Anyone looking for a special treat for their father or another male role model might want to consider a Blues Brunch at Barrel & Boar, 121 Mill St.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Father's Day, June 18, featuring the live music of hometown musicians.

Ben Mooney, the eatery's general manager, said he's doing as much as he can to thank fathers in Gahanna and represent the talent and brand the city fosters.

The brunch will be held during Visit Gahanna's Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival June 16-18, when more than 90 hours of live music and entertainment will be performed on five stages.

Mooney said the restaurant celebrated its one-year anniversary May 21.

"This will be our second Blues & Jazz Festival," Mooney said.

"We're also a vendor by the Electric Blues Stage. We'll be out there smoking meats," he said.

He said he anticipates the brunch will feature 45 minutes to an hour of live entertainment.

He said the restaurant added a Saturday brunch, joining its existing Sunday brunch, about five months ago. It's offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We're carrying smoked meats and an a la carte brunch conceptualized by our chef Mike Bell," Mooney said.

A Bloody Mary bar also is offered during brunch, with guests building their own beverages.

Mooney said he designed the restaurant to include live music four nights a week.

"I've hosted jazz and folk bands from all over Columbus," he said. "I've been working closely with Gahanna Lincoln and their jazz program to play during the jazz brunch."

Rob Cebriak, Gahanna Lincoln High School's band director, said the Taskforce Saxophone Quartet, featuring four saxophonists (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) will play at Barrel & Boar for the Blues Brunch, tentatively at noon.

He said the saxophone quartet has existed for seven years and includes two graduating seniors and two juniors: Logan Wright, Melanie Linker, Colin Jordan and Olivia Hatfield.

Wright and Linker will be saxophone majors at Ohio State University next year.

"For the Creekside festival, the group is preparing a program of light jazz," Cebriak said.

Selections will include but aren't limited to "Take the A Train," "Yakety Sax," "Pink Panther," "Sleepwalk" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."

Visit Gahanna director Laurie Jadwin said one of the things that makes the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival unique is its location right in the heart of Gahanna, in the Creekside District.

"There are nearly a dozen restaurants within and surrounding the festival footprint, which creates many options for ways to enjoy the festival," she said.

With the Sunday of the festival being Father's Day, Jadwin said, organizers have created more ways to celebrate.

"Festival fans can start the day off with a delicious southern-style brunch on a waterfront patio at Barrel & Boar Creekside, while listening to a performance by local jazz group Taskforce," she said. "After brunch, fans can head out to their favorite festival stage to catch more live performances."

Reservations for the brunch include a Sunday admission band to the festival.

The restaurant can be contacted at 614-471-8844 or reservations can be made at

A complete schedule of entertainment and more information about the festival is available at creeksideblues or by calling Visit Gahanna, 614-418-9114.