Rock the Lake!
Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands really rocks! No, we’re not talking about our majestic rocky cliff shorelines or our geological wonders such as the Glacial Grooves or Crystal Cave. Although, those attractions are also amazing. We’re talking about the live music scene on Ohio’s north coast. From live entertainment at local taverns to rock concerts at professional performance venues and even full-scale outdoor musical festivals, the Shores & Islands region knows how to have a good time. If you’re ready to rock, here are a few of the music events we’ve got on tap through fall.
If you love music, the festival atmosphere may be right up your alley. Enjoy outdoor venues where you can bring your own chairs or relax on a blanket for a day full of multiple artists. Visit food trucks and beer tents and dance around in the grass until well after sunset. Music festivals make it easy to catch a variety of musical acts on one stage.
Middle Bass Island Music Festival – July 13 at Middle Bass Island’s historic Lonz Winery patio
- Free admission, offering a variety of bands from Noon-7 pm including headliner Mo Mojo, a Zydeco-based “Party-Gras” band.
Island Fest – July 19-21 at Kelleys Island
- This year's festival will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous Woodstock concert, held in 1969 in upstate New York. Far out, man!
Sandusky Shores MusicFest – August 17 at Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center
- Gates open at 3 pm for this rockin’ music festival with a country twist, featuring Wreck’n, Jessica Hannan, Larry Fleet, Colt Ford, and headliner Montgomery Gentry!
Bash on the Bay – August 29 at Put-in-Bay Airport
-The third-annual Bash on the Bay is back and bigger than ever, featuring Kid Rock! Gates open at 2:30 pm for this day of island country-rock, featuring the Davisson Brothers Band, The Menus, Uncle Kracker, and more leading up to headliner Kid Rock.
Rock the Light Music Fest – September 6-7 at Port Clinton’s Waterworks Park
- The second-annual Rock the Light Music Fest takes place within view of the historic Port Clinton Lighthouse and features Friday headliner Here Come the Mummies and Saturday headliner Jefferson Starship.
Rockin’ Concerts Coming to Popular Indoor Venues
Three Dog Night – July 12 at Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua
The Guess Who – July 20 at Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua
Chris Cavanaugh – August 1 at The Listening Room, Port Clinton
Wynonna & The Big Noise – August 27 at Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua
Rockapella – August 31 at Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua
UB40 – September 29 at Sandusky State Theatre, Sandusky
Sophie B. Hawkins – October 5 at The Listening Room, Port Clinton
The Liverpool Legends – October 12 at Sandusky State Theatre, Sandusky
Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin – October 19 at The Listening Room, Port Clinton
Live Entertainment Abounds
You can find local bands, singer/songwriters, and various other solo artists performing all over the region, almost nightly but especially on the weekends. Check out our online events calendar and select the event type, “Live Entertainment” to see who which bands are playing at your favorite bar, restaurant patio, or other establishment.
With so many ways to see and experience music, it’s easy to see why Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands really rocks!
Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
One of the Midwest’s hottest vacation spots, the region between Toledo and Cleveland provides an eclectic mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation.