Press release, anyone?

posted May 13, 2017, 7:42 AM by Ariana Patterson


Every town worth its salt should have its own signature music festival. Rock The Lot was an early marker for Rocketeria, an opportunity for the new music store to contribute to the community in the best way it knew how. What began in 2009 on a rickety stage set up in the parking lot of what is now the Fair Hill Shopping Center, has evolved into a full-fledged street festival concluding the Olney Days events, as well as a fundraiser for both local youth organization Project Change, and the Olney Civic Fund.

These days, we actually rock the block, as the event no longer fits within the confines of our lot. The 9th annual Rock The Lot Block Party encompasses the stretch of Hillcrest Avenue (closed to traffic on the day of the event) behind Home Goods and the event’s main sponsor, Shoppers. Rain or shine, residents enjoy fairground style kids activities, including the Boy Scouts’ 20 foot climbing wall, local craft beer, wine and food trucks, outreach from our town’s businesses, and most importantly, live music.

This year we feature Montgomery County’s own Tubefreeks, an original hard rock band made up of a who’s who of MoCo’s 90’s music scene. Tubefreeks are supporting their reformation release, “The Dry Tide.” Rocketeria owner Dave Peers’ own band, The Tolerators, appears as a special guest. Simply put, they’re a selfish cover band, doing songs that no one else does, but promises you’ll recognize. Always important to showcase Rocketeria’s very talented student “Jam Groups,” this year we get sets from Company Junkyard, Dear Luna, and The Feminist Majority.

For details, including a listing of sponsors, vendors, and food trucks, visit the event’s website at

Rocketeria is an independent music store and school, now in its 11th year serving Olney. We feature music lessons, instruments, accessories, rentals, repairs, records and the popular Rock U week long music immersion camps.

Want a downloadable flier?

posted Apr 27, 2017, 12:15 PM by Ariana Patterson

The official Rock The Lot Block Party flier, designed by my old friend and bandmate Patrick Sesko (check us out this Saturday with Dave filling in for me on bass at Velvet Lounge DC - The DickVanDykes is ready to go! Feel free to pick some up at Rocketeria, or print yourself (hint - don't "fit to page")

Did somebody say Food Trucks?

posted Apr 13, 2017, 2:14 PM by Ariana Patterson   [ updated May 13, 2017, 7:37 AM ]

This year, we welcome some new trucks! Linda's Luncheonette, Chix N Stix and Spud Nation!

Are you ready for Rock the Lot 2017?

posted Apr 11, 2017, 8:59 AM by Ariana Patterson   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 9:00 AM ]

The bands are locked in, last year's sponsors are signing up, the stage is ordered, food trucks lining up, beer & wine vendors committed, and if I can trust science, May 21st is supposed to be the nicest day of the year! Well...maybe....But HEY! We got some rain last year, it didn't dampen our spirits! Have you RSVP'd yet? Click on the facebook logo at the top right-hand side of the page, invite your friends! Want to participate? Email

Rain? What rain?

posted May 19, 2016, 8:44 AM by Ariana Patterson   [ updated May 20, 2016, 8:43 AM ]

Me and my fellow Olney Days folks put a tremendous amount of time and effort into putting on this event, and all the weekends' festivities. 

Rock The Lot has always been a RAIN OR SHINE event, so pray for gorgeous weather, but come either way, we gone par-tay! Everyone is tented, including food truck seating areas, and I've got  a bunch of rain ponchos just in case!


posted Apr 20, 2016, 9:48 AM by Ariana Patterson   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 9:50 AM ]

Wow! Is it that time already? Sorry for slacking, folks. This little outdoor concert of ours has grown by leaps and bounds, and it's been hard keeping up this year. And damn, I'm getting old...

SO! A bit of catching up:

Remember how cool it was to finally be able to enjoy a beer or glass of wine at this event, but what a bummer that you had to stay inside the "beer & wine garden"? Thanks to the diligence and tenacity of Jim Smith (the Acting Chair of the Olney Civic Fund and organizer of this effort since its debut in 2014), we are now allowed to roam the events grounds freely with our adult beverages. THANKS JIM!

-THANK YOU Shopper's Food & Pharmacy for picking up the tab for the stage again this year.

-We've got our own very talented music teacher Luke Schuster's band BURT THE DIRT opening the show at 4:00. Following that are three of Rocketeria's most talented bands, Infection X, Two Counts Of Silence, and Something Witty, and then the closers BLACK DOG PROWL

-There's still time to get involved. Fill out this form, or just email me

We're in the Gazette!

posted May 16, 2015, 9:41 AM by Ariana Patterson

Read about the entire Olney Days weekend, here:

Line up change...

posted May 15, 2015, 9:37 AM by Ariana Patterson

Due to transportation issues as a result of the Amtrak derailment, Steve Conte NYC​ will not be appearing at the Rock The Lot Block Party this Sunday. We are super bummed, but lucky to have Todd Wright of The Excentrics ( and Scott Miller of Nick Dastardly ( coming out last minute to fill the void. We hope to bring Steve down to Maryland sometime in the future.

Parking tips

posted May 12, 2015, 6:38 PM by Ariana Patterson

Parking can best be found:
-on the street, on Hillcrest Ave. (from westbound Olney-Sandy Spring Rd.)
-around the Olney Village Mart (especially behind the buildings, at SunTrust Bank)
-at Master Method Karate on Georgia Ave.

Welcome to the party!

posted Apr 28, 2015, 7:01 AM by Ariana Patterson

Thanks to Julia Brown Montessori, The Greene Turtle, Sandy Spring Friends School, Farquhar Middle School PTA, Aspenwood and Alfredhouse for your support. Visit them all in our Vendor Village for face painting, raffles and free stuff!!!

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