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Date: June 13,
You Ready to "Rock
Riverfront Concert Series Kicks Off on Saturday, June 14,
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 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
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
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
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.
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