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Local acts set for Middle Waves Hype Event

Ripple will be June 24 at Parkview Field

Local rapper Mic Strong will perform June 25 at Ripple: A Middle Waves Hype Event.
Nick Braun

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published May 3, 2023

As you have probably heard, leadership at Middle Waves Music Festival is changing hands to Embassy Theatre. In a press release, the Embassy disclosed that they will take over leadership of the programming, planning, and execution of the festival. With their resources, they plan to continue the success of the festival and broaden to more people in the community. 

Without wasting any time, the Embassy announced they will host Ripple: A Middle Waves Hype Event at Parkview Field on Saturday, June 24. 

The event will be headlined by indie rocker Soccer Mommy and include performances by the Boston rock trio Vundabar, the soulful brass ensemble DuPont Brass, and local performers The Namby Pamby and Mic Strong

There will be two stages in the amphitheater/north gate section of Parkview Field to catch all the action. 

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with music starting at 5 p.m. 

Those looking for a little extra can take advantage of the VIP tickets that will gain you access to the 400 Club and VVIP tickets that will grant access to the 400 Club and The Summit. The youngsters will have fun as well with a special kids zone. More details about the event will be announced this month. 

Tickets for Ripple are reasonable at $35 general admission, $25 for kids 12 and under, $60 for VIP, and $75 for VVIP. They can be purchased at and and at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy. 

With Ripple and Embassy’s tentative plans to host the next Middle Waves Festival in June 2024, we are living in some exciting times indeed. 

Gaffigan bringing unique comedy to Coliseum

Memorial Coliseum have hit one out of the park with the booking of stand-up superstar Jim Gaffigan

The Barely Alive fall tour will stroll into town Saturday, Sept. 9, and expected to be a full house. 

Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy-winning top touring performer, and multiplatinum-selling recording artist. Whew! 

Making his third appearance at the Coliseum, Gaffigan is known for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. 

Tickets are available at and the MidWest America ticket office at the Coliseum.

Inaugural music fest coming to Syracuse

The inaugural Wawasee Good Vibes Music Fest will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Boondocks at South Shore Village, 10601 N. Ind. 13, Syracuse. 

The event will include food, drinks, family fun, and live music from The Hubie Ashcraft Band, Whoa, Man!, and Kaitlyn Schmit & The Move

Tickets can be purchased at 

BuskerFest returns downtown on May 20

Musicians, fire dancers, jugglers, and more will take part in this year’s BuskerFest on Saturday, May 20, from 3-9 p.m. at the intersection of Wayne and Calhoun streets in downtown Fort Wayne. 

The event is fun for the entire family and free to attend. 

Along with street performers, the music acts set to perform are Loveseat!, Intrepid Cat, Jersey Money, Swimming Into View, The Murmurations, and Randara

Foellinger books sweet act with Cake

Esteemed Sacramento alt-rockers Cake have announced a summer tour that will find its way to Foellinger Theatre on Monday, Sept. 11. 

The tour is hailed An Evening with Cake and will see the band cruising through their quirky radio hits and other gems from their three decades of material. 

Tickets are on sale at and in person at the Parks and Recreation office, 705 E. State Blvd. 

Vintage market returning to Hop River

Time to get your thrift on when the Secondhand Summer IV invades Hop River Brewing Company on Sunday, May 7, from noon-6 p.m. 

Presented by Goodbye Goods Vintage, the parking lot will be filled with vintage vendors from all over the area. To top it off, there will be live music by Loveseat! 

This is an all-ages event and won’t cost you a dime to enter. Just save some money for those tasty Hop River brews. 


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