John Jarrard Foundation Lake Show
When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 4
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
Cost: $400 VIP tables, $20 adults and free for 12 and younger
More info: www.johnjarrardfoundation.com
To kick off the best “summer party,” the John Jarrard Foundation will entertain landlubbers, boaters and everyone in between with its second annual Lake Show.
“This will be one of the most fun outdoor concert lake events that Gainesville, Hall County has ever seen,” said Jody Jackson, executive director of the John Jarrard Foundation.
The show will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, when the gates open at Lake Lanier Olympic Park at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville.
Entertainment will feature the band “Yacht Rock Revue” from Atlanta.
“They’re a cover band that does all ’70s and ’80s music that anyone over 35 would know every word to every song,” Jackson said.
Sponsored by various organizations including The Good Life Group and Carriage Automotive Group, the concert is set for a big turn out.
“This is our second show, and we’ve got over 70 tables sold,” Jackson said. “We’ll have probably over a thousand people out there. There will be a bunch of boats behind the stage and the music will great.”
Other activities will include cornhole for participants to play and three different food vendors offering their fare.
“We’ve got some LED balloons that we’re lighting up, and some LED beach balls we’re going to be bouncing around out in the water and everywhere,” Jackson said, noting a Big Green Egg will be raffled off. “It’s going to be a lot of music and a lot fun,” Jackson said.
Returning for a second year now, the Lake Show is put together by the John Jarrard Foundation, an organization honoring the life of the popular songwriter who died in 2000 after a battle with Type 1 diabetes.
“Everybody just loved John Jarrard,” Jackson said. “The good folks here in Gainesville got together and started the John Jarrard Foundation.”
The group has been organizing concerts every year for different charities such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, the Good News clinics and Good News at Noon.
“This is our 15th year and we’ve raised over $1.5 million dollars for all those charities,” he said. “We also give to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank as well as Challenged Child and Friends. We just bring music here to North Georgia and raise money for several charities, all in John Jarrard’s name.”