POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta returns June 29 – July 1, with free concerts, a host of free activities for all ages and fireworks.
The Regatta takes places from Fourth Street to Tu-Endie-Wei State Park and utilizes Point Pleasant Riverfront Park’s amphitheater for entertainment and the majority of contests.
In addition, the Regatta hosts a popular parade each year and this year, the grand marshal will be U.S. Congressman Evan Jenkins.
“We are extremely honored to have Congressman Jenkins to be the grand marshal this year,” Jacob Hill, regatta chairman said. “Anytime that we can get our elected officials in town it always has a positive impact.”
Known for booking Nashville’s up-and-coming stars, this year’s Regatta is no different with Steve Moakler performing at 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 30 and Restless Road taking the stage at 9 p.m., Saturday, July 1. All concerts take place in the amphitheater at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park.
“As always we are happy to have up-and-coming artists,” Hill said. “This year we feature an act that appeared on the X-Factor (Restless Road), and also a singer who has three singles out and is on tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Steve Moakler).”
Moakler has been making a name for himself in Nashville for 10 years now—and on his new album, he’s returning to his roots in Western Pennsylvania. Steel Town is a country record, but the stories it tells and the characters it elevates are very much rooted in Pittsburgh—the Steel City—and its surrounding areas. For Moakler, this homecoming is paired with a liberation, one where his songwriting and his performing are a full reconciliation of who he is.
Rolling Stone magazine recently listed Moakler as offering one of the best free concerts at the CMA Music Festival. The magazine wrote: “Like Chris Stapleton and Brandy Clark before him, Steve Moakler had a successful career as a Music Row songwriter prior to setting out on his own. The co-writer of ‘Riser,’ which Dierks Bentley cut as the title track for his 2015 album, released his latest LP Steel Town in March. Filled with moments from his early life growing up near Pittsburgh, the record is a decidedly personal project and includes the fantastic ‘Wheels,’ a reflection on how quickly we rush through our lives.”
Moakler moved to Nashville in the mid-2000s and has released three albums on his own. But it was penning songs for other artists—Dierks Bentley’s “Riser,” as well as tracks for Ashley Monroe and Kellie Pickler—that got him energized to create the songs that would make up Steel Town.
Popular, local singer songwriter Paul Doeffinger opens for Moakler at 7 p.m. on the Riverfront Stage.
Restless Road is described as “talented, charming, unstoppable.” America first became acquainted with the Country music trio while watching Season 3 of The X Factor USA. The breakout act didn’t just leave a lasting impression on audiences, but also mesmerized the show’s judges including Simon Cowell and Kelly Rowland.
Zach Beeken (20), Garrett Nichols (19) and Jared Keim (22) each bring their own “All- American” experience to a transformed Restless Road.
One of Restless Road’s biggest accomplishments to date is landing at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart. With a Country spin, the group covered one of the most popular songs of 2013, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” and quickly realized that they had a growing and passionate fan base to satisfy. One of these fans was legendary music manager Johnny Wright. Wright has helped launch Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Jonas Brothers (to name a few), so he thoroughly understands what it takes for a group of guys to be successful and began working with Restless Road in 2014. With Wright’s ear for talent and Restless Road’s capability, this Country “man band” (as they refer to themselves) was ready to show the world what they could do and took their live show on the road in 2015.
The group has since toured nationwide, secured a coveted performance slot during NASCAR’s AAA Texas 500 Weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, brought down the house at Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James fashion line launch party, opened up for songstress Demi Lovato and contributed their talents to an annual Country Music Hall of Fame fundraiser event.
A complete Regatta schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 29: 7 p.m. – Queen/Teen Pageant, 8:30 p.m. – Entertainment on the Main Stage.
Friday, June 30: 5 p.m. – Jr. Royalty & Pretty Baby Contest, 7 p.m. – Paul Doeffinger, 8:30 p.m. – Steve Moakler.
Saturday, July 1: 8 a.m. – Regatta 5k/10k Run, 11 a.m. – Regatta Parade, 11:30 a.m. – Car Show, Noon-3 p.m. – Kids Games at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, 2 p.m. – Line Throw Contest, 5 p.m. – Registration for Lip Sync Battle, 5:30 p.m. – Lip Sync Battle, 9 p.m. – Restless Road, 10 p.m. – Fireworks, Rockin’ Reggie following fireworks.
The Regatta will also feature a wide array of food vendors starting at Fourth Street and stretching to Tu-Endie-Wei.
For more regatta information, including entry forms and details for some activities, go to www.pointpleasantregatta.org or find the Regatta’s Facebook page.
Some information for the artists listed in this article provided by the Regatta.