Rocktoberfest II rocks the block

Shane Martin, Albertville native and band leader of The Shane Martin Band, wakes up the crowd with the first performance of the night. It was a day jam-packed with entertainment, as four recording artists took the stages at Riverside Park to perform full sets from 4 p.m. to midnight. (Photo by Crow River Reflections) Jesse Larson shreds during his evening set. Larson may be most known for his appearance on NBC’s The Voice, but he also is an avid custom guitar builder. (Photo courtesy of Crow River Reflections) Chris Hawkey closes out the evening with guitarist Tony Williams to his left. Rumors are already flying over whether The City of Rockford and other co-organizers will bring back the event for a third year. (Photo courtesy of Rockford Fire Auxiliary) The crowd that gathered at Riverside Park easily surpassed city and band manager expectation, with thousands of attendees sticking around until the final act. (Photo courtesy of Dan Madsen) Performers were involved with the other activities of the night. Here, singer Chris Hawkey reads the winner of the 50/50 raffle sponsored by the Fire Auxiliary while Rockford City Councilor Debbie Buoy (middle) and City Administrator Dan Madsen (right) stand by. (Photo courtesy of Rockford Fire Auxiliary) A repeat of last year were the dapper costumes of the beer garden servers. Rockford Area Historical Society organized the tent and encouraged the formal dress– just another tradition appearing to take form for an event still in its infancy. (Photo courtesy of Rockford Area Historical Society) The block truly rocked last Saturday at Riverside Park, Rockford for the second annual Rocktoberfest. What began last year as a benefit show for the Rockford Area Historical Society returned by popular demand with more music and better weather. Here, Kat Perkins brings boss attitude to the Rocktoberfest stage. More glimpses of Rocktoberfest II inside. (Photo courtesy of Crow River Reflections)
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The block truly rocked last Saturday at Riverside Park, Rockford for the second annual Rocktoberfest. What began last year as a benefit show for the Rockford Area Historical Society returned by popular demand with more music and better weather. Here, Kat Perkins brings boss attitude to the Rocktoberfest stage. More glimpses of Rocktoberfest II inside. (Photo courtesy of Crow River Reflections)