Let There Be Rock: A Tribute to Early AC/DC is the headliner of Quake on the Lake starting after the races July 23rd.
Let There Be Rock lends its name from the 1977 AC/DC hit song and performs the band's music of late-lead singer Bon Scott's era (1974-80). The era includes many of the band's most famous songs, including "Highway to Hell," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll," among many others.
Rhythm guitar player Bryan Walker said Let There Be Rock formed early 2014 and plans to play eight to 10 shows each year – insisting the group is an "event band, not a bar band." That mentality, he believes, adds to the authenticity and the energy of the show.
"It's almost impossible to do an authentic AC/DC show without a large venue," Walker said. "We've actually tried. It's impossible to replicate that on an 8-by-15 stage. The fans we get usually are loyal AC/DC fans and it's really hard to put on a proper show without the right venue."
Let There Be Rock members include Greg Mason (vocals), Ian Dodge (lead guitar), Brian Bennett (drums), Dan Greve (bass guitar) and Walker (rhythm guitar).
Walker said Mason has had several AC/DC tribute bands in the past, but the goal of the current group is to "take it to the next level." Mason reportedly contacted Walker and Greve and found Dodge – a 23-year old prodigy of AC/DC guitar player Angus Young – through an ad on Craigslist.
Since then, the band has performed at Bike Time in Muskegon, the Middle of the Mitt Music Festival in Mt. Pleasant and at Sandbar in Ludington.
"It's the goal to be as authentic to that band and that era and play good shows instead of toughing it out for four sets in the bars," he said. "We're lucky enough to put the hard work in it. We work pretty hard to be authentic and we get the good gigs.