Rock the Park returns to Albion on Aug. 6 at first big event at new amphitheater

Photos by Tom Rivers: Ron Albertson sings “One Way Out” by the Allman Brothers during an open mic night on June 19, 2021. It was the debut event at the new amphitheater. That outdoor stage will host several bands on Aug. 6 for the Summer Festival featuring Rock the Park.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 June 2022 at 11:59 am

ALBION – Ron Albertson has been dreaming and working towards Aug. 6 for many years. That is the day Albion’s outdoor stage hosts its first big event.

The new amphitheater at Bullard Park will be the stage for several bands that day for the seventh Summer Festival featuring Rock the Park.

The event was cancelled the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns. Rock the Park used to rent a tent and stage for the all-day concert.

“After all the hard work a lot of us put in this will be the first major event at the park utilizing the outdoor amphitheater,” Albertson said.

The day includes acoustic acts to start the music festival, followed by several bands. There also will be arts and crafts vendors, activities for children, and a beer tent.

The acoustic stage will feature Mark Fantasia and then the Remediators.

The lineup of bands includes Zero, The Who Dats, Shotgun Pauly, Dave Viterna Group, Vette, Eclipse and the closing act, Nerds Gone Wild. The Nerds are new to Rock the Park. They play many popular party songs from the 1980s.

The Albion Lions Club is one of the main sponsors of the event and its members are key organizers for the music festival.

Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Debbie by text at 585-590-7500.

For more information, check the Music Festival’s Facebook page by clicking here.

The band 7th Heaven capped a day of music at Bullard Park on Aug. 3, 2019 during the Albion Summer Festival featuring Rock the Park. The sixth annual event attracted about 1,000 people to the park. Michael Giarrizzo, left, plays guitar and sings for the band, while Terry K. is the lead singer and Dave Quick is the bass player from Kendall.