GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Hall of Famer Mitch Ryder will pinch hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd in the opening night of Rock The Rapids Monday, after Skynyrd's lead singer Johnny Van Zandt was hospitalized over the weekend.
Because of his illness, the band canceled an appearance in Wisconsin on Sunday and their Grand Rapids appearance.
Ryder will perform along with Jonny Lang and Finding Clyde beginning at 7 p.m. at Festival Village, an area behind Van Andel Arena, bordered by Oakes Street, the Business U.S. 131 entrance ramp, Cherry Street and Grandville Avenue.
Ticketholders who choose not to go to Monday's performance can exchange their non-scanned purchased single day, two-day or six-day tickets for any other remaining night of the festival.
Exchanges must be made between 3-10 p.m. at the festival box office only, located on Ottawa Avenue adjacent to Van Andel Arena.
Stone Temple Pilots, Willie Nelson, Ludacris, Bomshel, Robert Randolph, Rose Hill Drive, Wayland, Alice Cooper, Blake Shelton, T Pain and Due Diligence will also appear at Rock the Rapids.
Promoter Denny Baxter previously staged the event at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, but petitioned the Grand Rapids City Commission in February to bring the multi-day event to Grand Rapids. More than 20,000 concertgoers attended the three-day event in 2010.
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
Police say snow made roads "treacherous" Sunday and urged people to stay home if possible.