WILLIAMSPORT — The Potomac River has forever been the life vein of the residents of Williamsport.
Those involved in the Rockin' at River Bottom concert hope the river will continue to be a place where locals can play.
Rockin' at River Bottom will be Saturday, Sept. 15, at River Bottom Park in Williamsport. Gates open at 9 a.m., with the first of five bands going on at noon. Music ends at 8:50 p.m.
Councilman Bill G. Green, who is also coordinator for the event, said there's been a lot of talk about the event hosting a beer garden, which he said loses the focus on the event itself — to help foot the bill for a new state Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to help protect the Chesapeake Bay.
Washington County municipalities are expected to pay $1.1 billion over the next 13 years in stormwater, wastewater and septic upgrades. Green said Williamsport's share will be $11.7 million.
He said they're hoping that the money raised from the event can help offset the cost. Green had told the council in July that the event could take in $60,000 to $70,000. Tickets cost $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
"We wanted to do some kind of rock festival," Green said.
He said he and Donnie Stotelmyer, town clerk and treasurer, had knocked around the idea of hosting a rock concert for a while. Green said he knew a lot of bands through his work with local events such as Bike Night and knew they could get a line-up together.
So when the Watershed Implementation Plan price tag was discussed, Green and Stotelmyer decided they wanted to have the rock concert to benefit the communities. Green said they thought this would be the right type of event to help the community.
The two headliners are Los Angeles-based Rhino Bucket and Charm City Devils from the Baltimore area. Also playing are Calisus, Crush Theory and The Edmund Allan Brown Band.
Rhino Bucket and Charm City Devils will host a meet and greet at 3 p.m. No extra charge or ticket is required.
In addition to the gate, funds will be raised via that beer garden, plus food and merchandise will be sold at the event. Also, there will be educational booths set up for people to know more about the WIP.
Because other communities will be affected by this event, Green said, tickets will be available at the town halls of Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg and Williamsport.
Stotelmyer said he hopes Rockin' at River Bottom will help educate the community about Maryland's waterways. For instance, the Potomac River is included in the 2012 report of America's Most Endangered Rivers.
He said they hope to build awareness of the need to preserve the river.
"The Potomac is in your own backyard, and you can learn steps you can do right now how to clean it up," he said.
If you go ...
WHAT: Rockin' at River Bottom Park
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15; gates open at 9 a.m.
WHERE: River Bottom Park, off U.S. 11, Williamsport
COST: $10 in advance; $15 at the door
CONTACT: Call 301-302-3878 or go to www.facebook.com and search for Rockin' at River Bottom.
MORE: Rhino Bucket and Charm City Devils will be doing a meet and greet at 3 p.m. No extra charge or special ticket needed.