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 Release Date: June 13, 2014
Are You Ready to "Rock Piqua!"?
Riverfront Concert Series Kicks Off on Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Logo for Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series - The logo was designed by Kaitlyn Barlage, a senior in Upper Valley Career Center's Design & Print Technologies curriculum.  The Rock Piqua! concert events will be free to the public and held on June 14, June 28, and July 26.  Each event will take place on a Saturday evening, from 7 to 11 PM, at Lock Nine Riverfront Park in downtown Piqua.

What is happening?
This Saturday the City of Piqua will be rocking to the sounds of the Eric Jerardi Band opening the new riverfront concert series entitled Rock Piqua! The Dayton-based blues/rock group will be appearing live at Lock Nine Park overlooking the Great Miami River on Saturday from 7 to 11 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The downtown concert series is being presented by the Piqua Arts Council and Mainstreet Piqua along with "headliner" sponsors Positively Promoting Piqua (PPP), the Piqua Community Foundation, the City of Piqua, Mullenbrock & Associates, and Polysource.

Two food vendors scheduled to appear at Lock 9 Park, 125 E Water St., are Susie's Big Dipper and the Zombie Dogz food truck from Dayton. Beer and wine will also be available for sale along with soft drinks and water. In addition, Rock Piqua! T-shirts will be available in sizes small through 2XL. The Rock Piqua! logo was designed by Kaitlyn Barlage, a senior at Piqua's Upper Valley Career Center.

What do I need to Bring?
Bring your lawn chairs or blanket but please leave your pets, outside alcohol, and firearms or contraband at home. There is no admission charge but a free will donation will be accepted.

Where should I park?
Parking will be available on either side of the Linear Park, between Main and Wayne Streets, Canal Place and behind Piqua's municipal building. Private parking lots that can be used for parking will be posted with Rock Piqua! signs.

What should I expect?
Portable restrooms will be made available and Anderson Security will be available at entry points to check identifications. Purses and bags may be subject to search. There will be four different kinds of beer and two kinds of wine available for purchase along with pop and water. Two food vendors will be on hand aswell.

Who is performing?
Eric Jerardi, who considers himself a "true blues rocker", has performed live shows throughout the United States and has released seven CD's since 1995 and worked with producer Z (representing Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Johnny Lange and Etta James) to recording with Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, and Black Crowes).

He is "musically having the time of his life" with the release of the band's new CD "Everybody's Waiting on Me". He began his musical career by winning a "battle of the bands" in 1989 at Ohio University He later won another contest at OU which secured a spot on MTV as the Midwest's Best Unsigned College Band. Over the years, he has shared the stage with Little Feat, Robin Trower and Jim Belushi at the House of Blues in Chicago and Los Angeles; played with Eric Johnson on Cape Cod, jammed with Keith Urban, Wynonna and Kenny Chesney in Nashville; and headlined B.B. King in Memphis, Nashville, LA and Manhattan.

The opening act is Cincinnati-based "Satellite Flight" whose "fascination and pure-love of the '80s ballads" is their backbone. The rock group includes Darwin Darling, drums; Chris Tiller, guitar; Travis Wells, bass and Chris Vondrell, lead vocals. They reportedly "serve up rock and roll with a side of pop" to get their "Flight Crew" fans clapping and stomping their feet.

For more information about the summer music series, go online to

 The Eric Jerardi Band

The Eric Jerardi Band 

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