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July 30 - August 1, 2021

City of La Porte, Indiana

Pine, Stone and Clear Lakes

City of La Porte Announces Inaugural LakeFest Event

La PORTE, IN (May 28, 2021) – The City of La Porte will be hosting its first-ever LakeFest this summer, according to Mayor Tom Dermody.

Running July 30 through August 1, the festival boasts three days of music, art, food and fun for the whole family on La Porte’s Pine, Stone and Clear lakes, Dermody said this event is the perfect opportunity to showcase the city’s lakes and natural resources, as well as show neighboring communities what it means to be ‘Livin’ the Lake Life’ in the City of La Porte.

“We could not be more excited to bring this festival to the residents of our city and beyond,” Dermody said. “With our recent rebranding, the timing could not be more perfect to highlight what makes our community special. Park Superintendent Mark Schreiber and his planning committee have done an outstanding job pulling this together, and we cannot wait for what will no doubt be the best weekend of the summer.”

The main event, AquaX Jet Ski races, will take place on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend on Stone Lake. Other attractions will include concerts, activities for kids, markets, fireworks and more. All details, including performers, schedules and sponsors, will be announced soon. 

Concert headliners announced for City of La Porte's LakeFest

La PORTE, IN (July 1, 2021) – The full concert lineup for La Porte’s inaugural LakeFest was unveiled today, according to Park Superintendent Mark Schreiber.

The concerts, which will take place at Dennis F. Smith Amphitheatre in Fox Park, are free to the public and open to all ages. With the performers spanning across multiple genres, Schreiber said there is a live show for everyone to enjoy.

“Our committee could not be more excited to announce our live music schedule for this year’s LakeFest,” Schreiber said. “Both headliners, Wayne Baker Brooks and Rich Hardesty, will bring incredible energy to the stage and give the crowds nights to remember. And Fiesta del Lago will provide an amazing celebration of Latin music and dancing. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate the return of live shows than with three straight concert events at the newly renovated Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater overlooking Clear Lake.”

About our Headliners

Wayne Baker Brooks

Considered one of today’s top blues guitarists, Chicago native Wayne Baker Brooks’ signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre. The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks, he was influenced by legends such as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, KoKo Taylor, Muddy Waters and, of course, his father. Brooks has performed with or opened for many of those legends – including Guy, Wells and Taylor – as well as Bo Diddley, Corey Harris, The Black Crowes, Otis Rush, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Jimmy Vivino, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Mick Fleetwood, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, Billy Branch and many more.

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Rich Hardesty

Rich Hardesty

Many music fans around La Porte and the Hoosier state know and love Rich Hardesty, who will bring his full band to rock his hometown. With a musical magnetism about him, Hardesty guides listeners on a journey with unmatched depth and authenticity. While playing a wide variety of classic covers in venues across the globe, he has also released a dozen albums of original material, beautifully blending the lively sounds of reggae, the mellow moods of an acoustic songwriter, the storytelling of a true folk lover and elements of rock ‘n’ roll. Hardesty has toured nationally with a host of acclaimed artists over the years. Notably, he opened for Skip Marley at Bob Marley’s 71st birthday bash and was the headliner for John Mellencamp’s 50th birthday celebration.

For more information on Rich Hardesty, visit

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