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Free Rockin’ the River concert series comes to Wilkes-Barre River Common July 12-26

Free Rockin’ the River concert series comes to Wilkes-Barre River Common July 12-26
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From a press release:

Three free outdoor concerts at the Wilkes-Barre River Common were announced today by Luzerne County, the Visitors Bureau, and the Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee.

The Rockin’ the River series will be held Friday nights in July at Millennium Circle alongside the Susquehanna River in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and enjoy performances by Elton John tribute band Yellow Brick Road, Brooklyn-based Americana group The National Reserve, and Dave Matthews tribute band A Proud Monkey. Opening acts include Joe Nardone’s Rockology Music Academy students, Scranton folk rock singer/songwriter MiZ, and country band County Lines.

These all-ages events provide great ways to spend a warm summer evening with the whole family. Food trucks like Manning’s Ice Cream, Sammy’s Caribbean Grill, Tony Thomas Catering, and Yogi’s Potato Pancakes will be on site, and Susquehanna Brewing Company will have a tent serving alcoholic beverages for those 21 and over.

Food trucks open at 5 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. each night. There is plenty of nearby parking available, and the Luzerne County Transportation Authority will be providing free bus service from 4 p.m.-midnight to the Downtown Intermodal, just a short walk from Millennium Circle (92 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre).

Rockin’ the River performance schedule:

Friday, July 12
Opener: Joe Nardone’s Rockology Music Academy
Headliner: Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute band

Friday, July 19
Opener: MiZ
Headliner: The National Reserve

Friday, July 26
Opener: County Lines
Headliner: A Proud Monkey, a Dave Matthews tribute band

Yellow Brick Road from Augusta, Maine presents very detail of an actual Elton John concert in such a way that both casual and dedicated Elton John fans will be screaming for more. Rockology Music Academy is Northeastern Pennsylvania’s first music school created in the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll by Joe Nardone Jr., owner of the local Gallery of Sound record stores.

The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late-night soul, and bluesy, boozy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of American music. Mike Mizwinski, better known simply as MiZ, is an America/roots rock artist from Scranton known for masterful guitar playing, well-crafted songwriting, and powerfully energetic live performances. Both acts performed together last year at the F.M. Kirby Center.

A Proud Monkey is “the most accurate seven-piece tribute to Dave Matthews Band in the world.” There’s dozens of DMB cover bands, but only one real tribute band – A Proud Monkey. County Lines is three guys playing new country, classic country, and Southern rock who are passionate about music and their fans.

For more information, contact the Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau at or 570-819-1877.

Photo by Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene