Middle Bass Music Festival tunes up for a rockin’ good time

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Middle Bass Island State Park and Lonz Winery Patio and Pavilion will be rockin’ and a rolling, pickin’ and a grinnin’ on July 13, noon—7 p.m., when the Middle Bass Music Festival rolls into town.

Featuring live music, food trucks, beer, wine, ice cream and a generally good time, the festival is sponsored by The Middle Bass Dock Company, The Middle Bass State Park & Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Ohio Arts Council and Lake Erie Islands Conservancy. For festival details, visit mbimusicfest.com.

Last year’s festival proceeds purchased two bridges at the Middle Bass Island Forested Wetland Preserve trail, a nature spot for birding and exploration.

Headlining this year’s show is Mo Mojo, a high energy Zydeco-based “Party-Gras” Band. The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Additionally, entertainment includes Hillbilly Idol, one of northern Ohio’s most well known swing, blue grass and country bands, as well as The North Coast Goats, a group of Ohio musicians including Middle Bass resident Bruce Miles. “The Goats” perform a variety of rock and roll, rhythm and blues.

The Riley Brothers Band from Toledo will play their hearts out for America’s Veterans. Affiliated with Guitars 4 Vets, the group will be on hand to introduce Vets to guitar playing as a way to cope with PTSD.

The music festival will include food trucks by Jimmy G’s BBQ and Rosie’s Rolling Chef. Catawba Island Brewery and Heineman’s Winery will also be featured. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy family games at the pavilion. Souvenir t-shirts and local artists’ wares will be for sale. Visitors are welcome to visit the Lonz Museum that day.

For information on ferry service to Middle Bass Island, visit millerferry.com for a ferry schedule and prices.

Tables are still available for local artists interested in selling their creations. Volunteers are also needed. Contact Nancy Welter, 419-341-5806, nkw2329@yahoo.com.

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