Rock Piqua!

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The third year of Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series will see some exciting changes without changing the familiar family friendly concert series. This year’s concerts will take place on the third Saturday of June, July and August at Lock Nine Riverfront Park and each concert will start at 7pm with free admission. The focus of the lineup has shifted to cover bands this year, so that all the music coming from the stage should be familiar favorites and each concert will feature a different genre of music starting with the 50’s-70’s in June, country in July and 80’s to Today for the final concert in August.

“Last year some of the bands got away from what we’re trying to provide and we really wanted to go back and listen to what the community as a whole wants for the concert series and try to deliver that,” said Piqua Arts Council Executive Director, Jordan Knepper. “Our goal this year is for the audience to be able to really connect with the bands and the music, so we chose bands that would play recognizable music from the Beatles to Bruno Mars, we’ll have it all covered this year.”

Starting off the series on June 16th will be the American Kings. The American Kings are a Dayton, Ohio band that takes great pride in giving their audience an authentic, fresh and danceable show with true renditions of your favorite Rock N’ Roll songs from the 50’s and 60’s. And because The Kings live a life with a vocabulary that allows the words “sock” and “hop” to still make perfect sense together, you can fully trust them to put on a good show.  Following the American Kings will be Agent 99 from Columbus, OH. Agent 99 is a 6-piece cover band that has been entertaining Ohio, from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, for almost 20 years, delivering a high energy show of carefully selected and masterfully performed seminal pop/rock songs of the 70’s to their audiences, defending the musical claim, “The Best Music You Forgot You Loved”! If you’re doowopping at this concert you should plan on having some ice cream, as Susie’s Big Dipper will be on hand providing sweet treats.

If the rockabilly lifestyle isn’t for you and you’ve traded in your rat rod and greased back hair for a pickup truck and an oversized belt buckle, the July 16th concert might be exactly what you need. Local favorite Reflektion, Jared and Justin Younce, will take the stage at 7pm and kick off a hoot and hollering good time. Self-taught musicians, singing and playing an array of instruments from acoustic & electric guitar to the bass, banjo and drums, the duo sings mostly Country with a splash of Southern Rock in a dynamic and soulful tone. They bring a unique blend of harmonies brought about by many hours of singing together to develop their talents. Once the good ole boys from Piqua step off stage, CMA Emerging Artist Kate Hastings Band will get everyone stomping their feet to some country flair. Based in Nashville now, Kate Hasting grew up in New Carlisle, OH and in 2013 released “Country Music” an EP recorded with Grammy winning Nashville producer Chad Carlson. Since then, the band has opened for several national touring acts including Kellie Pickler, Randy Houser, Parmalee, Joe Diffie and more.

The final concert of this year’s series will take place on August 20th and centers on current music while taking a trip back to the 80’s with some hair band classics. The opener, Spungewurthy, has been together since early 2001 and has been performing at clubs, weddings, private and corporate events, and festivals regularly in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus regions. Spungewurthy focuses on the “dance rock” style of covers artists like Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, Kid Rock, Sublin with Bon Jovi and Tom Petty thrown in to keep the listeners in a high energy environment all night long. The headlining act will take you on a trip back to the 80’s. The 1988’s are a Cleveland based band performing the danceable and head banging “big hair” hits of the 80’s. While other groups have chosen to present themselves in a certain fashion, 1988 has stayed true to its 80’s roots by paying respectful tribute to bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crew, Guns-N-Roses and even Journey. 1988 recreates a show one might have seen on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip at the height of the 80’s era.

The Rock Piqua Riverfront Concert Series will again feature food trucks from around the region at each concert, showcasing their love of their craft. Rock Piqua Riverfront Concert Series is made possible by the support of our sponsors, Headliner Sponsors – Ameriprise Financial – Mullenbrock and Associates, Mark Reedy at Thrivent Financial, Polysource Inc., and Opening Act Sponsors – French Oil Mill Machinery & Co., Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Piqua Pizza Supply Company and Abbey Federal Credit Union. For more information about the Rock Piqua Riverfront Concert Series visit the website at RockPiqua.com. For sponsorship information call Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355 or Piqua Arts Council at 937-773-9630.