RoverFest re­turn­ing to Lorain

Con­cert at Black River Land­ing to fea­ture per­for­mances from 6 acts

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Pay­erchin

RoverFest, the sum­mer party of Cleveland ra­dio per­son­al­ity Shane “Rover” French, will re­turn to Lorain for sum­mer 2018.

RoverFest X is July 21, at Black River Land­ing, the Lorain’s Port Author­ity’s water­front fes­ti­val site.

Rover an­nounced the show May 17 on Rover’s Morn­ing Glory, his morn­ing show on WMMS-FM 100.7.

This year’s per­form­ers are Red Sun Rising, All That Re­mains, Big Boi from Outkast, Lil Jon, Ma­chine Gun Kelly and Shine­down.

Co­me­dian Bert Kreis­cher is guest host.

Tick­ets are $49 and will go on sale May 24 for the gen­eral pub­lic; RMG Plus sub­scribers can buy the tick­ets a day ear­lier with a 10 per­cent dis­count.

Rover promised the 10th RoverFest event will be “the big­gest party of the year.” Gates will open at 1 p.m. “It’s a big party; you’ve got to check this out,” Rover told one

lis­tener be­fore the an­nounce­ment.

He re­counted the first RoverFest, which did not have any bands, and with his co-hosts re­called meet­ing one lis­tener from Chicago who said she got pregnant the night of RoverFest.

“Oh, do you party, when you come to RoverFest,” he said. “It is a good time, that is for sure.”

Lorain Port Author­ity Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Tom Brown said he is ex­cited for the sum­mer event to re­turn.

“We are ex­cited to host again and look for­ward to help­ing cre­ate a safe and se­cure event,” Brown said. “We look for­ward to our lo­cal busi­nesses be­ing able to at­tract the many visi­tors to Lorain.”

In 2014, there was much pub­lic de­bate about the ef­fects of RoverFest in Lorain, said Mayor Chase Rite­nauer.

RoverFest events have been loud but safe, with lit­tle if any of the drunken ri­ot­ing and brawls that some res­i­dents feared.

Since 2014, Lorain has at­tracted the Rockin’ on the River sum­mer weekly con­cert se­ries and has added mer­chants to down­town, he said. RoverFest was a key com­po­nent in mak­ing down­town Lorain a vi­able cen­ter for en­ter­tain­ment, Rite­nauer said.

“We’re happy to wel­come them back to Lorain,” Rite­nauer said.

The hu­mor of Rover’s Morn­ing Glory and the mu­sic of RoverFest are not every­body’s cup of tea, Rite­nauer said. Even so, the 2018 event has the best and largest lineup of per­form­ers and will bring thou­sands upon thou­sands of peo­ple to Lorain, he said.

“It all starts with peo­ple, it all starts with get­ting peo­ple down­town,” Rite­nauer said.

Rover com­mented on Black River Land­ing as well.

“It’s a great lo­ca­tion,” he said. “It’s big enough for RoverFest, which is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion.

“It’s a great place for RoverFest.”

Rover noted the band All That Re­mains re­cently cov­ered the song “The Thun­der Rolls” by Garth Brooks.

He said he used to hate coun­try mu­sic.

“Who could hate that song, though?” Rover asked.

Lil Jon gave “an all-time fa­vorite RoverFest per­for­mance” at the first RoverFest at Black River Land­ing in 2014.

“This lineup is — it’s un­be­liev­able,” one caller said.

“My mind is blown,” said a caller who said he would post­pone a trip to the Ba­hamas to at­tend RoverFest.

“I am so ex­cited I am get­ting to go this year,” said a caller who hoped to at­tend a RoverFest when she moved back to the area, but could not be­cause there was no show in 2017.

“This is an un­be­liev­able lineup,” said an­other caller.

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