Writers note, this is part one of two parts.
On Saturday September 14, 2013 day one of the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival took place at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento. 18 bands played on three different stages for more than 32,000 hardcore rock fans. The gates opened at 11:00am and the last band played till 10:00pm, it was a full day of rock & roll.
The bands on day one included, We As Humans, In This Moment, P.O.D., Skillet, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Otherwise, Steel Panther, Testament, Buckcherry, Megadeth, Korn, Nothing More, Girl On Fire, Eye Empire, Butcher Babies, Heaven's Basement and Love And Death, one band had to cancel due to family matters, Divine.
This was the show of the Summer in this examiners opinion.
This was the second year for the festival, last year it only lasted for one day, promoters felt that two days would be better and they were right.
People traveled from around the country for this year’s event which generated an estimated economic impact of around $2.6 million for the Sacramento metro area according to Mike Testa, senior vice president of sales and business for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Aftershock attendees booked approximately 1,500 hotel rooms in Sacramento.
At the Aftershock Festival, bands performed on one of three stages: Monster Energy Main Stage North, Monster Energy Main Stage South or the Ernie Ball Stage.
In addition, many Aftershock ticketholders kicked off the weekend by attending the FREE Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival pre-party on Friday with Steel Panther and special guests at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento. The venue was packed to capacity.
Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival was produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Welcome To Rockville and The Big Ticket in Jacksonville, FL.
Danny Wimmer Presents is also a partner in Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH, Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC, Epicenter—Southern California’s Rock Festival in Irvine, CA, 96-KROCK presents Rockwave Festival and Fort Rock in Fort Myers, FL, and the Rock Allegiance Tour.
Festival producer Danny Wimmer says, “For years I’ve been hearing that ‘rock is dead,’ and yet record numbers of fans attend rock festivals every year. Our festivals are inspired by the music fans who buck the trends, ignore the hype and remain true to the music they like.”
A great time was had by all.
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