Whiskey Island adds Thursday bands for Whiskey Island Live

The Whiskey Island Still and Eatery on Whiskey Island has a great view of Lake Erie. (David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com)

Get pumped to rock out Thursday nights, as Whiskey Island Still & Eatery presents Whiskey Island Live, a brand-new line-up of bands on Lake Erie, just east of the Cleveland Metroparks’ massive Edgewater Live.

Whiskey Island Manager Tim Poole says the simultaneous series could alleviate parking headaches at Edgewater Park, by diverting some visitors to the patio overlooking Whiskey Island Marina.

“It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be be a big deal this year,” Poole said.

Whiskey Island has booked about 50 bands for the summer, to play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Saturday music start May 5. Thursday concerts will kick off June 7 with a Pig Out pig roast and the band Radiate and run until the end of July. Like Edgewater Live, they’re free and will start at 6 p.m.

Whiskey Island will also host two festivals at adjacent Wendy Park, Barbecue Beach Party Aug. 4 and Blues and Brews Sept. 15.

“You’re five minutes from a resort destination,” Poole said. “All your troubles and head aches melt away. You can sit in the sun with a drink in your hand.”

Nearly 122,000 people attended the 10 weeks of Edgewater Live last year, according to the Metroparks. That’s a 50 percent jump from 2016.

Here’s the Whiskey Island Live line-up for Thursday nights:

June 7: Radiate Band

June 14: Rock the House

June 21: We are Radio

July 5: Radioactive

July 12: Breakfast Club

July 19: Yosemite Slim

July 26: Players Club

Here’s the rest of the schedule. Many are tribute bands, many have big choreography and many are fan favorites from previous seasons.

Saturday, May 5: Sellouts

Sunday, May 6: Shadow of Doubt

Saturday, May 12: Pop Fiction

Sunday, May 13: School Girl Crush

Saturday, May 19: JiMiller Band

Sunday, May 20: Ted Riser

Friday, May 25: Cleveland Rocks

Saturday, May 26: Cats on Holiday, Custard Pie

Sunday, May 27: Tea Bags, Breakfast Club

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28: Out of Eden, Butch Armstrong

Friday, June 1: Evilways

Saturday, June 2: Eastwind, We Are Radio

Sunday, June 3: Abby Normal

Friday, June 8: Faction

Saturday, June 9: Shadow of Doubt, Ted Riser

Sunday, June 10: Sumrada Band

Friday, June 15: Nightbridge

Saturday, June 16: School of Rock, The Pulse Band

Sunday, June 17: Jersey Band

Friday, June 22: Cleveland Rocks

Saturday, June 23: Rubix Cubed, Sky’s the Limit

Sunday, June 24: Disco Inferno

Friday, June 29: Cruisin Band

Saturday, June 30: Barcode, Collage Band

Sunday, July 1: Spazmatics

Wednesday, July 4: Butch Armstrong, One-Hit Wonders

Friday, July 6: Faction

Saturday, July 7: Shadow of Doubt, Carlos Jones

Sunday, July 8: Out of Eden

Friday, July 13: Evilways

Saturday, July 14: Ted Riser, Rock the House

Sunday, July 15: Abby Normal

Friday, July 20: School Girl Crush

Saturday, July 21: Rock Radio, Velvet Shake

Sunday, July 22: Sumrada

Friday, July 27: Aftermath Band

Saturday, July 28: Ted Riser, We Are Radio

Sunday, July 29: Disco Inferno

Friday, Aug. 3: Custard Pie

Saturday, Aug. 4: School of Rock, Breakfast Club

Sunday, Aug. 5: Rock the House

Friday, Aug. 10: Velvet Shake

Saturday, Aug. 11: Ted Riser, Jersey Band

Sunday, Aug. 12: Sumrada, JiMiller Band

Friday, Aug. 17: Cruisin Band

Saturday, Aug. 18: Eastwind Band, Carlos Jones

Sunday, Aug. 19: Ted Riser

Friday, Aug. 24: Faction

Saturday, Aug. 25: Rock Radio, Sky’s the Limit

Sunday, Aug. 26: Disco Inferno

Friday, Aug. 31: Caliber Band

Saturday, Sept. 1: Nightbridge, Cleveland Rocks

Sunday, Sept. 2: Custard Pie, Out of Eden

Monday, Sept. 3: One Hit Wonders, Butch Armstrong

Saturday, Sept. 8: Victory Highway

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