Rockin’ the River

By Melanie Yingst

July 2, 2014

Melanie Yingst

Staff Writer

TROY — The King of Rock n’ Roll will be rockin’ the river at the second annual “River Rock II” concert at Treasure Island at 7 p.m. Saturday.

River Rock 2: The Bicentennial Year will present The Ultimate Tribute featuring Mike Albert and The Big “E” Band along the Miami River in the area near Treasure Island off North Elm Street (County Road 25-A North).

This year’s concert is part of the year-long city of Troy Bicentennial celebration with a family-friendly performance by Elvis impersonator Mike Albert and the seven piece “Big E Band.”

The concert is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and head to the river bank of Treasure Island for an evening featuring Elvis classics and favorites.

Councilman Tom Kendall said the concert will be set up much like the first River Rock concert which coincided with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure last summer.

“It’s going to be beautiful on Saturday evening,” Kendall said. “People can come out, sit and enjoy the sound of Elvis and relive their youth.”

Albert’s performance spans all the Elvis hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and he often takes requests from the audience to make sure they hear their favorites.

According to the press release, Albert has won several major world “Elvis” contests, and demand for his shows resulted in putting together a seven piece Big “E” Band, to emulate the sound Elvis’ band had in the Vegas shows and on tour. An appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show and being featured in six music videos on the national show “A Current Affair,” with Maury Povich, further exposed audiences to Mike’s talent.

The actual vocal groups that backed Elvis (the legendary Jordanaires and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps quartet) have toured across the U.S., Europe and as far as Australia and New Zealand with Mike’s show at many large conventions and theaters. Mike’s style and charisma and his ability to get the audience involved in the show have proved to be quite the crowd pleaser. Fairs, festivals, dinner shows and large car cruises have established a long-term relationship with Mike and his band that draws sold-out crowds year after year. Highlighting Mike’s career was an invitation to do the Miss Tennessee beauty pageant, with a full orchestra and choreographed dance routines, and a repeat invitation three years later.

Mike’s powerful voice lends itself well to every type of Elvis’ music — ’50s, ’60s and ’70s rock and roll and love songs, as well as a very successful gospel/Christmas show. Since Elvis had so many hits, Mike makes it a point to keep the show fresh with an ever-changing song line-up! Special requests are often delivered to audiences who are “All Shook Up!”

The Tin Roof on the Miami restaurant located in the marina building will be open to the public during the concert. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the concert or for reservations, call 339-1305.


Local community members attending the free River Rock 2 concert Saturday evening may look across the river and reminisce about that one special night in November when Elvis Presley came to Troy nearly six decades ago.

On November 24, 1956, the third stop on a four day tour, Elvis Presley performed two shows to two, near capacity crowds at Hobart Arena.

Kendall said Elvis will always be part of Troy’s history and recalls many details of the young Elvis’ stop in Troy.

“Elvis drove his own car to Troy, he ate locally at the restaurants and everybody he came across with said he was a friendly and respectable young man,” Kendall said.

Elvis also received some hometown hospitality after his car broke down as he left Troy and a local mechanic opened his shop to help fix his car.

“He was an icon and it’s fitting way to end the Fourth of July weekend,” Kendall said.