LORAIN – Roverfest isn’t happening this summer.
Lorain Port Authority Executive Director Tom Brown said Rover, whose real name is Shane French, announced on his Rover’s Morning Glory radio show Monday that the concert wouldn’t take place in 2017.
“They had originally picked the weekend of July 14, but with Luke Bryan and Billy Joel being in Cleveland that weekend, it was just going to be too much,” Brown said. “And by the time we realized that, all of the other weekends for Black River Landing were booked for the rest of the summer.”
Brown said the Port Authority worked with French to try and figure out another solution, with French ultimately deciding on Sept. 9 as the new concert date, but didn’t give an exact location.
“He didn’t say where the concert would be in September and we hoped they’d find the right acts but I think they came to the conclusion that they couldn’t get the right ones,” Brown said. “They’re going to start planning for next year, though, I think because it’ll be the 10th year so they want to make sure it’s really good.”
Brown said the show’s return to Lorain in 2018 is part of “the great unknown.”
“We’d love to have them back because we had a good three-year run,” he said. “I think they like the site and if they want to work for next year so do we.”
Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the city and the port “stand ready to assist should Roverfest resume and select Lorain in 2018” because it brings thousands of people to the downtown area.