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Downtown Troy Business Improvement District is Ready to Rock Starting June 28 with Rockin’ on the River

Free outdoor music returns to the banks of the Hudson River in Downtown Troy on Wednesday June 28, July 12, July 26 and August 9

TROY, N.Y. — The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District and Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York is proud to announce the start of Rockin’ on the River located at its former location of River Front Park for this summer’s four-show series. Each concert is free to attend and scheduled from 5:30-9 p.m., weather permitting. Vendors local to downtown Troy will have food and drink for sale alongside information tables from area nonprofit organizations and more.

This year’s show has been made possible by the support of Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York a community-based health plan that offers a full range of commercial, and Medicare plan options. Highmark services covering businesses, families, and individuals. Highmark not-for-profit health insurance company has a long history of supporting organizations that strengthen and enrich the health of the community. As part of its commitment to the senior members of the community, Highmark Blue Shield has two Medicare Centers staffed with highly trained consultants. The centers are in Guilderland (1704 Western Ave) and Malta (29 Kendall Ave).

“Highmark Blue Shield is committed to improving the quality of life in our region. We are excited to build on our partnership with the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District to bring a full series of free and healthy events and activities to the community this summer,” said Lauren LeBlanc, Consumer Markets Manager, Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York.

On Wednesday, June 28, Rockin’ on the River kicks off with Neon Avenue headlining one of the Capital Region’s best and longest-running outdoor music series. Based out of Clifton Park, NY, Neon Ave is a Grateful Dead tribute band that brings a different energy to the classic songbook. Bring a chair and come have a jam session with us. Kristian Montgomery & the Winterkill Band to open.

On Wednesday, July 12 we welcome Legacy a Classic Rock tribute dedicated to the "Rock Anthems" and Heartfelt Ballads of Foreigner and Journey. These timeless melodies are performed to perfection and promises to transcend you back again to those unforgettable summer nights in Troy, NY. Sirsy to open.

Another jam session band takes the stage in Troy on Wednesday, July 26 with Conehead Buddha an eight-piece ska-rock-funk-latin-reggae-jam-hop from New York. Josh & Tracy to open.

The series concludes on Wednesday, August 9 with upstate New York favorites Skeeter Creek. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry, and their reputation for being the hardest working, most dedicated musicians in the Northeast country music scene has earned them several awards. Nick & Liam to open.

“We are excited for Rockin’ on the River to return with four shows to one of its former original locations River Front Park,” said Olivia Clemente, Executive Director, Downtown Troy Business Improvement District. “This event brings a lot of buzz and excitement in Downtown Troy. We focus a lot on supporting our local bands as you’ll notice with our line-up, everything about Rockin’ on the River supports local, with this location we are such a short walk from one end of the downtown district to the other, it’s easy to enjoy great shopping before the show, and food and drinks after.”

Rockin’ on the River takes place outdoors at River Front Park in downtown Troy. All shows are free to attend. Free parking is available on-street in designated areas and throughout the district, with several lots and garages all within walking distance of the show. Transportation is easily accessible via CDTA as well. No outside food or drink may be brought into the concert. Coolers, backpacks, bags, containers, and packages are also prohibited. No pets or animals allowed, except for ADA-defined service animals. For more information, visit

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