Come to Burning River Fest to enjoy the best local and regional bands on two stages in a full range of genres: blues and soul, folk, rock, reggae, and americana. Be a part of the crowd at our Great Lakes Stage or feel the breeze and watch the waves roll in at our Steady Rollin' Stage. With so many bands over two days, there is something for everyone. We will announce the 2016 line up soon!






Great Lakes Stage

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson from season 8 of the NBC show The Voice. After making it to the top 12 on Adam Levine's team, Brian is ready to start sharing his love and passion for music with the world.

Cities & Coasts

Cities & Coasts is about creating music, that celebrates growing up on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Drunken Sunday

Powered by lead guitarist Joel Covender’s soaring and shredding guitar solos, Drunken Sunday’s sound includes spaced out jams by Covender, hard rock riffs by rhythm guitarist Ricky Hlavaty, funky bass grooves by Brian Raglow, bright and intense keys by Ted Younessi, and a driving percussive backbone by drummer Cory Riley. 

Hey Mavis

Laurie Michelle Caner is a cross between Edgar Allan Poe and Garrison Keillor with a killer voice, a killer banjo, and a killer band. Recent appearances include NPR's Mountain Stage and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Nate Jones Band

Nate Jones Band fuses soul and blues with summer appearances with American Idol winner Kris Allen, Jonathan Jackson (ABC’s Nashville), and blues legend Tab Benoit.”

Kristine Jackson Band

KJ is a staple of the Cleveland music scene. Her originality brings new life to a traditional genre and appeals to a wide audience.


These Knees

Cleveland-based Indie-rock band These Knees have played a number of festivals regionally including Brite Winter, Weapons of Mass Creation, and Fashion Meets Music Festival, and have opened for national acts such as Robert Randolph + the Family Band, Wild Cub, and Juliana Hatfield. In 2013 they released their first sun-soaked full length The Young and the Bright with a follow up EP releasing in the summer of 2015. 


Yosemight, Cleveland born and bred, have come a long way since their roots in 2012. Having played over 150 shows in 2014, don’t be surprised to see these guys on numerous bills all over this summer. While mixing aspects of just about everything will assuredly fill any harmonious hunger you may crave, it’s the live experimentation that will catch your ear.  


Steady Rollin' Stage

Alexis Antes

Alexis Antes offfers smooth, soulful, acoustic-edged blend of pop/rock originals splashed with current and classic cover tunes. Something for everyone to enjoy!


Boy=Girl is a power duo! They may play sparse & intimate. They may rock it out. Either way you get penetrating harmonies and captivating musicianship. 

Brian Henke

After seven solo instrumental acoustic guitar albums, musical shaman, six string guitarist and harp guitarist, Brian Henke has finally released his first vocal CD Sun and the Moon and the Stars. "Brian delivers great magic…sweeping, moving, grand magic…downright amazing guitar wizardry…” RJ Lannon ~ Zone Music Reporter

By Light We Loom

By Light We Loom combines creative beats, vintage synths, soaring vocals, and intimate harmonies with story-folk songwriting sensibilities to craft songs that promise to move your heart and feet in equal measures.

Claudia Schieve

Claudia Schieve sings like a bird and backs up her pipes with guitar and ukulele! Catch her in a duo around town with her mother, Becky Boyd.


Cuyuga plays jam-folk from the sunsets & beachfires of Lake Erie.

Gregory Garwood

Performing an exciting blend of original and cover music, veteran performer Gregory Garwood is an entertaining solo act that delivers quality live music for every audience.

Gretchen Pleuss

Gretchen Pleuss is an up-and-coming songwriter from northeastern Ohio. Recent accomplishments include winning the Searchlight Songwriting competition and ranking as a finalist in the Great American Song Contest and Indie Week Ireland Festival.

Thor Platter

Thor Platter is a working folk-roots musician in a rustbelt town playing Americana/Alt. Country with gritty soul.

The Portersharks

The Portersharks offer Irish traditional music delivered with high energy and a passion for the tradition that continue to flourish with each passing generation.