Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates peace through music by hosting the second annual Put-in-Bay Music Festival. A collaboration between the National Park, the Perry Group, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society and title sponsor Miller Boat Line, the free concert is also supported with a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. About 3,000 people were entertained with great live music in 2017. Attendees will enjoy playing the Battle of Lake Erie Corn Toss, kids music crafts and yard games, Music Workshops on drumming, and beginner and advanced ukulele, and a Guitar Hero competition. Rangers also will have a living history display. Food, beer and soft drinks will also be available for purchase on site.
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!