If you’re an Ohio resident, or live within the tri-state area, or just happen to find yourself traveling through Ohio this summer and are searching for some excellent music and an outstanding, friendly, festive venue then you need to check out Rockin’ On The River, held every Friday night in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio near the Cuyahoga River and Akron. Now in its 26th season, the 2012 edition kicked off last month and is already considered a success. The series of concerts ends on August 31 with the Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction.
There’s more than music as spectators are encouraged to stroll through the ‘midway’ area and check out the many artisans & food vendors. All of this and not one penny is charged for admission to the events.
After running successfully for a number of years, the Rockin’ On The River concept got a real kick in the pants and upgraded in a myriad of ways when local entrepreneur Bob Earley was tabbed as the event’s coordinator. But he’s much more than that. Earley oversees all aspects of the events each year and is one of the best promoters around. But he has plenty of experience.
Over the decades in northeast Ohio and the Akron area specifically Bob Earley has established himself as a personable, high-energy, honest, dedicated and civic-minded patron of rock & roll and the region. For probably four decades now Earley has been a successful club owner and businessman and has more energy, talent and chutzpah than most men half his age. He can get the job done.
He could write a book! And I’d buy one!
The area in Cuyahoga Falls that serves as the location for Rockin’ On The River utilizes an amphitheatre, large stage area and a 4,050 square foot pavilion. Sometimes just under 100 tents are used. They have permanent seating for nearly 300 and standing room for 1,000. It’s not unusual for the Rockin’ On The River events to attract upwards of 6,000 per Friday night.
Each Rockin’ On The River concert is held on Friday nights (see remaining schedule below) and among some of the highlights include upcoming appearances by Almost Queen, the premier Queen tribute band, on Friday July 13, Dashboard Lights (Meatloaf Tribute band) on Friday July 20, the aforementioned Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction on Friday August 31 and many others. The shows start at 5:30 PM with the opening act and run until midnight.
One standout event that will be a popular gig is the Friday August 17 Rockin’ On The River concert with headliner and hometown star Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, formerly of Judas Priest, who will perform an All-Star Jam when the famed area singer brings in five of his famous rock ‘n roll comrades to shake the house in downtown Cuyahoga Falls. The Summit 91.3 will be sponsoring that highly-anticipated concert.
All for…. Free!
Which is how Earley wants it. The concert series makes money off sponsorship and the many vendors who participate. Earley is all about providing a good time, in a good, positive atmosphere. You never hear of any trouble of any kind at Earley promoted concerts.
Earley, who was key in helping to save the American Soap Box Derby in Akron, is also a weekend talk show host (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM) on WNIR 100.0 FM in Akron. Also serving as a substitute host (he’s been on the air doing a yeoman’s work for three straight weeks as this is being written filling in for the late, beloved and legendary Howie Chizek and other hosts until a replacement for Chizek is hired), Earley is a popular fixture at WNIR with his blue-collar attitude and ‘average, every day kinda guy’ persona. The one refreshing thing about Bob Earley on the air is, he doesn’t have an agenda, he doesn’t judge, he doesn’t take sides. He’s just there to entertain and have a good time.
So if you’re in the northeast Ohio area on a Friday evening check out a Rockin’ On The River concert. But only if you’re interested in good music and a good time!
REMAINING ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER SCHEDULE
July 6……………..The Boat Drunks (Buffett & more) w/ Human Nature
July 13…………….Almost Queen with Red Sun Rising
July 20…………….Dashboard Lights (Meat Loaf) with Big in Japan
July 27 ………….Festa Italiana
Aug 3 – Aug 12.. Cuyahoga Falls Bicentennial Celebration
August 17…………Tim “Ripper” Owens & All-Star Friends w/ Opener TBA
August 24……..….Vicious Cycle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) with Kerosene
August 31……..….Satisfaction w/ Butch Armstrong & Armstrong Bearcat Band
For more information on Rockin’ On The River visit the website HERE.
(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!