The legendary Nelson Ledges Quarry Park will host Spring Badfish Festival 2019 May 31st-June 2nd.

From the YouTube channel of John Riley

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park is pleased to announce its Spring Badfish Festival, featuring the premier Sublime tribute Badfish, will take place at the famed venue/campground in eastern Ohio from May 31st-June 2nd, 2019.

Badfish will perform for two nights over the weekend and will be joined by legendary reggae bands Roots of Creation and Bumpin Uglies, as well as Wild Adriatic and Ancient Elephant, with more bands yet to be revealed. As one of Nelson Ledges’ most popular events of the year, any reggae fan in the OH-PA-NY area would do well to grab a weekend pass now. Not only will there be two nights of music, but those who attend can also enjoy hiking, biking, camping, swimming, cliff diving, sunbathing, sand volleyball, full-court basketball, food vending, and a whole lot more. Camping sites are available for reservation as well. The good folks behind NLQP advise you to make your plans now to celebrate the warm weather and the festival season at large!

Says Joel Hanks, frontman of Badfish, “[Nelson Ledges] is really beautiful and people love it there.  And as [the festival] grew and grew, it’s definitely one of those events that people know is coming, and they look forward to it.”

“The first time that we played [Spring Badfish], the weather was awful.  It was raining and cold but no one left. It was kind of magical really. Then of course I think about the park itself, jumping off the quarry, swimming in the lake, running around the woods after our set, and hanging with people.” Wow, what’s not to like?

Admission includes both music and camping. Pricing tiers can be found at this link and weekend passes (Friday-Sunday) are $75 presale and $90 at the gate. RSVP to the Facebook event here to get notified of all the updates between now and the festival.

From the YouTube channel of Badfish


The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does!


The scenic Nelson Ledges Quarry Park is a great place to camp, swim, hike, sunbathe, attend music festivals, or just plain hang out. The park is a beautiful landscape made up of 250 acres of forest, meadows, streams, rock ledges, fishing lakes, and of course the quarry itself. There are also more than 400 campsites, some deep in the woods, some along the Quarry, and others in secluded meadows. Nelson Ledges is an ideal venue for weekend-long music festivals and has a packed roster for the 2019 season.


Spring Badfish 2019

Badfish, Roots of Creation, Bumpin Uglies, Wild Adriatic, Ancient Elephant, and more

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

12001 Nelson Ledge Rd, Garrettsville, OH 44231

May 31st-June 2nd, 2019

Ticket link / FB event