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Moon and the Shiners performed during the 2021 Howlin’ Blues Party. This year’s event will take place Aug. 12 at 7:30 pm and is being moved into the Sternwheel Ballroom in the Lafayette Hotel. Admission for this year’s event is a suggested $10 donation, or a large bag of Purina dog or cat food. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

The seventh annual Howlin’ Blues Party will be 7:30 pm Friday, Aug. 12, in the Sternwheel Ballroom located in the Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta.

All the proceeds from this benefit concert will support the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta. The HSOV has been in existence for 150 years, founded in 1888, and is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the State of Ohio and in the United States.

According to a representative from the HSOV, fundraising for the shelter is down $50,000 since the outbreak of COVID in 2020.

“It’s all about the dogs and cats,” said Michael “Moon” Mullins, event organizer.

Mullins has his own shelter pet he’s named Molly Dog and said he wouldn’t go any other route to find one.

“Usually it’s not the family who rescues the dog,” Mullins said. “It’s the dog who rescues the family.”

This year’s event will feature Deuce n’ a Quarter, a three-time winner of the Columbus Blues Contest, along with Moon and the Shiners. Deuce n’ a Quarter is expected to play for two hours, with a short break between sessions, with Moon and the Shiners taking over after that. Last year’s event had between 400-500 people attend, and it collected more than $5,000 for the HSOV.

Drink and food will be available and there will be an entertainment basket give-a-away which consists of a large cooler filled with what Mullins describes as “entertainment items.”

“There will be all the adult beverages available for people, and we’ve been known to throw a few things on the grill,” he said.

Admission is a suggested $10 donation, or a large bag of Purina dog or cat food. The reasoning for the brand specific donation is so it doesn’t change the dietary needs of any of the shelter pets, he said.

“(Last year) people came in hauling wagons full of food for donation,” Mullins said. “(This year) to make it even better, bring in a bag of Purina, donate $10, and really make something happen for this non-profit.”

To make a donation of any kind, at anytime, to the HSOV individuals can visit the website at or the Facebook page at For more information about the seventh annual Blues Party Benefit Concert, visit the Facebook at

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