The biggest Rockin' on the River concert takes place Friday at the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront.
This week four bands hit the stage with Columbus' Red Wanting Blue headlining. The concert, booked by event chairman Bob Earley, also features Public Radio, A Band Named Ashes and the Modern Electric. For the night, WAPS (91.3-FM, the Summit) is the sponsored charity.
Liz Mozzocco, music director at the Summit, said each of the bands is in regular rotation on 91.3. She said the station has a good rapport with Red Wanting Blue, which released a new album, The Vanishing Point, in January and is coming off two sold-out shows in Pittsburgh.
The other three bands are from the Akron area and regularly play locally.
"We wanted to make sure that the groups chosen have mainstream appeal because it's a big event with a built-in crowd," Mozzocco said. "So we wanted to make sure that the music that night will be upbeat and easy for people to get into, even if they're not familiar with the bands yet."
Public Radio is a new band from area singer-songwriter Andy Dolson. He recruited Patrick Doyle on guitar and they recorded a soon-to-be-released debut EP in Atlanta. Akron's A Band Named Ashes is self-described as "progressive folk." The five-piece released its debut in 2010 and are in the process of recording a new album.
Opening the show is the Modern Electric, a band that could be on the verge of breaking out nationally. Their eponymous debut album was named Best Album of 2011 by Cleveland Scene Magazine. They're a band that's impressed Mozzocco, 91.3's music tastemaker.
"I heard some of their songs online a couple of years ago and was immediately impressed, so I went to see them in Cleveland and I walked out of the show with a copy of the record. We started playing it at the Summit," Mozzocco said. "The music is fun indie-pop - memorable songs and a very solid live show. I think they're a step above a lot of local acts and I remember being amazed that I sort of stumbled upon them because their debut record really is that good. Definitely a band to watch and I'm proud to be able to bring their music to listeners on the air."
As always, each week's Rockin' on the River starts at 5 p.m. at the Riverfront in Cuyahoga Falls. Admission is free.