Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band arrive at Put-in-Bay next week.


PUT-IN-BAY – Country music fans are expected to flock to Put-in-Bay next week as the island village welcomes Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band at its annual Bash on the Bay.

Christopher Lewis, director of marketing and sales for Shores and Islands Ohio, said the successful celebration is expected to draw about 10,000 people to South Bass Island and surrounding mainland areas.

“It’s Wednesday and Thursday of next week,” Lewis said, noting that the five-year-old country music festival usually sees some very famous artists. “They’ve been doing it for a few years now, so they’re able to get some really good acts.

Previous Bash on the Bay events have featured stars such as Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Kid Rock and Toby Keith.

Other artists will perform at the festival

This year will be no exception, as Bash on the Bay welcomes Paisley on Wednesday, along with artists Jake Owen, Blanco Brown, Paulina Jayne and Hubie Ashcroft. The Zac Brown Band is scheduled for Thursday, featuring Chris Janson, Morgan Evans and Eskimo Brothers.

Paisley ranks among the most awarded country musicians, with 24 number one hits, three Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Awards and 15 Academy of Country Music Awards. He also continues to appear in Nationwide Insurance advertisements with soccer legend Peyton Manning.

The Zac Brown Band is due to perform at Bash on the Bay on South Bass Island on Thursday

The multi-platinum award-winning Zac Brown Band also boasts three Grammy Awards and is recognized as one of the most dynamic bands in music today.

Lewis said Bash on the Bay had a significant economic impact on the region. He said the festival is expected to benefit businesses in the region about $11 million. Hotels and restaurants on the island are expected to be packed, with business expected to spill over to neighboring mainland communities, particularly Sandusky and Port Clinton.

Put-in-Bay Airport will be closed

“It’s especially exciting for Put-In-Bay,” Lewis said. “It’s a big event for them, but also for the continent.”

Lewis also pointed out that the island’s airport, where the concerts will be held, will be closed to all air traffic,

“No planes are coming in or going out,” Lewis said. “All ferries will run on these days.” Boats from the Miller Ferry and Jet Express lines will shoulder the burden of the trip, with support from Kelleys Island Ferry.

The event offers out-of-town attendees the opportunity to not only attend the concerts, but also to venture into the area and experience all that the northern part of Ohio has to offer, a Lewis said. He added that such events tend to attract visitors at other times of the year.

“It’s really exciting for us,” he said.

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