Rock Piqua starts on a high note

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Piqua Arts Council’s and Mainstreet Piqua’s annual Rock Piqua Riverfront Concert Series kicked off June 23, with some rockin’ oldies provided by Slick Willie and the Kentucky Jellies and the band formerly known as Sh-Boom, The Avalons. Threatening weather couldn’t keep the crowd away from these great bands with visitors traveling from as far as Michigan to see them.

“This might have been one of the best complete concerts to date that we’ve delivered,” said Piqua Arts Council Executive Director Jordan Knepper. “The rockabilly sounds of Slick Willie and the Kentucky Jellies got everyone ready for the sweet harmonies of the Avalons.”

Once again, Rock Piqua will change up the genres for each concert to reach the broadest number of people. Having completed their Oldies concert, next up July 21 will be their Southern Rock concert featuring Jamie Suttle of Dayton, OH and national recording artist McGuffey Lane from … A regular in Nashville, Jamie Suttle has a powerful soulful voice unlike any performer to take the Rock Piqua stage so far. Having honed her craft since the age of 13, Jamie is backed up by several EP’s including her most recent album, “Country Music Revival.”

Headlining the July 21 concert will be national recording artist McGuffey Lane. Founded in 1972 by Terry Efaw and Steve Reis as Scotch and Soda, they rebranded themselves McGuffey Lane when they added lead singer Bobby E. McNelley. Their roots stretch back to Athens, Ohio. Over the years, McGuffey Lane has toured the country with bands like The Charlie Daniel’s Band, The Judd’s, and the Allman Brothers Band, among others.

The final Rock Piqua Concert series of the year will take place on August 18 and celebrate the music of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Today. Kicking things off at 7pm will be Dayton’s party band, Zack Attack! and 70’s Arena Rock cover band The Classic Rock Experience taking the stage at 9pm.

Join Zack Fresh, Zack-a-licious, Zack-a-delic, and Zack Zack as they energize Lock Nine Park with their throwback party atmosphere. Covering songs from Matchbox 20, The White Stripes and many more from across multiple decades, no band in the Dayton area is more likely to get you dancing along than Zack Attack!

The final performance for this year’s Rock Piqua will be Cincinnati’s The Classic Rock Experience. Originally formed in the 70’s as Midnight Express, The Classic Rock Experience has over 40 years of entertainment history. The Classic Rock Experience will be pouring out the 70’s best songs from bands like Styx, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Journey and more.

All Rock Piqua Riverfront Concerts take place at Lock Nine Riverfront Park, 125 E Water St. and start at 7pm. Rock Piqua remains a free event thanks to our generous sponsors including our headliner sponsors, Emerson Climate, Vectren, City of Piqua, Kettering Health Network, Polysource and the French Oil Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation. Rock Piqua Concerts are kid friendly, but please no outside food or drinks.

Lorna Swisher