Rockin' on the River leaving the Falls, promoter plans to announce new city or cities within 10 days

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - Folks were shaking and sipping suds Friday night during Rockin' on the River in Cuyahoga Falls, but many feared it could be the last dance for the popular summer concert series.

"I don't really want to see it go because we'll have to find somewhere else to have girl's night," said Lori Moses of Cuyahoga Falls.

"I think right now it's like the fear of the unknown. I mean, we really don't know what's gonna happen," said resident Chris Hurford.

Promoter Bob Earley feels like he was forced out after running the concerts, which average 6,000 people, nearly every summer Friday over 11 years.

He claimed a city committee wanted to have a say in the types of bands and vendors at the concerts and possibly trim the show hours.

"And yet, I get to invest my money. No way. I'm not doing that," Earley said.

Within 10 days, Earley will announce which city or cities will become the new home for Rockin' on the River.

Some of the finalists include Bedford, Twinsburg Township, Lorain, Barberton and Norton.

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters said concerts will return to the riverfront next year, even if the name doesn't remain the same.

He said Earley wasn't pushed out of the venue. Walters believes the promoter was bothered that the city is giving other promoters the chance to submit applications.

"I don't know if people care who hires the band and what type of beer it is. Beer and bands are pretty popular on Friday nights," Walters said.

However, Earley disagrees and believes the summer tradition will never be the same because of the "huge investment" he has made over 11 years.

"I don't think anybody else could do what we do."

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