Hairball to bring ‘bombastic celebration’ to Rockin’ on the River finale

Rockin’ on the River will end its 2017 season with a rock n’ roll event arriving at Black River Landing in Lorain.

Hairball will take the stage Sept. 2 for the finale of this year’s weekly concert series.

The band’s name may sound an ailment in the family pet, but the players bill themselves as “a bombastic celebration of arena rock.”

They perform as arena rockers including Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Aerosmith and other bands known for hard rock.

“Saturday, of course, that’s the monster,” said Bob Earley, founder of the Rockin’ on the River concert series, about the Sept. 2 plans.

“This show will be so dynamic,” Earley said. “It is a 23-member cast and they do 12 different bands nonstop.”

The band performs with music, along with pyrotechnics and fireworks that needed approval from the Lorain Fire Department, he said.

The band will arrive the morning of the show to set up its equipment and add an extension to the existing Black River Landing stage.

“This is just going to be the biggest production we’ve ever done,” Earley said.

The band has posted videos online showing their performances and that is coming to northeast Ohio, he said.

“It’s not like, that’s what they did there, but they’re not going to be able to do that in Lorain,” Earley said. “Everything you see in that tape is going on.”

The Morning Journal has Hairball tickets for sale for $10 each in advance of the show at the office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2500 W. Erie Ave. in Lorain. Hairball tickets are $15 on the day of show.

Earley recommended advance sales for the best price. On Hairball’s ebsite, www.hairballonline.com, the Lorain event has the lowest ticket prices of any of the band’s upcoming shows. He encourages people to visit the website to see what the show will be like.

Rockin’ on the River will have a special treat on Sept. 1, Earley said.

Real Diamond, the Premier Neil Diamond Tribute, will perform, but there was a change in the opening act, Earley said.

Guitar phenom Michael Weber will return with The Michael Weber Show to open the concert Sept. 1.

Weber, who is a student at Kent State University, performed Aug. 18 and received a standing ovation from the crowd, said Earley and Tom Brown, executive director of the Lorain Port Authority.

Weber sold a ton of merchandise and gained many new fans that night, Earley said.

“From 2,000 people, it was the most amazing thing,” he said. “If you want the most amazing thing we’ve seen all year, this was it.”

Admission is $5 for Weber and Real Diamond.

Rockin’ on the River is in its third season in Lorain.

Brown called it the best season ever, although he noted the show will be bittersweet because it is the informal end of summer at Black River Landing.

“I can’t believe where our summer’s gone,” he said.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and shows run until 11 p.m.

Hairball, billed as “a bombastic celebration of arena rock,” Sept. 2, 2017, will play the finale for the 2017 Rockin’ on the River weekly concert series at the Lorain Port Authority’s Black River Landing. Advance tickets are available this week for $10 at The Morning Journal, 2500 W. Erie Ave., Lorain.