The 2023 Middle Bass Music Fest Date is Set!


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, Darkside Operations LLC and your Lake Erie Islands Conservancy   Lake Erie Islands Conservancy 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. 


For more than twenty years now, the St. Lucian reggae band from Ohio has been spreading the joy of roots and reggae all over the USA. They have been regarded as the best reggae band in the Midwest.

The Good, The Bad and the Blues


The Northcoast Goats

Cats on Holiday



We will have tents for local artists demonstrations. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Festival Manager Colleen Kerkay at We will have tables available for local artists to sell their creations-contact Lisa Brohl at 419-366-2087 or at to reserve a table.


There will be an extra Miller ferry at 7:00pm from Middle Bass to take back attendees-no cars.


Benny on Bass will be making an appearance again as our music fest icon.  




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.

Or From Port Clinton take the Jet Express to Put-in-Bay. Then, hop on the Sonny S water taxi to Middle Bass from Put-in-Bay.

Sonny S from downtown Put-in-Bay to Middle Bass Island. Sonny S is a frequent water taxi service between the two islands.  Or checkout the InterIsland Charters on Facebook for their schedule.

Miller Ferry from Catawba Island to Middle Bass. The last Miller Ferry back to catawba on Saturday is at 7:00 pm. Website:

Jet Express from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay. This is another great option from the mainland. As mentioned above, to get to the show, first take the Jet Express to Put-in-Bay. From there, get the Sonny S to Middle Bass Island. When returning this route also works well because the Jet Express runs boats back to Port Clinton late into the night.

Website: jet-express/

Check the boat company websites for more details.


Hope to see you on Middle Bass Island. It’s going to be a fun day-and a great way to support the Conservancy!


Presented by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy


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Thanks to everybody who supported the past festivals!



Special Thanks to:

Middle Bass Dock Company



Middle Bass Island State Park

Visit their website here.


Darkside Operations LLC



and the good folks at:



Supported in part by public funds via the Ohio Arts Council. Please call your local legislators and tell them you want more support of the arts in Ohio. Thanks to OAC for their contribution to the music festival and bringing high-quality arts education and art programming to Ohio communities including Middle Bass Island.


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Here are some photos from past festivals:




The Riley Brothers Band, 2019


North Coast Goats, 2019


Festival Goers, 2019


Hillbilly Idol, 2019


Mo’ Mojo, 2019

Lonz Winery

The beautiful Lonz Winery outdoor patio venue.

100 Mile Haul Band

100 Mile Haul performing at the 2017 Middle Bass Island Music Festival.

Music Fest Goers

2017 Middle Bass Music Festival Goers.