(Posted July 21, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
It has been five years since Tim Dawson, owner of Pioneer Pizza, brought Rock the Clock to Plain City. To celebrate the milestone, he booked a national act as this year’s event headliner.
Drew Parker, a country music songwriter and performer, is traveling from Nashville to the Rock the Clock stage where he will close out the night’s festivities. Parker has co-written songs for country music stars Luke Combs and Jake Owen and is a nominee for MusicRow magazine’s “Discovery Artist of the Year” award.
“I am so, so excited to have Drew Parker here and to have people hear him play,” Dawson said.
Rock the Clock 2021 will take place on July 31 in uptown Plain City. The event features live music, food, drinks, and children’s activities. Admission is free.
The opening act, Jacked Up, will perform country rock from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Based in Columbus, the band serves up dynamic vocals, driving rock, and mountain soul and has shared the stage with Luke Bryan, Craig Moran, Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes and David Allen Coe, to name a few.
Naked Karate Girls, whose band members are neither naked or girls, are back by popular demand. The high-energy, fun-loving dance/rock band takes the stage from 6:45 to 9:45 p.m.
Parker will play from 10:15 to midnight.
Dawson has expanded the event’s children’s activities, as well as the food and drink options. In addition to the balloon artists and facepainting of years past, kids get to enjoy two bounce houses.
Food options include everything from grilled tenderloin and porkchop sliders to Texas tenderloin, hamburgers, hotdogs, lemonade and ice cream. Members of the Jonathan Alder High School softball team will man a booth selling slices of Pioneer Pizza. All proceeds from the pizza sales go back to the team.
Rock the Clock has always served beer and wine. This year, mixed drinks will be sold, too. Beverage sales help to offset the cost of the bands, Dawson said.
While the event doesn’t start until 4 p.m., Dawson expects to see people setting up chairs and claiming spots as early as noon. Organizers will start checking IDs, handing out drink wristbands, and selling beer tickets at 3 p.m. The food and drink vendors will be open for business by no later than 4. The children’s activities run from 5 to 10 p.m.
“We’re planning on twice as many people attending as in the past, mostly because of Drew Parker,” Dawson said. “Plus, it’s just one of those nights when people get to see other people they haven’t seen in a year.”
The village will close down the street in front of The Grainery, 138 W. Main St., at 9 a.m. the day of the event to allow for stage setup. The other streets in uptown Plain City will close at noon. Dawson and the village will post a list of parking options on their Facebook pages prior to the event.
Pioneer Pizza is Rock the Clock’s primary sponsor. This year’s headliner sponsor is Pioneer Roofing. Several other businesses and groups also have pitched in to make the event possible.
For details, visit www.rocktheclock.org and look for “Rock the Clock” on Facebook.