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The 2022 Middle Bass Music Fest Date is Set!

Let’s rock on July 16, 2022 from 12 to 7pm!

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. May be an image of 1 person and standing





  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.









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.

Opening up for our Music Festival are perennial favorites the North Coast Goats!


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 our 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 www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org   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. 

During the music fest we’ll need volunteers to help serve beer, sell tee shirts and tickets, set up, clean up, coordinate the art tent and generally pitch in for a good time and a good cause. Please email Ann Hicks at hicksagma@gmail.com to volunteer an hour or 2 of your time to help us with the festival. We will have tables available for local artists to sell their creations-contact Lisa Brohl at 419-366-2087 or at leiconservancy@gmail.com 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. Www.millerferry.com

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: https://www.millerferry.com/

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: https://jet-express.com/the- 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

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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.