PIQUA — The third year of Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Arts Council’s 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 7 p.m. with free admission. The focus of the series 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 with a bang on June 18 will be the American Kings, a Dayton band that takes great pride in giving their audience an authentic, fresh and danceable show with true renditions of rock ‘n’ roll favorites from the 50’s and 60’s.
Following the American Kings will be Agent 99 from Columbus. Agent 99 is a six-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 16 concert might be exactly what you need. Local favorite Reflektion, Jared and Justin Younce, will take the stage at 7 p.m. and kick off a hoot and hollering good time. Self-taught musicians, singing and playing an array of instruments from acoustic and electric guitar to the bass, ganjo and drums, the duo sings mostly country with a splash of Southern rock, bringing unique blend of harmonies brought about by many hours of singing together to develop their talents.
Once the good ol’ boys from Piqua step off stage, CMA Emerging Artist Kate Hastings Band will get everyone stomping their feet to some country flair. Now based in Nashville, Hastings grew up in New Carlisle and in 2013 released “Country Music,” an EP recorded with Grammy-winning Nashville producer Chad Carlson. Since then, the band has opened for national touring acts including Kellie Pickler, Randy Houser, Parmalee, Joe Diffie and others.
The final concert of this year’s series will take place on Aug. 20, 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, 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, and Kid Rock, Sublime, with Bon Jovi and Tom Petty thrown in.
The headlining act, 1988, will take you on a trip back to the 80’s. This Cleveland-based band performs the danceable and head-banging “big hair” hits of the 80’s, paying tribute to bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crew, Guns N’ Roses and Journey.
The Rock Piqua Riverfront Concert Series will again feature food trucks from around the region at each concert, showcasing their love of their craft. The series is made possible by the support of Headliner Sponsors: Ameriprise Financial, Mullenbrock and Associates, Mark Reedy at Thrivent Financial, Polysource Inc., and Opening Act Sponors: 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! series, visit the website at www.RockPiqua.com. For sponsorship information, call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355 or Piqua Arts Council at (937) 773-9630.