Baby Boomer Festival celebrates 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s

By Matt Clevenger

You don’t have to be a baby boomer to enjoy the Baby Boomer Festival.

With a full 12 hours of live music, 50 different craft vendors, food trucks, two car shows, and a children’s area, the festival will offer a little something for everyone, at a family-friendly price that everyone can afford.

“We wanted to make it as accessible as possible for people in the community,” says Jenny Mazzella, logistics manager for the Eatonic Music Festival Company, which is organizing the event. “We’re trying to give as much entertainment as possible, all for a cost of nothing.”

The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 and will be held on the giant front lawn at St. Leonard’s Franciscan Living Community in Centerville.

“It’s beautiful, so we thought it would be the perfect place for the festival, and St. Leonard’s is really excited to work with us and put it on,” Mazzella says.

Live music will run throughout the day, with headlining act Eliot Lewis scheduled to take the stage at 9 p.m. “We’re going to have two huge tents where the musical performances will be happening,” Mazzella says, “and there will also be a lot of seating, and a dance floor.”

“[Eliot Lewis] just a really great addition,” she says. “Not only is he associated with Hall and Oats and has his own solo career, but he’s also on the show Live From Daryl’s House, which is on Palladia satellite and cable TV.”

The festival will also feature performances by Joe Tellman, the Wretched Few, the Back Talk Blues Band, the Lawson Reunion Band, LaVerne Cornett, the Nerak Roth Patterson Band, Mark Joshua, and Bob Dellaposta and the Broken String Band.

“They’ll all be playing hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s,” Mazzella says. “They’re basically all from Dayton and the surrounding area, so it will be really great to have local bands that are part of the community there.”

Bob Dellaposta and the Broken String Band are scheduled to perform at 7:45 p.m., right before headliner Eliot Lewis.

“We try to play a lot of original music, but we aren’t going to be doing too much of that at the festival,” says Dellaposta, who also hosts a monthly blues jam at Taffy’s in Eaton. “We’re going to play some originals, but on that particular day we’re going to be playing the classic rock: Stones, Dylan, the Doors, Hendrix, and the like. We also plan on having Felicia Martin. She’s going to be joining us for some numbers, as well. We’re going to play songs where if you remember the song, then you’re really a baby boomer.”

In addition to live music, the festival will also feature a classic car show organized by Gem City Classic Autos and more than 50 craft and commercial vendor booths. “There will be a classic car show hosted by Gem City Classic Autos,” Mazzella says. “They will be bringing classic cars in themselves, but we are also encouraging anyone who would like to register their vehicle in the car show to do so—and they can do that on our website.”

Great food will also be available, thanks to a long list of vendors including El Mason, the Station House, Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops, the Drunken Waffle, Ena’s Jamaican Grill, Ginniebug Creations, PA’s Pork, and the Greek Street food truck.

Other attractions will include a beer garden, a new car show sponsored by Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Centerville, and children’s activities organized by Bounce Zone. Dayton Drones will take live video of the event from the air, and there will also be a food drive accepting canned donations for a food pantry in the Centerville area.

The festival is sponsored entirely by local businesses and organizations. “Other than St. Leonard’s, some of our top sponsors are Hock’s Pharmacy and Medical Supply, Castor Construction, State Farm Representative Steve Winn from Eaton, Budweiser/Heidelberg, and Home Care Assistance of Dayton,” Mazzella says.

This will be the festival’s first year, but organizers would like to see it become an annual event. “We wanted to do a festival geared towards baby boomers because it’s a huge community, and they have such a rich cultural history,” Mazzella says. “So we wanted to do something that was kind of themed around that generation, and from there, just make it a really big, fun festival for everyone.”

The Baby Boomer Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8100 Clyo Rd. in Centerville. Admission is free. For more information, please visit

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