Rockin’ on the River, which has operated for the past 28 years in Cuyahoga Falls, promises to bring the best national, regional and local concerts to picturesque Black River Landing.
Think Michael Stanley’s first appearance on the West Side in 10 years at the rock-bottom price of $9.85 ($15 day of), and the 20th Anniversary Tour with Wish You Were Here, bringing the sights and sounds of Pink Floyd to the amphitheater stage for a $7 ticket price ($12 day of).
The musical brainchild of Falls River Concerts, owned by Sandy and Bob Earley, Rockin’ on the River was in the market for a new home this season and picked Lorain from a pool of seven locations vying for the concert business, including Nautica in Cleveland’s The Flats.
“When we got to Black River Landing we thought it was magnificent. It was the most beautiful site I had ever seen for a concert,” says Bob. “The Port Authority and the mayor of
Lorain really sold us. They wanted us. It was like being the most beautiful girl at the prom.”
Bob adds he was even more sold on the site as he began to connect with people in the area.
“Every human being that I have met in Lorain County was special,” he says. “We looked around and saw such a future. I think we can do great things for Lorain, and we want to help bring that gem back there on the lake. We’ve drank the water. We love it.”
From classic rock to country to pop, Rockin’ on the River will feature 17 shows (13 on Fridays and four on Saturdays), 15 of which cost $5. From 5:30 to 11 p.m., each event includes two bands performing on a professional stage with 162 lights and a nine-man sound crew.
Drawing people from 100 miles away, Rockin’ on the River is a destination event with a festival atmosphere, vendors, artisans and the best tribute bands in the country, according to Rolling Stone magazine, Earley says.
“The one I really want to brag about is July 4 — the mayor gave us a nice budget for fireworks, and we’re having Fins to the Left out of Florida, which features two guys from Jimmy Buffet’s band, the Coral Reefers,” he says. “We’ll have palm trees and put some sand areas in there — it’s going to be a great night.”
For more information and to check out the concert schedule go to http://rockinontheriver.com.
The Jam List
Grab your family and friends — and a few must-have items -— for a rocking night at Black River Landing.Blanket – There are plenty of picnic tables around the area but you’re welcome to bring your own chairs or a blanket to get closer to the stage. There also will be chair rentals available, says Bob Earley, owner of Falls River Concerts.
Umbrella – The event is rain or shine. An umbrella works for both.
Extra cash – There will be 15 to 20 artisans selling unique items and handmade creations.
An appetite – You’ll find 10 food vendors and adult beverages (wine, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and other craft beers) for $4. No coolers or outside food or drink allowed.
The kids – This family-friendly atmosphere is perfect for a summer night by the water. The best part is kids 12 and under are free.