Eleven crowd-pleasing bands from Ohio and beyond will serve up a rich gumbo of musical stylings to accompany mouth-watering seafood and other delicious treats, Sept. 15-17, at the 16th annual Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival.
The bands will perform on the festival’s outdoor stage at Freshwater Farms of Ohio, a mile north of Urbana, at 2624 N. U.S. Route 68.
“We offer top quality musical entertainment in a fun, affordable outdoor fall festival for the whole family,” said Dr. Dave Smith, president of Freshwater Farms of Ohio. Parking is free and gate admission ($5, age 13 and up; $2 for kids ages 3-12; and free for age 2 and under) provides access to the concerts as well as the farm’s newly expanded sturgeon petting zoo, fish and critter displays, bounce houses and kids’ play zone.
Six favorites from previous festivals are returning. They include alt-country rockers Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons and jazz/R&B group Kick-N-Flava (both back for their fifth festival performances), The Flex Crew reggae band, country artist Jonalee White (this time accompanied by her band, the Late Nite Drivers) and Drunken Sunday, a funk/rock band.
New this year are Bastard Bearded Irishmen, who play hard-driving Celtic rock, traditional Irish group General Guinness Band, blues bands Deuce ’n a Quarter and Troubled Waters, and White Buffalo Woman, a rock band.
Here’s the music line-up:
Friday, Sept. 15
4:30-6 p.m. – Red Idle Rejects return from Cincinnati for their third festival performance, playing the alt-country/Americana original tunes of front man Steve Bowling. With a sound described as “Johnny Cash meets the Doors,” the band also includes fiddler Justin Bridges, lead guitarist Steve Sigsbee, acoustic guitarist/vocalist Mark Walriven, drummer Mick Waltrip and bass guitarist Orvil Fields.
6:30-8 p.m. – Deuce ’n a Quarter is a central Ohio blues band fronted by the strong voice and wailing harp of Brian Peters. Performing originals and classic covers, he’s backed by Steve Perakis on bass, Andre Scott on drums, guitarist Jeffrey Allen and John Sipher on keyboard.
8:30-10 p.m. – Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, voted Columbus’ best band the past three years in the Columbus Alive magazine readers’ poll, are back for their fifth rocking festival show. Singer/guitarist Angela Perley, guitarist Chris Connor and bassist Billy Zehnal have also gained attention on national and international stages. The band’s second album, Homemade Vision earned the #5 spot on PopDose’s Top Albums of 2016 list. Keith Creighton of PopDose wrote, “The romantic, rootsy, rocking, and rollicking record remains one of my most-played and beloved albums of 2016….”
“Athens,” the opening track of the band’s first full-length album, Hey Kid, won first place in the Americana category of the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.
Saturday, Sept. 16
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – General Guinness Band has performed its traditional, harmonizing brand of Irish music for more than 35 years. This includes a tour of the Soviet Union, shows at Dollywood’s Valley Theater, hundreds of concerts and festivals and a guest appearance with the Chieftains.
1:30-3 p.m. – Drunken Sunday of Kent, Ohio, fuses funk, rock, soul and rap, providing a musical platform for lead guitarist Joel Covender’s intense lyrics, meditations on life and love, and alternately soaring and shredding guitar solos. He’s joined by rhythm guitarist Ben Brown, bassist Brian Raglow, keyboardist Ted Younessi and drummer Cory Riley.
3:30-5 p.m. – White Buffalo Woman, based in the Canton area, fuses rock, blues, psychedelic, soul and punk into an explosion of new music. Their most recent self-titled CD/LP was released by Grimtale Records in early 2016. The band travels multiple states and has gained airplay on Little Steven’s “Underground Garage” on SiriusXM.
5:30-7:30 p.m. – The Flex Crew mixes lover’s rock, roots and dancehall styles of reggae with funk, rhythm and blues, soul, and hip hop. The Columbus-based band has shared the stage with an array of reggae superstars.
8-10 p.m. – Bastard Bearded Irishmen have been voted Best Rock Band in Pittsburgh four years in a row by the readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper and twice named Best Bar Band by Pittsburgh Magazine. And the band has gained a national reputation for its original, ferocious blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, mixed with punk, gypsy and high-energy rock n’ roll.
Originally formed for a one-night tribute to a departed friend, the Bastard Bearded Irishmen have since released two records with a third on the way, toured around the country, shared the stage with the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs and Gogol Bordello, and picked up Jameson Irish Whiskey as a sponsor.
Sunday, Sept. 17
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Troubled Waters has been a blues/jazz/funk band for about a year, but it’s built on a strong blues heritage. Founder Jack Waters got his start performing with bluesman Piney Brown and his Swift Wind Band and draws inspiration from blues legends like B.B. King and David “Honey Brown” Edwards, with whom he has also played.
Waters is joined by his son Joe on harmonica and guitar; bassist Tony Allen; percussionist J.J. Yates, who has played with Kool and the Gang; and Daniel Cook, a church pastor fluent in several instruments.
1:30-3 p.m. – Jonalee White and the Late Nite Drivers has surpassed 150,000 spins on country radio, including five Top 40 singles from White’s sophomore album Sugar. In addition, White debuted her music video “Naked As Fools” on CMT and has been a finalist on NBC’s Star Tomorrow and CMT Music City Madness. She also stars in her own Yallwire show, “Long Road to Nashville.” She has built her fan base performing with country artists such as Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Taylor Swift.
Her band, The Late Nite Drivers, include Columbus-based musicians Michael Nugen (electric guitar), Molly Pauken (bass), Kay Harris (mandolin), Pete Cary (acoustic/electric guitar), Nate Hollman (keyboards) and Barry Damron (drums).
3:30- 5 p.m. – Kick-N-Flava, returning for a fifth time, was voted “one of Dayton’s must-see bands” by NiteScene Magazine and was selected to perform at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton. The seven-piece contemporary jazz/R&B group features saxophones, trombone, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
Submitted on behalf of the Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival.