Headliners were Tesla: rockers who have been together, except for a short "hiatus", since 1982, and who have a new album out now, "Simplicity".. Can't believe it's the first time I've seen them live, but I did grow up in another country. More photos: http://alisontoon.com/tesla
Tesla fans had been waiting for them all day. Lots of lyric t-shirts on view; crowds waiting at the stage for these local heroes.
Earlier in the day, the festival had been opened by Alex Vincent (of Alex Vincent Band), who shredded the national anthem superbly. More photos: http://alisontoon.com/alexvincent
Then it was RiotMaker's turn and they launched the day from the "Local Licks" stage. Photos: http://alisontoon.com/riotmaker
Back to the main stage for Hero's Last Mission. They have such a happy drummer! Photos: http://alisontoon.com/heroslastmission
White Minorities (who also had a sign-language interpreter, rocked it!): photos, http://alisontoon.com/whiteminorities
Soul Motor, with several well-known local musicians among the lineup: more photos see http://alisontoon.com/soulmotor
Some Fear None, whose bass player was I think the only woman musician on stage at SacTown Rocks. More photos: http://alisontoon.com/somefearnone
Oleander, who I saw for the first time since Aftershock 2012. Wait... is that the very same T-shirt? More photos (including those from Aftershock 2013) here: http://alisontoon.com/oleander
Element Of Soul, with a crowd of dancing fans, some very very young: photos, http://alisontoon.com/elementofsoul
Middle Class Rut, making an incredible amount of music for a two-man band. Photos: http://alisontoon.com/middleclassrut
And a band who always put on a great show, another that I first saw at Aftershock 2012: FallRise: apart from Tesla, who are veterans, FallRise were my favourites of the day. More photos, including those from Aftershock 2012, here: http://alisontoon.com/fallrise
Very entertaining day out. Let's make it happen again, next year!
Much thanks to Soundz of Norcal! And to 98Rock and Pat Martin for making this happen.
For the people pictures, click here for the review.