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The Wailers

The Wailers - Keeping the Music Alive

Saturday, July 14

The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world and Festival of Sail Sandusky. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. Join us Saturday evening at 8 PM at Festival fo Sail for this once in a lifetime experience.

From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.”

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Friday, July 13 @ 8:45pm

Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey—quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel—Randolph simply didn’t know it existed.

Which makes it all the more remarkable that the leader of Robert Randolph and the Family Band—whose label debut for Sony Masterworks, Got Soul, will be released on Feb. 17, 2017—is today an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. It wasn’t until he was out of his teens that Randolph broke away from the confines of his social and musical conditioning and discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz and the jam band scene, soon forging his own sound by fusing elements of those genres.

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Mel Burns

Mel Burns

In 2005, Mel Burns began writing music ranging from the eclectic sounds of indie rock to edgy rock to radio friendly pop to dance pop. His inspiration is always birthed from real life experiences. Having shared the stage with bands such as Switchfoot, TwentyOne Pilots, and Family Force 5, etc. Mel has shared his original and cover music through any avenue of opportunity that presents itself. His ambition is to continue to share music in hopes that it might move the hearts of people.

Mel resides in Sandusky, Ohio with his wife and three children. He currently works as a Music Entertainer as well as trying to develop and master the craft of guitar building.

Beth Magers

Beth Magers

Born and raised in Bellevue, Ohio Beth Magers has a passion for people and music. She’s had the privilege of living in several southern states, with Nashville, Music City, Tennessee being her favorite.  As a self-taught drummer on the drum set, she has been playing drums since she was 10 years old. Along the way, she has also grown in her ability to play guitar and sing, which has led her to her current worship leader role at a church back home in Bellevue. Currently, Beth enjoys playing as a solo acoustic act for hire. Booking for restaurants, bars, private parties or events, weddings etc., Beth entertains across the generations of her listeners covering music from Fleetwood Mac to Miranda Lambert, Lucinda Williams to Elton John.

Master T.C. & the Visitors

MASTER T.C. & THE VISITORS are an American Pop/Rock band consisting of Singer/Songwriter Master T.C., Vocalist Madam Deserae Monique, Synth Player Rubix-Cube, Bassist Johnny Tsunami, Drummer Timbuktu, Rhythm Guitar Player Boom-Boom and Lead Guitarist Sailor Jerry.

Tom Kastle

Parade of Sail Hosted by Tom Kastle

For years, Tom Kastle traveled the world, collecting and performing maritime songs and stories and captaining sailing ships on the Great Lakes. These days, his passions are even more diverse and include theatrical projects, from Man of La Mancha to Henry IV; film projects, like Francisco Torres’ Delight In the Mountain; and television, where he hosted a short documentary on the Bicentennial Battle of Lake Erie that was nominated for an Emmy Award. Add in musical director and composer credits, writing and performing concert opera narrations, hosting and interpreting nautical events, and being one of the captains of the schooner Denis Sullivan, and you have an artist, and sailor, living a vivid life, indeed!

“What do you say about a guy who can command a tall ship and all her crew, whose songs can make an Irishman cry tears of pure Tullamore Dew?” — Bryan Bowers

“Thank you for being such a creative force behind our entertainment offerings!”  –Sheri Piecuch, Pepsi Tall Ships Chicago

The HardTackers

The HardTackers

The HardTackers are a Sea Shanty Crew based in Columbus, Ohio. We sing songs about seas, lakes, rivers, canals–anything wet.

People sometimes ask, “Columbus, Ohio…what sea is that on?” We reply, “The wind may be from the prairie, but the music is from the water.” We point out that Ohio has a long and proud tradition of water transportation, and is the only state whose State Flag is a burgee.

We were founded in 2009 as the official Shanty Crew of the Santa Maria, a full-size replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship that was docked on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus.

Since that time, we have performed before thousands of people in the U.S. and Canada at events ranging from intimate house concerts to major Tall Ships and music festivals. We have released three CD’s of our music: Authentic Shanties in 2011, Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmates in 2013, and a live concert at the Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, PA in September, 2014.