Voodoo Music + Arts Experience celebrates 15th year

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013
City Park – New Orleans, LA
11/1-3/2013

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Voodoo Experience 2013

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience returned to City Park in New Orleans for the annual three-day music festival on Nov. 1 through 3. Celebrating 15 years of world class music, this years headliners included Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure to close out each of the three days. Fans of electronic music were also represented by headliners Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Bassnectar on the Le Plur Stage.

It marked the last major music festival of the 2013 season. Rain threatened the opening day but quickly vanished to sunshine that persisted for the remainder of Voodoo. Though temperatures dipped after sunset, the cool air gave fans more reason to stay active and “Worship the Music.”

Music began just after 11 a.m. each day, spread over four stages, and lasted well into the evening. The vast City Park allowed fans to experience carnival rides, New Orleans cuisine and offered enough space to relax for those needing a little separation from the crowd. There were also a number of merch tents selling locally produced art.

While the three headliners fell under an alternative rock slant, albeit from differing decades, Voodoo definitely drew a crowd appreciative of the big three this year. It was hard to pick a favorite going in and all three gave stellar performances. Pearl Jam was introduced by former Saints player Steve Gleason, prompting goosebumps and more than a few tears to be shed as he introduced the band from his wheelchair with the assistance of a voice synthesizer. He also chose their setlist–complete with a couple Mother Love Bone songs. Pearl Jam rocked the night away while Vedder also swung from one of their suspended stage lights midway through the show.

Seattle representation started well before Pearl Jam hit the stage. Hip-hop sensation Macklemore & Ryan Lewis likely gained the respect of Pearl Jam fans who packed around the main stage waiting for the grunge icons to hit the stage. Macklemore’s poignant lyrics and Lewis’ catchy jams have catapulted the duo into the hip-hop limelight. Mixing guest vocal appearances into their show added additional depth to their set.

If one man owned the festival it was Trent Reznor. Nine Inch Nails’ dynamic set was wrought with energy, massive light panels and a barrage of industrial sound that fronted their crushing set. Though fans didn’t appreciate their lengthy hiatus, it seems Reznor has returned with pent up angst and vigor. If another artist approached Reznor’s domination of the stage at Voodoo it was Jordan Cook performing as Reignwolf. His midafternoon set on the Carnival stage on Saturday was a blue-metal shredfest.

Hayley Williams looked striking with her orange hair and black latex pants. She easily had the most energy of any artist to perform at 2013 Voodoo. Performing in front of a legion of fans waiting to see NIN, there were definitely Paramore fans in the mix. Williams noted, “We’re honored to be playing on the same stage as Nine Inch Nails, and this is their headline show; but make no mistake, you’re at a Paramore concert right now.”

Other performances on Saturday included the melodic punk duo of Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory delivering on back-to-back sets; a vocal clinic by folk musicians Delta Rae on the main Ritual Stage; and Big Gigantic was the perfect moniker for the electronic duo who raged on the Le Plur Stage before Afrojack dropped heavy beats opposite Nine Inch Nails.

Sunday always closes a couple hours earlier than Friday and Saturday’s lineups. The Cure took the stage at 6:50 p.m. and the goth legends did not disappoint behind Robert Smith. Dense smoke and multicolored lighting cast various textures onto Smith’s pasty white complexion. His tangled and graying mop might be long overdue for a makeover but Smith’s vocals were rich with life and emotion. Their lengthy set was interspersed with classics that climaxed into a session of hits to close the night.

One of the true kings of the electronic dance craze, Bassnectar closed out 2013 Voodoo opposite The Cure with a thunderous exhibition of bass beats and lights. A huge crowd remained until the festival ended despite the coldest night of the festival.

Kid Rock always turns out an entertaining set, but his placement seemed a bit awkward–not for Kid Rock but for the abundance of goth-dressed fans who were forced to wait for The Cure. Kid Rock threw a party for everybody else, jumping about the stage while slinging catchy lyrics to whoever wanted to participate.

Credentials–both general admission and VIP–are already available for the 2014 Voodoo Experience. A three-day pass can be had for only $99 while VIP passes range between $300 and $1000. Though next year’s artists won’t be announced until next year, it’s hard to beat those prices relative to any of the other major U.S. music festivals. Live Nation acquired controlling interest in Voodoo last week as part of a larger focus on major music festivals but management should remain consistent.

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Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch bulldoze Mayhem’s main stage

Rob Zombie & Five Finger Death Pupnch – 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
7/27/2013

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Rob Zombie - 2013 Mayhem Festival

A cold spell arrived with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre outside Chicago on July 27. Not that they needed it, but the cool temps gave fans just another reason to rock a little harder. Rob Zombie brought a carnival atmosphere and Five Finger Death Punch hit the crowd with an onslaught of lights and in-your-face metal. They were joined on the main stage by the richly melodic Mastodon and Swedish death-metal outfit Amon Amarth.

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Van Halen close out 2013 Rock USA in Oshkosh

Van Halen – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/20/2013

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Van Halen - 2013 Rock USA

The third annual Rock USA music festival in Oshkosh, Wis., finished strong with an entertaining performance by Van Halen on July 20. It was the first U.S. show for the legendary L.A. band, with only one additional North American concert on their schedule for this year.

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Godsmack deliver knock-out performance at Rock USA in Oshkosh

Godsmack – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/19/2013

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Godsmack - 2013 Rock USA

Rock USA met the heatwave head-on with their heaviest single-day lineup since the inception of the Oshkosh, Wis., music festival in 2011. Godsmack, Chevelle and Sevendust performed on Friday, July 19, treating fans to a solid mix of metal.

Set changes at 2013 Rock USA have outlived every show performed this year and tonight was no exception. More than an hour-and-a-half passed before Godsmack set foot on the stage well after 11 p.m. Opening with “War and Peace” from 2010′s “The Oracle,” Godsmack jolted life into the anxious crowd.

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Twisted Sister, Anthrax and Queensryche turn back the clock at 2013 Rock USA

Twisted Sister – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/18/2013

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Twisted Sister - 2013 Rock USA

The Rock USA music festival in Oshkosh, Wis., added a fourth day in 2013, and some feared a dilution of talent. There was an feeling of apprehension heading into the second day, on July 18, which featured a rehash of mostly 80s rock stars. Fortunately, despite very short sets, musical talent overtook nostalgia for a solid night of live rock and roll.

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Avenged Sevenfold return to the stage at 2013 Rock USA

Avenged Sevenfold – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/17/2013

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Avenged Sevenfold - 2013 Rock USA

Rock USA has returned for 2013, bringing Avenged Sevenfold into Ford Festival Park on July 17 to commence four days of music that spans classic rock to heavy metal. Buckcherry and Saliva, along with a heat index that broke the century mark, made for a sweat-soaked evening.

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Gigantour draws Lilliputian crowd in Chicago

Megadeth / Black Label Society / Device / Hellyeah / Newsted / Death Division – 2013 Gigantour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
7/9/2013

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Megadeth - 2013 Gigantour

Gigantour has been a heavy metal mainstay since 2005. The brainchild of Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s frontman, has always featured solid lineups, the current incarnation included. Why then, did only 1200 fans show up for the Chicago date when the tour pulled into Allstate Arena on June 9? Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted and Death Division seemed all but certain to draw a crowd similar to last year’s show at the Aragon Ballroom.

High school teens are the main demographic for the tour, not exclusively but definitely the primary source of ticket sales. Moving the show outside of downtown Chicago to the only venue that is not equipped with easy metro or rail access was a huge mistake, especially for a weeknight show. By the time Death Division hit the stage at 4:20 p.m., there were about 150 fans that had trickled into the arena. When hometown figurehead David Draiman played with Device at 7 p.m. that number had risen to maybe 700 people.

Those that did show up were not able to generate much energy during the earlier sets, something metal bands thrive on for their live performances. Hellyeah did get a couple mosh pits rolling, vocalist Chad Gray did his best to work the crowd. Regardless of the crowd size, each band sounded great and put forth an enthusiastic set. Openers Death Division are worth checking out and played with ferocity, if you’ve got tickets to an upcoming show, definitely get there early.

Newsted’s new outfit came to rock and did just that. The former Metallica bassist has recruited Staind’s Mike Mushok on guitar alongside Jessie Farnsworth and drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. Together they thrashed through new music with that classic hard metal sound that harks back to his days with Flotsam and Jetsam. Newsted is still a beast on the bass, though he did switch to guitar for one song, “Skyscraper,” while Mendez took over bass duty. They also tossed in Metallica’s “Whiplash” for good measure.

Device had a couple of surprises during their set. The three-piece had gelled as a live unit, definitely a more cohesive sound since their set during Carolina Rebellion earlier in the year. Dope’s Virus and Evanescence’s Will Hunt tour with Draiman on guitar and drums, respectively. It was only a matter of time before they hit their stride live.  Draiman’s voice was strong and he commanded the stage like an emperor. The band was joined by John DeServio of BLS on bass during “A Part of Me,” then later guitarist Geno Lenardo performed for the second half of the set. Filter’s Lenardo was responsible for the spark behind Device’s creation, and the studio guitarist for the album.

Draiman did a great job representing Chicago. Obvious that some fans weren’t into the spirit, he admonished a couple girls along the rail for not participating in the show. First he reminded them, “The United Center has a show down the road tonight, maybe you should be at the Justin Bieber concert.” Next, he brought up a young fan onto the stage who was obviously having a good time. Draimain said, “This is how you rock, she is singing all the songs and is even wearing the goods.” He asked her if she goes to concerts regularly and her response was, “This is my first concert,” then flashed horns to the crowd.

Both Black Label Society and Megadeth performed to the largest crowd. Many fans were there for Zakk Wylde’s band, sporting BLS vests and loving every minute of Wylde’s fretwork. Their hour-long set was long enough for the guitar aficionado to erupt into some lengthy solos. Megadeth hit the stage at 9:00 p.m. for  a 90-minute set that culled some songs from their latest album, “Super Collider,” but also went deep into their earlier material with “Peace Sells,” “Holy Wars…” and “Symphony of Destruction.”

The tour returns to the area next week with a show at The Rave in Milwaukee, tickets are still available.

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Remaining Gigantour tour dates:

July 13: Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre
July 14: Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
July 16: Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
July 18: Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
July 19: Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
July 22: Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
July 23: Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
July 25: Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral
July 26: Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
July 27: Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
July 29: Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
July 30: Everett, WA – Comcast Arena
Aug 01: West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Aug 02: Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
Aug 04: Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena
Aug 09: Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 11: Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

 

John Mayer opens Born & Raised tour at 2013 Summerfest

John Mayer – 2013 Born & Raised Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/6/2013

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John Mayer - 2013 Summerfest

John Mayer‘s tour opening show was the second such performance during the 2013 Summerfest season at Marcus Amphitheater, Fun. debuted their “Most Nights” tour on June 27 [full review]. Mayer’s “Born & Raised” tour is his first in a few years, taking him through North America into early October before a handful of already sold-out shows in Western Europe.

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Nelly and Tim McGraw perform at 2013 Summerfest

Tim McGraw – 2013 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/5/2013

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Tim McGraw - 2013 Summerfest

Country superstar Tim McGraw and rapper Nelly both performed in Milwaukee at Summerfest on July 5. Unfortunately, their paths did not cross as both stars headlined different stages at roughly the same start times. That put an end to rumor of a potential on-stage collaboration of Nelly’s “Over and Over.”

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Canadian bands invade Summerfest on Independence Day

Rush – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/4/2013

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Rush - 2013 Summerfest

Rush performed sans opener, playing two sets with an intermission break that went deep into their monstrous catalog. They were recently recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, an induction that was long overdue. True pioneers of progressive rock, they’ve maintained their core sound for decades and a rabid fan-base that has always followed in tow. The trio were definitely on their game Thursday night, performing well over two hours.

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Luke Bryan and friends ‘Crash’ Summerfest

Luke Bryan – 2013 “Dirt Road Diaries” Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/3/2013

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Luke Bryan - 2013 Summerfest

Luke Bryan rode his Dirt Road Diaries Tour into the Marcus Amphitheater to another sell-out. The show featured a trio of Academy of Country Music Award winners with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line opening the show. Plenty of denim and cowboy hats moved through the Summerfest grounds during the afternoon, eventually converging upon the Amphitheater around 7 p.m. Fans were treated to a spectacular light show and fantastic audio mix that spilled into the mist-filled air.

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Alice Cooper draws crowd, Pitbull gets ‘Nightmare’ at Summerfest

Alice Cooper – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2013

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Alice Cooper - 2013 Summerfest

Pitbull’s performance at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest in Milwaukee garnered a light crowd for a weekend show on Sunday, June 30. It was a stark contrast to Saturday’s raucous atmosphere due to huge crowds for both Imagine Dragons and Jason Aldean headline performances. Alice Cooper did pack the BMO Harris Pavilion though, and the legendary shock rocker gave an entertaining set packed with classic hits.

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Tom Petty and LL Cool J bring heat to damp Summerfest

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/28/2013

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Tom Petty - 2013 Summerfest

Day three of 2013 Summerfest brought more great music despite an afternoon of rain showers on Friday, June 28. Fortunately, the precipitation ceased as temps began to dip and the various stage headliners warmed the crowd leading into the weekend. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers filled the Marcus Amphitheater while LL Cool J brought old-school hip-hop jams to the BMO Harris Pavilion. Other headliners included Switchfoot, Matt & Kim, Cake, Phil Vassar and Atmosphere.

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Fun debuts ‘Most Nights’ tour at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

fun. – 2013 Most Nights Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2013

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Fun. - 2013 Summerfest

Fun. opened their 2013 ‘Most Nights’ tour at Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 27, headlining the Marcus Amphitheater. The show marked a transition from smaller clubs to major amphitheaters, many already sold out, for the outfit that took home “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Following their stellar performance at 2012 Summerfest, fans packed into the Marcus primed for the show.

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Milwaukee’s Summerfest sparks up 2013 festival season

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/26/2013

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 2013 Summerfest

Summerfest, Milwaukee’s annual festival of music, food and entertainment, erupted under sunny skies on Wednesday, June 26. A refreshing, cool breeze blowing across Lake Michigan gave relief to thousands of fans who made their yearly pilgrimage to The Big Gig. Opening day highlights included the triumphant return of Milwaukee’s Violent Femmes, The Avett Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gavin DeGraw and a monstrous fireworks display.

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Eric Church saves opening night of Country USA

Eric Church – 2013 Country USA
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
6/25/2013

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Eric Church - 2013 Country USA

Country USA in Oshkosh, Wis. opened on June 25 at Ford Festival Park after torrential showers made parking conditions hazardous. The resulting gridlock after local authorities closed off on-site parking put a damper on the festivities. The annual country jam featured headliner Eric Church, while Gloriana, Ayla Brown, Geoff Landon and Cal Stage also performed on Tuesday.

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Orion Music + More a success in Detroit

Orion Music + More Festival
Belle Isle – Detroit, MI
7/8/2013

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - 2013 Orion Day 1

Following the success of the inaugural Orion Music + More festival last year in Atlantic City, the two-day event returned for 2013 at Belle Isle in Detroit, Mich. Hosted by Metallica, it goes beyond your dad’s music festival, hence the “+ More.” It featured four live music stages, an electronic music dance tent, a Metallica Museum and a wealth of side-show activities that relate to interests residing with each member of the band. This year’s festivities erupted on Saturday, June 8 under sunny skies.

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Zac Brown Band caps BottleRock music festival

BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival – Sunday
Napa Expo – Napa, CA
5/12/2013

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Zac Brown Band - BottleRock Music Festival

The final day of the inaugural BottleRock music festival in Napa, Calif. came to a close on Sunday, May 12, with the Zac Brown Band. Warm weather and cloudless skies provided a perfect complement to the music and local culinary pleasures. The afternoon featured music from a plethora of tastes that included Cake, The Wallflowers, Train, Brandi Carlile, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Michael Franti and the legendary Mavis Staples to name a few.

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Kings of Leon return at inaugural BottleRock music festival

BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival – Saturday
Napa Expo – Napa, CA
5/11/2013

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Kings of Leon - BottleRock Music Festival

As the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival moves into its final day on Sunday, the minimal logistic issues from the first couple days were virtually nonexistent on Saturday, May 11. With more than 30-thousand fans expected to pack the Napa Expo to see Kings of Leon return to the stage for the first time following their hiatus, it was he most attended day of the festival. The fun continues on Sunday with Zac Brown Band headlining the main stage.

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The Black Keys headline Friday night at BottleRock

BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival – Friday
Napa Expo – Napa, CA
5/10/2013

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The Black Keys - BottleRock Friday 1

The inaugural BottleRock music festival in Napa Valley quickly moved past its infancy from opening day. Friday, May 10, drew a larger crowd and with it came a few growing pains. Aside from a few issues maneuvering between stages, prompting fans to refer to the event as BottleNeck, everything else seemed to operate efficiently.

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BottleRock music festival opens in Napa

BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival – Thursday
Napa Expo – Napa, CA
5/9/2013

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Black Crowes - BottleRock

The inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley music festival is a major achievement for the relatively sleepy town north of San Francisco, best known as a wine and food destination. Rather than develop a one- or two-day event for their first year, they opted to go all-out and bring in major acts spread over five days. May 9 was the opening day and featured performances by The Avett Brothers, The Black Crowes, Violent Femmes and Primus.

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Carolina Rebellion starts strong but succumbs to weather

Carolina Rebellion Music Festival
Charlotte Motor Speedway – Charlotte, NC
5/4/2013 and 5/5/2013

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Alice In Chains - 2013 Carolina Rebellion

Carolina Rebellion returned to North Carolina for the third incarnation of the hard rock music festival on May 4 and 5 at Rock City Campgrounds near Charlotte Motor Speedway. Expanding to a two-day event for the first time, this years festival started on a high note Saturday before slamming to a halt on Sunday due to inclement weather. Though many fans walked away disgruntled, canceling the majority of acts on Sunday was the right choice considering the tragic loss of life at similar events over the past few years during severe storms.

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Soundset 2013 Line Up

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Soundset 2013 will be on Sunday, May 26th, 2013 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN.

Tickets are on sale Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 11:00AM Central Standard Time to the general public through www.ticketweb.com and Fifth Element. General admission tickets are $49 ($3 facility fee and parking are included in ticket price) VIP options for $100 are also available!

Fan pre-sale tickets go on sale Today! Go now!

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LINEUP
Atmosphere / Snoop Dogg / Mac Miller / Tech N9ne / Busta Rhymes / Brother Ali / Juicy J / P.O.S / Schoolboy Q / Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz / Joey Bada$$ / Step Brothers (Evidence & Alchemist) / Sean Price / A$AP Ferg / Dizzy Wright / Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson / R.A. The Rugged Man / Abstract Rude & Musab / Melo D (of the Beat Junkies) / Diamond D / Kid Koala / Skratch Bastid / Psalm One & Oh No / The Reminders / Mixed Blood Majority / The Chalice / Open Mike Eagle / Greg Grease / Haphduzn / Meta / Major G / DJ Top Speed / Dan Speak / Jimmy 2 Times / Verb X / DJ Mad Mardigan / DJ Lean Rock / Edison

Virgin Mobile FreeFest did not disappoint the masses

Jack White – 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest
Also M83 / Nas / ZZ Top / Alabama Shakes / Ben Folds Five /
Trampled by Turtles / Portugal. The Man
Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
10/6/2012

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Jack White - 2012 Virgin Mobile Free Fest

The 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest took place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Roughly 30,000 tickets were “freed-out” within minutes of availability. At least that many packed into the Pavilion grounds, under sunny skies, to catch artists that varied from Alabama Shakes to ZZ Top, while Jack White and Skrillex headlined the two main stages. A third stage was also positioned up the hill to provide a “Dance Forest” with DJs mixing original beats throughout the festival.

Business mogul and Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson created FreeFest as a way to give back to the community while drawing attention to youth homelessness. The music festival sponsors The RE*Generation, an organization to assist homeless youth, via donations and awareness.

The Fest is also about the music and having a good time, and there was no shortage of either on Saturday. The music flowed non-stop from noon until just shy of 11 p.m. Most artists were afforded at least a full hour for their setlist, nearly double what most festivals allow outside of the headliners.

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Shinedown, Godsmack and Staind lift UPROAR to new highs

Shinedown / Godsmack / Staind / Adelitas Way – 2012 UPROAR
Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
8/28/2012

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Shinedown - 2012 UPROAR Music Festival

The 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival pulled into Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Tuesday, August 28, with a lineup that elevated itself atop the list of traveling hard-rock music festivals. Not a small task considering that Mayhem, Carnival of Madness, Vans Warped and Avalanche are competing events.

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P.O.D. draws a crowd at UPROAR side-stages

P.O.D. – 2012 UPROAR
Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
8/28/2012

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P.O.D. - 2012 UPROAR Music Festival

The Monster Energy Drink UPROAR Music Festival is much more than a concert. In only its third year, the event has matured into a well-oiled music experience. Those attending should definitely arrive early enough to witness the full spectacle. Fans who participated at Toyota Pavilion in Scranton on August 28, 2012 certainly walked, or crawled, away with complete satisfaction.

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In Photos: Knotfest 2012 at the Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

KNOT FEST
Somerset Amphitheater
Somerset, WI
8/18/2012

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Randy Blythe of Lamb of God

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God returns to the US stage at Knotfest

The first annual Knotfest kicked off August 17th in Slipknot’s homestate of Iowa and performed an additional date on Saturday, August 18, in Somerset, Wisconsin at Somerset Amphitheater. The line-up for this inaugural festival included headiners, Slipknot, Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong, Gojura, and more. Photos of Saturday’s performances are below.

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down

 

Chino Deftones Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Chino from the Deftones

 

Chino Deftones Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Chino of the Deftones

 

Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

 

 

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The Flaming Lips close 2012 Pondamonium in Madison

The Flaming Lips – 2012 Pondamonium
The Duck Pond at Warner Park – Madison, WI
8/9/2012

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The Flaming Lips - 2012 Pondamonium

The Flaming Lips show began as though a traveling carnival and junior high school prom had just collided upon the stage. A massive disco ball swung gently in the wind above Coyne, while a number of pre-selected fans dressed as The Wizard of Oz characters danced at the extreme edges. Smoke drifted from the stage, and the crowd. Confetti, streamers and a smoking megaphone all appeared within the first five minutes of the show.

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Garbage brings Pondamonium to Madison

Garbage – 2012 Pondamonium
The Duck Pond at Warner Park – Madison, WI
8/9/2012

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Garbage - 2012 Pondamonium

Garbage walked away from music over seven years ago, smack dab in the middle of their 2005 tour. Road burn-out coupled with a loathing of their record label simply pushed them over the edge. A creative rumbling brought them back together in late 2010 for a self-produced, independent effort. The result was the same Garbage feel with a modernized, electronic vibe called “Not Your Kind of People” that was released in May 2012. Needless to say, their true-to-the-core Madison fan-base were more than ready for Garbage to hit the stage at Pondamonium.

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Black Stone Cherry bring their soulful sound to the Main Stage at WIIL ROCK FEST

Black Stone Cherry
WIIL ROCK FEST
Shadow Hill Ranch
Twin Lakes, WI
8/11/2012

 

Their energy and stage presence along with frontman Chris Robertson’s soulful and powerful vocals makes Black Stone Cherry one of the Midwest’s favorite rock bands for good reason.  It was just a year ago Black Stone Cherry graced the stage of the Carnival of Madness tour that landed at Shadow Hill Ranch in Twin Lakes.  This year they return to the main stage to assist in the celebration of 95.1 WIIL Rock’s 20th Anniversary of rocking Illinois and Wisconsin.

Black Stone Cherry is out promoting their most recent release, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea. The album has spawned their moving single “In My Blood.”  The song peaked at #12 at Active Rock and #4 at Mainstream Rock radio. Watch the official video below. Picking up where “In My Blood” left off, the bands new single, “Like I Roll” is yet another well written song and makes you want to drive with your radio cranked to 11.  There are not a lot of things that are more disappointing than hearing a bands songs and being excited to see them live, only to be let down, knowing the best member of their band was the studio they had months to polish their CD in. I can say with 100% faith, Black Stone Cherry is not that type of band. They are a truly talented group of guys, with one of the most under rated singers of our generation. Its few and far between that you will find such a soulful, powerful singer who also takes part in actually writing the songs they sing.  Black Stone Cherry not only had the crowd rockin at WIIL’S Rock Fest, but the other bands in attendance stood to watch their show, a testament to the strength of their musicianship and songs. Check out Black Stone Cherry’s show when it comes to a City near you, because whatever the ticket price is, it’s more than worth it.

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at Austin’s Fuel Room

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at Rocklahoma 2012

Photos of Black Stone Cherry at WIIL ROCK FEST:

Black Stone Cherry tour dates:

8/9/2012         District                                                            Rockford, IL
8/10/2012      Tyson IBP Events Center                        Sioux City, IA
8/11/2012      Will Rock Fest                                              Twin Lakes, WI
8/13/2012      Headliner’s                                                    Toledo, OH
8/14/2012      The Intersection                                           Grand Rapids, MI
8/16/2012      Madison Theatre                                          Covington, KY
8/17/2012      Busters Billiards and Backroom                Lexington, KY
8/18/2012      Rally On The River                                      Ironton, OH
8/25/2012      Rock Jam                                                      Grand Junction, CO
8/26/2012      Club Sound                                                  Salt Lake City, UT
8/27/2012      Martini Ranch                                               Scottsdale, AZ
8/29/2012      The Beaumont                                             Kansas City, MO
8/30/2012      The Blue Note                                              Columbia, MO
9/1/2012         Hersheypark Stadium                                 Hershey, PA                         :
9/2/2012         Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf             Buffalo, NY
9/3/2012         Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion       Gilford, NH
9/28/2012      Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair                 Fort Smith, AR
11/27/2012    Shiprocked                                                    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Black Stone Cherry on the web:
www.blackstonecherry.com
http://www.facebook.com/officialblackstonecherry
http://twitter.com/blkstonecherry
http://www.myspace.com/blackstonecherry
www.roadrunnerrecords.com

 

Fear Factory at WIIL ROCK FEST

Fear Factory
WIIL Rock Fest
Shadow Hill Ranch
Twin Lakes, WI
8/11/2012


Fear Factory is:
Burton C. Bell – lead vocals (1989–present)
Dino Cazares – guitar (1989–2002, 2009–present)
Matt DeVries – bass (2012–present)
Mike Heller – drums (2012–present)

Legendary metal band Fear Factory is currently on tour with Shadows Fall and coming off their performance at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Their fall tour is not just contained to the US; Fear Factory is set to perform in South America, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. In October the band will team up with the Devin Townsend Project for a co-headlining tour for 2 months in Europe and the UK.  All the touring is to support their new album, The Industrialist, that was released on June 5, 2012 on Candlelight Records.

On Saturday they hit the mainstage of 95.1 WIIL Rock’s 20th Anniversary bash at Shadow Valley Ranch in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Photos of Fear Factory’s set at WIIL ROCK FEST:

FEAR FACTORY – The World Industrialist Tour 2012:
08.10.12     Fort Wayne, IN       Pierre’s
08.11.12      Twin Lakes, WIWIIL Rock Fest – Shadow Hill Ranch
08.12.12      Mt Clemens, MI       Emerald Theater
08.14.12     Pittsburgh, PA      Alter Bar
08.15.12     Sayerville, NJ      Starland Ballroom
08.16.12     Poughkeepsie, NY      The Chance
08.17.12     Reading, PA       Reverb
08.18.12     San Juan, Puerto Rico      Anfiteatro Tito Puente – Parque Luis M. Marin
08.19.12      Amityville, NY        Revolution
08.21.12     Charlotte, NC       Tremont Music Hall
08.22.12      Jacksonville, FL        Freebird Live
08.25.12      Valencia, Venezuela       GILMANFEST
08.27.12     Sao Paulo, Brazil       Caricoa Club
08.29.12     Asuncion, Paraguay      Estacion Central
09.18.12     Tokyo, Japan       Club Quattro
09.19.12     Nagoya, Japan       Club Quattro
09.20.12     Osaka, Japan       Akaso
09.22.12      Auckland, New Zealand       Powerstation
09.26.12      Brisbane, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.27.12     Sydney, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.28.12      Melbourne, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.29.12      Adelaide, Australia      Unibar
09.30.12      Perth, Australia       Capitol
10.27.12      Nottingham, England       Rock City10.28.12Folkestone, EnglandQuarterhouse
10.29.12      Strasbourg        LA LAITERIE
10.30.12      Esch-Suralzette, Luxembourg       Kulturfabrik
10.31.12      Hamburg, Germany       Logo/Grunspan
11.02.12      Alborg, Denmark        Alborg Metal Festival
11.04.12      Oslo, Norway       Betong
11.06.12      Helsinki, Finland        The Circus
11.07.12     Helsinki, Finland       The Circus
11.08.12       Tampere, Finland       Pakkahuone
11.11.12      Copenhagen, Denmark       Amager Bio
11.12.12       Berlin, Germany       C-Club
11.13.12       Koln, Germany       Essigfabrik
11.14.12       Karlsruhe, Germany      Substage
11.16.12       Bordeaux, France        Barbey Club
11.17.12      Durango, Spain      Plateruena
11.18.12      Porto, Portugal       Hard Club
11.19.12      Lisbon, Portugal       Paradise Garage
11.20.12      Seville, Spain        Fanatic
11.22.12      Madrid, Spain       Penelope
11.23.12      Valencia, Spain       Rock City
11.24.12      Montpellier, France        Le Rockstore
11.25.12      Milan, Italy        Magazzini Generali
11.26.12      Pratteln, Switzerland       27
11.28.12      Muchen, Germany       Backstage Halle/ Werk Arena
11.29.12      Vienna, Austria       Arena
11.30.12       Ljubljana, Slovenia        Kino Siska
12.01.12       Zagreb, Croatia        Boogaloo
12.02.12      Budapest, Hungary        A38
12.04.12      Warsaw, Poland       Progresja
12.05.12       Poznan, Poland        Eskulap
12.06.12      Prague, Czech Republic       Roxy
12.08.12       Geiselwind, Germany       Christmas Metal Festival
12.09.12       Klokgebouw, Holland       Metal Fest
12.10.12       Paris, France       Bataclan
12.11.12       Antwerp, Belgium        Trix
12.13.12       Wolverhampton, England       Wulfrum Hall
12.14.12       Glasgow, Scotland       ABC
12.15.12       Manchester, England       Ritz
12.16.12      Bristol, England       Academy
12.17.12      Southhampton, England       Mo’ Club
12.18.12      London, England         London KoKo

http://www.fearfactory.com
http://www.twitter.com/Fear_Factory
http://www.youtube.com/FearFactoryMusic
http://www.myspace.com/fearfactoryofficial

Set Times for Knotfest in Iowa and Minnesota are Posted!

Knot fest 2012

The first ever Knotfest is set for August 17 and 18, 2012 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, respectively.  The line-up includes headliners Slipknot with  Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong, Gojura, and more.  Set times for the two shows are below.

August 17, 2012 – Council Bluffs, Iowa (Mid-America Motor Complex)

Doors: 2:00 PM

Main Stage
Slipknot: 9:30PM-11:00PM
Deftones: 7:20PM-8:20PM
Serj Tankian: 5:25PM-6:15PM
Prong: 3:55PM-4:35PM

Second Stage
Lamb of God 8:25PM-9:25PM
Machine Head: 6:20PM-7:15PM
The Urge: 4:40PM-5:20PM
Dirtfedd: 3:20PM-3:50PM

August 18, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN (Somerset Amphitheater)

Doors: 1:30 PM

Main Stage
Slipknot: 10:20PM-12:00PM
Deftones: 8:10PM-9:10PM
Serj Tankian: 6:10PM-7:00PM
Dillinger Escape Plan: 4:30PM-5:10PM

Second Stage
Lamb of God: 9:15PM-10:15PM
Machine Head: 7:05PM-8:05PM
Cannibal Corpse: 5:15PM-6:05PM
Prong : 3:45PM-4:25PM
Gojira: 3:00PM-3:30PM

Can’t make it to either date? No problem! Knot Fest teamed up with TODOCAST and Event View Live to stream “SLIPKNOT Live at Knotfest” starting Saturday, August 18. To reserve and purchase, visit: http://www.EventViewLive.com/.  Fans all over the world have 30 days to watch the show.

For more information head over to http://www.Knotfest.com.

Kidzapalooza’s Rock Star Yoga

Kidzapalooza’s Rock Star Yoga

Kidzapalooza's Rock Star Yoga

Kidzapalooza’s Rock Star Yoga

Having interactive yoga sessions for parents and their broods was one of my favorites! I loved watching new and veteran yogis have a blast with their yoga poses. Kids of all ages rocked sun salutations & meditation from New York’s Sweet Soul Yoga. Little yogis even got to play Yoga Jenga! Each piece had a new pose for everyone to do. Genius!

Yoga teamwork!

Yoga teamwork!

Yoga Jenga!

Yoga Jenga!

Yoga Jenga

Yoga Jenga

That's how you leap like a frog!

That’s how you leap like a frog!

 

Kidzapalooza 2012

Kidzapalooza 2012

I have to say Kidzapalooza made me sad I didn’t bring my little one this year. Especially since kids 10 and under are FREE!  Kidzapalooza doesn’t only have their own stage and kidz store, they also have interactive play areas to keep your little ones entertained. First I ran into the Q Brothers who were teaching kids how to beat box and rap. It was great listening to kids rap about their favorite colors, foods and animals. Little ones even got to take home a copy of their phat tracks! Next I ran into Lifeway Kefir who had stationary bikes out for kids to ride and a table full of prizes. They were also helping the tikes beat the heat with free popsicles. Rock Star Video Karaoke had kids dancing up a storm in front of green screens singing and dancing to their favorite tunes. offsprings were transformed into rock stars by getting to play their own instruments in the Drumzone. You can’t be a rock star without the right look. No worries! Your rock star in training is able to get glammed with spray on hair-dye from the Punk Hairdoz tent and tatted up with paint on tattoos from the Tattooz tent and really what’s a festival without Tattooz!?

Q Brothers

Rapping with the Q Brothers

Free Ice Cream!

Rock Star Video Karaoke