From staff reports

A variety of musical styles from local, regional and national acts will be featured during the 2014 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in downtown Marietta.


The final performance on the entertainment barge at the Ohio River Levee at the foot of Front and Greene streets at 2:30 p.m. Sunday will feature Rick K and the Allnighters.

Other local acts featured during the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will include Steve and Bev Pottmeyer, Marietta High School Wall of Sound Marching Band and Premiere Show Choir, Alfie and the Omegas and others.

Midnight Special will open the festival at 8 p.m. Friday on the levee.

The band has been actively performing since 1976 when it was founded in Cincinnati by Gregg St. Charles and Joey Von Richter. The members also include Kurt Dobkins, Lester Sharp, and David Geoffries.

Midnight Special specializes in classic ’70s and ’80s rock and roll music and has been touring nationally for nearly 35 years. The band has opened for a variety of national acts and performed at fairs, theaters, festivals, theme parks and other venues around the country.

The Swon Brothers will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday to close out the festival’s opening night.

The Swon Brothers, from Muskogee, Okla., consist of Zach Swon and Colton Swon. In 2013, they finished in third place on the fourth season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Before coming to “The Voice,” the brothers spent several years performing around their home state and releasing their CDs on their own label.

McQueen will perform at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.

McQueen is a modern progressive rock duo performing original music and covers. The members are vocalist Andrew LeVeck and guitarist Rex Stemm, both Ohio natives.

Plan B will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The band has been performing together for more than 12 years, specializing in classic rock music, with some country and some 80’s and 90’s rock music in its repertoire.

Plan B has opened for .38 Special, the Temptations, Sammy Kershaw and other national acts. The band has appeared at the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival, the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, Marietta Riverfront Roar, Belpre Homecoming and the Black Walnut Festival in Spencer.

Insured Sound will perform at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, before and after the Queen Genevieve Coronation.

Established in 1975, the locally based band has performed extensively throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley and beyond, including several previous appearances at Parkersburg Homecoming and other area events and festivals. The band features a variety of styles, from Sinatra to ballads to Motown to dance.

“Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the BeeGees” will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, with another performance at 10:30 p.m. following the annual fireworks display.

Capturing a full history of the Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” includes material from the 1967 breakout album “Bee Gees First” including “To Love Somebody,” “Holiday,” “Massachusetts” and continuing with the earlier “Words,” “I Got To Get A Message To You” and “I Started A Joke.”

Bam Baxter will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday.

From St. Marys, Brandon Evan “Bam” Baxter is a contemporary Christian music artist, songwriter, producer, videographer and youth group leader at First Baptist Church of St. Marys where he plays in the worship team and co-leads the youth group worship team.

Shivering Timbers will perform at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Based in Akron, the band features Sarah Benn, Jayson Benn and Daniel Kshywonis performing a blend of indie rock, blues/punk and country/gospel influences. The group has toured with Shovels & Rope, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Chapin Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Carolyn Wonderland, Field Report, Tav Falco, Kopecky Family Band, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Courrier, and others.

Rick K and The Allnighters will close out the 2014 festival with the final performance of the weekend at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The band has performed in 36 states across the U.S., performing a blend of high energy rock n’ roll from the 1960s through today, covering artists from the Beatles to KC & The Sunshine Band to Four Tops to Santana and others. Accomplished musicians and vocalists, the large ensemble features the Sometimers Horn Section adding the live flavor of trumpet, sax and more.

The band includes Steve Moore on drums, Paul Doege on bass guitar/vocals; Jimmy Hindman on lead guitar/vocals, Bob Menear on trumpet, Jeremiah Bennett on alto sax and Chuck White on tenor sax.

The fireworks

One of the highlights of the 2014 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will be the annual fireworks display Saturday night in downtown Marietta.

The Harry J. Robinson Fireworks Display will be presented from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the sky over the Ohio River at Marietta as the fireworks are fired from a barge on the water.

After 30 years under the direction of Robinson, who died in 2011, the fireworks program is in its ninth year under the direction of fireworks chairman Dennis Blauser.

Blauser has been involved in the sternwheel festival committee since 1981. He became facilities chairman in 1985, which included working on the closure of the river and assisting with the fireworks planning. He worked closely with Robinson since that time to prepare for each year’s fireworks display.

Thousands of fireworks shells will be launched during the fireworks display over the Ohio River levee. For the past 16 years, Pyrotecnico of New Castle, Pa., has been the fireworks company producing the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival fireworks.

The century-old family business is the fourth largest fireworks company in the nation. Pyrotecnico produces more than 1,500 fireworks displays each year in 38 states and internationally.

As it has in the past, the aerial display will be synchronized with choreographed music which can be heard on WNUS 107.1 FM.

One of the founders of the sternwheel festival, Robinson served as chairman of the fireworks committee since the beginning of the festival in 1975 and was responsible for choosing both the fireworks and the music. At the age of 83, he chose to make 2005 his last year as fireworks chairman, handing the responsibility over to Blauser. The fireworks display was officially renamed in his honor in 2005.

Car show

Auto enthusiasts will have the chance to see a variety of local cars, trucks and motorcycles on the final afternoon of the 2014 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival.

The 17th annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival Car Show will be Sunday in the 200 block of Second Street in downtown Marietta, near the Ohio River levee and all of the festival entertainment.

The car show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event is being organized by the Rollin’ Oldies Car Club.

For those interested in participating in the show and showing off their automobiles, registration will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A free T-shirt and dash plaques will be given to the first 200 registered entrants.

The car show will be an open show to all vehicles and bikes. A $10 entry fee will be required. No judging will be take place. The 2014 Queen Genevieve will select a “Queen’s Choice” vehicle.

There will also be door prize drawings during the show and entertainment by the Rollin’ Oldies Jukebox. For more information, contact John Husk at 304-481-5297.


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