October 2, 2014

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Lorain officials say Roverfest was success

T-Pain performs at Black River Landing during Roverfest as an audience member crowd-surfs near the stage. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

T-Pain performs at Black River Landing during Roverfest as an audience member crowd-surfs near the stage. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

By Anna Merriman and Lisa Roberson
Chronicle-Telegram Staff

LORAIN — The largest crowd Black River Landing has ever seen — about 15,000 people — poured into the venue on Saturday from across the state for Roverfest, an annual Cleveland-based concert.

However, despite the crowd — and brief bouts of rain — city officials said the event went off almost without a hitch.

“It was a very peaceful night. The community is going to be very pleased,” said Ralph Breuning, facilities manager for the Lorain Port Authority, which owns and operates Black River Landing. He added that the success of the concert means Black River Landing may host more large events, bringing more people into the city.

“This is a stepping stone for us to hopefully bring in more national acts,” Breuning said.

Roverfest is hosted by Cleveland radio show Rover’s Morning Glory. Lorain hosted the event for the first time Saturday.

Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said last week that parking could be an issue, adding that the crowd Roverfest would bring in surpassed anything Lorain has seen in years.

“The crowd was huge. I’ve never seen Black River Landing that filled,” he said Saturday.

Police boosted security Saturday with about 50 officers at Black River Landing, accompanied by security officials provided by Roverfest. They reported no major incidents Saturday.

However, they weren’t immune to the occasional fight and some injuries.

Shawn Hanzel, 39, was charged with disorderly conduct; Jeremy Easton, 33, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct; and Daniel Robinson, 26, was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct.

Additionally, about 50 people were treated at the concert by LifeCare for injuries and alcohol-related incidents, LifeCare spokesman Herb de la Porte said. Six others were transported to a hospital, including two to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for head injuries from falling and from dancing near the stage.

“We expected some of those things to happen,” Ritenauer said of the few arrests Saturday. “Police had a good plan in place to handle it.”

The success of the concert may bode well for the future of Lorain, Breuning and Ritenauer said.

“It illustrated the fact that the city of Lorain can handle events of that size and magnitude,” Ritenauer said.

Many concertgoers, who came from around the state, expressed a similar sentiment.

“I came for the atmosphere and not the music, and this place is great,” said 21-year-old Dylan Holt, of Solon. “I don’t come out to Lorain and I’ve never been here, but I think it’s a great venue.”

Black River Landing, one block east of Broadway in downtown Lorain, is the location for many local and family-oriented events, such as the International Festival and the annual Labor Day celebration.

Though this was the first time an event of Roverfest’s magnitude took place at Black River Landing, many attendees couldn’t believe that was the case.

“I can’t tell they don’t use this place. It’s well laid out and really very nice,” said Jerrod Fair, 21, also of Solon.

Joe Benz, 36, of Cleveland, said he doesn’t listen to Rover’s syndicated show, but was encouraged to attend Roverfest with friends. He said he would return if it was held in future years.

“There are a lot of interesting people in this place for sure,” he said.

Breuning said he and other city officials will meet to discuss what to “tweak” before the next big concert, but for now, he’s pleased with what Roverfest has done for Lorain.

“We made a really big step today,” he said.

CContact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerrimanContact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.


  • me101

    Whoop! Great job! Lorain has spoken! i hope there is more in the future!! The city needs this.

    • oldruss

      And why, exactly, does the city need this? What, exactly, did the city get out of this? Neither the City nor the Port Authority sponsored the event, but merely rented out the Black River Landing, provided police, and EMS personnel, and sheriff’s deputies, and Ohio State patrol officers, and clean up crews, etc. Did the city make any money? Are there hotels and restaurants in Lorain that were filled to capacity with event goers? Are there retail stores up and down Broadway that stayed open late because they were packed with event goers? With an admission charge of $25.00 per ticket, and with sales of tickets focused in Cleveland, how many Lorainites actually attended? Tell me, why this was needed by Lorain?

      • Pablo Jones

        I partially agree the city definitely seems to have spent more money than they received. That part should probably be re-evaluated. Unfortunately we still don’t know what the agreement was and what was covered or what the final cost to the city was. I shouldn’t be hard to contact other locations and see what they charge and what they cover.

        That being said the city rarely has events there and the city, attendees and businesses didn’t know what to expect. If this is something that happens often businesses can plan accordingly to take advantage of it. Some times you have to have a low price to attract people to something new. After a positive reputation is established the rates can be raised to roughly the same level as other venues.

      • Bill

        Just one example from a business that benefited from this show.

        American Slovak Club
        Thank you for bringing Rover Fest to Lorain Ohio! Our business benefited greatly from the crowd you have brought to town. Our Fish Fry tonight had a line all the way out the door and down the street! Thank your fans for supporting local businesses like ours!!

        From their Facebook page. I’m sure there are other examples. Quit being so negative and look for stories like this instead of trying to find the bad.

        • oldruss

          Good for the American Slovak Club.

          Now, name a for-profit business that regularly has retail hours on Broadway, other than a bar, that made any money off of RoverFest.

          Still waiting for an audited financial report from the City and from the Port Authority on how much they spent on this event, and how much each of them made.

          • Bill

            I provided an example. Have read many others. Come on negative Nelly, get over yourself.

          • Frank Siegfried

            Alywas gotta be a negative nelly. If Lorain sucks so bad. Move out!

          • notsomuch

            First, bars are for-profit businesses, so it’s odd to exclude them unless you’ll just admit you want to seek out and highlight only the failure and none of the sucecss.

            Second, I’d love to hear someone from a place like the coffee shop out there chime in and talk about whether it helped their business. I was anti-Roverfest going in but it sounds like the riots and destruction never panned out, so I’m ready to change my view.

      • middleageJay

        Sorry oldRuss they didn’t have your type of music there. Lorain and port Athority always fork out big bucks for the Older crowd to have a good time. Why is it when they do something you old Grumpy Folks don’t like you Cry. I This goes good maybe A indoor Venue can be biult on the otherside of the Bridge. Also if Lorain paid a little extra for this event I am ok with this since “I” And others that attended do pay Taxes I Lorain.

      • fatnumber

        Why are you so negative? FOH!!! Probably one of those people that complain about everything if it doesn’t suit you.

      • Chan

        The hotels were sold out from Sandusky to downtown Cleveland. I met people who flew in from Florida and New York. Can you explain why you think it was bad for the city other than you aren’t a fan of the music? Which then would pose another question because it wasn’t just one specific music genre.

        • oldruss

          “The hotels were sold out from Sandusky to downtown Cleveland.”

          Great!

          Now, which hotels in Lorain were sold out?

          This was an event that may have benefitted the area, by selling out hotels and restaurants, but did little, as far as I can see, to goose up the economy in Lorain. And if Lorain incurred on dime of added expenses, that was one dime more than the city can afford.

          • B4CE

            Business pays for advertisement all the time. Business that don’t advertise, die. Lorain is basically dead. If any money was spent on RoverFest by the City ( as of now, it sounds nominal ) I would consider it advertising, and a good investment. Hopefully it pays off.

            As far as hotels in the City , there are none. Ya know why? Cause NOBODY comes to Lorain. Perhaps if the City shows a need, some may open. Where there is a need, there is a business. No need ? No business. Even the most optimistic person could not expect a hotel to open up where there were no guests. And since we know you are anything but optimistic, why would you expect there to be hotels where there are no guests?
            Perhaps nothing will come of Roverfest except 15,000 people learned that Lorain is not as scary as they thought it was. If that is all, in my book, that is quite an accomplishment!

          • Simon Jester

            I generally can’t stand anything you post, but that was well said.

          • B4CE

            Likewise, but thank you

      • Jillian Scarvelli

        Is you brain broken.

      • Jamaul Smith

        Exactly

    • Guest

      I agree, Lorain needs this, all these old grumps just are used to it being all quiet and boring around these parts over the past numerous years and years…Yes hotel rooms were booked, Taxi’s were paid, shuttlttt

  • in2ition

    The only complaint I have is they needed to turn up the volume more, people in Medina couldn’t quite hear it well enough.

    • Simon Jester

      We live in Medina county so we don’t have to listen to that trash live..

  • Noshahr Canal Legend

    I thought for sure I’d be waking up and finding that Lorain had burned down last night after all the negative posts about Roverfest in other Chronicle articles.

  • oldruss

    Glad the event went off with only a few arrests and a few people taken to hospitals; and maybe this event did go off without serious problems. I doubt that the mayor or the port authority, who were the prime cheerleaders, would readily provide the news media with negative stories; and I equally doubt that there are ANY reporters on the Elyria Chronicle Telegram, who could ferret out a story if their lives depended upon doing so. (I’ve read their “reporting” for several years now, and am unimpressed. Many times they struggle to even use correct grammar, and confuse and mix-up simple facts.)

    That said, how much did all this cost? All those police officers, all those auxiliary police, all those EMS personnel who were pulled away from their regular duties, all the Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputies, all the Ohio State Patrol officers, all the clean up crews for the event site and whatever else downtown and in Charleston Village that got trashed, etc., had to cost somebody a pretty penny.

    And, what did the city receive from the event sponsors? All we’ve had reported, and NOT reported by anyone writing for The Elyria Chronicle Telegram, I might add, is that the event sponsors gave the Port Authority, not the city, a paltry $5,200.

    • Ellen Wright

      You must live near the event and didn’t like the music. Lorain has had a BAD reputation of it being nothing but a ghetto full of gangs. (and as far as I can tell, still does). I was born and raised there and moved to a more family oriented neighborhood when my kids were younger. Most venues of this magnitude pay for the security and this article didn’t mention anything about the sheriff and state patrol. Auxiliary do not get paid. If you live in Lorain I would think you could appreciate what an event this size can do for the economy in the city. I’m sure the bars in the area had a good night. Think of the possibilities… Country music concerts, Car shows, A city fair? They could give the IX Center a run for their money. I am glad this has happened for Lorain, this could be their diamond in the ruff. The last time I saw people walking around downtown Lorain I was 5 yrs. old… I’m now 50.

      • HankKwah

        I was born and raised there and moved to a more family oriented neighborhood when my kids were younger.

        So, when was the last time that you walked down Broadway?

        An event this size COULD do wonders for Lorain, IF Lorain had retail on Broadway. IF Lorain had some large restaurants/bars on Broadway that didn’t look like a pit inside or out. IF Lorain had hotels that people could stay at.

        BUT, we don’t. Now MAYBE, if some of the folks that own property on Broadway that haven’t done jack to the buildings in years other than store stuff in them, MAYBE we could see some life down there. But the same buildings have been “Sorry, We’re Closed” for going on 10 years, so I’m really not going to hold my breath.

      • oldruss

        Glad you were able to go to RoverFest, Ellen, I didn’t.
        And, about the Sheriff’s Deputies, and Auxiliary Police, and State Patrol officers, etc., that was all covered in earlier stories, but don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

        • Ellen Wright

          Sorry friend, I didn’t go. I live in a small town in Indiana now. But I must say, it’s downtown square beats the hell out of downtown Lorain. We actually have shops, a pizza parlor, antiques, restaurants,coffee shops, a brewery, even an olive oil infusion shop. In the month of Sept. they have “pianos in the square” where pianos are placed throughout the square so anyone who can,( or cannot )play them. They have a variety of things to do with your family during the summer, including an outdoor movie night. There’s even 10 museums in the area. The population here is aprox. 26,000. So if a town that size can stay alive, what actually happened to Lorain? And before anyone gets their panties tied in a knot, I am saddened to what a ghost town Lorain has been.
          When I was commenting towards the law enforcement, I only was referring to this article and don’t feel the need to research it any further, but thanks. But I have heard through my son (who did go) that Rover may make Lorain a permanent venue for his “fest”. (lol) Maybe Lorain can get on the band wagon and have more more businesses open up in the near future?? I hope so….

      • CheriCampbell

        Auxiliary do get paid for events & for some regular security details, though I don’t know if they were paid for RoverFest. Hope so.

        • Senor “A”

          They did get paid

          • oldruss

            And you know this how?

            It has been stated many times here that Rover was paying for everything, but have any of you seen the contract between the Lorain Port Authority and Rover?

            The first articles, which appeared late last week, stated, “Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins said about 50 officers will provide security with other departments offering support . . . . ” http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/26/rover-heads-lorain/

    • Exposing Trolls

      Booo ho, someone else had fun and all you did is sit at home behind your desk.
      Maybe if you were not so @oldruss:disqus

    • jz

      You are being way too negative to the point of angering anybody who wants to see Lorain improve, like myself. If anything just be 50/50 on the whole thing and leave it at that. How you cannot see it within yourself that this shows that Lorain can maybe do more and have a future down there with more large venues. It’s not Roverfest’s fault there are not 20 restaraunts and 9 hotels in downtown Lorain. What do you expect, a bunch of young people making trips to dollar Store before, during and after a concert?

    • http://www.roverradio.com Rover

      I can succinctly answer almost every question above with “me.” All police (including auxiliary), sheriff, security, EMS and fire personnel costs were paid by me, in addition to site clean-up, etc.

      As a side note, city and safety officials were absolutely fantastic to work with, and the city of Lorain should be proud.

      Perhaps we’ll see you next year.

      • Michelle

        Had a blast at Roverfest!!! Hope you bring it back to Lorain next year!!!!!!

      • oldruss

        At least your post, assuming its bona fides, isn’t pure speculation, like so many others here. Since nothing about this event was ever brought to Lorain City Council, of which I am aware, and since the news media (Chronicle-Telegram and Morning Journal) did not ask questions, I did.

        Let’s hope that at the end of the day, the city and Port can both report that all payments that were promised were, in fact, received, and were deposited.

      • tommtomm

        rover. in my opinion a few things could have been more secure. in working in security and LE. the lorain police stood around in large groups and talked all day. u had people so drunk they couldnt walk, i noticed alot of people with pocket knives clipped onto their pockets, alot of people smoking pot in the crowd and the lines. this was my first and last time i will be going. i dont drink and had been almost knocked over by drunks, beer spilled onto me etc. maybe next yr limit the alcohol, and btw lorain police suck. i found a wallet and gave it to a cop, they never anounced finding it and yes it had a i.d. in it. and a guy was passed out drunk by the porta potty we told a lorain police l.t. and he said oh someones looking into it while he was 30ft away talking to calender girls, the guy laid there for 30 min until i found a tenable guard and told him. smh. and where was all the food tents man, i wanted to eat and hear music not have beer spilled all over me and get bumped around. good thing we ate at gyro house before coming in. next yr get some metal detectors too. you never know what people are bringning in. at least 40people i seen had pocket knives on them.

      • Frank Siegfried

        GREAT JOB!!! Hope to see you next year!!

      • Cheri55

        We are proud and thank you Rover, it was great!! Our city is a great city and we need more people to realize this! We work hard to keep it going. Negativity is not want we want to hear. We thank you again for all the work you do and the city offical’s too.

      • Nicole Kovacs Comley

        Not everyone is Like OldRuss, he was told several times! He DONT want to hear it!! I was there along with my 61 year old mother, and tons of great friends, we had a blast!! Hope that this happens again!!!

      • Jillian Scarvelli

        I will be there every year as long as you have it. Loved it and do every time. You really know how to throw a party.

      • oldruss

        Then there’s Tuesday, July 29th’s edition of the Chronicle-Telegram story:

        “At $25 per person, that works out to about $375,000 in ticket
        revenue, not including parking revenue which the promoter also received.

        “WMMS is owned by San Antonio, Texas-based Clear Channel Communications. The company, which bills itself as one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world, earned $6.2 billion in revenue last year, according to its website.

        “Clear Channel will pay for electricity, security and water for
        the show — water tanks were used to help stabilize concert stages — as well as for the cleanup. Lorain’s cost for the concert, which includes fire and police services and water, is about $40,000, said Safety/Service Director Robert
        Fowler.”

        And, that $40,000 may not be everything. Clean-up was being done by city workers, according to the caption under the picture at the top of the Tuesday, July 29th story.

        • http://www.roverradio.com Rover

          Most of this has been repeated 100 times elsewhere, but here it goes…again…

          To clarify: WMMS/Clear Channel does not put on the event, my company does.

          The “city workers” in the photo mentioned are workers from the tent company I contracted, Aable rents. Yep, you guessed it – I’m paying them as that picture was taken.

          To put it into perspective: the event takes 5 months to plan and has an expense budget HIGHER than the ticket revenue someone mentioned above. Yes, HIGHER. The musical acts, the security, the staging/lighting/sound, the video production, the insurance, the transportation, etc. It is no small feat to put an event like this on, and there is significant capital required and many risks.

          The city won’t pay a dime for the event. In fact, I donated over $3,000 of fencing and posts to the city as a “thank you” for all the help. So the next time you’re at Black River Landing and see orange fencing, think of your benevolent friend, Uncle Rover.

          • oldruss

            Thank you for your clarification; but clearly, the Chronicle-Telegram reported that, “Clear Channel will pay for electricity, security and water for the show — water tanks were used to help stabilize concert stages — as well as for the cleanup. Lorain’s cost for the concert, which includes fire and police services and water, is about $40,000, said Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler.”

            Perhaps you should seek a retraction of the erroneous statements from Andy Young, Editor of The Elyria-Chronicle Telegram.

            It should be noted, that the Thursday, July 31, 2014, edition of the Chronicle-Telegram, it is still being reported, “While the $5,200 authority rental fee for the site was a fraction of an estimated $375,000 in ticket revenue, CLEAR CHANNEL, which earned $6.2 billion in revenue last year, WILL REIMBURSE THE CITY for all concert costs. The bill is expected to be roughly $40,000, according to Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler.” [emphasis added]

            http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/31/lorain-authority-board-okd-roverfest-profanities/

      • michelle

        Thankyou for taking the time to answer the cranky old man. I for one was pleasantly surprised with the shows’ success. Please do not let a negative few affect your future decisions in choosing Lorain again.

    • Frank Siegfried

      Did it come out of your pocket? did you prsonally hire the security, and rent the port-a johns? Did you even pick up one piece of garbage or help set up? didn’t think so. Try to be a little bit more positive in your life.

      • oldruss

        I didn’t hire the security, and rent the port-a-john, nor pick up the garbage nor set up. I THOUGHT that Rover was paying for all of it?

        But, as a taxpayer in this county, if the public services incurred added expenses because of this event, then, yes, I’m paying for it, along with every other taxpayer in the county.

        • Frank Siegfried

          Well, I am a taxpayer in this city as well, so I do not have a problem with events coming to this city. As a taxpayer in this city, if you live in this city, you need to be concerned with our tax money NOT going to pay Safety Services, NOT going towards fixing the roads, NOT going to luring new businesses. You need to be concerned with things that are happening in this city EVERYDAY, not once a year.

  • MrRespect

    To all the “Nay Sayer’s”, “Prudes”, “Whiner’s”, “Cry Babie”s” and “Worry Wart’s”. I say How doe’s it feel to know you were wrong once again! Congratulations Lorain, Mayor Ritenaeur and Staff, Lorain Police Dept. for a job well done!

    • oldruss

      AS I said, good the event went off without more than a few arrests, more than a few trips to the hospital, and so forth. “Job well done” should wait until the money is counted, however. What WAS the City of Lorain’s final take, and what WAS the Port Authority’s final take? What did the City of Lorain spend? What did the Port Authority spend? How much was expended by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department or by the Ohio Highway Patrol? All this secrecy about the money makes me, at least, wonder.

      • rob

        Think of it like a small scale RNC russ.

      • Lindsay

        Regardless of WHAT they spent, the advertising alone is PRICELESS! What they paid for, can’t be bought! PRICELESS is the total count OldRuss

    • Phil Blank

      Gullible , I can’t believe you people. 

      Everything that is on the net, no matter who’s web site it is, does not always mean it is the truth!
      They want people to come to the city, not scare them away.
      Do you really expect them to tell you anything other than minor incidents?
      If you do, you are a fool!

      • jz

        So what? You have inside info there was a mass shooting or numerous rapes we don’t know about? What is your point?

  • Mata1

    I agree me101 – what a great event for the City of Lorain! What is wrong with people like oldruss who can find fault in EVERYTHING? Lorain NEEDS this kind of thing to show others that it can host great events like Roverfest without all the dire consequences that were predicted. Stop sounding so pessimistic and upset there wasn’t trouble. Come on, this event drew people from all over to Lorain, Ohio. People came from Texas, New York, Pennsylvania…who knows where else. Thank goodness Lorain has a forwarding thinking mayor who can see that this can be a starting point to bring future events to the city. Be excited for Lorain’s future!

    • HankKwah

      This wasn’t pessimistic, it was realistic. Rover’s events are not the most civilized around, nor do they draw the kind of crowds that are well-behaved. That’s what folks were concerned about.

      • loraineritchey

        Thankfully we actually had no problems that I have been made aware of in the Charleston Village neighborhood- the parking lots were for the most part empty and with the direction of the wind and possibly the stage set up we heard very little – in fact it was quieter in our neighborhood than a usual Saturday night or when they have other entertainment at BRL- However I do have to thank the LPD and the Auxiliary Police for all their help and concern for this area. I did feel sorry for some of the foot traffic – they didn’t seem to know where to go for the event.

        • oldruss

          Keep asking the hard questions, Loraine, like, what is the bottom line for the city and the port?

    • Sis Delish

      I believe what you are really saying is this:

      The Concert Crowd has found a home. A Home where nobody is concerned if the place is trashed because the place is trashed before the Crowd arrives.

      Like the Frat House in Animal House, the Movie, its a “Landing” for this type of activity. All broken down, nobody concerns themselves with fixing it up. If it gets ruined, no big loss. In Summary, the Party Crowd may have found a Summer Home. (I seriously doubt this area is viable for any Cold Weather Events.)

      However, like other commenters, there are no supporting businesses like lodging and restaurants that can sustain themselves 12 months out of the year. So, therein lies the default situation which cannot be overcome.

      Lorain is Not Vermilion. It is Not Sandusky. It is Not any of the other Lakefront Communities built to be Summer Escape destinations.

      So, enjoy this one-time event. Bask in the knowledge that you can tell your Grandkids “you were there” at the turning point of Lorain’s downtown renaissance. That it was a Hip Hop show that made Lorain into an International Destination for this type of talentless entertainment.

      • Exposing Trolls

        How was it, since you got a ticket a day before the show?

      • Linda Cudlin Seabold

        Black River Landing is a beautiful site. You obviously haven’t been there in years.

        • Sis Delish

          Yes, the Actual Site is Quite Marvelous… though barren most of the Year.

          If you read the entire posting, you would have gleaned the target of the comment was the City of Lorain, not the Landings.

          • Linda Cudlin Seabold

            Sorry if I misunderstood your sarcasm. I heartily disagree with your assessment of Lorain. I live here and I DO NOT want anyone coming in to trash my city! It is struggling to come back. It’s not easy because of attitudes like yours. There is a lot of work to do. There are bad spots like any other city of this size (and if you don’t think the Sandusky you mentioned doesn’t have the same problems as Lorain you don’t know anything about that city) but there is a whole bunch of good and beauty in it too. And there are people who believe in it. I am proud to be one of them.

    • oldruss

      Somebody has to ask the hard questions, and why that, “forwarding thinking mayor” has not released any official money figures should be troubling to the taxpayers of Lorain.

      • givemeabreak1234

        every event ever has paid for the added security. did you get confirmation from the international? because that is how the extra security was paid for them and every other event idiot

      • Abbie

        I trust that you have contacted the mayor’s office and / or attended town meetings and they told you that this revenue for the city, like any other means of city revenue, is to be “secret”? Were you expecting an email with the figures? Do you imply that those posting here have no credibility or are not entitled to their opinions because they are not supplying you with the “secret” “official money figures”? And – your life is going to change *how?* when you get the tallied “secret” “official money figures” for this event within mere hours of the end of the event? What exactly are your suspicions?

  • Mark

    Honestly I was there!! It was a blast and I to have never seen a crowd that size in Lorain. I have been to many festivals, concerts and shows across 5 states and this event was handled as efficiently as any of them. As far as the crowd not being well behaved… I was in the middle of the pit and everyone was just having a great time. I’m sorry some of you have a negative opinion on RoverFest. I really hope we get more of these events in Lorain.

    • jz

      Some years back Michael Stanley played there. That show may have had almost as many people.

    • Cheri55

      Thanks Mark! We need this more often, It was great!

  • givemeabreak1234

    I’m glad that the event went well. There were no problems to the city and it seemed everyone there had fun. The police were paid overtime to be there and didn’t work to hard, it seemed to be a win, win.

    • oldruss

      And the police were paid overtime to be there, by whom?

      • givemeabreak1234

        rover he pays for all of the police and the auxiliary officers.

        • oldruss

          I’ll wait until the Mayor or the Port Authority come out with some official numbers on what they were paid, and what it cost the city.

          • givemeabreak1234

            “There are 52 Lorain police officers on site at RoverFest,” Lorain Police Captain Jim McCann said on July 26. “An additional 22 Lorain Police Auxiliary are here, as well as 34 Tenable Protective Services officers.”
            According to officials at LifeCare Ambulance Inc., the event had about 15 emergency medical technicians in case they would be needed on site.
            Lorain Police arrested several people during the event with charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault on a police officer, said an officer at Lorain City Jail.
            Jeremy Easton of Williamsfield, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest.
            Shawn Hanzel, a resident of Lorain was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
            Daniel Robinson of Lakewood was arrested on charges of assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, obstruction of official business, and resisting arrest.
            “Everything was paid by Rover at RoverFest,” executive director of the Lorain Port Authority Rick Novak said. “The city is being reimbursed for the police presence that was at today’s event. The people at RoverFest will also be in charge of the cleanup and stage breakdown after the show is over.”

          • oldruss

            Let me reiterate, “I’ll wait until the Mayor or the Port Authority come out with some official numbers on what they were paid, and what it cost the city [and the Port].”

          • Guest

            Then just shut up until you see the numbers. Quit being such a pain in the a$$

          • B4CE

            Rusty won’t let facts and reporting get in the way of his quest to ask the hard questions, even if they have already been answered

          • Brittany Yorks

            you really need to listen to the show and know about this event before you open a hinge. He pays for everything police, port authority…ETC and everything else you’re whining about..you wouldn’t know because youre complaining and do not listen to the show or a fan,,

          • Cheri55

            You need to get over it, oldruss!

          • Chan

            And IF you are proven wrong are you going to retrack you comments?

      • B4CE

        Ol Rusty,
        The Police were NOT paid overtime. Rover paid LPD in much the same way Fligners pays them, Rags Beverage, or any other private entity pays the police to protect their property . While employed by the private enterprise, they act in an official capacity, but are paid by their private employer. A “side job” if you will.
        You seem to be having a hard time understanding this, though both local newspapers have covered the topic

  • Peter Aldrich

    I worked outside, but from what I could see/ hear, not my cup of tea. We could see video monitor, and the sexual act on stage was very inappropriate. Rap/urban/hip hop–call it what you want– is for the uncouth, unsophisticated, uneducated. I don’t need to hear B****, Ho, etc. every other word. I saw many individuals that I pray weren’t driving, and hope they got home OK………..

  • Jim

    Man….there sure are a lot of “get off my lawn” people on here. If you can’t see why Lorain needs to host events like this, then you just don’t understand economics and marketing. Lorain isn’t a destination spot for anything or anyone. Maybe this can help put it back on the map.

  • Frank Siegfried

    All you naysayers that said it would be a disaster and there would be rioting and shootings and rapes and stuff. NOW what you gotta say?

    • johns62

      They wont say much because it would show they were wrong and people wont listen to them the next ” the world is going to end” event.

  • http://lorain365.wordpress.com/ Lorain 365

    What a great vibe downtown yesterday! I have never seen that many people downtown. Everyone seemed to be happy to be here and ready to have a good time. They were a lot of fun to watch and interact with. It was awesome to see the downtown merchants open and busy! Local food vendors set up behind the old Cleveland Trust building and were accessible to the public. Downtown Lorain Christmas Council, Follow the Fish, and Lorain Arts Council got a chance to promote what they do to a whole new audience. Filtering the masses through downtown has the potential to lead to something positive for Lorain. You never know who was in that crowd or what possibilities they saw in our city.

    I did not experience any traffic problems as I made my rounds through the city. All day,
    there was an abundance of parking available along Broadway from 21st
    Street north to West Erie. There were 2 huge empty lots on Henderson
    Drive and I don’t think the old Convenient & DQ lots on East Erie
    got much [if any] business.

    RoverFest was a wake up call for this city and her people. Although Lorain proved that it could take on an event this size and handle it well, the people of Lorain need to get their act together and be even better prepared for the events to come.

  • GreatRedeemer

    The after party was in Sheffiled, That’s where they spend the money.

    • http://lorain365.wordpress.com/ Lorain 365

      Smart move on Quaker Steak’s part! They offered parking and a shuttle to guarantee the return business. Maybe next year, things will be different in Lorain and the party will be able to carry over to someplace a little closer.

      • oldruss

        Yes, maybe Alan Spitzer will re-open the Renaissance Hotel (fka Broadway Building) at the corner of Broadway Avenue and East Erie Street.

        • johns62

          Russ why dont you just start singing to yourself, theres a tear in my beer. A true NIMBY who lives in amherst twp if I remember correctly.

          • oldruss

            And you don’t think Alan Spitzer has a responsibility to do something with the condition of his building? And, you don’t think Alan Spitzer has a responsibility to pay the city back what the city spent on putting in roads and infrastructure at Spitzer’s condo site on the east bank?

          • johns62

            WTH are you talking about?

          • Bill

            That I will agree with you on oldruss. Spitzer is pretty good at letting things fall into disrepair and not doing anything about it hoping the taxpayers will eventually have to foot the bill. His hotel, the old car lots in Elyria and Brentwood lake to name a few.

        • Nicole Kovacs Comley

          You have so many Ideas, are you going to RUN for Mayor? The city of Lorain will Love you!!! (sarcasm)

  • therest_ofthestory

    I drove around towards the end of the show and there were no traffic problems. Looked out over the bridge and couldn’t believe the crowds. I think this is a very positive thing for Lorain. I was very concerned that it was going to be too big and get out of hand but it seemed to be well organized and well run. The music is not something I would listen to but I’m glad that everyone who came enjoyed themselves. Hopefully Lorain can garner other events such as this and this will encourage some investment into small business in Lorain.

    • Brittany Yorks

      no problems with traffic ONE bit before or after the event, i was shocked myself!!!

      • HankKwah

        Things flowed well up 58, east on West Erie, and moved well on Broadway in both directions. It was steady but never heavy. Folks were slowing for folks crossing the street, too.

  • middleageJay

    Sorry oldRuss they didn’t have your type of music there. Lorain and port Athority always fork out big bucks for the Older crowd to have a good time. Why is it when they do something you old Grumpy Folks don’t like you Cry. I This goes good maybe A indoor Venue can be biult on the otherside of the Bridge. Also if Lorain paid a little extra for this event I am ok with this since “I” And others that attended do pay Taxes I Lorain.

    • middleageJay

      And so what if my mind types faster then my brain. Dont use spell check!

      • Nicole Kovacs Comley

        My mom went, she is 61 and had a Flipping Blast!!!

  • Brittany Yorks

    I was there all night! I was a bit nervous,i have to admit! My husband and I grew up in amherst and we know the rep of lorain. THIS WAS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO LORAIN!!! lets show the world how positive lorain can be, and lets RESTORE OUR CITY!!! Like i said, i was a bit nervous because i know how lorain can be… but the vibe was GREAT, everyone was having a good time… everyone got along great!!! No negative energy, just only the ones outside apparently… Even the police inside of the event looked to be enjoying themselves ( or amused) never the less… we had a good time, and proved we could be good loyal fans to rover! we SMOOTH sailed that event right out of lorain :D

    • HankKwah

      Saw them chatting up the concert-goers on the other side of the barriers. Everything seemed to be calm and controlled.

  • Nicole Kovacs Comley

    Our city was not charged a penny, Rover paid for it all, and LPD will be reimbursed!! Rover was in fact in charge of all clean up and takedown of tents, etc.

  • todd

    Way to GO LORAIN. When I drove over the bridge Sat. I thought it looked like Blossom down there. Great money maker for all. No major drama. Good job Lorain

  • Summer Smart

    Leave it to the underworld to come out and comment on subjects such as Roverfest, but can’t make a stand when it comes to important matters. Maybe if they read about the important matters about the other end of the spectrum, such as how the city spent more than they received you would have a better understanding of what people are saying. Go back to your radio and leave the reading to the rest of us who actually care where our tax dollars are being spent.

    • todd

      You obviously didn’t go near the area. Every open business-stores gas station restaurant and bar in the area was packed. To complain about this event is sad but predictable. I’d bet most complaining are over the age of 50. The same age group that helped govern Lorain into a ghetto in the first place. BTW not my cup of tea but I can see past the leaves.

      • johns62

        Its funny Im over 50 and I think it was a great thing for the area.

      • Bill

        51 here and not my cup of tea but in spite of the doomsayers it turned out well of which I’m glad. Don’t understand the people who condemned this show for the mess it was going to be and still wants to find something negative out of an obvious success.

  • silkskin1960

    All I can say is I hope Lorain got PAID. I personally think the International used to draw more people when it was behind the May Co but that WAS years ago. I hope they can bring some BUSINESSES here instead of entertainment. We need jobs more than we need a concert. We need something that will benefit the ENTIRE CITY and not just a hand full but I guess they gotta start building SOMEWHERE…

    • B4CE

      Are those two goals mutually exclusive? What came first, the chicken or the egg? Is it unreasonable to think that bringing concerts / events to BRL that bring thousands to Lorain will entice private business to also come to Lorain to cater to the masses? On the other hand, I think you’d be hard pressed to convince business to come to Lorain without a promise of customers. Downtown is dead. Nobody is coming from outside the city to shop in Lorain, and everyone from the City leaves to shop in other Cities. I believe this is at least a step in the right direction, if we keep doing the same things, we will get the same results

  • Chan

    Some people will find something to complain about regardless. I personally think it was something great for the City of Lorain which is usually only associated with negativity. I know a lot of people personally who had a blast.

    • theadvocate76

      Fortunately for the City of Lorain, the majority of the complainers on this website are NOT from Lorain, therefore, they are only humiliating themselves and the towns they presently reside in. They appear to be a group of catty, jealous middle schoolers, who want to poke fun at, hope for the worse, or constantly live in the past with their competitive mindset when things go right for Lorain and its residents. Unfortunately for the City of Lorain, we are still stuck reading their pathetic statements.
      Most of these posters cannot tolerate the great things that happen in Lorain because they do not see the good in where they live. It’s a constant battle of, “My backyard is so much better than yours because…,” and “I was born and raised in Lorain but I left because…and I would NEVER go back there with my family because….” Well, that’s very good for all of you who feel those ways. I’m glad your current town is working out so well for you and living up to your superior expectations. Why do you care so much about where the rest of us choose to reside?
      I love Lorain. I love that I have deep family history in Lorain. If I chose to move from Lorain permanently, it would be because I was leaving Ohio, not because I was turning my back on this town.
      If you left Lorain because it was no longer good (enough) for you or your family, I can respect that. But what I cannot and will not respect is you constantly verbally beating the city up from your cookie cutter house that looks exactly like all the rest in your development. You left. Accept it and move on.
      And as for your petty jealousy and/or anger because we have the great Lake Erie to our north and a beautifully developed amphitheater on the river, rather than casts stones, why don’t you come visit for some great outdoor programming? Then again, you might have too much fun…and something else to complain about.

  • Bruce Tennant

    It appears to have gone well on an overall basis, so kudos to the mayor and port authority for trying something different. Sometimes you have to invest a little money in marketing to get the wheels turning. The days of heavy industry (for the most part) in Lorain are over but there is a tremendous asset there in the river and lake front which needs to be sustainably developed. One event is not going to turn the tide but it shows what can be done with the resources available there.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    Just think of all the room they could of have if that old falling down spritzer building was a parking lot instead of a eyesore………………..nice landings……………rotten falling down building……….hope your proud gardwennie……………

  • Lookingforyou0011

    The festival was great to attend and I will be back next year. My only complaint is that I overheard the owner of LifeCare urging his paramedics to force more people to be transported out by ambulance when they did not need it. My boyfriend was intoxicated and did not need to go to the hospital but in an effort to scam the public out of money Herb De La Porte felt the need to push unnecessary medical treatment. This is a complete breakdown in trust and is truly discusting. I will be filing a formal complaint against the company.

  • oldruss

    Then there’s Tuesday, July 29th’s edition of the Chronicle-Telegram story:

    “At $25 per person, that works out to about $375,000 in ticket
    revenue, not including parking revenue which the promoter also received.

    “WMMS is owned by San Antonio, Texas-based Clear Channel Communications. The company, which bills itself as one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world, earned $6.2 billion in revenue last year, according to its website.

    “Clear Channel will pay for electricity, security and water for
    the show — water tanks were used to help stabilize concert stages — as well as for the cleanup. Lorain’s cost for the concert, which includes fire and police services and water, is about $40,000, said Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler.”

    And, that $40,000 may not be everything. For example, clean-up was being done by city workers, at least according to the caption under the picture at the top of the Tuesday, July 29th story.

    http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/29/lorain-eyes-future-concerts/

  • ekwaykway

    Lmao

  • http://www.roverradio.com Rover

    I didn’t think I had to dumb it down any further, but I will: yes, a check was written by my to cover all those noted expenses. That’s how these things work.

  • Simon Jester

    Cross communication, timeline of posts, whatever…

    If you actually footed the bill for all of the logistics, that’s totally different, and I’m willing to take you at your word.

    I stand corrected, and I’m glad your event was successful.