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Hammond, Indiana's 2014 Festival of the Lakes

Updated on June 19, 2018

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OPENING ACT: The Kinsey Report
OPENING ACT: The Kinsey Report

Festival of the Lakes

Wolf Lake Memorial Park
2324 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN

Welcome Residents of Hammond, Indiana & friends of nearby communities!

It's time, once again, to show our appreciation to our beautiful lakes (Wolf Lake, Lake George & Lake Michigan). From July 16th, 2014 - July 20th, 2014 (five fun packed days) the city of Hammond, Indiana will be celebrating with food, games, rides & entertainment that's sure to please every member of your family.

JULY 16, 2014

The only living musician to hold the Jamaican governments' highest honor of achievement in arts & science, the Order of Merit, Jimmy Cliff (born James Chambers, April 1 1948) is a multi-talented musician, instrumentalist, singer & actor.

Jimmy Cliff is well known with mainstream audiences for hits like "Wonderful World, Beautiful People", "Sitting in Limbo", "Many Rivers to Cross", "The Harder They Come" & "You Can Get It If You Really Want" from the movie soundtrack The Harder They Come in which he also starred in.

Jimmy Cliff also help popularize reggae music all over the world. His two most popular 'cover' songs "Wild World" by Cat Stevens & "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash can be heard in the film Cool Runnings starring John Candy.

OPENING ACT: The Kinsey Report

QUICK BIO: Jimmy Cliff

Born: JAMES CHAMBERS - April 1, 1948

Born in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica, Cliff started writing songs when he was just child and by the time he was 14-years-old the song "Hurricane Hattie" became a hit. In 1975, Cliff sang on Saturday Night Live in its first season when hosted by Dick Cavett.

Cliff took a break from the music industry and traveled to Africa, converted to Islam & took on the name El Hadj Naïm Bachir.

When he returned, Cliff performed with not only top musicians such as The Rolling Stones & Elvis Costello but with actors like Robin Williams & Peter O'Toole.

In 1990, Cliff appeared in the movie "Marked For Death" performing with the Jimmy Cliff Band the song "John Crow".

Cliff is not a Rasta, and was not even one during the roots era of reggae. He has a 'universal outlook on life', and does not align himself with any particular movement or religion. He has two kids, a daughter and a son, and resides in Jamaica.

OPENING ACT:  Jimmy Sarr Band
OPENING ACT: Jimmy Sarr Band

Festival of the Lakes

JULY 17, 2014

special appearance by COWBOY TROY

Kicking ass and taking names since 1998, Big Kenny & John Rich first met at a club and have been writing songs together ever since. And it just so happened that John Rich was fired from a band (Texassee aka Lonestar) he helped put together, while Big Kenny departed from Hollywood Records he recorded in a short-lived band (luvjOi) and as a solo-artist.

What put Big & Rich "on the map" was their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color. This album was released in 2004 and produced four straight Top 40 country hits. The most popular song on the album is "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", along with Cowboy Troy who will be making a special guest appearance.

Cowboy Troy

Born: Troy Lee Coleman III, December 18, 1970
An American musician who performs country rap, but it can also be known as "Hick-Hop" by his loyal fans.

Modern Midways

Carnival Rides

All the carnival rides at the Festival of the Lakes are brought to you by Modern Midways.

  • JULY 19th, 2014 Special Persons ride for FREE from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • JULY 19th, 2014 WRIST BAND DAY - Unlimited rides for children for $25 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Festival of the Lakes

JULY 18, 2014

There will be a golf scramble that will be held at Lake George/The Lost Marsh in Hammond, Indiana. Advanced registration is required.


Before Rome Ramirez

The musical collaboration between Eric John Wilson, Floyd I. "Bud" Gaugh IV and Bradley James Nowell formed the band Sublime. As the band grew more & more popular, Nowell (founder of Sublime) struggled with a heroin addiction which eventually took his life when he overdosed on May 25, 1996 during a tour and shortly before the release of Sublime's self-titled major.

During Rome Ramirez

Close friends & family of Bradley Nowell felt that it was wrong to have the band's name remain Sublime without Bradley Nowell. It's been proven that Nowell copyrighted the name solely giving him ALL rights to that name.

So they changed it.


Pop Rock Day


Festival of the Lakes

July 19, 2014


Headlining for tonight will be:


Opening for the UNDER THE SUN TOUR will be:

  • Bunkertown

The Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Starting at 8 a.m. persons above 8-years-old starts sharply. Then starting at 8:15 a.m. persons under 8-years-old are welcomed to join.

Fireworks by the Mad Bomber

Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions

Promptly at 10:30 p.m. the Festival of the Lakes would like to introduce to you Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions. These professional pyrotechnics will blow you away with what they do best -FIREWORKS!

Polka Party - 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tony Blazonczyk's NEW PHAZE
Tony Blazonczyk's NEW PHAZE

Latin Night - 7 p.m. to ?

Festival of the Lakes

July 20, 2014

Polka Day & Latin Night


If you know how to POLKA or just like to have fun, come on up to the Hammond Marina and have yourself a blast. With Tony Blazonczyk's NEW PHASE leading the way, your sure to have a good time and you'll certainly know how to POLKA before you call it a night.


Banda Los Recoditos is a Mexican band formed in Mazatlán, Sinaloa. It was founded in 1989 by friends and family members ofBanda el Recodo by Cruz Lizárraga

All the way from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Banda Los Recoitos is a Mexican band that was formed in 1989 by friends & family members of Cruz Lizárraga's band, Banda el Recodo.

In 2010 the Banda Los Recoditos released their album "¡Ando Bien Pedo!", became a number-one hit in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden is brought to you by Calumet Breweries

  • You must be 21-years-old (or older) to enter the Beer Garden.
  • You must be 21-years-old (or older) to consume alcoholic beverages.

© 2014 James Timothy Peters


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