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Picture This: Rockin’ the River Kicks Off 2021 Concert Series

Free Concerts Return to Wilkes-Barre’s River Common

Visit Luzerne County, Riverfront Parks Committee and Luzerne County officials have teamed up to bring back the popular Rockin’ the River concert series. Local musicians and regional acts will play free, family-friendly shows at River Common in Wilkes-Barre.

This year’s series kicked off on Friday, July 16. The lineup for the night included Alex Shillo’s Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Philadelphia Freedom: A Tribute to Elton John and Bill Brazill. In between sets, visitors enjoyed snacks from local food trucks and beer from Susquehanna Brewing Co.

Last summer, the concert had to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions. Bands performed parade-style on the back of a flatbed truck throughout Luzerne County, allowing people to watch from their porches and yards.

This year, the concerts are back to their normal setup, complete with a stage at Millennium Circle. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the music as the sun sets over the Susquehanna.

Check out our photos from Friday night’s concert. And no worries if you missed the first show. Rockin’ the River will hold concerts every Friday night for the rest of the month. July 23 will feature the Tom Petty Appreciation Band and Bret Alexander. July 30 will feature The Nude Party and Fife & Drom. Food trucks open at 5 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. Parking will be free on the streets and in pay lots throughout downtown Wilkes-Barre. A parking map and more details are available from Visit Luzerne County.

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