Fort Rock is a 2 day festival at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL. The metal fest has made a name for itself in the past few years and the 2017 lineup does not disappoint. There doesn’t seem to be a dip in talent for most of the festival. Def Leppard, Soundgarden, and The Offspring will all make the city shake but, as we wait patiently for the festival to kick off on April 29th, here is a snippet of the 5 bands that you need to see at Fort Rock.
Fort Rock, the sister festival to Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, has set the dates and lineup for 2017. Similar to Rockville, Fort Rock will see Def Leppard headline Saturday, with Soundgarden headlining Sunday evening. Other featured acts include a reunited A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, and Chevelle. The fifth annual show sponsored by Monster Energy Drink will be held on April 29th and 30th at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL.
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!
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.
The early generation Chevrolet Chevelle models were fast, powerful and muscular. Over the years, they morphed into a safer more reliable, and less exciting product. Unfortunately I see the same thing happening with Chevelle, the hard rocking trio from Chicago.
Their sixth album, Hats Off to the Bull was released last month and generally has got their same comfortable feel, with a few strong songs. Overall, it seems like the same old safe, mass produced rock and roll.
If you’re a fan of Chevelle, you’ll likely find this year’s model to your liking, especially the first single off of the album “Face to the Floor.” It’s been a staple on rock stations since it’s release because it’s a powerful, memorable song with an excellent guitar riff and a nice hook that superbly features the guitar and vocals of front man Pete Loeffler.
A few songs later, the album takes a slower and deeper turn with “The Meddler” and it works extremely well. After “Face to the Floor,” “The Meddler” is the best song on the album. Unfortunately, it is surrounded by a lot of mediocrity.
Other than the two aforementioned tunes, the rest of the album is really quite average. There are a few strong rockers in the mix, particularly “Ruse” and “Pinata,” but overall most of the rest of the album blends together.
The band also throw in their now standard offering of one ballad, and it’s one of the highlights of the album, “Prima Donna.” It’s a nice acoustic number and seems to be a good comfortable place for Pete Loeffler. He’s toyed with the thought of an all acoustic effort in the past and it looks like it would be a nice future project.
All told, it’s a decent album, but like many other contemporaries in the post-grunge arena, this effort seems to be stuck in the same old rut as the prior models.