Hello, readers! Every year, at least for the past 4 years, I have accompanied my uncles, dad, brother, and friend, Mackenzie, to the best festival all year: Rock Fest. Rock Fest, which happens in July of every year in the small Wisconsin town of Cadott, brings together a very large group of rock fans (we consider each other a ‘family’), some from all parts of the U.S., for 3 days of amazing food, music, and memories. It’s no secret that I, a die hard rocker thanks to my father raising me on Rock N’ Roll music, love Rock Fest- I hold a countdown for it every year! I did, however, notice that, in all my years of going to Rock Fest, I had failed to ever document it and chronicle the festival on the blog. I wondered why hadn’t I chronicled my time at such an amazing festival and weekend, one that I call the best time of the year? After finding out that I really had no excuse not to document it, I decided that it would finally make it to the blog. So, let’s get to it!
Day one of Rock Fest 2016 was a pretty rainy one, if I remember correctly. When we were just pulling in to the festival grounds, although pretty late into the day already (the daily lineup started at around 11 that day, we didn’t get there until around 3:30) the rain started, and didn’t stop for hours. It did, however, make me feel better that I heard Nothing More and even saw a few of their songs during our rainy walk.
It grew pretty chilly, so after seeing Hollywood Undead, my family and I rushed to the beer tent to get some temporary shelter. During our time in the beer tent, we got to see a few local bands, which is a Rock Fest tradition. When it came time to see Skillet, however, we decided to brave the rain and went back to our seats for the show.
It was my second time seeing Skillet, and I must say, I was not disappointed. John, though having undergone a slight makeover since I first saw him (he went from being clean-shaven to having a beard), still was as good of a singer as ever. They featured their usual violin player, Jonathan Salas, who was absolutely amazing up on stage. With their powerful vocals, in harmony with the sweet sound of the violin, I’d say Skillet is a must-see!
Then, came Marilyn Manson.
Known for his unique personality that was characterized by sometimes erratic behavior, I would say Manson’s performance was rather rocky. Though he was very good at first, with an amazing backdrop of a cemetery and light show, his behaviors, which included slurring words and banging the microphone against the amp, grew to be more and more strange, which, unfortunately, caused my thoughts toward his overall performance to become a little more bleak. It left my family, friend, and I to be more confused than entertained near the end of the performance. I am, however, glad that I got to see him, as I have wanted to see him for a few years. He did perform some of my favorite songs by him, which were “Cupid Carries A Gun” (the theme song for one of my favorite shows: Salem, aired on WGNA), and “Deep Six”.
Despite Manson only being the second-to-last show of the night (Hollywood Vampires was the headliner), and the fun we had that first day of Rock Fest 2016, the rain and temperature had seemed to get the best of myself and my group. After some debate, we decided that we would call it a night. With that, Rock Fest 2016 day 1 came to an end for us.
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P.S. I will be continuing this blog series with another two posts- one for both of the days left of Rock Fest 2016! Please stay tuned to see and read about my adventures!