June 26, 2016


Rally winds down in the alley

MEDINA — “Rally in the Alley,” the weekly summer concert series, will finish out the summer with three Labor Day weekend concerts: Two returning bands and a newcomer to the event.

Friday’s concert will feature KISS tribute band Mr. Speed. The band also performed at Rally in the Alley at last summer’s finale, said Main Street Cafe owner Gary Quesada, who hosts the event.

From left, Danny Ayala, Joe Hess and Rich Kosak, members of KISS tribute band Mr. Speed, perform in Warren. The band will play Friday in Medina at Rally in the Alley. (COURTESY PHOTO)

All ages appreciated the show, he said.

“It’s amazing the amount of families were there,” he said. “If you just looked at the crowd, you would say, this is a family event. I think it’s a good spot for them on Friday.”

In 2012, the band was named the “world’s best KISS tribute” at a competition in Las Vegas.

Quesada has been organizing Rally in the Alley concerts for 12 years. The event has become a Friday night fixture in downtown Medina.

On Saturday, Afro-Zep will perform. The band, which hails from Chicago, plays Led Zeppelin songs that have been rearranged with African influences. This is the band’s first appearance at Rally in the Alley.

Finally, Cleveland-based Wish You Were Here, a Pink Floyd tribute, will play Sunday night, and it will be the band’s 11th performance at Rally in the Alley.

“They are going to do the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘Animals’ albums in their entirety, and some extra hits,” Quesada said.

The Labor Day weekend concerts drew about 10,000 people last year over the three days, Quesada said.

Each concert will be 8 to 11 p.m. in Main Street Cafe’s parking lot, which can be accessed from West Liberty and West Washington streets.

The Mr. Speed show will be free, and advance tickets to Afro-Zep cost $10 and Wish You Were Here tickets are $15.

Outdoor food and drink sales benefit a different charity each week, and this week’s charity is the Mallet Creek Foundation, which funds local Boy Scout activities.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.