Rock USA 2019
Written by Angela Mockbee on July 22, 2019
Where can you find three stages, over forty bands, cheese curd tacos, turkey legs, bikinis, rain boots, epic crowds and (in the end) mud galore? Rock USA 2019. From heat and humidity to flooding and severe weather, the three-day festival’s atmospheric conditions were tumultuous to endure. However, everyone would it agree, it was 100% worth it to brave the elements for one ultimate end goal, the bands.
Touting a lineup, which includes Marilyn Manson, Nonpoint, Bad Wolves, Palisades, Vyces, Discrepancies, Asking Alexandria, Breaking Benjamin, P.O.D., Ice Nine Kills, Blacktop Mojo and MUCH more, the festival was any rock lover’s getaway of slay. The crowds packed each one of the three stages from opening band to the closing band in the end, rushing from one stage to the next to get the best spot at the show.
However, music wasn’t the only thing on everyone’s minds. From food to beverages, pod swings to volleyball, shopping at the numerous vendor booths, to keeping yourself hydrated or finding shelter behind the tents, the festival was designed to engage its attendees. Rock USA is not simply a festival, it is a true experience.
Within that experience, the core members of the festival are the fans. Whether the location was the main stage, the “Party Stage” under the tent, circle pits or even walking about the festival, the concert goers themselves were the epitome of kindness. I have never felt more safe walking about in a place I have never been, than at a rock show.
The gallery pictures below, tell our stories, but the experiences themselves can never be replaced. We live in a society where YouTube, Spotify, and Google Play provide us with music we love, but the true place to “feel” the music, is at a live show. Rock USA had the best flavors of music to entertain any rock music lover’s tastes, even if we were challenged by the disgruntled weather, the music was the method to our madness and the reason in our reasoning.
Photo credits: Dawn Dyar, Lori and Jim Lytle, Rachel Cruz, Marisa Hoff, Kitra Scott, Linnéa Ayamaya Kelly, Angela Mockbee