Sponsored by Miller Boat Line on June 10, 2017 at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay, Ohio from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Strung Like a Horse
Clay Maselle says he surrounded himself with more “Hillbilly Misfits” who all love to “pick” and Strung Like a Horse was born. The band, based in Chattanooga, TN, performs its signature version of gypsy grass sound and delights audiences with a fiery hot high energy stage show.
Maselle plays acoustic guitar, mandolin and kazoo and is the band’s lead vocalist. He is joined by upright bass player and soaring harmonist BJ Hightower, drums and bells percussionist Crispy and fiddler Spooky Fiddler.
Mo’Mojo bills itself as a hard driving, high energy, “Pardi-Gras” Band. The female fronted Zydeco band sing in both English and French and Mo’Mojo features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums.
Mo’Mojo takes Zydeco music and infuses it with Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms. The band has played many festival, clubs and has toured internationally.
Mo’Mojo represents an American Art Form with Zydeco music and the band focuses on both performances and workshops developed for all ages.
The six member group includes Jen Maurer on diatonic accordion, guitar and vocals; Leigh Ann Wise on trumpet, rubboard, percussion and vocals; Anthony Papaleo on fiddle, guitar and vocals; Joe Golden on guitar and talk box; Darren Thompson on bass and Will Douglas on drums.
The FloorwalkersThe Floorwalkers integrate the full spectrum of American music — country, funk, jazz, pop, rock and soul among a musical kaleidoscope that has made them a popular band in the Columbus area for the past seven years.
The six members of this talented band grew up together in Chardon, OH, a Cleveland suburb.
They played little league baseball together as children and in high school they traded in their bats for guitars, percussion and a unique style and formed a band
When half of the band moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University, the other half refused to be left behind.
Growing up together in the same Cleveland, Ohio suburb, The Floorwalkers played little league baseball together as children. In high school bats gave way to guitars and the band was formed. When half of the band moved to Columbus to attend OSU the other half followed.
Emily Keener is a seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter from Wakeman, OH. Since her exciting journey into the Top 12 on NBC’s The Voice, Emily has been writing and recording diligently in an effort to capture the energy of this most transformative year.
Emily started playing the guitar when she was 11 years old and began writing songs when she was almost 12. A natural curiosity and passion for music quickly got her performing frequently and writing constantly. Almost 6 years later, she has written over 100 original songs and released three EPs and two LPs.
Her songs are distinctly original, and the ideas she manages to express in them belie a soul that seems to be much older than seventeen. Before training with renowned vocal coach Joan Ellison and master guitarist Tony Schaffer, Emily was entirely self-taught and thrived on the time she spent locked away with a guitar and a notebook.
With the guidance and support of her family and friends, fellow musicians, and many zealous music-lovers, she continued to grow in and experiment with her artistry. At 15, she recorded “East of the Sun”; an original EP backed by the amazing musicians of Norwalk, OH that once made up “The Womacks”.
A year later, she suddenly found herself in front of millions of people on national television with her astonishingly well-received debut on Season 10 of The Voice. She had the honor of performing the songs of some of her greatest inspirations, including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John, “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell, “Still Crazy After All These Years” by Paul Simon, and “Lilac Wine” by Jeff Buckley.
After advancing to the Top 12, Emily arrived home with a newfound sense of self as she walked directly from the plane into the studio at Waveburner Recording. Now, a few months later, she is ready to unveil her latest work and prove that this year is just the beginning.
JP & The Chatfield Boys
JP & The Chatfield Boys is an Ohio-based national act with variably deep Mid-Western roots and some serious talent. The group couple highly charged original songs with forward thinking covers, while fusing traditional bluegrass with elements of Americana, Jam, Reggae and Modern-Folk.
The bands’ sound can seamlessly morph from classic Appalachian into fresh finger picking sound-scapes, and back again. There is an exuded sense of trust between the members on stage that tells the audience that this is where they all have longed to be.
JP & The Chatfield Boys’ energetic ability to cater to multi-generational crowds leaves both first time listeners and long time fans yearning for more.
The Flyin Jays
The Flyin Jays are quickly becoming a favorite band on the Lake Erie Islands and Put-in-Bay.
Utilizing acoustic instruments with blazing riffs and big vocal harmonies, they create a unique sound all their own. The band plays popular music from the good ole days to current pop hits, all with an island twist.
And they don’t just play covers. Their original music is extremely unique and will have you feeling like driving down a country road, or sailing away into the sunset.
The Jays are not just an island band. They can be found in bars and pubs as well as fairs and festivals throughout the region.
Bob Gatewood and Calabash started in the Flats of Cleveland in 1985 and quickly became the house band at several clubs, most notably Fagan’s. Within a year, they were also playing the Round House on Put-in-Bay and Sloppy Joe’s in Key West. They were to become the benchmark in all three markets.
They set sales records and then broke them the following year. Playing a blend of their own songs and lots of favorites, 150 shows a year turned into 300 as they added the Virginias, the Carolinas and Georgia. Calabash, always a top notch band, has in it’s alumni Chad Szeliga of Breaking Benjamin, and 4-time Academy of Country Music Best Guitarist, Tom Bukovac.
But things changed. They tore down the Flats. Three 1,500 mile trips a year to Key West turned into just one. And, there was one place tugging at Gatewood harder than all the rest. So much so, he moved his whole operation up to Put-in-Bay. It was the place where locals and visitors alike always wanted to hear him sing “Friends of the Bay,” a song many call the Put-in-Bay Anthem.
Since then, Gatewood still plays solo and tours with Calabash, but mostly just to the other side of the island. The tour bus is mainly a golf cart, but he still kicks out great rock ‘n roll, some his own and some not. He leaves the island for an occasional festival or yacht club gig, but mainly kicks out about a hundred shows a summer on the beloved island community he calls home.
In winter Gatewood leaves to write songs and work in Florida or Mexico with his wife, then records the songs in Nashville with some of the best in the business. His 2001 effort, FINALLY HOME, garnered a Best of the Year Award from the Cleveland Scene Magazine, and the Plain Dealer claimed him as a local legend.
In 2011, Gatewood returned to Nashville to record his much anticipated follow-up.
The cast of players have over 300 gold and platinum recordings, and number among Nashville‘s best. The participants included current ACM Best guitarist Tom Bukovac, the legendary drummer, Joe Vitale, and Billy Joel’s bassist, David Santos.
The one and only Pat Dailey will perform at the Put-in-Bay Music Festival. He will debut his new song, “Lake Keepers.” This is a performance you won’t want to miss!
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Date: February 24, 2017
Contact: Alison Lawson, 419-285-2184 ex 1254
Put-in-Bay, Ohio – Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial’s longstanding tradition of celebrating peace through music has evolved into hosting the first Put-in-Bay Music Festival on Saturday, June 10, beginning at 11 am.
“Perry’s Victory is excited to be a part of the Put-in-Bay Music Festival,” said Park Superintendent Barbara Fearon. “Music brings us together, exposes our commonalities, and promotes an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence.” This event is made possible only through the help of several valued partners. The Miller Boat Line is the primary sponsor of the Put-in-Bay Music Festival, she said, adding the event also benefited from an Ohio Arts Council grant that matched the ferry service’s contribution. Heidelberg Distributing is sponsoring two cornhole tournaments and the National Park Service is making substantial in-kind contributions as well.
“Put-in-Bay offers a wonderful variety of live music at the many downtown venues,” Superintendent Fearon said. “A few of the groups perform on the island but most are not likely to be found here. The musical performances will be eclectic and range from zydeco, bluegrass, grassroots, jazz, to blues.” Eight groups are scheduled to perform, including Strung Like a Horse, Mo’Mojo, The Floorwalkers, Emily Keener, JP and the Chatfield Boys, The Flyin Jays, and MC Bob Gatewood, who penned the Put-in-Bay anthem “Friends of the Bay”, will MC and will also perform.
Among the performers is Strung Like a Horse, a Chattanooga based high energy group of “hillbilly misfits” with its own gypsy grass sound, and Mo’Mojo, a hard driving zydeco “pardi gras” band that infuses its sound with Americana, Cajun, reggae, and rock ‘n roll. A 25-foot stage will be located near the memorial column, Superintendent Fearon said, and festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No additional seating will be provided.
Two American Cornhole Association sanctioned cornhole tournaments — one for singles, the other for two-player teams — will be held in conjunction with the music festival. Pre-registration is required at putinbayohiocornhole.com and you must be at least 18 years old to enter. More details here.
Food, such as Italian Sausage sandwiches, gyros, fries, and kid friendly fare like ice cream will be available on site for purchase as well as soft drinks, water, beer and wine. The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum will operate the beverage center and will benefit from sales.
In addition to performing, Mo’Mojo and The Oh Chays will conduct music workshops for all ages during the day-long event. Park Rangers will provide information and programs, families can expect a living history display centered around the park’s carronade and longboat, and there will be field games for all ages. There will also be four to five free music workshops during the day.
The National Park Service at Put-in-Bay has hosted many musical performances over the years, including the Toledo Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, many island performers, drumming and other music workshops, and a series of concerts in conjunction with the Put-in-Bay Arts Council. The Put-in-Bay Music Festival, as all concerts held at the park, is free and open to the general public, Superintendent Fearon said. The music festival is the brainchild of Scott Market, co-owner with his sister and brother of Miller Boat Line, and a guitar player with the well-known island band Ben Dover and the Screamers. Planning for the event has been a collaborative effort between the National Park Service, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Perry Group, and the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society — all non-profits — as well as Miller Boat Line, Heidelberg Distributing and PepsiCo.
Update: South Bass Island’s favorite musician Pat Daily will perform at the Put-in-Bay Music Festival. We are honored to have Pat play his new song “Lake Keepers.” If you are a Pat Daily fan, this will be a must see.
To plan your island visit for the June 10, 2017 Put-in-Bay Music Festival check out the following websites; pibmusicfest.com, putinbayohiocornhole.com, millerferry.com, visitputinbay.com, leihs.org, nps.gov/pevi and facebook.com/putinbaymusicfest.
Park grounds and the park visitor center open for the 2017 season on May 20. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm through September 10. The memorial column and plaza will not be accessible throughout 2017 as it undergoes exterior cleaning and repairs.