Lineup set for Twinsburg's 2014 Rock the Park concert series

Concert series to include KISS, Queen tributes; country, Motown, more

by Conner Howard | reporter Published:

Twinsburg -- Running the gamut from rock tributes to country and everything in between, a lineup of high-energy musical performances are scheduled to take the stage at Perici Amphitheatre this summer for the 2014 Rock the Park Concert Series.

Tickets for the concert series go on sale May 23 and will be available at www.rocktheparkconcert.com. General admission tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

VIP tickets will be $30 and include access to the VIP patio, a lawn chair, premium parking, and food and drink tickets. There will also be a chance to win a two-year-lease on a new Volkswagen Jetta from Ganley Motors.

The concerts will take place in Glen Chamberlin Park.

Parks and Recreation marketing director Mike Yunis said tribute bands like Almost Queen (Queen) and Mr. Speed (KISS) are crowd favorites, adding that the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and country artists have also been popular.

"The crowd-pleasers seem to be the classic rock tributes," Yunis said. "Those are the ones that sell the best. [That 80s Band is] not a tribute band, but they give a variety within their tributes ... their renditions of the songs are very close. They have a variety of singers and musicians that bring that level of tribute to a very accurate level.

"The Pops are back by demand," Yunis added. "They're a favorite with the fireworks and having that be a general admission and a wider age range, it does give a mass appeal. The country night has become very popular in this area. That show will probably sell out first."

Sponsored by Strachan & Novak Insurance and Grange Insurance, the concert series comprises six performances throughout the summer. The series will kick off with a country music night June 27 with the Caliber Band and Brother Trouble, followed by a July 11 performance from the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, complete with a fireworks display.

That 80s Band will offer a wide array of cover music from the 1980s July 18, followed by tribute group Almost Queen July 25, a returning act from summer 2013.

Bringing to life the music of classic rock band KISS, tribute act Mr. Speed will perform Aug. 8, followed by Motown/R&B group Shout! Aug. 15.

All concerts except the orchestra performance are for ages 21 and older only.

New to the concert series is the Ganley Motors giveaway. VIP ticketholders will have a chance to win a car key at the end of each show. At the end of the season, those with keys will be able to try their key on a new Jetta from Ganley.

"Ganley Motors of Bedford is going to be doing a sweepstakes this year," Yunis said. "We're going to give away keys to a lucky winner at every show. It's the first time we've done it and the experience of that is kind of exciting."

Parks and Recreation Director Derek Schroeder said the concert series turns a profit on ticket and concession sales each summer, raising a profit of $74,000 since the first concert season in 2008. However, the 2013 series cost the city $12,000, dropping net total profits from Rock the Park to $62,000.

"The concert series has been profitable over its six years," Schroeder said. "[In] 2013, we were actually down in profits from previous years, but the previous years carried us through. The fireworks was a very expensive show, the country night was a very expensive show, then adding Michael Stanley at the end was a very expensive show. So, it was an unusual year for us, just based on three big acts and next year, we're just having the orchestra as our most expensive show will help bring us back. But it's still a profitable activity if you look at all six years."

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