By Sue Gully, Correspondent
Country star Jack Ingram, The Voice finalists The Swon Brothers and several up-and-coming local performers will soon take the stage in New Munich.
The musicians will be part of JC Jam, Saturday, Aug. 26 at the New Munich ball diamond.
In addition to the headliners, the event will feature Edge of the Ledge, a young band from Albany, which kicks off the event at 3 p.m. The band will be followed by Megan Lenius from Ramsey and Nashville recording artist Levi Pelzer who hails from Little Falls.
The Swon Brothers, known for “Later On,” hit the main stage at 8 p.m., and Jack Ingram, who sings “Barefoot and Crazy” headlines at 10 p.m.
With the star line up, New Munich Jaycees organizers are planning for a crowd between 2,000-4,000 people, possibly more than 10 times more than the city’s population of about 320.
“Grab your friends, grab your family and have a fun day,” said Ann Piotrowski, a New Munich Jaycee member. “We want it to be something to come to and have a good time.”
The New Munich Jaycees hosted the Johnny Holm band at the ball field for the last nine years, drawing crowds of about 1,100 to 1,400 people. Last year they added Levi Pelzer to the lineup and named it JC Jam. This year they wanted to go bigger.
“We realized there’s new members who want to try something new,” said Pam Funk, a New Munich Jaycee alumna. “So, we said, ‘Let’s run with it!’”
Being the Jaycees is a young adult leadership organization, the JC Jam fits in with its mission of providing opportunities for young individuals to develop the leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to make a positive change.
Jaycee members have many opportunities for leadership with JC Jam. Preparing for the event has included lining up bands, promoting the event, securing food and beverage vendors and preparing the site.
With help coming from other Jaycees chapters as well as community members, friends and family, Jaycees estimate about 100-130 volunteers are helping with the event.
The proceeds will fund community projects.
“We are raising funds to give back to our community,” Piotrowski said. “We’re really here to help the community and support the community.”
Some projects previously funded by the Jaycees include park improvements, scholarships, playground equipment, Easter egg hunts, Christmas baskets and backpack fills.
“I live here in New Munich, and I know the community is so grateful,” Piotrowski said.
They hope the event will also raise awareness of Jaycees and inspire others to join them.
“With the benefits I received from the Jaycees — getting up in front of a group and talking to them, building individual development, having the support of everybody in Jaycees — it’s really the best thing I’ve done in my life,” Piotrowski said.
JC Jam tickets can be purchased at the Worms Lumber and Ready Mix in New Munich, Hofbrau in New Munich and Central Minnesota Credit Union in Melrose. They can also be purchased online at www.facebook.com/jayceesnewmunich/.
General admission tickets cost $25 in advance. VIP tickets, which includes close seating, access to a VIP bar area and nearby porta-potties, cost $50 in advance.
Ticket prices will be higher at the gate.
Attendees should bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit the Facebook page or call Lyle Klasen at (320) 260-6488 or Ann Piotrowski at (320) 492-3559.