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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.
In a varied career over many years "Mad Dog" has appeared in concert with a wide range of legendary performers. Johnny Cash, Alabama, Loretta Lynn, Charlie Daniels, Starship, Jerry Lee Lewis; the list goes on and continues to grow. He has also appeared on Comedy Central, The Nashville Network, The Dr. Demento Show, Sunday Funnies, Nightshift and many local television and radio shows throughout the U.S.
Mike "Mad Dog" Adams has recorded three albums of original music, "Me and Jim Beam" (1985), "Stuck on the Island" (1994) and "Lake ~Affect" (2005) and two comedy albums "Live at Laff-In" (1989) and "Live at the Funny Farm" (1999). He has also written and performed several radio commercials and has recently finished being recorded as the voice inside a new line of children’s toy trucks for the Little Tykes Company.
"At the Round House it’s all about the fun," says "Mad Dog." "The audience is my band. We’re gonna’ sing some songs, tell some jokes and do whatever we’re in the mood for. Basically, just have fun and enjoy life on an island with all our friends."
Come see why Mike "Mad Dog" Adams legendary afternoon performances at The Round House Bar are so popular. In no time at all you’ll be hoisting a refreshing beverage, singing, chanting a Ziggy Zaggy, and agreeing that, "Everyday Above Ground Is A Gooood Day!"
|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.|
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.
During the summer months Paradise Island performs at many outdoor concerts and festivals. They also spend a great deal of time working famous resort sites from the Round House on Put-In-Bay to Sloppy Joe¹s in Key West, Florida. Entertaining for corporate events, private parties, wedding receptions, and club gigs fill out the rest of their calendar, making them one of the "Hardest working bands in show business!"
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.
Paul is a full time musician in regular rotation and with a full schedule across the North Coast of Ohio, from the Erie Islands to Cleveland. He plays diverse venues such as wineries, corner bars, private and corporate gatherings, musician jam nights, larger clubs, special events and festivals.
|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.|
|Welcome to the World of Pete and Wayne. When one thinks of Key West , Florida, one tends to think of tanned sandaled feet perched atop a deck railing, watching the sunset while seagulls drop dive bombs on your head and you not caring because that big old margarita you’ve been sipping on has put you in a whole other world. Welcome to the world of Pete and Wayne. Who are these worldly masters of rudity? Just another couple of drunk musicians who gather guitars in their arms and pretend they are Jimmy Buffett? Naw, not Pete and Wayne -- these boys are neither musicians or drunks. They blend a Key West sense of humor with their musical talents and create an uncanny ability to take even the most boring and yawning audience and turn them into a rowdy, drooling bunch of party freaks who gain a whole new outlook on life and living. Pete and Wayne are a way of life.|
"The Island men think I'm cool and their women want to do me," sings the "Island Rock God," Ray Fogg, his tongue so firmly planted in his cheek he can barely get the words out!
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."
In Spring, 2003, Fogg released his fourth CD, Live from Put-in-Bay - Christmas in July. Since 1998, he has released three CDs with his band The Swingin' Lesbian Frogs, entitled Waves in 1998, Kiss My Bass in 1999 and I'm Busy (boating, drinking, singing) in 2001. Waves features many of Fogg's heartfelt songs about the islands. Kiss My Bass features the humorous and raunchy songs which have become popular at Ray's live shows such as the title track, "Kiss My Bass", "Big Fat Pig" and "Aunt Bea." Some of these songs may not be the most politically correct songs, but they're funny as hell!! I'm Busy strikes a balance between the first two CDs with great songs such as "The Moon Song" as well as more drinking songs like "Everyone's a 10 at 2:00". The new live CD captures an evening at the showroom at Put-In-Bay where Fogg holds court through the summer.
The credits on the CDs are impressive, beginning with the producer Kevin Raleigh. His hit songs included his Atlantic Records release "Moonlight On Water" as well as his earlier hits with the Michael Stanley Band such as "He Can't Love You". The Swingin' Lesbian Frogs are comprised of musicians respected as top notch players: Frank Romano - guitar (New York; has also worked with Jennifer Lopez, Puff Daddy, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott),Mike Crow - bass (Ohio; also with Frank Camp), and Richard Carpenter - drums (Ohio; formerly of Exotic Birds).
Through the 1980's and early 1990's Ray toured the college circuit nationwide. During this time he founded a booking agency which specialized in the college market. Although Ray long ago left the agency business, his sister Linda Fogg continues with Fogg Entertainment.
From 1985 to 1991 Ray served on the National Association for Campus Activities' (NACA) Associate Member Advisory Board, part of the national leadership of the college circuit association, representing the interests of fellow performing artists. He has received humanitarian awards for his work with world hunger.
But then Ray discovered that his writing and performing are best suited and well inspired by the beautiful and fun island of Put-in-Bay where you can find him most every weekend during the season. So if you're up for some island fun, you'll want to catch the Island Rock God, Ray Fogg.