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Weather or not, Middle Bass Music Fest 2024

Written by: Peter Huston

Can you believe it’s just a few days short of 4 months to the 2024 Middle Bass Island Music Festival on July 13th? If you missed last year’s music fest because of the weather, don’t let the rain and wind keep you away this year. We persevered and had an amazing standing-room-only day of music, arts, and food under the picnic pavilion dancing the day away.
 
We are ready to do it all over again, and with a little help from the weather gods, we will have more great
food and music. LEIC board member and Middle Bass Music Fest band curator Bruce Miles has put
together another amazing lineup of toe-tapping bands.
 
The NORTH COAST GOATS (https://www.facebook.com/northcoastgoats/) lead off again with their
#goatsrock blend of old-time rock & roll, classic rock and Motown hits from the 60s, 70s & 80s – and you know they will not disappoint!
 
Tip of the cowboy hat to our music meister Bruce. He found a real Texas tornado in TALL PAUL & WESTERN DRAWL They celebrate the spirit of dance hall Western Swing music, playing roadhouse
standards, along with cowboy songs and ballads. It’s pure uptown fun with a Texas drawl. Tall Paul & Western Drawl, honoring the swing tradition but with modern musical twang.
(https://www.facebook.com/TallPaulWesternDrawl/)
 
Third up this year at the MBI Music Fest is Cleveland blues rock favorite, award winning, harmonica
driven, blues based, roots, rock and soul music & stylings of COLIN DUSSAULT’S BLUES PROJECT. The band was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in May of 1989 by lead singer, songwriter, harmonica player Colin
Dussault. In addition to Dussault, the band’s current lineup consists of guitarist Jim Feeney, bassist John
Atzberger, pianist Brent Lane and drummer Steve Zavesky. (www.colindussault.com )
 
DRY REEF-This year’s featured island groove band will take you away to the warm breezes and summer days on the beach. A chaotic blend of summer sounds – playful melodies, bubbling harmonies and bright, refreshing instrumentals. Like that first smell of lake air as you ferry to Middle Bass on a Friday afternoon.   (www.dryreefband.com and https://www.facebook.com/Dry.Reef/)
 
Don’t miss the 2024 Middle Bass Music Fest, hosted by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, on the
grounds of Winery. It’s free to get in. Come enjoy great music, a hands-on arts tent, shop local
vendors and dine on delicious food. Sponsored by the Middle Bass Island Dock Company and the Island
Grind.