Smoke on the Water heats up with Wicks, PresidentsWritten by Julie Ryan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ribs will mingle Lump and Cinderella at Promenade Park, at Smoke on the Water from July 31 through Aug. 2.
The Presidents of the United States (“Lump,” “Peaches,” “Cleveland Rocks”) will headline the entertainment on Aug. 1, taking the stage at 8:45 p.m. On Aug. 2, country star Chuck Wicks, a “Dancing with the Stars” contestant who hit with “Stealing Cinderella,” will perform at 5:15 p.m. The headliner for July 31 has yet to be announced. The Song of Toledo contest winner and People’s Choice Award winner will also perform.
Wicks’ debut album, “Starting Now,” featured the top 10 country hit “Stealing Cinderella” and the top 15 hit “All I Ever Wanted.” He appeared on “Dancing” with his girlfriend, fellow country singer Julianne Hough.
Seattle’s The Presidents of the United States enjoyed radio hits with “Lump,” “Peaches,” “Dune Buggy,” “Kitty” and “Mach 5.”
Columbia Gas of Ohio, KeyBank and the American Red Cross Greater Toledo Chapter host the event, now in its second year.
Red Cross Executive Director Tim Yenrick said the event was a success last year, raising $30,500 for the Red Cross with highlights being the national and local food vendors and entertainment. The location, Promenade Park, adds atmosphere, he said.
“It raises much-needed funds for disaster relief and also helps us reach out to families and children that might need first aid and CPR,” Yenrick said. “I also think it gave us an opportunity to educate people more about our mission and offer an inexpensive family event in Toledo.”
Chris Kozak, Columbia Gas community relations manager, said there will be a pulled pork eating contest on Aug. 1 where contestants will be challenged to eat three pounds of pork. Last year, the winner finished in nine minutes and 15 seconds. He also noted the event’s atmosphere.
“It’s the setting, which I think is fantastic — right there on the Maumee and Downtown,” said
Jodie Tienvieri, the Red Cross’ communications manager, said Aug. 2 will be Family and Military Appreciation Day. There will be children’s activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and judging of the ribs.
Smoke on the Water will be at Promenade Park July 31 and Aug 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $3, children 12 and under are free. The event is free on July 31 until 5 p.m.
“We want people to come down and have a fun time, but the underlying thing is that people will learn more about the Red Cross,” Yenrick said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Chris Kozak is an occasional contributor to the Toledo Free Press Arts&Life section.