Middle Bass Island Music Festival Coming July 16th!

The following details about the July 16th, 2022, Middle Bass Island Music Festival are brought to you by Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.

Middle Bass Island State Park and Lonz Winery Patio and Pavilion will be rockin’ and a rolling, jumpin and a jiving and generally a fun place to be on July 16, 2022 when the Middle Bass Music Festival rolls into town.   It’s going to be a great time with live music,  an artist tent, vendors, food trucks, beer, wine, and all your neighbors hanging out enjoying some Middle Bass Island charm.

Headlining this year’s event will be the Shootouts in support of their recent release Bullseye via Soundly Music.  The Shootouts’ deep love of traditional country music forms the bedrock of their signature sound and have since grown into the unique blend that make up The Shootouts – equal parts vintage Nashville, Texas swing, and Bakersfield bravado.   The Shootouts are a fantastic local recording act and worth seeing in person.

Local island talent Lucas Guy will be bringing his band Lucky Fools to the festival this year playing some of his familiar favorites as well as music from their new just released EP. Due to popular demand the The Chardon Polka Band is BACK for another appearance at our music fest. – A wildly entertaining look at polkas in the modern age; They were so fun last year, you couldn’t stop laughing. We are also bringing in Latin City Soul a unique ten (10) piece band that demonstrates their versatility to interpret a masterful songbook; From Salsa to Rhythm and Blues to Latin Jazz.

When you get hungry you can enjoy the BBQ from Jimmy G’s or Rosie’s Rolling Food Truck, and to quench your thirst get some beer from Catawba Island Brewing Company, and wine from Heineman’s. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for comfort, but leave your coolers at home.

The Middle Bass Music Fest is brought to you by The Middle Bass Dock Company, The Middle Bass State Park & Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Island Grind at the Lonz Winery Presshouse, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Ohio Arts Council, Middle Bass Men’s Club, South Shore Marine, Bass Island Charters LLC, and your Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.  LEIC will be the recipient of any proceeds from this event.   They will also be selling tee shirts, tote bags and handing out a variety of information on our island activities and preserves.  Learn about how you can help preserve island property for future generations.

No Date Yet for Resumption of Sonny-S Boat Line Service

Click to enlarge.  Image by Captain Parrot

Sonny-S Boat Line did not begin seasonal operations this year due to vessel condition issues.  As indicated on the Sonny-S Ferry Web page, the boat is undergoing extensive repairs and a hull refit.  It is unclear when regular service between Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay will resume, but business owners hope to start before Independence Day.


Middle Bass Music Festival Bound to be A Blast!

Middle Bass Music Festival, coming Saturday July 17 from 12-7pm, features food trucks, beverage vendors, as well as Island Grind.  Below is the schedule of musicians who will perform.
Consider supporting the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy with a purchase of event t-shirts, beer cozies or the new LEIC hats that will be available at festival.
Music schedule – times are approximate and subject to change
12:00 noon – 12:45 North Coast Goats – Classic Rock
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Sonic Boom – Jazz Fusion
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Sam Hooper Blues Band
3:45 PM – 5:15 PM Chardon Polka Band
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Cats on Holiday – Zydeco Folk Fusion blend
Artist Demonstrations at Lonz Winery & Middle Bass Island July 17, 2021
The Ohio Arts Council will bring a special feature to this year’s Middle Bass Music Fest.  Eight regional artists will demonstrate their talents and offer festival participants the opportunity to learn a new craft.  The artists are local to the island and from around the region.  They  will share a variety of art media in an “art tent” especially set up to host this great activity. Along with demonstrating their work, each artist will invite festival guests to join in the fun. Some art will be hands-on fun and others will offer take-away-kits to help folks learn a new skill at home. Come and meet the friendly people from Middle Bass Island and learn something new at the music festival.  Artist presenting include:
Kelly Kanyok- needle punch embroidery
Debbie Pinta- stain glass
Kim Miles- weaving
Doreen Butler- rug hooking
Amy Houston-painting on slate
Betty Dasher-drawing/Zentangle
Janet Sterns-acrylic painting
Lisa Shay -glass painting
The Middle Bass Music Fest is held at Lonz Winery on the grounds of the Middle Bass Island State park. It is brought to you by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and is sponsored by the Middle Bass Dock Company, Middle Bass Island State Park, The Island Grind, The Ohio Arts Council, and Lake Erie Shores and Islands. The Festival runs from 12 noon to 7 PM on Saturday July 17, 2021.
Click http://www.mbimusicfest.com for more information. The music fest event and art demonstrations are free and open to everyone, however art demonstration participants may be a charged a fee for art materials.

Table vendors include MIke Gora with new book, Elizabeth Heineman and Randy Leimbach with photos, Jill Cooks with her special MB sail cloth bags, LEIC and LEINWC sales tables.

There are several ways to get to Middle Bass Island that don’t involve your own boat. The best option is Miller Ferry from Catawba.  Take the 10:15 am or 12:15 pm from Catawba to Middle Bass. Return to Catawba at 5:15 pm or 7:00 pm.
From Port Clinton take the Jet Express to Put-in-Bay. Then, hop on the Sonny-S ferry to Middle Bass from The Boardwalk Dock at Put-in-Bay.  Their schedule that day is at https://middlebassferry.net/schedule.php?d=17&m=7&y=2021