Ottawa goes country with ‘Little Nashville’


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



Midwest Dueling Pianos was one of the featured bands playing last year at Little Nashville. Here they playing the Elton John Classic “Rocket Man.”

Midwest Dueling Pianos was one of the featured bands playing last year at Little Nashville. Here they playing the Elton John Classic “Rocket Man.”


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Sammy Ricker enjoys the music of Matt Schwertner at a past Little Nashville.

Sammy Ricker enjoys the music of Matt Schwertner at a past Little Nashville.


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Nashville Crush will help introduce the new pavilion.


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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Little Nashville

WHEN: 4-11 p.m. today

WHERE: Main Street, Ottawa

ADMISSION: $5, ages 16 and up; free for those age 15 and younger. ID required.

Music from 5-8 p.m. at these locations:

American Legion Post 63: Al Felkey Mixed Up Band

Schnipke Inn: Mechanically Tuned DJ

Cavern Club Winery: Steven Frey Band

Legends: The Kid

Eagles: Truck Stop Manners

VFW Post 9142: Shifferly Road

Big Daddy’s: Double Barrel

Downtown at the Pavilion:

5-8 p.m.: Kaitlyn Schmit and The Move

8-11 p.m.: Nashville Crush

OTTAWA — Ottawa becomes Little Nashville with live bands performing in a variety of venues today starting at 5 p.m. in downtown Ottawa. Gates open at 4 p.m. This is the fifth year for the event.

The event started when Thomas “Duffer” Rosenbauer, of Ottawa, visited Nashville, Tennessee.

“I have been going to Nashville for a long time and after I came back from there, I said to one of my buddies, ‘You know what, I think Ottawa could be like Little Nashville, and have bands in the bars and all of that.’ They didn’t believe it, and I did it anyways. The Rotary supported me and we’ve done it ever since. It’s been a good fundraiser for us,” said Rosenbauer.

The money raised goes toward the parks in Ottawa and Glandorf.

“Our main goal is to keep the parks. We just gave $15,000 for the pavilion,” said Rosenbauer.

Little Nashville will have bands playing in the clubs and bars along Main Street in Ottawa.

“All the bars have a band going from 5 to 8 p.m. We have a band playing at the new rec center, or pavilion, which is the first performance for that, and then Nashville Crush comes in at 8 p.m. and plays until 11 p.m.,” said Rosenbauer. “We have seven bands playing at one time. People can walk in and out to listen to other bands.”

Midwest Dueling Pianos was one of the featured bands playing last year at Little Nashville. Here they playing the Elton John Classic “Rocket Man.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_little-nashville-2.jpgMidwest Dueling Pianos was one of the featured bands playing last year at Little Nashville. Here they playing the Elton John Classic “Rocket Man.” The Lima News file
Sammy Ricker enjoys the music of Matt Schwertner at a past Little Nashville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_little-nashville-3.jpgSammy Ricker enjoys the music of Matt Schwertner at a past Little Nashville. The Lima News file
Nashville Crush will help introduce the new pavilion.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_Little-Nashville_NashvilleCrush.jpgNashville Crush will help introduce the new pavilion. The Lima News file

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Little Nashville

WHEN: 4-11 p.m. today

WHERE: Main Street, Ottawa

ADMISSION: $5, ages 16 and up; free for those age 15 and younger. ID required.

Music from 5-8 p.m. at these locations:

American Legion Post 63: Al Felkey Mixed Up Band

Schnipke Inn: Mechanically Tuned DJ

Cavern Club Winery: Steven Frey Band

Legends: The Kid

Eagles: Truck Stop Manners

VFW Post 9142: Shifferly Road

Big Daddy’s: Double Barrel

Downtown at the Pavilion:

5-8 p.m.: Kaitlyn Schmit and The Move

8-11 p.m.: Nashville Crush

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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