Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — Lorna Swisher, Executive Director of Mainstreet Piqua, and Jordan Knepper, Executive Director of the Piqua Arts Council, attended the April 10 commission work session. Their organizations, along with Positively Promoting Piqua (PPP) and Chris Schmiesing, city planner, are working together to present Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert series to be held from 7-11 p.m., Saturday, June 14, June 28 and July 26 at Lock Nine Park.
In addition to live music, from contemporary rock and country music, this new and unique event will welcome food vendors (with proposals sent to Piqua-based businesses) along with offerings of beer, wine and other drinks.
According to Schmiesing, the event is to heighten the awareness of the river corridor or “to celebrate the status of the river” with an expectation of 1,000 to as many as 1,500 in attendance. Explaining how the concert stage will be placed in the parking area of Lock Nine Park with the back facing US Rte. 36 East. Part of the lot and grassy knoll stretching down to the river will allow for seating via lawn chairs or blankets with attendees to face north. Defining the area will be temporary fencing running along the Water Street frontage to separate the event from traffic, with E. Water St. to be closed from Spring St. to Harrison St. for food vendors, the proposed beer garden, trash containers and restroom facilities.
Tables would be arranged at access points to the event behind the mill.
“It would be a controlled environment,” continued Schmiesing, with contracts in the works for a security agency and information to be sent to area residents in further preparation.
Attendees can reach the event by car or ride/walk via the multi-use path to enjoy the feature musicians currently under wraps for a future reveal with an opening act followed by a headline entertainer that is sure to be not only a very fun event but a local favorite.
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