Progressive field has an average six firework shows per season, but this weekend is a lot different than any other firework shows, This weekend the Indians granddaddy of them all Rock N Blast, a tribute to music and Rock and Roll history.
This year is a tribute the legendary band the Beatles, An English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, becoming one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.
Sanaa Julien, Director of Marketing for the Cleveland Indians and creator of “Rock N Blast” describes what makes Rock N Blast so special compared to other firework shows at Progressive Field.
“Well, Every Firework show is different and unique in its own way, but Rock N Blast is a lot different than any other firework show, The fans certainly won’t be disappointed, we have Revolution Pie, a Beatles tribute band will be playing prior to the huge firework spectacular. It has taken over three hundred man hours, not including managing, production, meetings; it’s our huge undertaking of the year.”
Rock N Blast includes a video animation on the jumbo scoreboard all handled by Senior Producer Nick Gambone, “It took about a month worth of work, these last two weeks my team has worked twelve hour days from Planning, Design, Animation since everything was made in-house, only thing that was out-sourced was the audio cutting, but everything you see this year we have implemented so much more than any other Rock-N-Blast, The first couple years we had some flashes and flips and basic animation during the fireworks, this year we have so much more, it’s pretty exciting!”
You will be seeing something a lot different this year never done before at Rock N Blast, “We are actually implementing lasers into our show from the field, implementing lasers and fireworks with the video background, it will be amazing to see fully done” Julien Added
The set list is a mash of songs from St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Album which was released in June of 1967, “We will have anything from the bop top days to their later days, wide range of music for the very simple Beatle fans to the hardcore Beatle fans! It is certainly our longest production and will blow the minds of the tribe fans, 25 minutes of bangs and awes” Gambone added.
With almost 30,000 tickets sold on both Friday and Saturday, a massive half-hour production that will leave the fans speechless after a hopeful victory, come on out to the ball park get the great deals, grab a hot dog or two and enjoy a tribute to one of the most influential pop bands from the sixties.