Rockin’ at the Park


By Erin Perkins - Special to the Sentinel



Blitzkrieg performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.


Crowds of people gathered at Star Mill Park on Friday and Saturday evenings to listen to live music at Party in the Park.


Thunderstruck performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.


Thunderstruck performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.


RACINE — Racine does not disappoint when adding the emphasis on “party” in the annual Party in the Park.

Friday night was not just noise pollution, it was a combination of grooves that shook the audience all night long. To begin the evening a local area band Blitzkrieg took the stage playing an array of rock n’ roll covers by KISS, Black Sabbath, and Def Leppard. They also played some original tunes, one being Groove which got some of the audience up and dancing.

Two women shimmied their way to the front of crowd. The Sentinel took this opportunity to speak with them. Grace Andrew and Tracy Freeman have been avid Blitzkrieg fans since the beginning. Andrew has followed the band to many shows for over 20 years. She has attended The Party in the Park for about four years and delights in listening to the musical performers they invite. Andrew had never heard of the headliner of the night Thunderstruck perform, but she was eager to witness their talent.

Thunderstruck is an AC/DC tribute band and they rocked Racine with high voltage energy. The lead singer clad all in black encouraged the audience to make their way to the front of the stage to get the full face melting experience. They played some of AC/DC’s most popular songs such as “Thunderstruck”, “Shoot to Thrill,” and “Back in Black.”

Many audience members were unfamiliar with the band, but were eager to hear them perform. When speaking with Becky Lakea who frequents Party in the Park every year she was interested in their performance as she enjoys Blitzkrieg’s performances. Lakea and her husband sat in the front row and takes pictures of the bands. They both enjoy watching the performers who bring the party while delighting in a delicious snack from one of the many vendors.

Blitzkrieg performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/09/web1_Blitzkrieg-2.jpgBlitzkrieg performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.

Crowds of people gathered at Star Mill Park on Friday and Saturday evenings to listen to live music at Party in the Park.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/09/web1_Crowd-2.jpgCrowds of people gathered at Star Mill Park on Friday and Saturday evenings to listen to live music at Party in the Park.

Thunderstruck performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/09/web1_Thunderstruck-2.jpgThunderstruck performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.

Thunderstruck performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/09/web1_Thunderstruck.jpgThunderstruck performs on Friday evening at Racine’s Party in the Park.

By Erin Perkins

Special to the Sentinel

Erin Perkins is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.

Erin Perkins is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.