Aquapalooza kicks off 4th year at Belle Maer

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 24, 2015


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The only local concert on the water is happening on Lake St. Clair this weekend.

Aquapalooza, now in its fourth year at Belle Maer Harbor in Harrison Township, will feature eight local and national bands who will perform for two days, July 25-26.

Belle Maer general manager Eric Foster said July 24 — the day of a private concert for marina members — that there has been much more “buzz” surrounding the event than ever before.

“The unique thing about Aquapalooza is you can only get to it by water,” he said.

Belle Maer’s shallow sandy shoreline where the concert stage is located, often referred to by locals as “Poor Man’s Beach,” provides the perfect spot for concertgoers.

“People can get out of their boats and walk through the water toward the stage to enjoy the show,” Foster said. He said that area of water has traditionally hovered right around four feet, but water levels are up this year.

“There aren’t many places like this that allows you to hold something like this,” he said. “This entire area will be covered with boats. It’s really a great time.”

The free two-day event will feature: Liquid Entertainment’s disc jockey will start things off at noon on Saturday, July 25. Country artists Audrey Ray, Rye Whiskey, John King and Kelsea Ballerini will take the stage beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 26, rock and roll music will be performed beginning at 11:30 a.m. with Rock & Roll Prep School. Liquid Entertainment will provide DJ services again, followed by performances by Meldrum Brothers Band and Jo Caine, followed by Mega 80s at 5 p.m.