Sunday, October 15, 2017

Punk In Drublic at Papa Murphy's Park, Sacramento: craft beer and music festival

Beer tasting
Beer samples, Punk In Drublic
Happening right now in Sacramento: Punk In Drublic, at Papa Murphy's Park, Exposition Blvd, Sacramento. Presented by Fat Mike, Punk In Drublic is a unique experience; four or more hours of beer tasting, and then a music festival -- six punk bands, with NOFX headlining.

Less Than Jake
Fun at Punk In Drublic, Sacramento
With a huge number of beers to sample, and--to many attendee's delight--included in the ticket price, the first few hours of the festival saw beer tents all over Papa Murphy's football (soccer) pitch, with people collecting sample after sample of the various beers; all different, and so varied; some dark, like an English stout; some amber, glowing, and some as clear as a German white wine. On entering the park, everyone received a glass, a 4oz sample size, for trying all the beer. At four o'clock promptly, the beer tents were packed away, allowing for the crowd to spread out for the rest of the music.

Get Dead
Get Dead, Punk In Drublic, Sacramento
The music had begun with San Francisco's Get Dead, followed by Bad Cop Bad Cop, an all-women band currently based in Southern California. (I don't know why I should have to mention that the band is all women. It shouldn't matter; it's a band of musicians... that's really all that should be important, but... it still matters. Check them out here and here.)

Bad Cop / Bad Cop
Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Punk In Drublic, Sacramento
Next up: Less Than Jake, punk with a touch of ska... and I somehow became obsessed with trying to capture the rapidly-growing crowd in the reflection of the trombone's bell...

Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake, Punk In Drublic, Sacramento
The other bands in the line up: Goldfinger, Flogging Molly and NOFX! Sadly I wasn't able to stay for the entire day... I hope everyone had a wonderful time!

Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake, Punk In Drublic, Sacramento
More photos here in the gallery--more will be added!

Check out the Punk In Drublic website for further dates in the festival tour--there are at least two more during October!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

More from Louder Than Life: lots of photo galleries!

In This Moment
In This Moment, Louder Than Life 2017
All the photos from Louder Than Life 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky, are edited... and you can find them here in the photo galleries now! Several of these bands will be performing at Aftershock here in Sacramento, too: check the photos for a preview, and look forwards to a lot of fun!

Lzzy Hale, vocals, Halestorm
Halestorm, Louder Than Life 2017
Check out both Greta Van Fleet and Joyous Wolf--young bands who are on the way to big.

Nick Reese, vocals, Joyous Wolf
Joyous Wolf, Louder Than Life, 2017

Josh Kiszka, , vocals, Greta Van Fleet
Greta Van Fleet, Louder Than Life, 2017
And did you see Starset yet?

Dustin Bates, vocals, Starset

(My not-so-secret wish is for at least one member of each bands to wear reflective sunglasses when on stage. You can see the huge crowds in their eyes...)

Jesse Hughes, vocals, Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles Of Death Metal, Louder Than Life, 2017
Thank you Jesse Hughes!

Rob Zombie, jumping, Louder Than Life
Rob Zombie, Louder Than Life, 2017
All the photogalleries are here: http://www.alisontoon.com/-/galleries/music  Loads of photos! That was a huge weekend, Louder Than Life!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Modfather, Paul Weller: coming to the Ace of Spades

View from high above London, England, June 2013
The last time I saw Paul Weller in concert, we were both, he and I, very, very young, (though of course, we both still are). He was on stage at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester (still a wonderful venue--check out the Marillion Weekend photos from earlier this year), playing with The Jam; I was in the audience, spellbound. The set was stark, monochrome: the music, so full of energy, the only thing that mattered, and so true, so very, very true, so very, very now. Don't ask me what year it was: The Jam were still just beginning their ascent to the top.

Mod-revivalist, smart, intelligent; songs of London, songs of society, always pushing at the boundaries, breaking down barriers.

Paul Weller has been through many musical journeys since then; all creative, all different, all part of the musical tapestry that has him still touring and still releasing timeless albums (the latest, A Kind Revolution, was released a little earlier this summer).

He is performing in Sacramento at the Ace of Spades on Friday, 20th October. I bought my ticket the day they went on sale. Did you get yours? (As of this morning, there are still a few available.)

Just in case you don't know Paul Weller, here's a playlist from various incarnations: The Jam, Style Council, solo work; wonderful music. Just a taster... there's a lot more where this came from.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Steel Panther, at Louder Than Life and coming soon to Aftershock! Photo gallery!

Michael Starr, vocals, Steel Panther
Michael Starr, Steel Panther, Louder Than Life
One of the most entertaining, funny, rude and metal bands you will ever have the pleasure to see in action: Steel Panther.  Let me correct that: THE most entertaining, funny, rude and metal band.  The triple-XXX step-child of Poison and The Sweet, raised with the vocabulary of the Urban Dictionary rather than the Chicago Manual of Style... Steel Panther, not to be missed!!

Steel Panther
Steel Panther, Louder Than Life
Glam-rock-heavy-metal-hair-band music at its hilarious best. If you haven't had a chance to see them yet, make sure you are at the Capitol stage at Aftershock on Sunday 22nd October, at 4.50 pm. If you brought Great-Aunt Hilda with you, be sure to watch her face as she starts to hear and understand the lyrics. Priceless!

Lexxi Foxx, bass, Steel Panther
Lexxi Foxx, Steel Panther Louder Than Life
I have no apologies for my obsession with the delectable Lexxi Foxx.

Photogallery from this year's Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky is here just click!

Find out more about Steel Panther on their Facebook and website. As well as appearing at Aftershock, they are currently touring all over the USA--check dates near you here.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Five Finger Death Punch at Louder Than Life, and coming to Aftershock!

Ivan Moody, vocals, Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody, Five Finger Death Punch, Louder Than Life, 2017
I was so very happy to see, and hear, Ivan Moody, back to front-and-centre of Five Finger Death Punch, singing his heart out to the huge, enormous crowd at Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend, so many of whom came to the festival wearing Five Finger Death Punch T-shirts. Some fans I've seen at other events--including the crowdsurfing family at the front barrier--Five Finger Death Punch have a huge following, and we are all waiting for the next album to be released (it was recorded last year: waiting for the record label to release it. There's an interview here on Blabbermouth with Jason Hook about the missing album.).

Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, guitar, Five Finger Death Punch
Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory, Five Finger Death Punch, Louder Than Life, 2017
These guys always put on such an excellent show. Great performers. Great, enjoyable, fierce, angry but positive music.

Chris Kael, bass, Five Finger Death Punch
Chris Kael, Five Finger Death Punch, Louder Than Life, 2017
Ivan talked, a little, to the crowd about his breakdown earlier in the year, and thanked the band, and the fans, for their support. (He also mentioned enjoying seeing Steel Panther earlier in the day... they, too will be at Aftershock and are totally rude and hilarious. Photos soon!)

Jeremy Spencer, drums, Five Finger Death Punch
Jeremy Spencer, Five Finger Death Punch, Louder Than Life, 2017
FFDP's set at Louder Than Life was mostly the band's most upbeat songs, including Lift Me Up, Got Your Six, Bad Company, Jekyll and Hyde, but with two emotional, acoustic versions--Wrong Side of Heaven, and Remember Everything... finishing with The Bleeding (almost a tradition).

Five Finger Death Punch will be performing at Aftershock in Sacramento, at 6.30 pm on the Discovery Stage on Sunday, 22nd October. Be there!!! I wouldn't miss it for wild horses.

Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch, Louder Than Life, 2017

Nothing More at Louder Than Life (and coming to Aftershock!)

Nothing More
Nothing More, Louder Than Life, 2017
A band not-to-miss at the upcoming Aftershock festival in Sacramento: Nothing More. Performing last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louder Than Life festival, Nothing More put on a huge show--at one point with all four members of the band playing drums--and continued to grow their much-deserved fan base.

Jonny Hawkins, vocals and drums, Nothing More
Nothing More, Louder Than Life, 2017
Take a look at the instruments they use on stage, making music that has elements of hard rock, metal, progressive rock/metal and more... a very unique sound and with very meaningful lyrics. Great performance, and they are better every time I see them. Coming to Aftershock in a couple of weeks, they will be on the Monster Stage at 1.55pm on Saturday, October 21st.

Jonny Hawkins, vocals and drums, Nothing More
Jonny Hawkins, Nothing More, at Louder Than Life 2017
There's a review of their recently-released album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, here.

Jonny Hawkins, vocals and drums, Nothing More
Jonny Hawkins, Nothing More, at Louder Than Life 2017
The setlist at Louder Than Life included Let Em Burn and Go To War from the latest album, plus Jenny and This Is The Time (Ballast)... full setlist here!

(Jonny Hawkins is an incredibly-photogenic frontman, and the band allowed us to take photos throughout the entire set, so the photogallery for this band is huge! Click here to see all the photos!)

Photo gallery, Louder Than Life: Prophets Of Rage

Prophets Of Rage
Prophets of Rage, Louder Than Life 2017
Headlining the second day of this year's Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky this year: Prophets of Rage, the rap supergroup consisting of Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk of Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine; Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. Full of energy, full of bounce, their setlist included songs from each of their bands, plus original Prophets of Rage music, including the current hit, Living On The 110. Here's the full setlist.

Their album, also called Prophets Of Rage, was released on 15th September, just in time for Louder Than Life!

Check out many more photos from Prophets Of Rage at Louder Than Life here in the photo gallery!

Tom Morello, guitar, Prophets of Rage
Tom Morello, Prophets Of Rage, Louder Than Life 2017



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

People of Louder Than Life; you surf like the ocean! And you rock like the mountains!

In the crowd
Louder Than Life, Louisville, 2017
People of Louder Than Life; I am still stunned by your crowdsurfing skills. Throughout the entire Louder Than Life festival this past weekend, you came gliding over the heads and hands of tens of thousands of people, all the way over the crowd, spilling into the arms of the security team, back onto your feet in the pit, running and grinning and laughing your way back out to the crowd, to do it all over again. You crowdsurfed as a banana, a slice of bacon, a gaggle of superheros, teddy bears, as a panda, a unicorn. (Did anyone see the dinosaur surf? I saw a T-Rex! Really, a huge dinosaur, who was headed towards the main stages, but I was going to the Zorn stage and I didn't see him (her?) surf!) You held onto your cell phone and took videos; you didn't drop your purse or your hat, (not even your big black furry top hat, though I did see someone holding up what looked like a scalp with long floaty hair). You were under five years old, and you were over 80; you surfed in wheelchairs, on crutches, as a family holding hands, and all on your very own. You were a river of crowdsurfers, a non-stop highway of beings floating seven feet above the ground. It was quite a show... and that's before we even get started on the music! People of Louder Than Life... you definitely rock!

In the crowd
Catching a surfer, Louder Than Life 2017
People of Louder Than Life, give a shout out to the folks who were manning (and woman-ing) the barriers, catching the surfers; the event and security team from ESG who worked non-stop all weekend, and went home with more than a couple of bruises and aching muscles. They worked like crazy and stayed calm even when the surfers poured into the pit as if a dam had broken. Thank you, security team, for being such good catchers.

In the crowd
Happy crowdsurfers! Louder Than Life, 2017
People of Louder Than Life, you brought your kids and your parents and grandparents too. You saw so many great bands, and you danced, you headbanged, you screamed and you raised your metal horns. I was dancing with 16lbs of camera equipment, but I danced, I danced, I danced.

In the crowd
You ate food from the people who spent all weekend cooking and serving; you drank beer and bourbon and water by the gallon; you came in your favourite band's T-shirt and then bought merch for the festival, too; you came in kilts and in shorts, in makeup and with sunglasses. You wore rude slogans and most of them were funny and serious too.

You visited the Music Experience and FXCK Cancer and Dying 2 Live and Take Me Home, and all the other Experiences that are such a huge part of a Danny Wimmer Presents festival.

In the crowd

You ran into the festival early in the morning and claimed a spot near the barrier, and then spent much of the day and evening with surfers flowing over your head and security guys in your face. I hope you were able to see the show OK! I know you could hear it! Dude in the pink shirt... you kept calm and collected no matter what was happening around you. You're a rock star!

In the crowd
Louder Than Life, 2017
I'm pretty sure you'll join me in saying a huge THANK YOU to the festival organizers, to all the workers and the volunteers, to the bands and musicians and roadies and stage builders and the entire festival crew, for making this such a weekend to remember. THANK YOU everyone--we'll see you again soon. (Did I hear someone say "Aftershock"??? Or maybe you're already headed to Rock Allegiance this coming weekend?)

In the crowd
Louder Than Life 2017
There's a big gallery of photos of you all here: feel free to share using the Share button!

And most of all... you enjoyed the music. So did I. Photos of the bands are coming soon... keep an eye on this site, on Twitter (alisontoon) and on Instagram (alisontoonphotographer) for updates from Alison Toon Photographer, and also check out Go Venue Magazine too!

People of Louder Than Life 2017 photo gallery: http://www.alisontoon.com/-/galleries/music/people-of-louder-than-life-2017

In the crowd
Louder Than Life, 2017

This past weekend's festivals: Route 91 and the Las Vegas shooting


This past weekend, I was in Louisville, Kentucky, for Louder Than Life: a music festival, a hard rock and metal festival, attended by many tens of thousands of people, all listening to the music, enjoying time with friends and family, and just having fun. After the final show ended, we all headed back homewards... tired, happy, and with a suitcase of memories.

In another city, Las Vegas, thousands of other music fans, this time fans of country music, were doing exactly the same thing: listening to the music, enjoying time with friends and family, and just simply having fun. The Route 91 Harvest festival in Vegas came to a very different end. Instead of happy memories, people are left with nightmares that won't fade and disappear with the dawn. The pain that all of those people are going through. The hurt, the questions, the horror.

So before starting to share my photos from Louder Than Life, I wanted to take a moment to think about what happened in Las Vegas. It's heartbreaking. Mass shootings happen here, over and over and over again, almost every day, and nothing ever changes. The numbers just grow bigger.

Growing up in, living and working in countries with very strict gun ownership laws, and with completely different gun cultures to that of here in the USA, my views on gun control may be quite contrary to the American Dream. I don't have a gun phobia. I've used a rifle and other guns to shoot targets; I've eaten food (rabbit, game birds) shot by hunters on their own property. I can understand the pride of a trained marksman. I know that there are dangerous, military combat situations where a having weapon is critically important (in a war zone, not on the streets of my home town). But having the option to own a gun has never, ever, ever seemed like a basic human right to me--why would it? I find it fundamentally impossible to understand why so many Americans consider the Second Amendment, designed to allow the government to pull together a militia at will, means that Americans now, many years after the constitution was written, should be able to own as many weapons of human destruction as they desire.

Seeing "open carry" in effect on the city streets of Louisville was already hard to deal with.

I flew back from Louisville on Monday, with a connection in Las Vegas. There was no disruption to the flight: we were not rerouted, nothing changed in the schedule. Coming in to land, people on the left side of the plane were straining to take phone photos of the Mandalay Bay hotel, trying to get a photo of "the window". The airport was still full of tingling, flashing slot machines. The muzak played full blast. Nothing had changed, even though it was just half a day after a man rained down gunfire on a plaza crammed full of music fans. Apart from a few passengers quietly telling each other where they had been when it happened, it was just another day in just-another of America's airports.

I didn't want to have to tell anyone there that I'd spent all weekend "shooting a festival". That would have sounded so very, very inappropriate. Inane. Insensitive.

What do we do next? Help me out here. I'm losing faith in understanding the American psyche, whether it's racism or gun ownership or health care or even education. The views and the votes of so many people go against everything I was raised to believe.

All I can say now: just take care of each other. Be aware of your surroundings; know your limits, and have an escape route planned. Carry love in your hearts, logic in your heads, and music in your ears.

Returning to normal service now. The next post will be about Louder Than Life.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Aftershock set times!!! Set your watches! Set your alarms!

Afteshock 2017: Saturday
The set times and schedule for Aftershock have been announced: check here to see all the times.  Don't miss out by oversleeping -- it starts early and there are killer bands from beginning to end, both days!

Saturday kicks off at 11.40 with I Amvrka, with Nine Inch Nails closing the day.. then Sunday begins at 12.10 with Black Map and continues until Ozzy Osbourne, the final act of the weekend, on Sunday evening! (And early enough to get a good night's sleep before work on Monday morning... right?)

Aftershock 2017 Sunday
The layout of the festival has also been announced--it is very like last year, with quite a walk between stages if you haven't (yet) splashed out on the VIP treatment. There is a map here--useful to know where everything is beforehand. Hey... all that walking allows us to eat and enjoy more of the wonderful Aftershock food, right?



Tomorrow will be Louder Than Life! Yes, really! (And.. Be Great. Do Great Things. Visit the Muhammad Ali Center.)

Ohio River and bridges between Louisville KY and Jeffersonville ID
This is the view, looking west and towards downtown Louisville, from the middle of the Big Four Bridge, a pedestrian and cycle bridge that links Louisville, Kentucky, with Jeffersonville, Indiana. The water is calm; the sky, pure blue. I walked across the bridge from the Jeffersonville side this morning, meeting a few friendly walkers, everyone saying hello. Part-way across, chamber music, a string quartet, played through overhead speakers, and I no longer heard the freeway traffic on the two white bridges closer to the city.

Taking the opportunity, while in Louisville, to visit the Muhammad Ali Center, I walked into town from the footbridge. Google maps kindly advised me to walk on the freeway that runs parallel to the river; instead, I chose to go past the Louisville Slugger field and turn right on Main Street. The city is surprisingly quiet for an American city; it feels like Boston but warmer and without all the people or crazy drivers; Seattle but without mountains and with bourbon instead of coffee; quiet, friendly and sunny, and with a whole row of mid-renovation buildings that are, right now, just five or so storeys of brick facade, like a movie set. They will look beautiful when finished.

Everywhere in the town are reminders of Louisville's history, the good and the bad. If you go to the Muhammad Ali Center, you'll find not only the story of the boxer, but a lot of civil and human rights and spirituality too. While I grew up watching Cassius Clay and then Muhammad Ali fight--and win--and thought I knew all about his time in prison and his conversion to Islam, I really had no clue. If you have a couple of hours to spare while in Louisville, do go and visit the centre. Please.

Muhammad Ali Center. All exhibits and photos included in this
snapshot are copyright of the center. 
I walked back to my hotel in Jeffersonville across the Clark Memorial Bridge, which carries both non-freeway traffic and a few (brave or stupid?) pedestrians each side, on narrow sidewalks. (There's an unnerving bit at the end, where a vehicle had run off the road, across the sidewalk, and bent all the railings so that right now, there's a human-size gap which I really didn't want to dizzily fall into.) It wasn't at all quiet on that bridge, but the Ohio River still looked calm. Placid.

However... just a little way further out of Louisville past the Big Four Bridge tomorrow? It's Louder Than Life!  And you can guarantee one thing: it will NOT be quiet, or calm, or tranquil, or placid, not one bit.

I don't know what I'm more excited about... seeing my fellow Brit Ozzy Osbourne for the very first time (yes, seriously the very first time, despite having horrified my parents with Black Sabbath for several years when I was a kid); seeing many of my favourite bands again and discovering new favourites (it happens every time); to hearing each and every one of the bands in the line up; or having fun with all the fans who will be there from all over the USA and further! It's going to be a loud and fun weekend!

Will you be at Louder Than Life? Say hi! I'm the one with the cameras ;-)

And if you are still procrastinating and know that you'll kick yourself if you miss it? Go here and see if you can still get a ticket. Go on... I'll see you there!!! It'll be a knockout. Muhammed Ali, Louisville Slugger style!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

First photos: City of Trees, all the people, Blink 182, Dreamcar!

Faces in the crowd
Radio 94.7's City of Trees 2017, Sacramento's Papa Murphy Park
All photo galleries: http://www.alisontoon.com/-/galleries/music: many more phoros!

Sunday was a day of music and fun at  Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento. Sponsored by Radio 94.7, Sacramento's alternative rock station, and Bud Light, City of Trees 2017 was headlined by Blink 182, with thousands of fans from very-very-young to older, spread out across the Sacramento Republic FC stadium and grounds within CalExpo: crowded onto the football (soccer) pitch, lounging on the bleachers, sitting in the shade or being sprayed with water by two happy young women who roamed the crowd all through the hot afternoon.

Blink 182
Blink 182, City of Trees 2017
The lineup included Blink 182, Iration, Bleachers playing their very first show in Sacramento, Bishop Briggs, supergroup Dreamcar, Sir Sly, New Politics and The Greeting Committee within the main stadium, on two stages, and local Sacramento bands The Moans, Write Or Die, Element of Soul, Our People, Petaluma and Rituals of Mine, plus six DJs, on stages on the grounds surrounding the football (soccer) field. Add lots of food, a river of drink, some really cool artwork with M5 Arts present, and we had a festival!

Tony Kanal, bass, Dreamcar
Tony Kanal, Dreamcar, City of Trees 2017
While many in the audience couldn't wait to see Blink 182, I was most of all anticipating a show earlier in the evening: Dreamcar. They didn't disappoint.

Dreamcar
Dreamcar, City of Trees 2017
Dreamcar: Davy Havok working with No Doubt members and not a Gwen Stefani in sight: take the best of 80s New Age and pop music, put it into a blender, add the talents of each of the band members (Havok, Tony Kanal on bass, Tom Dumont on guitars, and Adrian Young on drums, plus some very cool backing singers) and you have a wonderful, upbeat, show. Look out for these guys! Their first album, also called Dreamcar, is out now.

Travis Barker, drums, Blink 182
Travis Barker, Blink 182, City of Trees 2017
Blink 182 and drummer Travis Barker steals the show. High on a podium above the stage, he deserves all the accolades he receives. If you don't know Mr Barker's story, read it here. He's an inspiration for anyone who has every suffered an injury or struggled... do read.

Mark Hopper, vocals, Blink 182
Mark Hopper, Blink 182, City of Trees 2017
I have to say that City of Trees 2017 wins the prize for the most people crowded into the pit for the first three songs. No elbow room for photographers, and I very much hope that we didn't obscure the view of the young people who had spent hours crowded against the barriers at the front of the audience! Take a look at the People of City of Trees 2017 photo gallery--you might see yourselves here. So many happy faces!

Here are the photo galleries so far:

- Blink 182
- Dreamcar
- People of City of Trees 2017

More photos from the other bands coming very soon--the links will be added here, or just go straight to http://alisontoon.com/music  and bookmark the page.

Also check out Radio 94.7's big collection of photos, videos and inteviews here.

SACRAMENTO, 24 September 2017:  City of Trees, Sacramento, California.
Happy people. Thousands and thousands of them! City of Trees 2017
If you'd like to see what other events are planned at Cal Expo, click here for the schedule. The next concert and festival at the same site will be Pepe Aguilar on October 14th, and Punk In Drublic, a major punk and craft beer festival, on October 15th. Tickets are available now!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's time for festivals!!!! City of Trees, Punk in Drublic, Aftershock and it's all going to be Louder Than Life!!!


Quite a few festivals are coming up, beginning with today in downtown Sacramento, and happening right now: Farm to Fork festival on Capitol Mall. Lots of opportunities to eat well, and some good music too!

Then tomorrow, at Papa Murphy's Park, Cal Expo, Sacramento, it's City of Trees, presented by Radio 94.7 and headlined by Blink-182, and also featuring Dreamcar and many others, including a set of Sacramento musicians and some new sounds to discover! If you haven't seen the entire lineup, here it is, and I think you might still be able to get a ticket.



Then (also at Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo), on October 15th, the Punk in Drublic festival tour stops off in Sac, with NOFX, Flogging Molly, Goldfinger and many more bands. Plus, of course, all the craft beer you can imagine and probably more than that. Check out all the details here and don't forget to buy your tickets!

And then... drumroll... October means Aftershock!!! The weekend of 21st and 22nd October, (just before my birthday, please bring gluten-free cake!) Aftershock takes over Sacramento's Discovery Park, with not only huge metal and rock bands, but also food, food, and even more good food; Maynard James Keenan's wine at the Caduceus Wine Garden, Heavy Grass (the loudest weed brand in the world), free samplings of Monster Energy drinks... the wonderful Music Experience for kids and young adults and musicians of all ages... Dyin' to Live and FXCK Cancer, bringing some wonderful experiences and help to people who are fighting cancer.

If you haven't gotten your Aftershock tickets yet, what the heck are you waiting for? Ozzy will be there. Nine Inch Nails. A Perfect Circle. Stone Sour. Five Finger Death Punch. Marilyn Manson. Highly Suspect.... and oh so many more great bands. Check out the full lineup!

And in case you fancy jumping on a plane with me next weekend, on the other side of the country there is Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky! Prophets Of Rage, Incubus, Gojira... here's the full lineup to tempt you!

The next few weeks are going to be loud. Very, very, loud!!!