The 2019 Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series rocked our past six Friday nights, and as always, we’re sad to see the season come to an end. The free concert series featured classic rock artists, including The Marshall Tucker Band, Mark Farner’s American Band, Soul Asylum, Loverboy, Jon Anderson of Yes and Little River Band.
In partnership with 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock radio station, we hosted Rockin’ Wars – inviting local talent to win the opportunity to open for this year’s headliners. Winners were: Birds of Prey, Pink Pumps, The Harponics, Ezra, Feed the Monster and Mob Opera.
The Marshall Tucker Band
With hit singles like “Can’t You See,” “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Take the Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band was a great start to this year’s concert series. Rockin’ Wars winner Birds of Prey opened the show.
Mark Farner’s American Band
A little rain didn’t stop the Flint, Mich. band from dominating the show with songs like “We’re an American Band,” “The Loco-Motion” and “I’m Your Captain.” Rockin’ Wars winner the Pink Pumps welcomed Mark Farner’s American Band to the stage. We even saw a newlywed couple check out the show, and before that, a rainbow!
Grammy-award winning Soul Asylum brought their own style of American alternative rock to the riverfront. They performed all of their top hits including “Runaway Train,” “Black Gold” and “Misery.” The Harponics opened the show.
For more than 30 years, Loverboy has been “Working for the Weekend” and delighted our Rockin’ audience with their trademark red leather pants, bandannas and big rock sound. We heard from Rockin’ Wars winner Ezra before Loverboy rocked the riverfront.
Jon Anderson of Yes
With timeless hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Long Distance Runaround,” “Awaken” and “Roundabout,” fans expected nothing less from Jon Anderson of Yes. Feed the Monster opened the show.
Little River Band
Described as “the best singing band in the world,” Little River Band closed the series with their timeless hits such as “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change” and “Help is on Its Way.”
Before opening act Mob Opera took the stage, we heard from My Kid Rocks winner Set ‘N’ Stone. The teenagers, Austin Kucken, Nik Kaljaj, Mat Kaljaj, and Austin Hart wowed fans with their take on “Go, Johnny, Go” and “867-5309/Jenny.”
Thanks again to our sponsors Chevrolet, Andiamo, 94.7 WCSX and the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center for helping make the series a success year after year.
What was your favorite memory of this year’s series? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to like Rockin’ on Facebook for information on next year’s concert series.