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 Release Date: July 11, 2014
Third Event of the Riverfront Concert Series Scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Third Event of the Riverfront Concert Series Scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Country music is synonymous with good times, large crowds and lots of foot-stomping sounds as attested by fans of the Nashville Crush band scheduled at the season finale of the Rock Piqua! riverfront concert series on Saturday, July 26 at the Lock Nine Park. Festivities get under way at 7 p.m. with the popular Me vs. Gravity singer-songwriter Zach Nelson warming up the crowd.

The concert series is expected to topple the 3,000-plus crowd attending earlier concerts featuring Covington native Clark Manson on June 28 and Eric Jerardi who performed at the premiere concert on June 14. According to Jordan Knepper executive director of the Piqua Arts Council (PAC), "We're expecting a nice crowd for this one (July 26). This is Me vs. Gravity's first live show in a while and their fans have been waiting."

"Nashville Crush", he adds "really knows how to put on a good show and they have a large group of loyal followers that attend their concerts. Like most of your country musicians these days, Nashville Crush is really cross-over country and appeal to even people that aren't country music fans."

"I hate country music, but I love Nashville Crust!" is a common refrain. Sound like a strange statement? It's one that is often heard at the group's concert and "a compliment the boys in the band never get tired of hearing."

Since 2009, Nashville Crush has been performing at among the largest festivals, fairs and clubs in the region and making a name for themselves "as one of the best bands around". Their tight vocal harmonies coupled with incredible instrumental abilities and driving country/rock sound are brought to life by their high energy, award-winning stage show. Every time this band hits the stage, note promoters, the crowd is in for a fun party suitable for all ages.

Nashville Crush reportedly had an incredible year in 2013 releasing their first album which saw three singles hit the number one most requested spot on regional radio for a combined total of 33 weeks. They were also honored by being named "Emerging Artists" for 2013 by The Country Music Association (CMA) and invited to participate in the CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair X.

The musically-acclaimed group anticipates even bigger success this year and once again were named 2014 "Emerging Artists" by CMA and boast a full schedule of shows during their Summer Concert Series.


Nashville Crush - Rock Piqua! Headliner on July 26, 2014

Nashville Crush - Rock Piqua! Headliner on July 26, 2014

Me vs. Gravity, the solo project of Zach Nelson, has reportedly been "making waves with huge pop-rock choruses, a strong online presence and an energetic live show." Working from the ground up, Nelson started out in high school, burning CDs of his first demos and distributing them throughout Ohio. After being accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he worked a live show in the Boston subway, playing nearly every weekend to crowds of all ages.

During that time, he also self-released the "Me vs. Gravity EP" along with a music video for the lead single "Walls" The next music video was "Begin" from the "Begin EP" recorded in Chicago with renowned producer Tom Schleiter (Atlantic Records). Music videos, along with other original videos cover songs, behind-the-scenes and comedy videos, have attracted nearly a million viewers to YouTube and 30,000-plus online fans.

To stay connected to these fans known as "Graviteam", Nelson personally mails all online store orders to anywhere from Florida to Argentina to Japan, with a handwritten note or drawing. Me vs. Gravity has performed at countless venues including Yale University, Perkins School for the Blind, Boston's Faneuil Hall, Dunkin Donuts Arena and at national retailers such as Hot Topic, Best Buy and French Connection UK. Me vs. Gravity was also on season 4 of NBC's "The Voice" and season 2 of The X Factor on Fox.

"We found Me vs. Gravity during our search process for bands and really liked their original songs," continued Knepper. "Me vs. Gravity will play original music and covers. The process for selecting musicians included finding more than just cover bands. We wanted musicians that were creating their own songs as well as playing cover songs. We look for this one (concert) to have a high level of crowd engagement."

Concert-goers will be able to purchase beer and wine as well as soft drinks. Food vendors will include Piqua's own Susie's Big Dipper and Hunger Paynes, a family owned and operated food truck that serves up familiar favorites throughout the "937" area code. According to a Paynes spokesperson "we specialize in gourmet food prepared from scratch and by hand utilizing regional ingredients. Please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to find out where we're parked today!"

Admission to the Rock Piqua! Concert is free and open to the public. There is no rain date according to organizers Lorna Swisher of Mainstreet Piqua and PAC's Knepper along with "headliner" sponsors Positively Promoting Piqua (PPP), the Piqua Community Foundation, the City of Piqua, Mullenbrock & Associates and Polysource.

Attendees are advised to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. Items prohibited include pets, outside alcohol and firearms or contraband. Parking is available on either side of the Linear Park, between Main and Wayne Streets Canal Place and behind Piqua's municipal building.

For more information about the popular Rock Piqua! riverfront concert series, visit


Zach Nelson - Me vs. Gravity Will Perform at the July 26, 2014 Rock Piqua! Concert

Zach Nelson - Me vs. Gravity Will Perform at the July 26, 2014 Rock Piqua! Concert

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