Some of the region’s most popular musicians—including bands that have gained national and international followings—will entertain guests at the 14th annual Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival, September 18-20 at Freshwater Farms of Ohio.
Over the three days, 11 performances are scheduled on the festival’s outdoor stage, featuring Americana, indie rock, blues and reggae. They’ll entertain as festival guests dine on fresh, mouth-watering, locally-raised seafood and other foods, and enjoy a selection of Ohio wines and craft beers.
Three Columbus-based groups that were hits at last year’s festival are returning:
Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, whose 2014 album, “Hey Kid,” was named #6 on PopDose’s Top 40: 2014’s Best Rock and Pop Albums and #21 on The Alternate Root’s top 50 albums of 2014—and has enjoyed significant air time in the U.S. and United Kingdom.
Fever Fever, which has had two songs from the 2014 album “Aftermath” on Billboard’s Christian rock charts.
The Flex Crew, which tours the U.S. with top reggae bands, performing original tunes with a blend of various reggae styles, funk, rhythm and blues, soul and hip hop.
Following is the schedule:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
5-6:30 p.m. – Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band, led by singer-songwriter and Champaign County native Daniel Dye, perform their distinctive brand of folk music, telling “powerful short stories through simply beautiful lyrics,” as WYSO radio described it. He’s joined by his classically trained nieces and nephews—the Miller Road Band—accompanied by a rich blend of cello, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, accordion and guitar.
7-8:30 p.m. – Elements is a Dayton-based group that performs the songs of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Miller, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Carter Family, among others.
9-10 p.m. – Hebdo, with a newly released album, “Keep ‘em Tgthr,” Joey Hebdo of Columbus classifies his lyrical, rocking style “Adventure-Folk,” which draws on his Lebanese heritage, life in suburbia and time spent in Appalachia, with an added touch of nostalgia.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Subterranean House Band brings together four seasoned musical pros who push the boundaries of rock, funk and jam band music through improvisation. Based in Dayton, the band has spread out to Columbus and Cincinnati and festivals around the region.
1-2:30 p.m. – Black Cat Zone, led by founder Rod Cave of The Blues DeVilles, entertains audiences with more than 100 years combined musical experience, well rooted in blues, rock and old country.
3-4:30 p.m. – Fever Fever released its debut album “Aftermath” just a few days before performing at last year’s Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival. Ever since, the Columbus-based indie alternative rock band has quickly gained fans through a busy tour schedule, positive reviews and airplay.
5-7 p.m. — The Flex Crew mixes lover’s rock, roots and dancehall styles of reggae with funk, rhythm and blues, soul, and hip hop, reflecting the band’s versatile resume. The Columbus-based band has shared the stage with an array of reggae superstars.
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, returning for their third Fish & Shrimp Festival performance, have won wide acclaim for their debut LP “Hey Kid,” released last year. And the band was named Best Local Band in Columbus Alive’s Best of Columbus 2015 Readers’ Poll. Delivering a soulful to driving range of country and rock, Perley has drawn comparisons to Patsy Cline and Joan Jett.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Noon-1 p.m. – Michael Fittro, recording artist, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, has been entertaining Ohio Valley audiences for more than 40 years with a mix of ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, along with original music.
1:30-3 p.m. – Red Idle Rejects of Cincinnati play the alt-country/Americana original tunes of front-man Steve Bowling with a sound that one reviewer described as “Johnny Cash meets the Doors.”
3:30-5 p.m. – Chittenden Hotel, playing a mix of Americana and funky blues, was created by Eric Ahlteen, who brought together a diverse ensemble of musicians he handpicked from his days of owning a central Ohio cafe/music venue.