(Posted on July 21, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Editor-in-Chief of Madison
It’s been five years since Pioneer Pizza owner Tim Dawson brought Rock the Clock to Plain City. To celebrate this milestone, he has reserved a national number as the headliner for this year’s event.
Country music singer and songwriter Drew Parker travels from Nashville to the Rock the Clock stage where he will close the night’s festivities. Parker has co-written songs for country music stars Luke Combs and Jake Owen and is nominated for MusicRow magazine’s “Discovery Artist of the Year” award.
âI’m so, so excited to have Drew Parker here and people to hear him play,â Dawson said.
Rock the Clock 2021 takes place on July 31 in upscale Plain City. The event features live music, food, drink and activities for kids. Free entry.
The opening act, Jacked Up, will perform country rock from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Based in Columbus, the group features dynamic vocals, catchy rock and mountain soul and 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 nor girlish, are back by popular demand. The energetic and fun dance / rock group takes the stage from 6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Parker will play from 10:15 a.m. to midnight.
Dawson has expanded the children’s activities at the event, as well as food and drink options. In addition to balloon and face painting artists from years gone by, kids can enjoy two inflatable houses.
Dining options include everything from grilled tenderloin and pork chop sliders to Texas tenderloin, to burgers, hot dogs, lemonade, and ice cream. Members of the Jonathan Alder High School softball team will be running a booth selling slices of Pioneer pizza. All profits from the pizza sale go to the team.
Rock the Clock has always served beer and wine. This year, mixed drinks will also be sold. Beverage sales help offset the cost of the bands, Dawson said.
Although the event doesn’t start until 4 p.m., Dawson expects people to set up chairs and claim seats by noon. Organizers will start checking IDs, handing out drink bracelets and selling beer tickets at 3 p.m. Food and drink vendors will be open no later than 4 a.m.
“We plan to host twice as many people as in the past, mainly because of Drew Parker,” said Dawson. “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 the street in front of The Grainery, 138 W. Main St., at 9:00 am on the day of the event to allow for the stage to be set up. All other streets in downtown 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 the main sponsor of Rock the Clock. This year’s featured sponsor is Pioneer Roofing. Several other companies and groups have also mobilized to make the event possible.
For more details, visit www.rocktheclock.org and search for âRock the Clockâ on Facebook.