ATTENTION: Due to the weather, Rock Fest will now be held Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The Block Island Ferry will be running all day long.

There is NO Cover Charge – This is a FREE Event!

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. — Summer may be winding down, but it’s not over yet! In less than three weeks, 80s rock icon Sebastian Bach will take the stage at Block Island Rock Fest at Ballard’s. As if eight hours of amazing music on Ballard’s private beach isn’t good enough – the event is FREE for all to attend.

Hot off the heels of the wildly successful Block Island Country Fest (headlined by Big & Rich) and Block Island Reggae Fest – Ballard’s will keep the summer party going with their next major music event. Block Island Rock Fest – sponsored by Whalers Brewing Company – will be held Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This EPIC day of headbanging rock on the beach not only feature original SKID ROW lead singer Sebastian Bach, but also AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds and New York City’s Thrilldriver. It’s sure to be a day no music lover will want to miss.

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“We are excited to host the 2019 Block Island Rock Fest at Ballard’s Beach Resort and to bring a legendary Rock ICON such as Sebastian Bach to Ballard’s! Block island Rock Fest is the ultimate classic rock party on Ballard’s Beach with rock royalty rocking the block,” said Steven Filippi, Ballard’s owner and Block Island Tourism Council president. “No one parties better than classic rock bands and Ballard’s Beach Resort is New England’s premier beach party destination. This is an event you can’t miss – it will be EPIC! And, we are welcoming everyone to attend and providing FREE admission for all!”

Admission to Block Island Rock Fest at Ballard’s is free. Our tiki bars will be open and food & cocktails served right to your beach chair by our incredible staff of professional servers!

Only Ballard’s Has It All hosting THE Ultimate Summer Party!

The Headliner

Sebastian Bach, the original lead singer for the 80’s rock band Skid Row, is the headline act for 2019 Block Island Rock Fest.


Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide with Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, he has expended his career over the past decade to include a five-season recurring role on the hit series Gilmore Girls; voice-over work on SpongeBob SquarePants and Robot Chicken; starring roles on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show, and Jesus Christ Superstar; and appearances on ABC’s Sing Your Face Off, the comedy series Trailer Park Boys, MTV and VH1. In December 2106, he released his highly anticipated biography titled 18 and Life on Skid Row, which details his life from his birth in the Bahamas to his teenage years in Canada to the music that rocks his life today.

The Opening Acts

The opening acts this year – Dirty Deeds and Thrilldriver – definitely will not disappoint true rock fans.


Dirty Deeds The AC/DC Experience out of Boston, Mass, is a Block Island favorite.

This band has been touring the United States for more than 20 years bringing forth their high-energy and wildly entertaining tribute to one of the world’s best rock bands, AC/DC! Dirty Deeds’ performance revisits all of the timeless AC/DC hits along with a theatrical ride through rock n’ roll history.


New York-based Thrilldriver is a high-energy, riff-driven, hard rock outfit. Fronted by singer/keytarist Zoe Friedman, the band draws heavily on arena rock influences like Aerosmith and The Darkness while fusing modern elements of metal, pop, and progressive rock to form a hard-hitting sound that is refreshingly familiar but all it’s own.


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