Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band returns to Paddlefest

Jun 4, 2013

Cincinnati's 12th Annual Paddlefest takes place June 20-22nd at Coney Island, Yeatman's Cove, and points in-between.

Paddlefest is part paddling & cycling, part trade show exhibits, part entertainment with live music on Friday evening at the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival, presented by WNKU. The event also features a huge raffle with amazing prizes and delicious food and refreshments and lots of fun for the entire family.

Paddlefest is so many things, we can't cover it all here.   You can paddle.  You can peddle.  You can paddle AND peddle.   You can register here for any of the paddling and biking events.   Then there's the Kids Expo, the gear swap, and the Finish Line Festival!  It's a full weekend, but we're just going to cover the music at the Roots on the River Music Festival on Friday, June 21st.  First thing we should mention is, it's FREE!

Last year, we felt like we really hit it out of the park with The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - the only band to ever play the Vans Warped Tour with a washboard - headlining the WNKU Music Stage.  A couple of months after Paddlefest, The Big Damn Band returned to Cincinnati for a sold out show at The Taft Ballroom.  So, before they get too big for their britches, we decided to lock them in for one more year.  That's right.  The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is back by popular demand! Most of the WNKU audience should be pretty familiar with this band by now, but if not, watch this video for an idea of what you can expect.

We've also brought back the Lewis Brothers from Chillicothe, OH.  We didn't know much about these guys before last year, but they really blew us away.  Keegan became a super fan, in fact.  They'll go on just before The Big Damn Band.  One listen will tell you these guys will make a great support act.


New this year are a pair of regional bands - one from Northern Kentucky and the other from Yellow Springs. 

Jeremy Pinnell is no stranger to the Greater Cincinnati music scene.  He garnered all kinds of attention as the front man and lead singer-songwriter for The Light Wires in the early 2000's.  Later, he formed Great Depression and again was hailed by local music insiders as one of the best songwriters in the area.  Today, he's gone country with Jeremy Pinnell & the 55's.  But, it's the good kind of country.  You know.  George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash.  And although they do their share of country covers, Jeremy can clearly hold his own as a country song-writer.  Just listen.

From Yellow Springs, Ohio, we welcome Wheels.  We know what you're thinking.  Is there some connection to the late 70's/early 80's Cincinnati band of the same name?  No.  In fact, these guys are so young, they have no idea they took the same name as another band from the same region.  These guys are kids...seriously.  No matter how much you like what you hear at Paddlefest (and you WILL like what you hear), you can't buy the band a round of beers.   Here's a little taste of the harmonies and musicianship you can expect from Wheels at this year's event.

As always, Cincinnati's own Jake Speed & the Freddies will kick off the evening of music.  This band practically personifies the Ohio River.   If you've seen them, you know exactly what we mean.  If you haven't, well, here they are performing The Ohio River Waltz at none other than Paddlefest.

So, that should give you an idea of what to expect.  This will be amazing, and it's FREE! 

Here's the full line up with approximate times:

5:30 - 6:10p:  Jake Speed & the Freddies

6:30 - 7:20p:  Wheels

7:40 - 8:30p:  Jeremy Pinnell & the 55's

8:50 - 9:40p:  The Lewis Brothers

10:00 - 11:15ishp:  The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Did we mention this is free?  For everything else you want to know about Paddlefest, visit

See you there!