My assistant and I arrived early to the Liberty Memorial in downtown Kansas City on Saturday morning to get in the venue and get ready for the 24th year of Rock Fest. This festival is known as the biggest single day rock show in America. They have been known to have over 50,000 screaming fans come out from all over just to enjoy this sunny day that’s filled with amazing rock music. We arrived and already there was a line which was at least 5 blocks long, the patient fans waiting to get into the show. The gates opened and everyone rushed in to grab their front row seats.
Inside the festival, there were 2 main stages and one stage where a few of the local bands in the area could play. Most people hung around the main stage, the big one where DISTURBED would be closing the night.
The first band to open up this day was The Veer Union. Personally I think that’s a great band to start the day with. They show so much passion on stage. It’s easy to see that those guys are definitely where they were meant to be. Like a Storm was the second band to fill up the festival and their sound brought more people in to enjoy the show.
One tradition they do here at Rock Fest is they marry couples who are ready to tie the knot. How cool would it be to get married at a rock show? There were a total of 21 couples that tied the knot this year. Congrats to you all! May the rock always be in your hearts.
The first band on the big main stage was Saint Asonia. You can easily tell if you listen to their songs, that the lead singer is none other than Adam from Three Days Grace. He seams very happy with this new band and their sound is a beautiful compliment of great rock music. During their set, they even performed a few of the old Three Days Grace songs because Adam wrote them, so technically, they are his songs. Saint Asonia gave us an amazing performance.
I don’t think there was a bad or a performance today. Pop Evil showed us their high energy and love for their music, Drowning Pool brought their game, Escape the fate was mind blowing, Ghost’s performance was unique and sounded great, Jackyl had a choir on stage with them, Red Sun Rising got their crowd singing along, Trivium threw it down pretty hard and Hellyeah was amazing-lots of jumping and screaming.
The last band of the night, the main reason why everyone came out tonight, was none other than DISTURBED. They are back, and their performance was the best I’ve seen yet. They played a few of their older songs as well as a few of the newer songs including “Sound of Silence.” Everyone threw up their lighters and sang along. What an amazing day full of the music we love. I’ll be back next year, for sure!
Written by Jennifer Pinckney for Bloodrock Media on August 15, 2016