Bash On The Bay Day Two Featuring Luke Bryan Abruptly Postponed Due To Storm Damage

The news comes as a result of severe storms in the area.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 24, 2023


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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Day two of the annual Bash On The Bay music festival in Ohio has been abruptly postponed due to “storm damage and flooding” at the Put-In-Bay Airport, where the festival is hosted.

The event was set to feature a lineup including Luke Bryan, Brothers Osborne, Dylan Scott, Adam Doleac, and Cory Farley, with festivities taking place on South Bass Island in Ottawa County, Ohio.

In response to severe storms that caused damage and flooded the event grounds, the festival organizers, including 614 EVENTS INC, Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, and Shores & Islands Ohio, took to social media to share a statement to inform concertgoers of the sudden postponement.

“Due to unprecedented storm damage and flooding at the Put-In-Bay Airport, the show venue, today’s show is being postponed for the safety of all concert attendees and all of our staff members,” the statement read. 

Refund Information Will Become Available Soon

The statement went on to let ticket holders know that the show will be rescheduled, and refund information will become available in the coming weeks.

“An announcement regarding refunds and rescheduling of this show will be forthcoming in the next week,” the statement concluded.

Ahead of the event, organizers warned fans of what will happen in the case of severe weather. 

“We encourage people to wear their sunscreen, drink lots of water, and of course, if we have bad weather, if we have thunder and lightning, we will stop the show for the weather to pass through. Once the weather has passed through, we will start the show right back up again,” said Wendy Chambers, Executive Director of the Put-In-Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau.

It was reported that nearly 20,000 people were expected to attend the festival on the small Lake Erie island, according to

The first day of the event, which took place on Wednesday (Aug. 23) and featured performances from Pitbull, Elle King, Filmore, Ashland Craft, and Kaylyn Pace, was able to proceed according to plan before inclement weather reached the island. 

Nonetheless, the storms arrived on South Bass Island shortly before 10 PM, resulting in Pitbull having to cut his set short.

Active Flood Warning also reported that Ottawa County remains under an active flood warning until 1 PM on Thursday, August 24. The National Weather Service shared that as much as 7 inches of rain has fallen in parts of the county where the festival takes place. 

According to 13ABC, the storm “dumped a summer’s worth of rain over Lake Erie in a 12 hours period.” Due to the aftermath of the storm, which lead to extreme flooding at James Park, the Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club Perch Festival scheduled for this weekend has also regretfully been canceled.

Last year’s festival lineup featured Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Blanco Brown, Zac Brown Band, Chris Janson, Morgan Evans and more.

In addition to hosting Bash On The Bay, Put-In-Bay is also home to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, a site overseen by the National Park Service. This memorial serves as a tribute to the triumph of the United States over the British fleet during the War of 1812, symbolizing the enduring peace that has existed between the two nations since then. An imposing 352-foot column graced with an observation deck offers a summer attraction for public enjoyment. 

The island also boasts an array of family-friendly attractions, a rich variety of dining establishments, charming pubs, natural spaces, historical sites, diverse shopping opportunities, and more.

For more information on Put-In-Bay at and for details about Bash On The Bay visit their official website HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.