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"Weird Al" and Needtobreathe coming to the River Roar

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The acts for this year’s Bay City River Roar have been announced.

“Weird Al” Yankovic and Needtobreathe will be rocking it out on stage this year.

“Weird Al” is known for his parody style that has earned him four Grammy’s and six platinum records.

Mix 106.3’s Scott Seipel says “Needtobreathe” is a concert choice that everyone can enjoy. “They are known mostly as a Christian rock band but have crossed over to mainstream. But not let go of their message. So it will be a great concert for families, teens, youth groups. It’s gonna be a great show.”

Local organizers say that this event is so important because it gives back to the local community.

“Having the concerts come in is just another way to raise money for the local charities. They use this money to help support kids in the community. Help recognize kids for doing the right thing. Make facilities available for them to do things and that is always going to be important,” said Wayne Maier with Maier and Associates.

Chad Cunningham, a member of the event’s board of directors, said he’s grateful they are able to put on the annual event for the 29th year, after nearly having to cancel it.

“They have all stepped up and given more than they gave last year. And even 15 to 20 people in the community just wrote us checks. And said, hey, we want this race to be here. We don’t want more. Just make sure the race doesn’t go away.”

The roar on the river kicks off June 24 and runs through June 25. Needtobreathe will play on June 24. "Weird Al" plays on the 25th.

For more on tickets, or the River Roar, click here.

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