Now celebrating its fifth year, Gem Beach Rocks is an annual fundraiser for United Way in Ottawa County. This festive outdoor event brings thousands to Gem Beach on the shores of Lake Erie. Over the past four years, more than $200,000 has been raised to support United Way’s efforts advancing education, income and health in Ottawa County.
Gather with friends at Gem Beach on Catawba Island from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 8 to enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, cold beverages, great food, raffles and just plain fun while showing your support for the people of our community.
You can ask questions, learn more and see photos of last year's event by liking the United Way in Ottawa County Facebook page.
A number of bands will take the stage throughout the day to keep the party going. They are:
Pumpin Ethyl entertains with high-energy, danceable rock from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Their wide range of music draws from the best of Led Zepplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Green Day, The Stray Cats, AC/DC and many others.
Pumpin Ethyl musicians Tom Bowlus, Mark Moyer, Paul Ochs and Galen Arnold have an enthusiastic and loyal following in Northwest Ohio. Bass Gear Magazine has featured articles by Bowlus. Check them out at www.bassgearmag.com.
The Roadhouse Band
It's a very simple theory that Boe Chandler founded the band on in 1980. When you walk into most any local bar, you can be greeted with all styles of music playing on the jukebox, due to that fact that so many different types of people hang out in bars. Boe decided that the name "Roadhouse" was a perfect name because he was going to play all styles of music for people from all walks of life. Thirty years later, that theory is still going strong.
Boe was joined in 1992 by his 13-year-old son, Ronnie, who now manages the band operations. Drummer Brian joined the band a decade ago and in 2004 vocalist Heather completed the band. The Roadhouse Band plays what you want to hear.
The Travlin’ Lounge Lizards
Over the past decade, the Travelin' Lounge Lizards have become somewhat of a staple Islands group, averaging 10 shows a year in such venues as Mon Ami and Bootleggers in Port Clinton, Lyman Harbor in Sandusky and the Roundhouse Bar on Put-in-Bay.
"We don't like to work too much," laughed Glen Tetzloff.
However, the sextet — Tetzloff, John Shaffner, Chuck Reichman, Todd Finke and Bob and Jeannie Hille — put time in the studio last year, emerging with its first CD, aptly titled "Old Men Rock."
"That song came from a youngster in the audience who said, 'Man, those old guys rock,'" Tetzloff said.
Filled with 10 originals, the band's debut CD features such Lake Erie-inspired tracks as "Let's Go to the Bay" and "Roundhouse Days."
When asked if one song in particular encapsulates not only the sound but the mindset of The Travelin' Lounge Lizards, Tetzloff said: "That's easy. 'Beer Drinking Man.' That sums it up. We have a reputation of running our establishments out of alcohol. Not that we do the drinking, it seems like the audience does. We entertain. We're raucous and we get them moving and dancing, that sort of thing."
The Band Cruisin' was founded by lead singer and sax player Ron Howard in 1986. It's rare in this business to find a group that has been together for more than 20 years. It's even more rare for a group to be as successful as Cruisin'.
That success can be attributed to five dedicated guys who have lived and breathed the music of Motown and classic rock ’n’ roll, and who consistently perform the hits of the ‘50s through the ‘80s with a style, flair and sound second only to that of the original artists.
If you ever have a chance to talk to Ron about the group and the success they've had over the years, he'll tell you it all revolves around a passion for the music.