Come ride on the pirate ship, participate in the costume contest, sit by the bonfire and listen to live music while you enjoy food and drink for the whole family.
Versatility is one of the defining traits of local group Kick-n-Flava. Jerry Hawes (keyboards, vocals), Mike Allamby (saxophone), Big Gil Blues (trombone, vocals), Claude Coatie (lead guitar), Valeria Larke (vocals), J.D. Williams (bass), Brian Smiley (drums, vocals) and David Matthews (percussion, vocals) can deliver soulful ballads, danceable R&B, smooth jazz, high-octane funk and contemporary pop. That broad approach and decades of musical experience keep Kick-n-Flava in demand.
When you come to the show, prepare to be entertained to the fullest. We’re a high-energy, performing-type group that gets the people up and dancing. The music is powerful yet tasteful and that makes it a pleasure to listen to. We all have a common goal in the band and that is to play old school-style music. But no matter what song we’re performing, we always put the Kick-n-Flava spin to it and that gives our music its own personal touch.
The Usual Suspects and The Repeat Offenders Band has been playing music steadily in central Ohio since 2009. We are a high-energy group bringing back the excitement of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond with an 9-piece band creating a new music experience at every show. An exceptional 4-piece horn section consisting of 2 saxes, 1 trumpet and 1 trombone anchor the band’s fat full sound. We cater to almost every age and music style. Dance to the blues, southern rock, Motown and jazz, featuring artists like The Blues Brothers, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, Commodors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Etta James, Tower of Power and Chicago. We get people to dance, so get those shoes on and come out to see a show!
The Blue Leaf’s from Tipp City, Ohio are a mashup of classic rock vibes and original Americana attitude. The band emerged from the ashes of a seven-piece oldies cover band to forge a group of dynamic performers creating original songs. Their decidedly unique style has presented opportunity as well as challenge. “It’s tough, especially for a band from the Midwest. Most people already know what they like,” says singer/keyboardist Coleman Clark, noting that The Blue Leaf’s don’t sound like many popular artists today. “But what people probably don’t know is that we’ve taken elements from the current musical climate and the past and really forged our own sound and feel.”
The band is poised to release their sophomore album The Shades of The Blue Leaf’s, on which they show growth and the evolution of their sound compared to their first release I Just Met Her. With fresh songs, they continue to find their style and create unique tunes to please festival audiences. “Every live show performance is exhilarating, thanks to the enthusiastic crowd,” says Clark. “With each show I’m reminded that the practice is worth it.” The band also cites the artistic comradery as a strength. “Having people to share a spotlight with is my favorite thing about being in the band. That moment when we’re going into an instrumental solo and I look over at my bandmates to give a smile. I can see we’re all having fun and proud of each other in that moment, that’s a high nothing else can match,” explains guitarist Adam Clark. “I don’t think I’d do this if I were alone.” Drummer Bill Heck adds, “The feeling I get when I’m onstage with my bandmates. It’s the greatest thing ever!”
With three of four members in college and no professional support, the band must find their own path toward success. Striking a balance between the music, reaching out to bigger markets in Ohio, and time management, the band is optimistic. “We’re always working on new songs and getting festival gigs in the greater Dayton area,” says bassist Chase Heck. “We’ve decided not to do another full-length album in 2018, but we’ve talked about an EP,” adds Clark. “With college’s arrival we’ve had new life experiences and listened to new music, so we’ll try to keep growing as songwriters and performers.”
September 22 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Ohio’s Freshwater Shrimp Harvest! Get your fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, multiple vendors, games and activities for the whole family. Explore live displays of fish, frogs, turtles and other native critters. Swing by the fish farm market for a taste of gourmet smoked trout products. Participate in the Trout Feeding Frenzy, sand castle play zone and our famous sturgeon pool, where you can pet Ohio’s largest native fish. Take home a souvenir t-shirt and enjoy the country atmosphere at the farm!
The Flex Crew has redefined Reggae music. The seven members of The Flex Crew hail from a variety of musical backgrounds, resulting in a versatile and high energy band with a genius array of musical styles. No where else will you hear a comparable mix of Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Hip Hop and Reggae’s Lover’s Rock, Roots and Dancehall styles.
Originating in Columbus, Ohio, this multi-talented band has been blessing the ears of audiences across the country with its unique style for almost two decades. Accomplished singers, musicians, producers and songwriters in their own right- the Flex Crew has also shared the stage with Reggae superstars such as: Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Michael Rose, Luciano, Steel Pulse, Third World, Bounty Killa, Wayne Wonder, Sugar Minot, Burning Spear, The Meditations, Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy, Coca Tea, Pato Banton, Justin Hinds, and Tonto Metro & Devonte.
The Flex Crew has an extensive bibliography of original music. Its latest C.D. “Forward” consists of such hits as: Lovely Day, OOO Mami, Push and Come Over, What’s Wrong Wit You, Forward- Backward Never, Coming Home, Good Look At You, Vibe Like a Rasta, Legacy and Informer.
Al Son Del Iya is a local salsa band from Columbus, OH founded in 2007 by Peruvian percussionist Waltinho Casanova, a hard hitting conguero and die-hard salsa fan. With culturally diverse musicians, Al Son Del Iya plays year round in local businesses, private events, and festivals. You may recognize the band from their recent performance at the 2017 Dayton Hispanic Heritage Festival.
The band’s name, Al Son Del Iya, goes back to the root of Salsa. Al Son Del Iya translates to the beat of the Iya, an African drum brought to the Americas by the Yoruba people of Southwestern Nigeria primarily used for entertainment and religious rituals. Salsa is a direct descendant of those rhythms, born in Cuba then enriched by Latino immigrants in New York during the 60-70’s. Today, Salsa unites us all with it’s upbeat and contagious groove.
Al Son Del Iya aims to provide an authentic Latin American “Salsa Gorda” or “Fat Salsa” music experience, just like the sounds you would hear around any coastal town from Peru to Panama, along with Cumbia and Merengue.
Year Of The Buffalo is a small town folk band from central Ohio. The band is made up of vocalist and guitarist Jacob Trego, vocalist Jalee Clendenin, guitarist Daniel Sievers, and drummer Jake Rinehart. The band formed in summer of 2012, and released their first album ‘Darling Laney’ through their Band Camp profile on October 2, 2012. The album was for a daughter of a friend of the band. You can also now pick up a physical copy of the album by stopping by their website. They have played a multitude of shows around the Columbus area, and are eager to play more. They also are looking for tips on how to raise a heard of buffalo. Year Of The Buffalo is a newer band they have the ambition of some bands that we have seen around for years. They have drive and passion for their craft. They have been able to make waves in the rich music scene of Ohio, and want to create waves in other scenes too!
Dulahan’s music is a Celtic hybrid that pays homage to the traditional but incorporates all the varied musical influences of the four members into its unique sound. The result is a unique blend of creative songwriting and musical energy that draws on both contemporary and the traditional Celtic but also unmistakenly contains subtle hints of a Roots/Americana feel as well.
The interplay of the multiple layers of acoustic instrumentation, combined with the powerful 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies within the bands’ original compositions generates a sound that connects with fans of the traditional and the contemporary and draws new fans wherever their music is heard. The band was formed in 2001 and features the following musicians; Kyle Aughe – Vocals, Guitar, Bouzouki, Banjo & Harmonica; Leo Butler – Vocals, Irish Whistles, Flutes & Highland Pipes; Mark Sandlin – Vocals, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Banjo & Guitar; Greg Beasley – Vocals, Fiddle & Guitar.
Gary Jackson- Lead Guitarist hails from Toledo Oh and has been playing guitar since he was 12. He played with the Qui Band in Toledo as well as opened shows for Alice Cooper, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, The Joe Perry Project, The Turtles, Dr Hook & the Medicine Show, and Jonny Lang. Gary has also played with some of Daytons greats, Atlantic Crossing, Illuzion, B-Sharp, Late Night Exchange, the Difference, Night Reign, the Johnsons, and Soul Express.
Jeff Lofino – Drummer did his first gig at age 12 and has been playing continuously ever since. He has opened shows for Foghat, Jackyl, Iron Butterfly, David Allen Coe and Johnny Paycheck. He has also played with some of Daytons finest bands such as Diver, Frequency, Broken Wing, 2nd Wind, DLM as well as Soul Express. Jeff’s musical love is deeply in the 80’s and 90’s heavy metal era but his versatility and smooth style impresses in all genres.
Dan was born in Dayton Ohio and attended Meadowdale High School and Wright State University receiving a bachelor of Music Degree as a tuba major in 1981. He began playing Bass Guitar when he was 13 years old. Early influences on bass were rocker’s John Entwistle,Chris Squire ,Geddy Lee, and John Paul Jones, as well as Jazz Player’s Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius. During Dan’s college years he played in a full 17 piece big band Eric Zadan’s “Dynasty”which along with Eric’s impeccable piano playing included many incredible horn players from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Other classic rock bands over the years included Atlantic Crossing, Illuzion, and The Johnsons all groups that included Gary Jackson on guitar and vocals. He also has played in praise groups and choir at church. Dan has opened for The Edgar Winter Group, The Joe Perry Project and the British all female metal band Girl School.