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July 23, 2014

Water concert making a comeback

Aquapalooza returns to Lake St. Clair July 26-27

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

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Thousands of boaters gathered on Belvidere Bay on Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township for the 2013 Aquapalooza, the area’s only water concert.

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — You can only get to this concert by boat.

That’s the mantra for Aquapalooza, the water concert that attracts both local and national musical acts to Lake St. Clair.

Organizers and supporters such as Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel say the family-friendly celebration is a great way to promote the lake and the many amenities that surround it.

Water lovers are invited to attend the free event by boat, Jet Ski, canoe, kayak or other water transportation to enjoy the music of five local bands and one national act set up at the beachfront of Belle Maer Marina, just off Belvidere Bay.

What makes Aquapalooza so unique is that all event participants must come by boat; no cars will have access to the marinas. Activities and concerts will be held from 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m. both days.

Liquid Entertainment will emcee the event on both days and will be performing between acts. Performing July 26 are Under Pressure, Meldrum Brothers and Capture Detroit, a Journey tribute band.

Performing July 27 are Liquid Entertainment, The Motor INNs, Jo Caine and Craig Morgan.

A roped-off area will keep all powerboats away from the stage by 100 feet to create a safe zone for paddle boats, swimmers, standing-room fans and beach chairs in the shallow water in front of the floating barge stage.

Pete Beauregard and Sea Ray have sponsored Aquapalooza for many years. This year’s event has an expanded musical lineup and Crest Pontoons, of Owasso, is giving away a free $40,000 pontoon to a lucky participant.

“We’re are so honored to have the support of Mark Hackel for this great event and look forward to seeing huge crowds enjoying the cool waters of Lake St. Clair the entire weekend July 26-27,” Beauregard said.

Colony Marine is hosting the Sea Ray-registered event, which is sponsored by Crest Pontoons, UAW Chrysler, NASH FM, 96.3WDVD and Tonic LLC.

“This is a huge commitment by Colony Marine, UAW Chrysler, and Crest Boats to greatly expand this wonderful family event on our beautiful Lake St. Clair,” said Hackel. “It will be a huge weekend on the beachfront in celebrating Michigan boaters, and by maintaining the two-day schedule, Aquapalooza only means a tremendous boost in local economic impact and at least double the fun for everyone.”

Also assisting in Aquapalooza are the Harrison Township Fire Department, and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Marine Division and Road Division offices.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.