Aftershock 2019 * One Hell Of A 3 Day Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience *

Aftershock Festival is an event where simply parking and getting in can be an adventure in itself. It’s held at Discovery Park, along the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, between Natoma’s and downtown Sacramento. Besides the traditional methods for getting to a concert, you could also bike in using the bike trail and there’s free bike parking at the venue where your cycle will be kept safe. You could even park downtown and rent a scooter to ride over to the ADA entrance on the west end of the park. A shuttle service is also offered, to off-site parking. Continue reading “Aftershock 2019 * One Hell Of A 3 Day Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience *”

METALLICA To Headline The 2020 Aftershock Festival

Aftershock 2020 will return to Discovery Park on October 9th, 10th & 11th, 2020.

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Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival Returns for Fifth Year with Headliners Soulfly And Vio-lence

Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival – the first true European-style open air festival for extreme music fans in the U.S. – will take place September 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2019 at Cave In Rock, IL’s Hogrock Campground. Fans will experience two days of pre-parties and activities, plus two more days of non-stop blistering sets from the best bands in underground extreme music of all kinds.

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Fifth Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride & Concert Announces Additional Performers

The 5th Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert is set for Sunday, May 5, 2019, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Continue reading “Fifth Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride & Concert Announces Additional Performers”

Psycho Las Vegas 2019 Adds Nothing, Yob, The Obsessed And More To Line Up

More bands have been added to the 2019 Psycho Las Vegas festival. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on August 16-18 and the updated lineup includes all of the following. Continue reading “Psycho Las Vegas 2019 Adds Nothing, Yob, The Obsessed And More To Line Up”

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Massive 3-Day Line Up

The wait is over! The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival has announced the massive line-up scheduled to perform at its second annual event, set to feature colossal rock headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch! Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, INKCARCERATION – taking place this year on July 12, 13 and 14 at the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison, in Mansfield, OH – will feature over 30 bands on two outdoor stages, 70 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks and for the first time, the haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison!

This year’s electrifying line-up also includes +Live+, Taking Back Sunday, Seether, Skillet, I Prevail, Starset, Red Sun Rising, Motionless in White, Fozzy, Buckcherry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Andrew W.K., P.O.D., Stabbing Westward, Light the Torch, From Ashes to New, Smile Empty Soul, Eyes Set To Kill, Awake at Last, The Funeral Portait, Kerbera, Raven Black, Beyond Unbroken, Rivals, Impending Lies and The Everyday Losers, plus special performances by The Monster Dolls.

Field, Camping and VIP tickets are on sale NOW via here!

Once again, INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will take place at one of the most unique festival settings in the country – the Ohio State Reformatory. Considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary his year), the Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. This is the perfect destination festival! Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience! See below for more details.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon regarding tattoo artists, gourmet food trucks, and more!

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival promoters promise an epic year. “Building off such a strong inaugural year, we are so stoked to give our fans even more in year two. With Billboard chart-topping bands such as Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch leading the way, tattoo artists from around the globe, and the historic backdrop of the haunted Shawshank Prison, INKCARCERATION 2019 will be the don’t miss rock event of the summer in the Midwest!”

It’s Halloween in July at INKCARCERATION 2019!

Mentioned above, Escape from Blood Prison is the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. It typically runs from the end of September through early November every year, but INKCARCERATION will make this spooky attraction available for festival goers to experience all weekend long in 2019! Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, the enormous facility is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try and make it through the facility alive!

“It’s an honor to be able to open the doors of Blood Prison a couple months early and give the guests of INKCARCERATION a few scares in July! The warden, his family and the Blood Prison inmates are all excited to meet the fans at INKCARCERATION,” says Vic Amesquita, manager of Blood Prison.

Jennifer Black Gets Shocked At Monster Energy Aftershock

The 7th annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, once again took place this month and our roving reporter Jennifer Black was there to witness the fun.

Monster Energy Aftershock Closes 2018 Festival Season Expectations were high for Danny Wimmer’s seventh, and fourth straight sold-out, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival on October 13 and 14 in Discovery Park in Sacramento. Early Saturday, Hyro the Hero’s energy and overall rock rap performance won over the primarily hard rock and heavy metal crowd. Soon after, Jose Mangin of SiriusXM hosted Aftershock’s celebration to honor Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vincent (Vinnie) Paul Abbott’s life a metal all-star tribute featuring members of Korn, Godsmack, Shinedown, Deftones, Gwar, Act of Defiance, and others. The highlight of the set for most Vinnie Paul fans was hearing Pantera classics performed live. While some reveled in “A New Level”, others were mesmerized by Sully Erna of Godsmack and Jonathan Davis of Korn performing Pantera’s “Walk” with its unmistakable riffs that resonated across the festival grounds.

 

Immediately following the Vinnie Paul tribute, Sevendust blew fans away on a different stage. I particularly loved hearing Jonathan Davis perform his first Black Labyrinth single, “What It Is” live again. Fan favorites Shinedown and Godsmack consistently got rave reviews from fans, 311 was solid, Gwar entertained all who watched them perform, and Deftones captivated Aftershock once again. To say that Aftershock 2018 started off strong would be an understatement. In addition to great, live music, Aftershock offered the F.Y.E. Fan Experience and The Music Experience, which sponsored Aftershock artists meet and greets and signings.

The Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue and Heavy Grass booths provided break time options for animal and weed lovers. The trees and festival grounds were sprinkled with art, and Aftershock always offers food truck choices. I decided to try the renowned Cousins Maine Lobster truck this year—the lobster bisque and lobster roll were to die for. Sunday, which sold out rapidly due to System of a Down headlining, closed the festival as it began, with a mix of genres. Amigo the Devil made my morning with his surprisingly dark lyrics that truly do complement his folk rock sound. Fans couldn’t get enough of Dorothy, Black Veil Brides, Bullet for My Valentine, and Seether, but Slash won the Sunday afternoon crowd with his guitar mastery. Incubus, Alice in Chains, and Everlast did a great job thrilling the swelling evening crowd, but the overwhelming festival favorite was System of a Down, who slayed. I’ve seen them headline our arena and headline Ozzfest, but the energy of Sunday night will forever mark my memory. What more could we ask for?

 

 

Photos and words by Jennifer Black