MIKE "MAD DOG" ADAMS

A Put-in-Bay, Round House Bar, island tradition since 1980, Mike "Mad Dog" Adams is living-proof that, "Every Day Above Ground Is A Gooood Day." (A catch-phrase he began using in his show back in the early eighties.) Traveling nearly 200 days a year the former music critic/writer for Scene Magazine spends his winters on the road headlining music and comedy clubs large and small from British Columbia and Alaska to the Cayman Islands and Mexico and throughout the United States. He also has performed his unique style of interactive music and comedy in Florence, Italy for shows at the Fiddler’s Elbow Club and hosts his own annual Caribbean cruise.

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Paul Franks

Paul Franks is "Paulunplugged", and is not your typical solo acoustic artist. While many solo acoustic acts cover or emulate other traditional singer/songwriters, Paul takes advantage of his 20+ years of electric guitar prowess combined with his front-man skills in various rock bands. This allows him to perform more complex arrangements on the acoustic guitar, as opposed to traditional chord strumming of most acoustic acts. The result is an engaging performance of acoustic versions of true rock songs, transcribed to bring in a unique acoustic feel, while retaining the original intent and rock appeal. Having fronted a number of bands, Paul understands the importance of engaging the audience and customizing his performance to the venue and temperament of the crowd. He accomplishes this by playing a wide variety of musical genres, and mixing in just the right balance of stream-of-consciousness interactive humor, always maintaining the flow of the musical performance. His influences range from some of rock’s guitar virtuosos, to the top pop, country and alternative artists across the years.

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Late Last Night

Featuring the breathtaking lead vocals of Cara Lynne and co-fronted by the charismatic Justin Lampe, this fantastic 5-piece band plays everything from the latest Top-40 hits, along with spanning the decades from the 1950s to the present. “Everything is better at night!”

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BOB GATEWOOD AND THE CALABASH BAND

Bob Gatewood and the Calabash Band play a huge variety of music very well. From new or classic rock and oldies to country or blues, they have a fun way of making it a non-stop party! And, although they can whip you up an omlette of your favorite rock and roll, a truly outstanding feature of seeing this band is their original material. Recently having won The Cleveland Scene Magazine's Singer/Songwriter of the Year Award, the tunes have won the hearts of many islanders and islanders-at-heart. Come see why they have been our most booked band for so long.

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EMILY'S TOYBOX

Add one part irreverent punk personality (frontman extraordinaire, Mike Wise), one part maniacal guitarist (Todd Sensenich), two parts dream rhythm section (Leon Karpovich and Wade Corbin) and what do you get? One hell of a rock and roll ass-whoopin’ you won’t soon forget! Emily’s ToyBox is of the rarest breed, continually breaking new ground as an entrepreneurial entity on the independent music scene. With undeniable originality, talent and work ethic, there are no limits to what they will create and accomplish in years to come.

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Ray Fogg

Sweetwater Records' recording artist Ray Fogg has become such a favorite of the islanders and tourists alike at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, the popular party island resort in Lake Erie, that folks commonly refer to him as the "Island Rock God!" Since his act is mostly comedy and acoustic songs, the nickname is completely in jest. During the off-season his tour has taken him to world famous Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, the French Quarter in New Orleans, as well as Great Lakes towns throughout Michigan and Ohio, where he draws enthusiastic fans hungry for their winter-time Ray Fogg fix. "One island is not enough to hold all of Fogg's talent" said the Sandusky Register. The Toledo City Paper called Fogg "the ultimate party boy during summers on South Bass Island." Michigan's Macomb Dailey called him "the pride of Put-in-Bay."

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Paradise Island Band

A six piece powerhouse dance band based out of Columbus, Ohio, the Paradise Island Band has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest for nearly two decades. Known for a crowd-pleasing diversity of styles, Paradise Island does it all. From rock classics to Motown melodies to blues, funk, and current hits, they play with a power and authenticity that guarantees a party whenever they perform. Seasoned professionals, Paradise Island features an incomparable line-up of the region¹s best entertainers. Shaun Booker and guitarist Bobbie Stewart front the band with their dynamic vocals and magnetic stage presence. Kris Keith, the band¹s soulful saxophonist plays them all, from baritone to soprano. Kris is also recognized as one of the best flutists in the Midwest. Adding his own unique textures and inflections is Dave Nilo on keyboards. Laying down the groove for the band is the exceptional rhythm and soul of Richard Kolb on electric and acoustic bass and Jeff Peters on drums and percussion.

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Benderz

The Benderz are a touring cover band based out of Philadelphia, PA. Playing music to thousands of fans all over the country, every show that they play is a high-energy event! The Benderz are a well-schooled, committed, and highly professional attraction. Off-stage, The Benderz are practically “family”. They constantly welcome new fans with open arms and rocking performances. The Benderz love what they do, whether in a high profile night club, casino, corporate event or wedding, The Benderz always bring the party!

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Killer Flamingos

Bright, colorful, vibrant... those are some of the first things that come to mind when you think of flamingos. But they are also steady, firm, and well-balanced; which is exactly the combo you get with the Killer Flamingos. After 17 years together, they are established as one of the premiere cover bands in the Midwest. Their reputation for excellence and professionalism precedes them, whether the Flamingos are playing a corporate event for Allstate Insurance, keeping the dance floor hopping at an upscale wedding, or entertaining throngs of people at an annual festival like Arts, Beats and Eats.

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