2017 Put-in-Bay Music Festival celebrates Americana sounds of bluegrass, zydeco, folk and rhythm & blues

Put-in-Bay is bringing bluegrass, new grass, folk, zydeco and rhythm & blues to island visitors free this spring as we kick off 2017 with the first Put-in-Bay Music Festival on Saturday, June 10, at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial here on South Bass Island.
“The music festival continues Perry’s Victory’s ongoing celebration of peace through music at the National Park,” said Park Superintendent Barbara Fearon. “We’re looking forward to hosting this event annually at the park.”
The Put-in-Bay Music Festival opens at 11 am with the final act wrapping about 8 pm.
Miller Boat Line is sponsoring this event which is a collaboration between many partners, including the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, the National Park Service, the Perry Group (Perry’s Victory’s Friends Group), and the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society.
Go to Miller Boat Line’s website, millerferry.com, to check their schedule and start planning your visit. Information about Put-in-Bay, including lodging, dining and live entertainment can be found at the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce website.
This year’s Put in Bay Music Festival line-up includes Strung Like a Horse, Emily Keener, Mo’Mojo, The Floorwalkers, JP and the Chatfield Boys, The Flyin Jays, and Put-in-Bay Anthem songwriter and singer Bob Gatewood. Each act will perform 45 minutes to an hour or more.
Bob Gatewood, who wrote “Friends of the Bay,” will act as MC.
A 25-foot stage will be set up near the memorial column . Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets as seating will not be provided.
Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available on the park premises. Mowry Foods will offer Italian sausage sandwiches, fries, gyros and ice cream during the festival. You must be 21 to consume alcohol and no one will be permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages on to National Park property.
Two ACA (America Cornhole Association) sanctioned cornhole tournaments — one for singles and a second for two-player teams to compete in will be hosted during the event. There is an entry fee for both and the minimum cash prize for first place in each tournament is $300. There will be prizes for the top three finishers in each tournament.
Cornhole players must register in advance and the minimum age is 18 years old. Please register online at putinbayohiocornhole.com website. Fee is payable through PayPal.
A living history display that includes the park’s longboat and carronade will be on display and Park Rangers will present additional programming about Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. Both Mo’Mojo and The Oh Chays will present music workshops to all ages during the day.
We encourage you to plan a weekend visit so you can also enjoy the many entertainment venues in Put-in-Bay’s Downtown District. Check the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce website for links to schedules.
We have received a lot of interest from bands wanting to participate in the 2017 Put-in-Bay Music Festival, but all our entertainment is booked for this year. Interested in 2018? Send a demo, band bio, website link, etc. to questions@visitputinbay.com.
We’re already collecting information and planning the 2018 festival so don’t wait if you’re interested in getting involved. Promotion of the 2018 Put-in-Bay Music Festival will begin later this year.
We’ll post the band line-up and the different programs as we finalize plans for the festival. Check back in March for a complete itinerary.
The Put-in-Bay Music Festival organizers are excited with this year’s line-up of talent and the many programs, games and workshops being provided for attendees. You can find more information and interact with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Perry’s Victory has a long standing tradition of promoting peace through music and has hosted many musical events, including both the Toledo and Central Ohio symphonies, the Twilight Concert Series in conjunction with the Put-in-Bay Arts Council, and drumming, dance and other workshops for park visitors.
The Put-in-Bay Music Festival as all programs at the park is free and open to the public. There is a fee to compete in the cornhole tournament and for food and beverages.
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial opened to the public on June 13, 2015. The 352-foot tall memorial column is the world’s largest Greek Doric Column and is made of pink Milford Massachusetts granite. It is the only peace memorial in the National Park system and represents more than 200 years of peace between Great Britain and our northern neighbors, Canada.
The 25-acre park is located just five miles from the US-Canadian border. The memorial column, rotunda and plaza are inaccessible to the public in 2017 while the exterior of the historic structure is cleaned and repaired. The National Park’s grounds and its visitor center opened May 20. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm daily through September 10.