PIQUA — A few fan favorites will return, along with some new faces, when this year’s Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series opens just before summer’s onset.
With genres ranging from Motown to country, the free concerts once again will be presented by the Piqua Arts Council and Mainstreet Piqua in Lock 9 Park, and will feature two acts each, one beginning at 7 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m.
Jordan Knepper, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council, announced the 2017 lineup on Tuesday, saying, “We wanted to continue on last year’s success of choosing bands that played music people would know. So we went with some of the best bands we could find and many of them have a local connection.”
Opening the series on June 17, will be Spungewurthy, a high-energy, interactive dance/party band that’s well-known in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus areas. The band, which has been together since 2001, covers artists including Maroon 5, Kid Rock, Sublime, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Snopp Dogg, Kanye West, George Michael, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Cheap Trick — and just about everything in between.
Following Spungewurthy, Brother Believe Me will bring their own diverse playlist to the stage, offering up tunes by such artists as Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, Poison, Michael Jackson, Shinedown and others.
“Spungewurthy was supposed to play last year at Rock Piqua!, but we had the tornadoes so we invited them back,” Knepper noted. “Brother Believe Me played at the Rock Piqua! Tailgate Party last year and was phenomenal, so we had to get them in front of more people.”
Next up, Motown Sounds of Touch — or “Touch” as they are often called — will bring their old-school soul from Dayton to Piqua. Touch has been entertaining audiences all over the country for more than 15 years, bringing many an audience to its feet.
They will perform on July 15, along with another Dayton band, The American Kings. Specializing in music from the ’50s and ’60s, the Kings put the “hop” in “sock hop,” and will have concertgoers dancing in the aisles.
The final concert of the series will bring two more returning acts — Piqua’s own Reflektion and Covington crooner Clark Manson — on Aug. 21.
“We can’t wait to have these Piqua area bands back up on the stage,” Knepper said.
Reflektion is made up of 21-year-old twin brothers Jared and Justin Younce — who also happen to be performing in this year’s Dancing with the Piqua Stars.
Manson, who has opened for acts like Chase Rice, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell and more, is still relatively new to Nashville, but is building an impressive resume. His independent release, “Runnin’ with the Night” appeared on Billboard’s Top 5 Heatseeker Chart, while his “I’m On It” EP went Top 10 on iTunes Country as an independent artist. As the 2015 TouchTunes Breakout band winner, Manson’s single “Track 9” was featured on the Spotify “New Boots” playlist, Music Row radio stations and Sirius XM The Highway.
Rock Piqua! will need the assistance of many volunteers, including greeters, beverage vendors, set-up and tear-down, hospitality, T-shirt sales and trash pickup. Those interested in volunteering should contact Jeanie Jordan-Bates at JeanieBates@McVetyRealty.com or Nancy Luce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online signups also are taken at rockpiqua.com under the “Get Involved” tab.
For more information about the Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series, visit rockpiqua.com.
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341