Rockin’ on the Riverfront Wrap-Up

The 2017 Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series rocked our summer, and we already can’t wait for next year. The annual free concert series featured well-known national bands and local bands who competed to headline a show in Rockin’ Wars. Crowds of classic rock enthusiasts attended each concert to create an energetic and passionate atmosphere.



Night Ranger


Night Ranger took us down “sentimental street” when they opened the concert series on July 14, after Alexandria N’ Transit opened the show. Fans loved hearing favorites like “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.”



George Thorogood and the Destroyers


Down River Dan got the party started when they kicked off the concert on July 21. “Bad to the Bone” George Thorogood and the Destroyers made the crowd “Move it on Over” with hits like “Who Do You Love” and “I Drink Alone.”





LOVERBOY had us “Working for the Weekend” when they rocked the Rockin’ on the Riverfront stage on July 28. With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, rock ‘n’ roll sound and high-energy shows, LOVERBOY wowed our crowd with their classics “When It’s Over” and “Turn Me Loose.” Before LOVERBOY took the stage, Standing Room Only had us on our feet when they opened the show.



Gin Blossoms


Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side on Aug. 4 and the Gin Blossoms were unable to perform. We hope to have them back another year to hear hits like “Until I Fall Away” and “Hey Jealousy.”




38 Special


38 Special had us “Rockin’ Into the Night” with their signature southern rock style on Aug. 11. The crowd was “Holding on Loosely” when Power Play Detroit opened the show, and didn’t sit down until well after 38 Special finished their set.





The “Wonderful” concert series closer had audiences wanting more at the end of the night. Everclear brought their trademark music combination of melodies, rhythmic energy, evocative lyrics and thundering guitar crutches on Aug. 18, and played crowd-favorites “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine.” 13-year-old My Kid Rocks! winner Morgan Traywick wowed audiences with her robust covers and we couldn’t get enough of local band opener, Wisteria.


Which band that performed was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Rockin’ on the Riverfront Wrap-Up

  1. Despite the event that occurred on October 1, 2017, I hope that doesn’t stifle ROR for 2018. If necessary to continue ROR it could be held at West Riverfront Park instead of being cancelled.

  2. We seen 38 Special had VIP tickets. What a wonderful set up you have downtown. My husband wanted to get a T-shirt but we never got one.

  3. The best show by far this past Summer was George Thorogood and the Destroyers. He was a ball to watch and he gave it his all. It was also fun to flirt with him during the show. He had me laughing so hard. The music was out of this world. This was my first time seeing him and I was very impressed. What a great show!

  4. I love going to the concerts every yr. My family has made it our summer tradition and we try to keep my Moms collection of drum sticks going. Ever clear was my favorite I got autographs and pics.

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