Burning Snowman 2015 ‘snowballs’ into citywide event

PORT CLINTON – The Burning Snowman music festival has “snowballed” into a citywide event for 2015. The core event is set for noon-10 p.m. Feb. 28 at Lagoon Saloon on Nugent’s Canal in Port Clinton, but activities are planned at other venues, as well. Festivities are to begin Feb. 27 with Last Born Sons performing 7-10 p.m. at Bell Mell Tavern and Luther Trammell playing 7-10 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar & Grill.

The burning of a 20-foot-tall snowman made of paper-mache is to cap a day of live music and fun Feb. 28 at Lagoon Saloon, 3131 W. Wayne Road. The headlining act is Ann Arbor-based Dragon Wagon, which boasts “bluegrass folk rock with a shot of Irish whiskey.” Local favorites also are to perform: The Naked Bacon Band, singer-songwriter Emily Keener, Corduroy Road, Acoustic Cacophony and singer-songwriter Jerry Davenport.

Three hot tubs, a changing area and special food are to be featured at Lagoon Saloon. Fire department personnel are to be on hand to ensure the snowman safely goes up in smoke.

Also Feb. 28, Classic Trendz is to be at Rosie’s Bar & Grill 7-10 p.m. and the Chris Vance Trio is to play jazz 8-11 p.m. at Slater’s Madison Street Pub. Slater’s Uptown Whiskey & Martini Bar is to open at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Also, the Catawba Island Brewing Co. is to premiere a Burning Snowman Dopplebock available at Lagoon Saloon and the brewery that day.

A shuttle is to run between Slater’s/Rosie’s, Bell Mell, the Catawba Island Brewery and Lagoon Saloon Feb. 28. The festival is a benefit for United Way in Ottawa County.