will receive a traditional Hawaiian Lei greeting, a chance to show of their stuff at the island themed games, and help support our local community through the auction! There will be beer and wine, plus a Hawaiian inspired cocktail at the bar and a dinner of Hawaiian themed dishes with tropical desserts. Make sure to get your tickets/table and join us Thursday, August 22nd.


HarborFest is the key fundraising effort that helps support Marquette West Rotary’s contributions to numerous non-profit organizations throughout Marquette County. Last year we raised over $35,000 to help support Marquette West Rotary’s donations to over 35 Marquette organizations!

Interested in getting tickets to the Waterfront Gala?

Connect with Michelle:

Michelle Sellers

Vice President Business Banking – River Valley Bank
1140 West Washington St. Marquette, MI 49855

P 906.273.2618

Email Michelle

Please help us reach our 2019 goal! Tables are available for corporate sponsorship or as individual tickets.