WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Saturday night at the Warren Amphitheater, the season’s first River Rock at the Amp concert will take place.
The amphitheater seats around 4,500, and there will likely be that many in attendance because the Eagles tribute band 7 Bridges will be playing, and they’re always a big draw.
This is the 14th season of River Rock at the Amp, which features primarily tribute bands. Later this season, there will be tribute bands of Journey, Billy Joel and Elton John, Garth Brooks and Bob Seger.
“It really works. You’re never going to see Pink Floyd again, the real Pink Floyd. You’re never going to see the real Led Zeppelin, the real Queen. These bands that we bring in really are tremendous. They are the best of the best,” said Ken Haidaris, president of Sunrise Entertainment, which promotes River Rock at the Amp.
There are some big draws at the venue, like the setting of the amphitheater along the Mahoning River, the music and even the admission price. It’s $10 a ticket. Haidaris says that featuring tribute bands and not big-name acts is what keeps it affordable.
“You can have six hours for $10. I mean, we open the gates at 5 p.m., we close at 11 p.m. There’s some intermissions but there’s some great music here,” said Haidaris.
While the music is the draw, the amphitheater and its stone seating create the ambiance.
“Actually, the place is too small sometimes, which is a good problem to have I guess because it gets really full,” said Haidaris.
This summer, River Rock will host 10 shows instead of its normal 14-16 shows because the porta potties that normally encircle the venue are being replaced by two restrooms in areas that take up no spectator space. The service road to build the restrooms has already been put in.
“If you want to drink a couple extra adult beverages, you can. You’re not worried about using one of those portable toilets, which aren’t the greatest a lot of times. So this is a great upgrade for this facility,” said Haidaris.
Haidaris says River Rock is good for a lot of people, saying, “Our goal is to bring people downtown.”
Sunrise Entertainment has also been hired to start a concert series this winter at Bootleggers Saloon at Yankee Lake. It’ll be called Country at the Boot and will feature country tribute bands and other country acts.