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Rockapalooza 2013 Preview

Candlebox, Hed (pe) and Obie Trice headline a big day in Jackson as Rockapalooza arrives Saturday.
Candlebox, Hed (pe) and Obie Trice headline a big day in Jackson as Rockapalooza arrives Saturday.

Last year, a few thousand people descended on Jackson for a day of hard rock, hip-hop and lots of things in between. The usually quiet “Prison City” was a mecca of rock for one day, and worked out well enough where Rockapalooza will make it’s return to Rockapalooza for the second straight year. Housed within the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Rockapalooza will feature over 150 bands on 14 stage, dwarfing the size of last year’s fest. Get ready for a wild and dusty weekend at the fairgrounds.

Friday night’s pre-party will once again feature Mushroomhead, who provided some early firepower to the festival. The pre-party is free to the public and runs from 5 to 11 P.M.. Rockapalooza’s weekend in Jackson in 2013 will also feature a day of country music on Sunday, June 23rd, with Hellbound Glory (who recently opened for Kid Rock) one of the headliners.
But for Saturday’s event, it’s all about the rock, well mostly. Doors door at 10am and the show will run til 11 P.M., making for a long, satisfying day of music. Here are just a few of the bands to check out at Rockapalooza 2013:

Candlebox: The longtime grunge band spent many years of dormancy before getting back into the rock world in 2006. The band released “Love Stories and Other Musings” back in 2012, after a 4 year break of new music. The band has recently been touring pretty extensively as of late, and performed their debut album from start to finish while on tour earlier this year. Don’t think they’ll do the same thing at Rockapalooza, but you’ll hear plenty of good stuff along the way.

Hed(pe): If you checked Rockapalooza’s Facebook page, it seems like that the Los Angeles band is garnening the most attention, with fans eagerly wondering when the band will play. As the band prepares their upcoming “Ascension” album, the band uses this show to perhaps give the fans a little taste on what to expect for the next album. But either way, the always touring band always brings a incendiary show.

Adam Gontier: The former Three Days Grace frontman left the popular band at the beginning of the year and forging out his own solo career. Right now, Gontier doesn’t have a name for the band or release date for an upcoming album, but expect to hear new stuff along with the Three Days Grace tracks that gave Gontier his fame.

Obie Trice: The former Shady Records rapper has been a busy man since joining up with Black Market Entertainment a few years back. After releasing “Bottoms Up” last year, the rapper is already working on the next album, “The Hangover”, due out sometime later this year. But like Coolio last year, the Detroit rapper will fly the flag for hip-hop in Jackson that day.

Also coming back for a second go-round in Jackson will be 12 Stones, Saliva and Smile Empty Soul, along with scores of local bands making the trip back this year. If you are looking for a day to rage out, mellow out, or something in between- Rockapalooza should bring the noise to mid-Michigan once again in 2013.

Rockapalooza takes place at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 22nd. Tickets are $35, with tickets and festival info available at


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