Writing and Research: Aaron M. Weis

Planning a trip to Sac Town in the months to come, and wondering to yourself what there is to do? If I might offer a bit of advice, I would strongly recommend putting the trip off until October. I know, I know, this might seem random at first, unless you find yourself to be one of those seasonal Halloween lover types that find themselves counting down the days till you can dress up again starting as soon as November 1st. As a local, however, I am going to have to ask you to trust me, especially if you’re a music enthusiast, and who isn’t.

For the locals in Sac, and yes, you’re going to have to get acclimated to calling it as such because that’s what we call it, and ain’t nobody got time to call it by it’s full name, October means much more than simply a time of the year where we decorate, dress up, and celebrate Ol’ Hallow’s Eve, however fun that might be. No in the City of the Trees or any other of the countless other un-agreed upon nicknames for the capital city, mention of October strongly resonates with those involved in the music scene because with each passing year it ushers in the three-day long Aftershock festival held at Discovery Park.

Now, I’m going to be as painstakingly honest as I can, and level with you. Growing up, my core group of friends was as big a metalheads as they come, and I mean of the likes that wore black skinny jeans that matched their short-sleeved band t-shirts and in some cases their accompanying tattoos. Or, the likes that had their own terminology to gauge the level of rock associated with a particular artist starting off with what they referred to as butt-rock which was the bottom-most level. The same type of individuals that would bring their fists together to create for the stereotypical rocker pair of horns, stating that, “This song is too metal for one hand.” Personally, I went through my own phase of sorts of this likes in what some may classify or categorize as emo or gothic, and to the extent that my ex-fiance would joke that you would know when I did laundry because she would open the dryer to a sea of black. What can I say? I am part of the expressive group of individuals known as millennials that are each creative in their own capacity. Nevertheless, I do mean it when I say that it isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart. And to illustrate the point, let’s break down the lineup for this year’s Aftershock festival, and what can be expected.

The three-day event begins October 11th at the previously mentioned location in Sacramento, California. It doesn’t sufficient enough to say that they are starting things off with a bang. That Friday will bring with it a queue consisting of the likes of none other than Stained, Slipknot, Lamb of Nothing, and Dropkick Murphys, just to get things initiated and to name a few. This list also includes such names as Halestorm, Sum 41, Clutch, I Prevail, and Beartooth with many other noteworthy names.

Personally, however, I am most looking forward to the performance that is to be held on Saturday, October 12th, and in all likelihood, this is the one that I’ll probably be attending. While I will be beyond enthralled to watch such great names as Blink 182, Bring Me To The Horizon, or the legend Rob Zombie himself, it will be none other than Marilyn Manson himself that will usher me into attendance. Growing up, my best friend, not to mention my own sister whose birthday is on the 11th coincidentally enough, were huge fans of his, and so I naturally gravitated towards his music as well. I wonder what birthday present I should get her? In addition to this all-star lineup, Saturday will also bring with it such names as Bad Religion, Stone Temple Pilots, Fishbone, Badflower, and many others.

However, it will be the grand finale of the three-day event that will really give the other two days a run for their money. As discussed in a recent article by Rolling Stone, the phenomenal rock band Tool will be releasing their latest album late this August, and what better way for them to kick things off, than by performing that soundtrack at the Aftershock festival? Fans will get a serious run for their money, as Korn be playing directly after them. Other names worth mentioning on the festivals final day are that of A Day To Remember, Baby Metal, Falling In Reverse, Chevelle, and about ten or eleven other bands.

So, if it sounds like something that you might be interested in, make sure to plan accordingly. Again, the festival will be held at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California between the 11th and 13th of October, with the doors opening up at 11 a.m. each day. The tickets range from $120 to $500 plus depending on various factors, but I assure you, it is well worth it. But, I cannot stress enough, and I personally urge you to buy your tickets well in advance. Even though it is not for another three months or so, the festival is already creating for a lot of buzz across all social media platforms. Already, I personally have had numerous friends invite me on the event section of Facebook alone, so there is no doubt that it will in all likelihood sell out well before the time comes. If you love great music, don’t hesitate, and find yourself in the position where you are desperately browsing through eBay for a last minute ticket, or waiting outside the doors in hopes that you won’t get caught buying what is probably knock off imitation tickets from a scalper at a ridiculous price of admission. So, what are you waiting for? Run a quick search of Discovery Park, or Aftershock for that matter, and get your tickets today. I’ll see you there.