Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Arts Council are ready to go for their second Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert of the year on July 15 at 7pm. The concert will feature Motown group Motown Sounds of Touch and Rockabilly music from The American Kings. The concerts are free to attend and start at 7pm. This Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert has the added benefit of a Rock N Roll Car Show sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua, Piqua Arts Council, 98.1 WPTW and the Miami Valley Center Mall starting at 3pm in Linear Park and along Mainstreet by the Bike Path Bridge.

Have you ever found yourself wishing, hoping or even praying that you could go back in time and relive the two greatest decades in history? Well, there’s good news for those of you who long for the simplicity and genuine good times of the 1950s and the 1960s…The American Kings. The American Kings is a Dayton, Ohio band that takes great pride in giving their audience an authentic, fresh, and danceable show with true renditions of your favorite Rock N’ Roll songs. And because The Kings live a life with a vocabulary that allows the words “sock” and “hop” to still make perfect sense together, you can fully trust them to put on a good show. The American Kings are on a mission to bring REAL entertainment back to the people.


Taking the stage to start the evening off, the men of TOUCH hail from Dayton,Ohio. The same city that gave the music world The Ohio Players, Heatwave, Shirley Murdock, Slave, Lakeside, Zapp and Roger Troutman. TOUCH has been entertaining and delighting audiences all over the country for over 15 years. Their energetic dance performances and engaging personalities have brought many an audience to their feet.

“Last year we had so much fun with The American Kings and so many people were disappointed because they got there late and missed them that we had to bring them back,” said Piqua Arts Council Executive Director Jordan Knepper. “Not only do they sound great, but their audience engagement is off the charts as well.”

Knepper also thanked the headlining sponsors for Rock Piqua this year the City of Piqua, Emerson Climate Technologies, French Oil Mill Machinery Company, Francis Cricket Wireless, PolySource, Vectren Foundation and Spencer Peltier & Mark Reedy at Thrivent Financial.

“Without these wonderful sponsors, we wouldn’t have a Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert series as all.”

The Rock N Roll Car Show will start at 3pm with the first 75 registrations getting a specially designed dash plaque. Cars will be parked in Linear Park near the bike path and all along Main St. until 6pm.

TK BBQ and Susie’s Big Dipper will be at the event serving food and ice cream for visitors. As a reminder outside food and drinks are not permitted in the concert venue and smoking is only allowing the designated area.

More information about the Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series can be found at

Lorna Swisher