It’s May already! Here in Florida, the temperatures are reaching 90 on any given day, and everyone is beginning to break out those bikinis and pale, winter skin. In the next few months, I will be hitting the pavement with my surfboard, a cooler, and some good friends. From beach days to trips around the country, here is the road trip playlist that will guide them all.
This year’s 101.1 WJRR Earthday Birthday was the most women-centric rock event I can remember, and the approach helped make it one of the best festivals I’ve experienced. We were treated to five female fronted bands, a key sponsor was breast health awareness non-profit organization Rock Pink, we had a chance to honor a local survivor, we saw plenty of Mel and LT, and of course, there were painted breasts celebrated everywhere.
Set times for WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 23 have been released. Kicking off with the National Anthem at the Rock Pink Stage at 11:15, we’re all in store for 12 hours of non-stop rock.
The line-up for Earthday Birthday has been announced, and it looks like Central Florida is in for another great day of rock ‘n roll at The Central Florida Fairgrounds – and if you act right away, you can see this great line-up for half price!
Six Bands Not To Miss at Welcome To Rockville
Still need a reason to go to the Rockville festival in Jacksonville this year? I’m sure you can come up with plenty of reasons not to, but I’m going to give you six reasons why you should.
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Reason #6: Butcher Babies. These Los Angeles-based rockers’ high energy set will include new some new songs they just finished recording at the beginning of this month for their second album, as well as those that put them on tours opening for the likes of Marilyn Manson, as part of the lineup of Mayhem Fest, and currently touring with In This Moment.
Reason #5: Halestorm. Who wouldn’t want to see Lizzy Hale? She and her troupe of talented musicians are currently on a massive tour, with dates all across America until this summer, when they will hop the pond for some shows in Europe in support of their latest release, Into the Wild Life, which will be available April 14th.
Reason #4: Breaking Benjamin. After dealing with some health and legal issues, frontman Benjamin Burnley has got his alternative act back on the road, and has put some time into the studio for a June album release. You will get to hear some of the new material, in addition to modern classics like “I Will Not Bow”, “The Diary of Jane”, and other crowd favorites.
Reason #3: Marilyn Manson. Twenty years after shaking up the music world, and inciting the fury of countless evangelists with Portrait of an American Family, Manson is touring promoting his latest masterpiece, The Pale Emperor. You won’t want to miss this shock rockers’ set filled with props, stunning visual effects, and live versions of the music you have loved for years.
Reason #2: The Pretty Reckless. TPR is touring with Halestorm, a perfect pairing of musical styles and female vocal performances that will captivate the audience and leave them wishing for more. Their latest, Going to Hell, is at the top of the Billboard charts, and they have scored back to back number one hits with “Heaven Knows” and “Messed Up World”, and the latest “Follow Me Down” is pure gold. You do not want to miss them!
The number one reason to go to Rockville this year, drumroll please… is Slipknot! Corey Taylor and his little group of miscreants are some of the hardest working people in the business, and their newest album, .5 the Gray Chapter, is among their best work to date. Slipknot is a perennial crowd favorite because of their interaction with their fans, and a powerful stage presence. Slipknot alone is worth seeing, and the number one reason to go, but honestly the lineup at Rockville is epic and you can see it here: http://welcometorockvillefestival.com/lineup/
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Four Nights Gone’s Alex Basovskiy Six Pack Interview
Four Nights Gone formed in Staten Island, New York in the summer of 2010, and have built an avid local fan base, and they continue to gain more followers across the rock music universe on the heels of the release of Resilience, their new EP. They’re hard rockers, influenced by bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Thrice and Chevelle, now working on their second full length. RARA’s Farm recently shared a quick six pack of questions and got a chance to get to know bassist Alex Basovskiy a little bit better.
RARA’s Farm: What was the first album that moved you to want to be in the music business?
Alex Basovskiy: Second Stage Turbine Blade by Coheed and Cambria
RARA’s Farm: Who are your greatest influences?
Alex Basovskiy: I’d have to say everyone from Glassjaw to Miles Davis, Radiohead and Thrice.
RARA’s Farm: Which venue has benn your favorite place to play?
Alex Basovskiy: The Ottobar in Baltimore. We only played there once, but it was a good show and the venue has a great sound system.
RARA’s Farm: Best concert you have ever seen?
Alex Basovskiy: One of the best concerts I’ve been to would be Circa Survive, Touche Amore, O’Brother, and Balance and Composure at Terminal 5. I also recently saw Emery at Webster Hall Studio, and they were phenomenal.
RARA’s Farm: Favorite rock album ever?
Alex Basovskiy: It’s tough to pick but I’m going to have to go with Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy (See RARA’s Farm’s listing of the best Zeppelin albums ever to see where we ranked Houses of the Holy)
RARA’s Farm: One band you never saw, who you’d love to see re-formed to play for one show (dead or alive)?
Alex Basovskiy: I know it’s a bit of a cliche but I’m going to have to go with The Beatles.
Thanks to Rebeccah Milburn for her help pulling this together.