The Boston Mills Artfest takes place over two completely separate weekends: June 29-30 & July 1 and July 5-8. All artwork on display can be purchased at the show. In addition to the featured artists, there is also food, wine, and craft beer. It’s the best way to celebrate summer and fine art!
General Show tickets are available at the door:
- $8 for Adults
- $6 for Seniors age 60 & over
- $6 for Students ages 13-21
- 12 & Under are Free.
- Parking is also free and on site.
General Show Times:
- Friday, July 6th: 10am-6pm
- Saturday, July 7th: 10am-6pm
- Sunday, July 8th: 10am-5pm
Preview Party II:
THURSDAY, JULY 5TH: 6PM-9PM
A special Preview Party is held on the evening before both Artfests. The Preview Party is your first chance to view and buy the works on display. And remember that each Artfest has entirely different artists and music so be sure to join us for both events. Each P review Party features a selection of food paired with fine wines and Great Lakes Brewing Company craft beers that patrons may enjoy while perusing and purchasing art. The live music transforms Artfest's Preview Parties into the perfect summer evenings. Your Preview Party Ticket purchase includes beverages, food, and live music.
Tickets for the Preview Parties are $54 with an advance reservation and $64 once the advance reservation date passes. Be sure to buy your tickets early as these shows have been known to sell out. Advance reservations must be made by 6/22 for the Show 1 Preview Party, and by 6/29 for the Show 2 Preview Party.
Preview Parties are limited to guests age 21 & over.
Preview Parties are held rain or shine, and all ticket reservations and sales for these events are final.
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SHOW II - PREVIEW PARTY: THURSDAY, JULY 5TH
The Island Doctor provides a unique style of island music by recreating some of the more popular island tunes along with his own tropical melodies. His performance is sure to send you on a well deserved vacation.
SHOW II - GENERAL SHOW: FRIDAY, JULY 6TH
Bill Lestock is a bit difficult to describe. Try to imagine a mix of Nickel Creek with Bela Flack and the Flecktones, toss in a dash of local flavor, and serve up with high energy and blistering talent and you get close to the mark. Bill's all-original instrumental music is a compelling blend of buegrass, old-time, and other world music. Perhaps best defined as "new acoustic," or "modern acoustic," it is a deeply profound sound inspired from both the outside world and inside focus. For decades Bill has been highly sought after by top area bands as a top level side-man on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. Joining him on the upright bass is Andrew Bonnis and Anthony Taddeo on percussion; prepare to be amazed by the trio's musical virtuosity.
Ray Flanagan is a musical artist from Northeast Ohio. He is somewhat of a chameleon in the local scene and can be found delivering his own songs intimately in his dynamic solo performances, rocking and rolling his band The Authorities, or playing sideman to any number of bands and artists around town. To date, he has opened for artists such as Train, Dennis DeYoung, Tim Reynolds, Chuck Prophet, Marc Ford, BoDeans, and Low Cut Connie. Ray Flanagan & The Authorities are currently working on a new release during the summer of 2018.
SHOW II - GENERAL SHOW: SATURDAY, JULY 7TH
CROOKED RIVER STOMPERS: 10AM-1PM
Crooked River Stompers is a folk orchestra in the grand style of the classic string bands of the 1920's and 30's. Made up of the veteran roots musicians John Reynolds, Jon Mosey, and Jack DiAlesandro, The Stompers play a wide variety of traditional music on a multitude of stringed instruments, including violin, mandolin, guitar, and banjo. Drawing from the members’ vast experience in many musical genres, highlights will include classic ragtime, ragtime blues, American and Celtic fiddle tunes, hot jump tunes, and old swing numbers. Mosey, Reynolds and DiAlesandro have been playing this music individually for more than forty years. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Martin, Bogan & Armstrong, Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, the Memphis Jug Band, the Dallas String Band and the Quintette Of The Hot Club Of France, the Stompers swagger confidently through a lexicon of early 20th century music with a flair and authority born of their vast, intimate knowledge of the styles. Revisiting their blues and ragtime roots as well as playing with musicians capable of exploring the challenging and sophisticated material has excited their enthusiasm as artists, giving these three marvelous musicians the opportunity to display their skills on a wide range of instruments. Strutting joyfully through classic rags, folk rags, blues, originals, medicine show tunes, jug band songs, virtuoso old-time fiddle tunes and other material, an evening with the Crooked River Stompers is guaranteed to be entertaining.
Ben Gage grew up in the the rust belt of Northeast Ohio, spread out in the countryside along the great Lake Erie. His roots tun deep alongside the hard working blue collars that Ohio has to boast. That tenacity, love of family, and respect for a long day can be seen in his music.
Music has always been a way to tell a story for Ben. The best story sets aside the complexities and focuses on honesty. You will find yourself feeling as though you've heard his songs before even though it's your first time. You have your usual suspects, such as heartache, love gained and love lost. Beyond that you will hear songs sang to the wind, stories about being a hammer, and how time has changed each generation.
To him music has always been a social endeavor. On stage, Ben keeps a constantly rotating cast of some of the best local musicians in the area. Some of the regulars include Nathan Hunter (accordiaon), Christine Petersilge (cello), and Andy Shepard (bass). You will also notice Ben has some trouble making up his mind on what instrument to play, so he just does it all at once.
SHOW II - GENERAL SHOW: SUNDAY, JULY 8TH
NORTHERN WARS: 10AM-1PM
Northern Wars is the side project for members of the award-winning American band, The Speedbumps. For years, Erik Urycki, Sam Kristoff, Keving Martinez, and Danny Jenkins have built a career of touring and performing for crowds at home and abroad. This new project grew out of a yearning to create new sounds that the band has always wanted to pursue, but were hesitant to under The Speedbumps name. From instrumental ambient to indie rock neo-groove, Northern Wars proves there is no boundary inhibiting this group's creative expression. While Northern Wars cites influences from Radiohead to Tribe Called Quest, their material walks its own path musically.
Akron based Jazz/Funk saxophonist, Justin Tibbs, is a frequent performer with many musical acts in the N.E Ohio area. Tibbs has played with such musical acts as: Acid Cats, Chromadrive (formerly known as The Jared Lees Band),New Wave Nation, The Speedbumps, Savoda Band, Dan Socha Band, The Angie Haze Project, The Ryan Humbert, and The Brothers Band. He is currently playing shows with his new project: JT’s Electrik Blackout at many venues in the area.
Justin has also been on such TV programs as Fox 8 in the Morning, and NBC's Channel 3: Good Company Morning Program.
Justin has been featured on many albums over the years: In 2013 : "Through & Within" by Jared Lees and "Fine & Mellow: The music of Billie Holiday" by The Tracey Thompson Quintet.In 2015: Jared Lee's Trio album "After Thought" , Acid Cats album "All In A Days Work", and Bad Daddy Daves album "Bleed".In 2016: " Stay True" by Drunken Sunday, Treasure Box Concert by Angie Haze.In 2017: "Wild Race" by Dan Socha and "Chromadrive" by Chromadrive.