Squire photographer Tom Scott was again granted a media pass with the understanding The Rockford Squire be the only publication to publish his photos. This is his second big concert at the Van Andel, following a photo shoot with Lady Gaga in concert last month. As expected, Bob Seger rocked the house for a sell-out crowd of well over 12,000 fans. Opening the show was Battle Creek’s own country music star Larry Ballard. Fans heard through the grapevine that Kid Rock was attending the show to enjoy the rock and roll of Seger and, sure enough, Rock joined Seger on stage for an electrifying rendition of “Real Mean Bottle” that brought the house down and the fans to their feet. The show went well over two hours and, of course, Seger played all his favorite hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s. At 65 years old, Seger still has his energy from the yesteryears and, with his raspy voice, fans were all taken back some 30 years ago, at least for the two-plus hours of the show.
The Special Olympics State Basketball championships held in Rockford on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 brought thousands of people to Rockford and may become an annual event. Kimberly Purdy, Public Relations Director, Special Olympics Michigan commented, “The City of Rockford, Rockford Public Schools and the Heart of Rockford Business Association opened their hearts, arms and doors to the Special Olympics Michigan 2011 State Basketball Finals. We are grateful for the warm reception that our athletes, family members, coaches, chaperones and volunteers received. Our event brought more than 1,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones and volunteers from all over Michigan to Rockford. It was a very successful event thanks to the Rockford community and to the Grand Rapids Jaycees, celebrating their 30th year as host organization! Rockford students opened doors for athletes and their families. Rockford provided complimentary shuttle transportation for our athlete delegations and family members between the schools as well as to downtown. Volunteers even handed out welcome packets containing coupons, gifts and treats for those in attendance. Community members attended Opening Ceremonies and competition to show support for our athletes! We really appreciate everything that members of the Rockford community did to make our athletes and family members feel right at home.” Lois Arnold, President & CEO, Special Olympics Michigan, said, “I met the Rockford mayor and Rockford school superintendent who welcomed us warmly and graciously. Everywhere I went everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Thank you to the Rockford for community for making the State Basketball Finals so special.” –