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 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.
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
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
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 www.RockPiqua.com