Music Festival That Evokes The Past Has Rockford Officials Looking To The Future

Aug 23, 2017

Credit river district association

Rockford’s River District Association says it hopes a one-day music festival hosted by a local business Labor Day weekend will be the first of many.

The downtown restaurant District Bar & Grill is putting on its “Off The Waterfront” festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. 

The River District Association, a private non-profit organization, promotes Rockford’s waterfront area through a variety of initiatives. Its president, Josh Albrecht, lauded the event in a news release as something to build on.

“We are excited to help support a great downtown Rockford event like this,” Albrecht said. “We hope that with the success Main Street District concerts have seen this summer, we can join forces with them next year to launch several larger one-day music events in 2018, and specifically Labor Day Weekend.”

The festival’s name is a nod to the “On The Waterfront” festival held in downtown Rockford from 1983-2012.  It was at one point the largest music festival in Illinois before economic woes led to its demise.

A part of the proceeds from the festival is to be given to the River District Association to help fund future festivals as well as other events downtown.