4701 Highway 61
White Bear Lake
Minnesota 55110

We are no longer accepting entertainment applications for 2017.
2017 Bands are; June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27

Opening Night of Marketfest
June 15, 2017

The Michael Handler Project

Kowalski's Gazebo Stage
4th and Washington Square
Intermission:White Bear Dance Center

The Beetles, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Oasis, Imagine Dragons, Train, Bruno Mars & Ed Sheeran to name a few.
An inventive Acoustic Duo/Trio with notable originals and novel twists on covers. The guitar and vocals, backed up by a mix of hand drums, banjo, ukulele bass and harmonies create a new sound for Today's music scene. Since 2004, The Michael Handler Project has inspired audiences to sit up, listen, and sing along with their crowd pleasing pop-rock tunes and a personable stage presence. Whether at corporate happy hours or the weekend bar frenzy, The Michael Handler Project always makes an impact, generating new enthusiasts who look for an encore.

Genre(s) of Music:
Rock, Country, Folk & Pop

Michael Handler / Lead vocals & guitar
Dan Ferstenou / Vocals, guitar, banjo & ukulele bass
John Michaels / Vocals & percussion

Opening Night of Marketfest
June 15, 2017

Jennifer Grimm/Joe Cruz

White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
3rd and Banning
Intermission:Michael Ray Pfeifer

These music business veterans bring a variety of genres to the stage with Jennifer's powerful and versatile vocals, Joe's Latin-infused rock sensibilities, Jason's R&B roots and Greg's precision and myriad percussion influence

Jennifer Grimm/Vocals
Joe Cruz/Guitar and vocals
Jason Craft/Guitar and vocals
Greg Schutte/Drums

Jennifer and Joe both live in White Bear and have enjoyed being a part of the vibrant live music scene here for years.

June 22, 2017

Looking Bacharach

Kowalski's Gazebo Stage
4th and Washington Square
Intermission:Sanibel Dance Studio

With a career spanning five decades and producing more than 70 top 40 hits, no artist in the 20th century has had a broader array of hits by a more diverse set of artists than Burt Bacharach. Looking Bacharach celebrates this true American treasure; his quirky rhythms, complex harmonies and uber-catchy melodies. Looking Bacharach is not just a nostalgia show - it's an exciting exploration of a prolific composer's output - delivered by musicians who are not just seasoned professionals, but also fans.

Kevin Thomas /Vocals
Emily Vilano /Vocals
Michael Silva /Tenor Sax & Flute
Jimmy Kennedy / Guitar & keyboards
Joe Weisman / Bass, guitar & Ukulele
Mo Engel / Drum set

June 22, 2017

Silver Hammer Quartet

White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
3rd and Banning
Intermission: Harmonica Workshop by Joey Flip

Beatles Tribute Band

We cover the Beatles music from 1962-1970- Selecting many songs that are familiar and several others that are known to enthusiasts. We have talented musicians and vocalists in the group and all are scholars and life-long fans of the Fab Four. No beatles wigs, just the music.

Mike Ryan/Vocals, guitar
Mike Nilles/Vocals, guitar
Andy Richards/Vocals, guitar
Matt Richards/Drums
Doug Salmela/Bass

June 29, 2017


Kowalski's Gazebo Stage
4th and Washington Square
Intermission: Richter Piano Studio

Ride is a blues and r & b band that's been performing mainly around the NE Metro area for close to twenty years. The band's motto is, "You can't stop the wave, but you can learn to Ride It!"

June 29, 2017

Jake Nelson Band

White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
3rd and Banning
Intermission: White Bear High School Drum Line

Eclectic rock

Jake Nelson is Raw Talent and Originality. Fans say Jake Nelson is a Eli Young Band meets Sam hunt meets Ed Sheeran. Jake has made appearances at Winstock and Country Fest sharing the stage with National acts Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square, and Dylan Scott. He is also very involved in the local music scene playing venues with regional acts such as Maiden Dixie, Hitchville, The Plott Hounds, and more. Nelson has recently released his first studio album with talented producer Damien Jungroth available online everywhere.

Jake Nelson / Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals
Matt Erickson / Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Damien Jungroth / Drums / Cajon Drum, Backing Vocals

Jake Nelson is born and raised in White Bear Lake. Attended Central, North and Graduated from South Campus in 2007. His first job was cook and driver at Pizza Man off of bald eagle Blvd. He then worked at Best Western and Rudy's Redeye Grill through high school. Recently Jake released his first studio single "Grew Up Home" accompanied with a music video shot in White Bear Lake highlighting iconic places like Cup N Cone, Manitou Beach, and more. The video has accumulated over 850 shares and 44,000 views on Facebook.

July 6, 2017

High Brow and the Shades

Kowalski's Gazebo Stage
4th and Washington Square
Intermission: Tim Snow

High energy performers that are focused on audience participation. We play music from the 60's to 2,000's.

Eclectic Rock

Jimmy G/Drums and vocals
Uncle Ray/Guitar and vocals
Dr. J/Keyboard and vocals
Boogie Man Boyd/Bass and vocals
Samantha Marie/Lead Vocals

July 6, 2017

Jason Paulson Band

White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
3rd and Banning
Intermission: Sisloob Lo & Julito Cabrera Variety Show

Springsteen, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, SRV

If Americana, blues, country, and folk were personified, they'd be sitting at a bar with Jason Paulson's bold, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice at the head of the table-Elmore Magazine

The guitar is outstanding here, with cool slide in the left channel, and a punchy acoustic guitar in the right channel, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt.-Nashville Blues Society

Paulson is the rare musician with an immaculate sense of melody, writes well-thought out lyrics, keeps rhythm, solos like a guitar hero and sings as well as anyone.-Southern Minn Scene

Jason/Vocals, guitar
Carolyn/Vocals, Accordion

July 13, 2017


Kowalski's Gazebo Stage
4th and Washington Square
Intermission: Sun Yi Karate Studio, WBL

Hornucopia is a band of talented musicians and singers from the Twin Cities and upper Midwest area. Distinct from tribute bands that pay homage to a single group or style of music, Hornucopia pays tribute to many musical groups that feature substantial horn sections. It boasts a tight 4-piece horn section and a 4-piece rhythm section, plus 3 top rated vocalists whose melodies and harmonies are inspiring and far-reaching.

Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Bruno Mars, Blood Sweat & Tears, Stevie Wonder and many more...

Kevin Thomas /Vocals
Norm Blagman /Vocals & Percussion
Jenny Russ /Vocals
Mason Hemmer /Vocals & Trombone
Pete Berg /Trumpet
Michael Silva / Bari Sax, Alto & Flute
Dave Strong /Tenor Sax
Matt French / Vocals & Guitar
James Towns /Bass
Dave Moulton /Keyboard
Aaron Clarksean/Drum set

July 13, 2017

Jazz Mentors and Brio Brass

White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
3rd and Banning

Jazz Mentors: The Jazz Mentors are a group of music educators that teach private lessons, jazz ensembles, jazz combo's, and jazz improvisation. They also perform at concerts and events.

Brio Brass: Brio Brass, established in 1999, is comprised of more than 50 adult musicians who together form a non-traditional, rockin' brass band. The skillful selection of music, lively pacing, and added surprises, combined with a relaxed atmosphere, appeals to all types of audiences and age groups. We perform our own arrangements written specifically for us. The large repertoire includes fluid ballads, pop of all eras, show tunes, funky rock and LOTS of jazz!

The Jazz Mentors will be the opening act and will perform from 6 - 7:15 p.m. and Brio Brass will perform from 7:25 - 9:00 p.m.

July 20, 2017


Kowalski's Gazebo Stage
4th and Washington Square
Sponsors by:

Intermission: Inspiration Performing Arts Center

Jazz, Blues, Folk, Reggae, Americana and originals

We like to keep it cool, but hot. A pretty jazz ballad followed by an uptempo swing/blues tune is the norm for this group.

Mike Judy/Guitar and vocals
April Pate/Vocals and percussion
Dean White/Drums
John Iden/Bass

Mike, Dean and April are all White Bear Lake residents.

July 20, 2017

Two Hicks and a Chick

White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
3rd and Banning
Intermission: Lakeshore Players

Hey y'all! It's high time for a little honky-tonk heaven, and Two Hicks and a Chick will take you there! We're a fun-lovin' Acoustic Trio dishing out all of your favorite Country tunes. Need a little hitch in your giddy-up? We never disappoint! As individual artists, Ali, Jeff, and Mark have been fixtures on the Minnesota music scene for years. Together? Forget about it! The trio formed after Ali was singin' away one sunny Saturday afternoon at the Narrows Saloon (Navarre, MN). A mutual friend in the audience recommended Jeff sit in on a couple tunes. After some impromptu renditions of Bobby McGee, Aimee, When You Say Nothing At All, and Small Town Saturday Night, Ali and Jeff decided the sound was too good to ignore. Jeff called his guitar pickin' pal, Mark Knoll after one trial rehearsal, Two Hicks and a Chick was born!

Jeff Becker/Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Ali Gray/Vocals and Small Percussion
Mark Knoll/Lead Guitar and Vocals

July 27, 2017
(Last Marketfest for 2017)

Devon Worley Band

Kowalski's Gazebo Stage
4th and Washington Square
Intermission: Just for Kix

New and fresh country music!

Pay Attention. The country music world is changing. The days of bro-country and bubble gum, pop-influenced country songs are meeting a slow death on country radio. The current country fan is ready for something more aggressive, soulful and edgy. Meet the band that defines that movement. Welcome to the future of country music.

Devon Worley/ Vocals/Guitar
Jason Medvec/Guitar/Vocals
Adam Durand/ Bass
Grant Thelen/Drums

July 27, 2017 (Last Marketfest for 2017)

American Bootleg

White Bear Mitsubishi
3rd Street Stage
3rd and Banning
Intermission: White Bear Elementary Orchestra

Rock N Roll

Twin Cities based cover band American Bootleg is best described as a high energy tribute to Rock & Roll. Since 2011 they've been entertaining upper Midwest audiences with a set list spanning 7 decades - songs you know, songs you love - and some you may have forgotten about. Crowd engagement, quality musicianship and attention to detail make American Bootleg, a can't-miss live experience.

Marc Mutchler/Lead Vocals, guitar
Nathan Kostiuk/Bass
Andy Kelly/Saxaphone
Kevin Fuhrman/Drums

Thank You to our Stage Sponsors!

Kowalskis Markets White Bear Lake Mitsubishi