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Ludrock Nation Supports the Community Through Many Events

Ludrock Nation is a nonprofit organization inspired by the power of music to benefit the identified needs of the Ludington area. Ludrock’s vision is to motivate and inspire current and future generations of musicians and provide an outlet to give back to the community.

The organization began as a group of Ludington High School alumni who would come together each year for “music and friends”. Through this group, the idea to turn this casual get together into an organization that would raise money for non-profits through an annual concert was born. Smaller fundraisers evolved from the main event.

Many local businesses support Ludrock’s mission by contributing to their events. Whether monetarily, in-kind, or product; Ludington businesses love Ludrock! One of their biggest supporters is Instrumental Music & Sound. Ludrock President, Ed Santarelli said, “Ludrock has had many successes over the years and Instrumental Music has been a big part and reason for that. They are the ‘official’ music store of Ludrock.”

Night of Fright

October, 2023

Ludrock’s Night of Fright is held each October at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St. in Ludington. Doors open at 6pm and cost is generally $5 for those age 13 and up and free for kids 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Ludington Center for the Arts. The event includes a cash bar, costume contest, and live music.

Instrumental Music & Sound

Girls Rock

Girls Rock is an event sponsored by The Zonta Club of the Ludington Area and coordinated by Ludrock.  This event celebrates “Girl Power” and is typically held at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts– 107 S. Harrison St. Local female musicians, singers, and artists of all ages perform live at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts performance hall. Between musical performances, local women from various walks of life will tell short stories of outstanding accomplishments, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, activism, and contributions to the local community. This event aims to celebrate and empower women and inspire others to follow their dreams, set personal goals, and positively impact the local community by their contributions. It’s a cause worth celebrating and will be an amazing event not to be missed. Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Girls Rock was held virtually in 2021. It was not held in 2022.

The 2021 Lineup Included:

  • Babe Ruthless
  • Jeri Dziabuda
  • Sandy Forrester
  • Bella Gasaway
  • Gypsy Rose
  • Meredith Hanson
  • Paula Jury Jarvis
  • Heather Kaatz
  • Chloe Kimes
  • Kraylee Ledger
  • Taylor Makowicki
  • Sarah Marentette
  • Laura Murphy
  • Elaine Parker
  • Julie Rasgaitis
  • Terri Lee
  • Nanette Scribner
  • Gina Sowa-Pratt
  • Kaylie Wells
  • Beth Whitney
  • Ashley Youngstrom Jones
  • Corin VanWyck
  • Sarah Marentette
  • Plus, special messages and tributes from Cathy Organ, Tammy Rogers, and Kate Sanford.

Ludrock All Stars

Ludrock All Stars is traditionally held at the Shagway Arts Barn in Hamlin Township, and presented as a warm up to Ludrock in July. Ludrock may be Ludington’s biggest music extravaganza of the summer, but the Ludrock All Stars concert is not a show to miss.

Ludrock All Stars was canceled in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to COVID-19.  In 2019, the All Stars vocalists performed with Manistee rock band “Flat Broke”, borrowing songs from their set list to perform as the lead singers! Performing at the 2019 Ludrock All Stars were:

  • Chris Craft
  • Chris Dunn
  • Lexi Kosla
  • Chad Rushing
  • Julie Sherlock
  • Jess Stubbs

The Main Event: Ludrock

Ludrock is generally held on the weekend closest to Ludington’s popular Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival and features live music from local bands and musicians. It’s a don’t miss event for the entire family. The event is held at downtown Ludington’s Waterfront Park and includes a Kids Crafts Area, food, drinks and event memorabilia available for purchase. The Ludrock entertainment roster includes performances by dozens of musicians who donate their time to the cause.

The 2020 event was canceled due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. Organizers had previously announced that the 2020 event was to be the 10th and final year for this two-day music fundraising festival, with the group’s emphasis turning to their other smaller events. The Ludrock board is hopeful that the final Ludrock Music Festival will occur sometime in the near future.

 The following acts appeared at Ludrock 2019:


  • American Legion Color Guard
  • Brynn Fortner
  • Brooke Angelina
  • Moms of Anarchy
  • The Miller Sisters
  • Shotman Band
  • Kraylee Ledger
  • The Beekers
  • Future Misters
  • Chad Rushing
  • Taylor Makowicki
  • Spike the Media
  • Pretoria
  • The Stinks
  • Chain Drive
  • SFUG’s
  • New Age Americans
  • Project Hero
  • Pancakes & Milkshakes 2.0
  • Ellie Blackout
  • Crossing Bard
  • On the Line
  • Talk Radio
  • Suburban
  • Hazard
  • Merrie Amsterburg


  • Mike Luusua
  • Barry Neal
  • Imagine
  • Ludington Ukes
  • Road Less Traveled
  • Lynn Callihan
  • Ben Traverse
  • Truck Driver Bingo
  • Evan Allen
  • Whodathunkit
  • Cadillac Experience
  • Flee the Scene
  • Flat Broke
  • Hartley Alvesteffer
  • High Fidelity
  • Trey Hooray!
  • Bog Wizard
  • Babe Ruthless
  • Project 90

Information on upcoming Ludrock events will be updated here as it becomes available. Stay tuned!

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