Con­cert se­ries lineup an­nounced

Shows to in­clude wide va­ri­ety of gen­res

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Betsy Scott bscott@news-her­ @re­porter­betsy on Twit­ter

Men­tor has even more en­ter­tain­ment in store this year at its 1-year-old am­phithe­ater.

The city this week revealed the lineup for its 2018 Men­tor Rocks Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries.

The se­ries will kick off June 12 at the Men­tor Civic Am­phithe­ater with Jour­ney trib­ute band Es­cape, which last year drew the largest crowd (more than 7,000 peo­ple) out­side of the July 4 Soul Asy­lum/fire­works show.

The re­main­ing bands and dates are as fol­lows:

• June 19 — Victory High­way (mod­ern coun­try/rock)

• June 26 — Ten (Pearl Jam trib­ute)

• July 3 — Jersey (Bruce Spring­steen trib­ute)

• July 10 — The Le­gend of Johnny Cash Star­ring Philip Bauer (Johnny Cash trib­ute)

• July 17 — Kings High­way (Tom Petty trib­ute)

• July 24 — John King (Nashville record­ing artist)

• July 31 — Fac­tion Cleve­land (dance/party mu­sic)

• Aug. 7 — Wanted (Bon Jovi trib­ute)

• Aug. 14 — Pur­ple Mad­ness (Prince trib­ute)

• Aug. 21 — Brit Beat (Bea­tles


Con­certs are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tues­days, and ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free. The am­phithe­ater is lo­cated be­hind Men­tor Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter at 8500 Civic Cen­ter Blvd.

More than 40,000 vis­i­tors at­tended shows in 2017, the in­au­gu­ral sea­son of the state-of-the-art am­phithe­ater. The sched­ule was ex­panded to 11 weeks from seven be­cause of the over­whelm­ing re­sponse.

“Or­ga­niz­ers have been hard at work mak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence even better for our guests,” Men­tor Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ante Log­a­ru­sic said. “Other changes, in­clud­ing ex­panded food of­fer­ings, are forth­com­ing and will be an­nounced soon.”

Much thought went into plan­ning the per­for­mances.

“We try not to book the same bands ever year,” Log­a­ru­sic said. “This year’s lineup was cho­sen to of­fer con­cert-go­ers what we think is a pretty good va­ri­ety and of­fers some­thing for every­one.”

The city bud­geted $40,000 for en­ter­tain­ment. Beer and wine sales, food ven­dor fees and spon­sor­ships help to off­set these costs. Lake Health has signed on as the se­ries’ ti­tle spon­sor for the next five years.

“As a com­mu­nity-based hospi­tal, we in­vest in each of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve by sup­port­ing pro­grams and events we be­lieve will im­prove the health and well-be­ing of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies,” said Lake Health Ser­vice Line Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Julie Stro­gin.

The city’s for­mer Sum­mer Con­certs in the Park were held in a gazebo, razed to make way for the $2.5 mil­lion, 7,500-square­foot am­phithe­ater fea­tur­ing the lat­est light­ing and sound equip­ment, and twin 14-by-7-foot re­tractable video screens.

The fa­cil­ity was built with the in­ten­tion of cre­at­ing a venue for the per­form­ing arts that would serve as a des­ti­na­tion. Other free events have in­cluded per­for­mances by the Cleve­land Shake­speare Fes­ti­val and Res­o­nanz Opera.

New this year will be three all-day mu­sic fes­ti­vals — fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent gen­res — to be held the first Satur­day in June, July and Au­gust.

Fes­ti­vals will in­volve per­for­mances by three bands, be­gin­ning at 1 p.m. This is sub­ject to change while the city fi­nal­izes the per­form­ers.

June 2 will be a rock theme and coun­try July 7. Aug. 4 is yet to be de­ter­mined.

“We will be hav­ing food trucks, and set up will be ex­actly like the Men­tor Rocks pro­gram,” said Men­tor Parks & Recreation Di­rec­tor Kenn Kamin­ski.


This drone shot from the city of Men­tor cap­tures the crowd at­tend­ing a con­cert in the Men­tor Rocks se­ries.

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