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Reggae Fest takes Perici stage first as Post Road provides local flavor at Rock the Park

By APRIl HELMS Reporter Published: May 2, 2017 1:38 PM
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TWINSBURG -- Reggae Fest Cleveland, sponsored by Taste CLE, is not technically part of the Rock The Park season, but Taste CLE is working "in conjunction with the city," said Derek Schroeder, director of parks and recreation.

"I think it might be a trend where we see other organizations wanting to utilize our venue for certain things," Schroeder said. "I think it's great for us. It is already close to being sold out. We are excited about that. It gets new people who may have never been to our venue ... it's before our other shows, so it's great marketing opportunity."

Scheduled bands for Reggae Fest include Nick Zuber, Umojah Nation and Carlos Jones & The PLUS Band. Tickets can be purchased online at TasteCLE.com.

Rock the Park

The band Post Road, which played at Rock the Park in 2013, will once again represent its hometown on stage at Perici Amphitheatre, performing July 14 as part of a country night.

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"We had the privilege of opening for Aaron Lewis and Brother Trouble," said guitarist Steve Radcliff of Twinsburg. "It was such a memorable experience because this was first time that we got to play on an outdoor stage and professional sound system as spectacular as the Perici Amphitheatre.

"Being carved out of the woods in the heart of Twinsburg, there's just something magical about this venue on a hot summer night," Radcliff said.

Three of Post Road's members are residents of Twinsburg, and vocalists Shawn Roland and Steve's daughter, Sarah Radcliff, are graduates of Twinsburg High School.

Other members of Post Road include Andrew Krakowski of Medina on guitars and harmony vocals, Dave Vogrin of Willoughby Hills on drums and Dave Warner of Wickliffe on bass.

Post Road is a "country cover band who specializes in today's top 40 country," Radcliff said, occasionally adding classics "from the Garth Brooks-era" to its sets. The band released its first CD, "That's My Road," in November 2016.

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Radcliff said the band owes its existence to Twinsburg, as it is named after the city street in the northern portion of town.

In 2011, when he was running the music store GitterPicker String Factory in Twinsburg, he was asked by Twinsburg Public Library officials to perform at the library's annual fundraiser. He said he asked others to join him for "this one-time show."

"Our shows are energetic," Radcliff said. "We treat every show, no matter how small or large the venue, like it's a stadium concert. One of the most recognizable attributes in Post Road is our drummer Dave Vogrin. He is often the focal point for the audience because of his acrobatics on the drums as well as his interaction with the audience. Post Road is ofter referred to as 'that country band with that drummer.'"

Post Road has headlined festivals and has performed at the Hard Rock Casino at Northfield Park. Awards include Scene Magazine Best Cover Band 2016; Scene Magazine Best Male Vocalist, Shawn Roland, 2016; Cleveland Magazine Best Cover Band 2015; Scene Magazine Best Female Vocalist, Sarah Radcliff, 2017; and Scene Magazine Best Local Album, 2017.

Regional representation at Rock the Park this summer will come from Escape of Cleveland, as fans of Journey will want to check out this renowned cover band when they open the concert series June 9. The five-member band, all from the Cleveland area, includes Jason Kelty on vocals, Steve Raz on guitar, Troy Sands on keyboard, Paul Soos on bass and Michael Scott Nelson on drums.

Escape is "an authentic reproduction of a Journey concert from the mid 80s," Kelty said.

"I started the band in June of 1993," Kelty said. "[We] toured the states until 1999, reformed the band in 2009 and have been going strong ever since."

Escape performed two years ago at Rock the Park with Wanted, a Bon Jovi tribute.

Other concerts rounding out the season include Jersey, a Bruce Springsteen tribute, June 23; Building 429, June 30; the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, July 3; Post Road, July 14; Desert Highway, and Eagles tribute, July 28; and Disco Inferno, Aug. 11.

"We've got a great lineup this year," said Mayor Ted Yates. "We have a good assortment of cover bands. We have classical, reggae and a Christian rock band this year, Building 429."

The series is again sponsored by Strachan Novak Insurance. The local insurance company has been involved for eight years running.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group will serve as the official beverage sponsor. Supporting sponsors include CarStar Tim's Collision, The DeFabulous Team Keller Williams Realty, Twinsburg Township and the village of Reminderville.

Learn more about the concert series and tickets at RockTheParkConcert.com, or call 330-963-8722.

Email: ahelms@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9423

Twitter: @twinsburgohio

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