Jun 062013

Wally and the Beavs will be headlining
the June 8 Rock the Block. The local band
has been performing for 21 years.

BY EMILY GORDON | MIRROR REPORTER — Local band Wally and the Beavs will kick off Saturday’s Rock the Block in uptown Maumee with classic rock tunes and Motown hits. Although Wally and the Beavs last played in Maumee at the Elks Lodge in the late 90’s, they’re excited to be back, keyboardist Joel Bokerman said. “It’s a nice town. People seem to have a good time,” he said. The band’s horn section and interactivity with the audience sets them apart from other music acts, he said. “We’re not just noise, heard and not seen. We work the crowd and have fun,” Bokerman said. Participants who are 21 or older can enjoy the outdoor concert from the beer garden, or take time out for beer tasting and food. Families can enjoy the festivities for free in a picnic table area just outside of the fence near the stage. But live music won’t be the only sound emanating from Rock the Block. Signature Harley-David-son, a sponsor of the event, will offer residents a simulated ride on a roaring Harley-Davidson Jumpstart motorcycle. “People will get to experience the thrill of the throttle without actually getting on the road,” said Harley-Davidson marketing director Karen Huss. Locked in a frame that keeps it stationary, the motorcycle otherwise functions normally, allowing participants to learn what it is like to drive the bike, Huss said. Workers in the Harley-Davidson tent will teach participants how to sit on the motorcycle properly, shift gears and accelerate without actually leaving the lot, Huss said. “We think [Rock the Block] will be a great event. We wanted to add some flair to it,” she said. Motorcyclists are encouraged to come. Designated parking for motorcyclists will be located behind Key Bank on West Dudley Street, said event organizer Mike Dibling. Rock the Block will be held Saturday, June 8 from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. in the West Mews parking lot at West Dudley and Allen Streets in Uptown Maumee. Admission is $5.00 and those entering the beer garden must be 21 or older. Sponsors of this year’s Rock the Block include Lexus of Toledo, The Andersons, ACE, Maumee Quick Print, Dibling Floor Covering & Interiors, Dale’s Bar & Grill, Heidelberg Distributing Company, The Village Idiot, Vito’s Pizza & Subs, Dussel Insurance, Buster Brown’s Big Dog Lounge, Maxx Marketing & Design and The Mirror Newspaper. Maumee Uptown Business Association president Bethany McGraw said Rock the Block and other events presented by MUBA show a commitment to making Maumee a better community. “MUBA is joined together by like-minded uptown business owners for one purpose: to make Maumee and its community the best it can be,” McGraw said. MUBA, which was founded 10 years ago, is committed to creating fun activities for Maumee families, she said. Members of MUBA meet once a month to discuss and vote on aspects of planned events. A MUBA membership costs $50.00 annually For more information, visit www.maumeeuptown.com.