LOS ANGELES, CA., (November 21, 2016)-Legendary heavy metal band Slayer has teamed up with Metalocalypse writer Jon Schnepp andTwilight Zone artist Guiu Vilanova for a three-issue Dark Horse Comics series,Slayer: Repentless, with covers by Eisner Award-winning British comics artist Glenn Fabry. The first issue, with a variant cover by Eric Powell (The Goon,Hillbilly), is scheduled for release on January 25, 2017.

Slayer: Repentless #1 (of 3) is available for preorder on the Dark Horse website.

“It’s been my honor to chronicle the bloody road trip that is the Slayer comic series from Dark Horse/Nuclear Blast,” said writer Jon Schnepp. “Using the band’s music and lyrics from their three decades of albums, while crossing over and through the Repentless music videos by BJ McDonnell, I have woven a tale of betrayal, hate, perspective, loyalty, family, and murder that will need to be experienced through the comic books’ pages.”

With its story of a raging road trip down a bloodstained highway, a tale of the doomed and the damned, the Slayer: Repentless series is an expansion of Slayer’s Repentless videos, written and directed by BJ McDonnell (Hatchet III).

The band made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, with a subsequent sold-out performance at the House of Blues, in support of the Dark Horse Comics series.


For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and savage music videos for the album’s “Repentless”, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice.”

For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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2017 event dates and ticket on-sale information for the World’s Loudest Month festival series have been announced. The World’s Loudest Month–created by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents–continues to break records with its U.S. festival series featuring the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres during six consecutive weekends in April, May and June of 2017.

In 2016, overall attendance surpassed 470,000 for the WLM festivals held during five consecutive weekends.

The 2017 World’s Loudest Month festival dates, locations and details are as follows:

Monster Energy Fort Rock: April 29 & 30 in Fort Myers, FL
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville: April 29 & 30 in Jacksonville, FL
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion: May 5, 6 & 7 in Concord, NC
Northern Invasion: May 13 & 14 in Somerset, WI
Rock On The Range: May 19, 20 & 21 in Columbus, OH
Rocklahoma: May 26, 27 & 28 in Pryor, OK
The Bud Light River City Rockfest: May 27 in San Antonio, TX
Rockfest: June 3 in Kansas City

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is Florida’s biggest rock experience, with over 50,000 in attendance at last year’s SOLD OUT event at Jacksonville’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River. The 2017 Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville festival will take place on April 29–30 and will feature performances from today’s top artists, and a variety of unique activations and secondary entertainment options including Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Row, The Music Experience, and artist signings, along with art installations, incredible food offerings, wine tastings, and other onsite experiences. The full Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville festival experience will be announced Monday, December 5 at Noon EST. Specially priced tickets as well hotel and VIP packages will be available on Tuesday, December 6. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save.

Monster Energy Fort Rock
Monster Energy Fort Rock returns for two days in 2017 at JetBlue Park for its fifth year anniversary after selling out last year’s event. South Florida’s biggest rock n’ roll getaway will take place on April 29–30. Monster Energy Fort Rock’s lineup will be announced Monday, December 5 at Noon EST. Specially priced tickets as well as VIP packages will be available on Tuesday, December 6. Hotels will be available via the Curadora link found on the Monster Energy Fort Rock website. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year in 2016 after growing to three full days. Over 90,000 fans attended Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, checking out the best of today’s rock–along with legendary classic artists–playing on four stages, a world-class BBQ village, and top notch camping facilities.

Layaway tickets will be available on Monday, November 21 at 10:00 AM EST, and the lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will be announced this December.

Northern Invasion
Northern Invasion continues to rock Somerset, WI after expanding to two full days last year, and hosting over 45,000 fans. The festival plays host to the biggest rock bands for over twelve hours each day on three stages, and offers a top tier campground experience.

Layaway tickets will be available on Monday, November 21 at 10:00 AM CST and the lineup for Northern Invasion will be announced this December.

Rock On The Range
Rock On The Range–the largest and most-acclaimed rock festival in the United States–continues to break records. Die-hard fans (known as “Rangers”) annually travel from all 50 states and around the globe to Columbus, OH for Rock On The Range, resulting in consecutive sellouts for the last four years. With three days of music on three stages, a comedy tent, new art installations, and many onsite activities, Rock On The Range sets the standard for American rock festivals. Rock On The Range truly is “Where Rock Lives.”

Rock On The Range Layaway tickets, VIP and Hotel Packages go on sale Monday, November 21 at 10:00 AM EST at Lineup coming soon!

Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, had its biggest year ever with over 70,000 fans attending the 10th Anniversary last May. America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party features the best current rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds, just outside Tulsa, OK. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long! With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.”

Ticket renewals for Rocklahoma 2017 are available starting tomorrow, November 15 at 9:00 AM CST. All 2016 ticket purchasers will receive an email with renewal details. Lineup coming in early 2017!

The Bud Light River City Rockfest
The growth of San Antonio’s Bud Light River City Rockfest located at the AT&T Center continues to prove that the city is a rock destination for artists and fans alike. River City Rockfest sold out for its fourth consecutive year with new record numbers of over 27,500 in attendance. Lineup, ticket and on sale information for The Bud Light River City Rockfest will be announced soon!

Rockfest–a Kansas City tradition–had 50,000 in attendance in 2016 for America’s largest one-day music festival. 2017 marks the 25th year of Rockfest, known as THE rock & roll event of the Midwest, with three stages and 12 hours of hard-hitting music.

The World’s Loudest Month is proudly sponsored by Monster Energy.


About AEG Live: AEG Live is one of the largest live music companies in the world. The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Live operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support its tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney; produces or supports over 25 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; and owns, manages or books more than 60 clubs and theaters. AEG Live presents more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Live, Goldenvoice, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents.

About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which includes Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, and Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, and Chicago Open Air, among others.

Sum 41 at the Mayan Theater

Sum 41

November 6th, 2016

Los Angeles, Ca
The Mayan Theater (Downtown LA)
It is my first time at the Mayan Theater for a “rock concert”. Just a few days ago I was at The Belasco (just right next door) to see Gemini Syndrome, Red Sun Rising and Sevendust, but the experience here was nothing but extraordinary. As many of us know, after lead singer/guitarist Deryck Whibley hit rock bottom with health and addiction complications and with the band on hiatus for a few years, it it great to see them back on this “Don’t call it a Sum-back tour”, now as a 5-piece and with the new album just released on October 7th, 2016 called 13 Voices”, expect to see this fun show that has gathered old fans and many teens in one place, now that I haven’t seen in a while. You will definitely enjoy the show and reminisce your HS days when all you cared about was hanging out with your friends and blast some rock n roll.
In case you missed the show check out some of the images.
For full review and selected images be sure to get a copy of our next issue!
Words and Images by Enrique Nunez
Here are links to purchase the Billboard charting album, 13 Voices.
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LIKE A STORM Release New Single “Pure Evil”


LIKE A STORM Release New Single “Pure Evil” 

On Tour In Europe/UK with Alter Bridge, Volbeat, Gojira & Living Colour


New Zealand hard rock/metal act LIKE A STORM are returning for their fourth tour of Europe/UK. This time with heavyweights ALTER BRIDGE and support from Volbeat, Gojira and Living Color.

Says bassist Kent Brooks, “From the very first time we came over, we knew that this was a special part of the world to come and play. Rock and Metal are definitely not dead here! People wear their hearts on their sleeves. We’ve never had a bad show here, so we’re very stoked to be back.”

LIKE A STORM is coming back with a brand new single “Pure Evil”, which will be accompanied later this month by a video featuring the band playing in the abandoned Methodist Church in the U.S. “We actually filmed in a place considered to be one of America’s most dangerous cities. We had to hire armed police officers as security – that was a different experience, coming from New Zealand!” says Kent. The song itself is a opus, combining metal drumming and riffage with choirs, electronic music, and of course Like A Storm’s trademark didgeridoo.

“From all of our touring here we got turned onto a lot of heavier music coming out of Europe/Scandanavia like Dimmu Borgir & Gojira,” says Kent. “We’ve always loved writing music that’s layered and epic, and wanted to keep pushing that.”

This new musical direction caught the attention of ALTER BRIDGE guitarist MARK TREMONTI, who commented “‘Pure Evil’ is totally killer! This song will be so badass live. They’re hardcore” says ALTER BRIDGE frontman MYLES  KENNEDY of Like A Storm’s touring work ethic. “I see them show up onstage every night and give it 10,000%… They have definitely proved that they deserve every bit of success that they have coming to them.”

The band also drew on experience from their relentless global tour schedule. “After playing festivals to crowds like Download and Graspop, we started approaching music in terms of what we could envision seas of people rocking out to in unison“ says Kent.

Lyrically the song marks a turning point in Like A Storm’s writing, addressing the dark side of religious and political power. Says guitarist Matt Brooks: “Those members of our society who are supposed to be a shining example of morality are so often revealed to be corrupt, immoral, and even dangerous. The cover ups, scandals and exploitation that pervade the highest levels of church and government are just sickening. So ‘Pure Evil’ seemed like the perfect way to sum up this absolute hypocrisy – these people appear so righteous, but at their core they are the worst of the worst.”


LIKE A STORM – Europe/UK Tour with Alter Bridge & Special Guests

Nov. 8th – Paris, FRANCE @ Zenith
Nov. 9th – Brussels, BELGIUM @ AB
Nov. 10th – Amsterdam, HOLLAND @ HMH
Nov. 13th – Berlin, GERMANY @ Columbiahalle
Nov. 14th – Vienna, AUSTRIA @ Gasometer
Nov. 16th – Katowice, POLAND @ Spodek
Nov. 18th – Stockholm, SWEDEN @ Annexet
Nov. 20th – Oslo, NORWAY @ Sentrum Scene
Nov. 21st – Copenhagen, DENMARK @Falconer Theatre
Nov. 23rd – Manchester, ENGLAND @ Manchester Arena
Nov. 24th – London, ENGLAND @ O2 Arena
Nov. 26th – Nottingham, ENGLAND @ Motorpoint Arena
Nov. 27th – Birmingham, ENGLAND @ Genting Arena
Nov. 28th – Cardiff, WALES @ Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 1st – Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ Hydro
Dec. 2nd – Leeds, ENGLAND @ First Direct Arena
Dec. 4th – Frankfurt, GERMANY @ Jahrhunderthalle
Dec. 5th – Cologne, GERMANY @ Palladium
Dec. 6th – Hamburg, GERMANY @ Mehrl Theater
Dec. 9th – Bologna, ITALY @ Unipol Arena
Dec. 10th – Munich, GERMANY @  Zenith
Dec. 11th – Basel, SWITZERLAND @ St Jakobshalle

Houston Open Air with Photo Gallery

Houston Open Air got a late start on September 24, 2016- the evening of Day 1, and was completely cancelled on September 25 on Day 2-  for fears of lighting strikes, forecasters called for lightning strikes in the immediate area, making it officially “unsafe for human life.”

DAY 1 was a circus. Worried and impatient fans were walked from the front gates to “safety” nearly a mile up the road in the hot weather. Some made that stretch back and forth several times to see what was going on as the only updates they were given, happened on Houston Open Air’s Facebook page.

Many getting more and more irritated and needing a cold one, chose to walk a mile up to road to the Holiday Inn bar. The establishment had not prepared for so many beer chuggers. The manager had to make several trips back and forth with cases to keep up, as we all waited there getting to know each other for many hours.

Calls starting coming in from a few fans that had stayed behind to learn what was going on and keep the public informed. It was official, “Anthrax cancelled, and they are heading off to play in Louisiana instead.” Other bands started canceling quickly as well. The roof could’ve blown off from the intensity in the Holiday Inn Bar. How could this be, as the weather seemed perfect, people would say. “I just wanted to see anthrax!” We all still had hope, especially those who were not local, and nowhere else to go. About an hour later I received a call from another photographer, that Anthrax decided to play and would be on set in 10 minutes. So, I let the crowd know, grabbed my equipment, and ran as fast as my legs could go, a mile back to Houston Open Air, making it about my sixth mile to have walked since the morning. I made it! I was in the gates! However, when I arrived to the stage, Anthrax was not there and their band equipment was being taken off. My heart fell through my chest.

Still, we were in! Finally! Houston Open Air was going to happen after all even if just a few bands were to play that night, and leave it to fucking Slayer to stay. Slayer made hell feel so good that night. The fans couldn’t get enough and Slayer made sure to please, even though they were off to Ozzfest Meets Knotfest right after. Thank you, Slayer.

Also that night, The Cult, Alice In Chains, and about a handful of many who were originally scheduled.

DAY 2 opened for one band in the AM, then fans were immediately forced out of the gates due to “threat of lightening” and waited the entire day outside the gates. At this point, people were so angry they wouldn’t leave the area until HOA opened.

Metalheads entertained themselves by moshing right at gate entrance. Many thought they were going to take the gate down, and police were ready and prepared.

Though it did rain for about 30 minutes in the entire day, other than that the weather seemed great according to everyone waiting. HOA was “monitoring the weather” until 4:08 pm when they posted an official update: “We are sorry to report that the weather today is simply not cooperating with us.  The forecast calls for lightning in the immediate area on and off all day therefore making it unsafe to human life to reopen the festival.  If you haven’t already done so, please return to your vehicle and exit the grounds. This decision is extremely upsetting to us and to all the bands that haven’t played.  We worked hard to put together an amazing festival for a city that deserves an amazing festival.  We will announce refund plans on Wednesday morning on our website and social media.”

I was taking photos of the moshing up until the last second when a police officer walked up the the gate from the other side and said, “Sorry guys.” The police officer then climbed a bit up the gate and said to the heartbroken moshers, “Its time to go home, but keep fucking rockin’, metalheads!” as he put up horns with both hands. Somehow, that made everything better as everyone walked off to their cars. (See last photos)

The majority of bands never played, and the weather only got better, so fans began to scramble as to where to go, saying that some bands have staying in town and would play for them. Facebook was busy, fans commenting by the thousands where to go. Most ended up to either be a hoax, or just never played though, such as Deftones.

Until, it was official, Avenged Sevenfold was to play at White Oak Music Hall. Fans scurried to the new venue which had a size limit. Most waited in lines for many hours, worried they wouldn’t get in. Late that evening, almost all were finally let in the doors. Avenged Sevenfold saved the day. As for me, I was stuck outside as media was not let in. Only Avenged Sevenfold’s photographer. (See no photos.) Except for a few I took outside (See last photos)

Also that night, Starset at Raven Tower.


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Country Music • Craft Beer & Wine • BBQ

British-born, Nashville-based musician Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria/We Are Harlot, now supporting his new Earache Records outlaw country solo album) has been added to the music lineup for the first annual KFRG presents Driftwood at Doheny State Beach. This afternoon of country music, craft beer, artisan wine and top notch BBQ will be held at the scenic Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA on Saturday, November 12.

Driftwood at Doheny State Beach will feature over 100 craft beers and artisan wines, some of the best BBQ in the region, as well as a full day of eclectic music ranging from country to Americana and mariachi rock, with performances from Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann, along with Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square, Parmalee, The White Buffalo, Mariachi El Bronx, and Danny Worsnop. Festival attendees will roam throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching the sand.

Driftwood at Doheny State Beach kicks off at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 12 (with Early Entry guests arriving at 11:00 AM and Early Entry craft beer and wine tastings beginning at Noon). Craft beer and wine tastings are included with admission, with music from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Festival attendees will choose from over 100 craft beers and wines to taste until 4:00 PM (for those 21 and up), and will have the chance to enjoy the best of California’s BBQ. In addition, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for sale from Noon until 9:00 PM.

Some of the participating breweries at Driftwood include: AleSmith, Artifex Brewing Company, Barley Forge, Bootleggers, Bottle Logic Brewing, Chapman Crafted, Coronado Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Left Coast Brewing, Mother Earth Brewing Co., Ritual Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada, Telegraph Brewing, and more.

Some of the craft beer and wine highlights at Driftwood at Doheny State Beach include: Artifex Brewing (Unicorn Juice, American Wheat Ale with Passion Fruit), Bottle Logic Brewing (American Dark Lager, 2X GOLD MEDAL winner at GABF), Chapman Crafted (Slow Riser 2.0, Red Ale with Coffee on Nitro), Mother Earth Brewing Co. (Cali Creamin’, Vanilla Cream Ale), and Ska Brewing: Modus Hoperani (IPA).

Here’s a sample of the some of the wines that will be available for tasting: Chateau Souverain (Sauv Blanc), Chronic Cellars (Purple Paradise), J Lohr (Bay Mist Riesling), Story Point (Chardonnay), and William Hill (Cabernet Sauvignon).

Festival co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said, “The opportunity to bring craft beer, BBQ and country music to Doheny State Beach is something we at Brew Ha Ha Productions are incredibly excited about! We have always made it a point to have each event we produce be different from the last; we want them to stand on their own and have their own personalities. Driftwood has done exactly that. We have some of the finest craft beer in the world along side tasty local BBQ and an incredibly talented lineup of country music stars. As Jerrod Niemann says, ‘I can drink to that all night!’”

Driftwood attendees will also enjoy BBQ and other food offerings from the Backyard BBQ Village (featuring 200 feet of deep south BBQ chicken, turkey legs, brisket and sausage), Wise BBQ Truck (Texas style brisket), Viking Truck (BBQ sandwiches and house made pickles), Wings N’ Waffles (BBQ chicken, fried chicken and waffles), Pink Taco (BBQ tacos and pulled pork), K-FROG Bacon Nation food truck, as well as pizza, sausages, mini donuts, kettle corn, burgers and ice cream.

Driftwood at Doheny State Beach will also debut the Country Strong veteran appreciation area for non-profits that support and create awareness for veterans’ causes. In partnership with Metal of Honor, Country Strong aims to raise financial support and awareness for military non-profits, providing information on the services offered by these foundations to the military patrons in attendance, while also showing gratitude and an extra special time for our military men and women and their families in attendance.

In honor of Veterans Day weekend, the festival is offering a discounted $50 ticket for active and retired military. The military ticket includes Early Entry Admission and a complimentary roundtrip shuttle between Doheny State Beach and the San Onofre area. Visit for more details.

A portion of the proceeds from Driftwood at Doheny State Beach will be donated to the San Onofre Parks Foundation–a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks–and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories.

General Admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase for the following prices. All tickets include beer and wine tasting, and access to view the music stage.
General Admission:
Starting at $59
Early Entry Admission
– One hour early entry for craft beer and wine tastings (for those 21+), starting at 11:00 AM
– Craft beer and wine tastings begin at Noon, lasting until 4:00 PM

Driftwood VIP Lounge Pass
Access to Driftwood VIP Lounge which includes:
– One hour early entry for craft beer and wine tastings (must be 21+), starting at 11:00 AM
– Craft beer and wine tastings begin at Noon, lasting until 4:00 PM
– Exclusive tastings
– VIP viewing area in front of the main stage
– Private restrooms
– VIP cash bar

VIP Lounge + Early Entry
Access to Behind The Scenes VIP Lounge which includes:
– One hour early entry for craft beer and wine tastings (must be 21+), starting at 11:00 AM
– Craft beer and wine tastings begin at Noon, lasting until 4:00 PM
– Complimentary food truck from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
– Additional exclusive craft beer and wine tastings
– Additional shaded areas to sit and relax
Access to Driftwood VIP Lounge which includes:
– Exclusive tastings
– VIP viewing area in front of the main stage
– Private restrooms
– VIP cash bar

Meet & Greet + Behind The Scenes VIP Lounge Pass + Driftwood VIP Lounge
Access to intimate Meet & Greet with Driftwood performing artists inclusive of signed limited edition Driftwood poster and one-on-one photo opportunity. Access to Behind the Scenes VIP Lounge which includes:
– One hour early entry for craft beer and wine tastings (must be 21+), starting at 11:00 AM
– Craft beer and wine tastings begin at Noon, lasting until 4:00 PM
– Complimentary food truck from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
– Additional exclusive craft beer and wine tastings
– Additional shaded areas to sit and relax
Access to Driftwood VIP Lounge which includes:
– Exclusive tastings
– VIP viewing area in front of the main stage
– Private restrooms
– VIP cash bar

Parking at Driftwood at Doheny State Beach will be extremely limited, so attendees are strongly encouraged to carpool and rideshare.

Shuttle passes are available for only $10 per person, roundtrip. Parking is free (first come, first served) at the shuttle pick up at Dana Hills High School (33333 Street of the Golden Lantern in Dana Point). Shuttles will run every thirty minutes from 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM between Dana Point High School and Doheny State Beach. Free bike parking will also be available at Doheny State Beach.

Doheny State Beach is easily accessible by car from Los Angeles County, San Diego County, the Inland Empire, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, the San Joaquin Valley, and via flights to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.

Sponsors for KFRG presents Driftwood at Doheny State Beach include: Audi Of Mission Viejo, Snickers Crisper, Krave Jerky, Deep Eddy Vodka, Tom Gore Wines, Cosmic Fog and Lyft.

KFRG presents Driftwood at Doheny State Beach is produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), Orange County, California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions, and California’s new country KFRG-FM (K-Frog). The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

For the most up-to-date information on KFRG presents Driftwood at Doheny State Beach, please visit:

Twitter: @driftwoodfest
Instagram: @driftwoodfest

About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc.: Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) is one of the world’s premier music festival production companies. With hundreds of live events worldwide each year, SGE works with agencies, brands and musical talent to produce or co-produce concerts across various genres and interests. SGE produces Funny Or Die’s ODDBALL Comedy And Curiosity Festival. In addition, SGE co-produced the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos, produced the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival and conceived and developed KNOTFEST with Slipknot and 5B Artist Management. SGE has also produced many other national festivals and tours. SGE senior staff have a combined 60 years of experience in artist management, large scale festival production and brand integration and have worked with artists as diverse as Guns N’ Roses and The Cure. SGE excels at integrating brands’ needs with large scale musical entertainment.

About Brew Ha Ha Productions: Brew Ha Ha Productions (BHHP) is Orange County, California’s most successful craft beer event producer. Its team brings years of successful event production and business experience along with an inside view of the craft beer industry and its enthusiasts. Fueled by a desire to promote craft beer, along with a vision of a different kind of beer fest, the Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival was conceived. BHHP is known best for their events like the Orange County Brew Ha Ha, Brew Ho Ho ‘Holiday Ale Festival’, Sabroso ‘Craft Beer & Taco Festival’ and the Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair. The events have been a resounding success and the OC Brew Ha Ha has been voted “BEST Craft Beer Festivals in Southern California” six years in a row by the Orange County Beer Society. In six short years, BHHP has enjoyed unprecedented growth making them the largest craft beer event producers in Orange County and one of the largest on the west coast.

About KFRG: KFRG (95.1 FM, “K-FROG”) is a commercial country music formatted radio station in Southern California broadcasting to Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Owned by CBS Radio, its studios are in Colton, CA and the transmitter site for KFRG is north of San Bernardino. Programming on 95.1 KFRG-FM is also simulcast on 92.9 KXFG-FM in the Temecula Valley region of South Riverside County. Together, the two frequencies reach an audience of over 600,000 listeners each week.

Interview with Mike Protich from Red Sun Rising


Red Sun Rising show at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

RSR popping their LA cherry! Playing along side Gemini Syndrome and SevenDust, I was lucky enough to catch up with singer Mike Protich.

Miranda Panda


Valora and The Newly Deads on Tour!!

The ELECTRIC ANGELS Tour (Oct 28 – Nov 20)

Trek Hits IA, NE, SD, MN, IL, WI, IN, KY & OH



Since  Valora’s last major run in 2011 touring across the U.S. with 10 Years and landing at #5 on the Active Rock Radio Chart with their feature on Breaking Benjamin’s remix of “Blow Me Away”, Valora returns to the scene stronger than ever. 

Co-Headlining Tour With The Nearly Deads

The Electric Angels Tour is named after Valora’s upcoming re-release of their single Electric Angel. 
The song is heavily influenced by Valora’s 5 year journey back into the light of triumph. Valora will close their set every night with none other than the gut-wrenching title track and lyrics that will creep off the stage and follow you home:
“I was a rose
There was no name for my color
My, did I grow
Every inch so painful 
I was a rock
Taken and thrown in the water
My dreams were shot 
But you know I recovered”
Lead singer Syd Duran says, “It’s the most satisfying feeling to take back the control of your career and musical direction and watch it grow into something bigger than you thought you could handle. This tour is different from the ones before. This time, we truly rely on each other like a family. We used the setbacks to launch us into a place we are proud and excited to be in.”
Syd Duran -Lead Vocals
Taelor Duran -Keys/Vocals
Sergio Vega – Guitar
Ray Biggerstaff – Bass
Matt Suehiro – Drums
Music Video for New Song, “My Evil Ways,” Available Exclusively at PledgeMusic
Nashville, TN: Hot on the heels of premiering the official music video for “My Evil Ways,” (an exclusive to PledgeMusic contributors), rock outfit The Nearly Deads have announced a co-headlining tour up with LA rockers Valora.

Running October 28 – November 20The Electric Angels Tour will see The Nearly Deads deliver their post-grunge grooves to “Zombie Nation” strongholds such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio while hitting South Dakota for the first time. During shows, fans will have the opportunity to be the first to hear new songs from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is being funded via PledgeMusic.

 The fundraising campaign, which goes until January 15, provides fans with one-of-a-kind merchandise and experiences, including exclusive opportunities to interact with the band. Starting at $10 for a download of the new EP and an “Access Pass” to all Pledge-only updates, offers include signed merchandise (CDs, vinyl, posters, drum sticks), a “Zombie” bundle, Skype hangouts, “Band” hangouts, personal “birthday” wishes, acknowledgement in the credits, song collaborations, an elaborate “Nearly Deads Scrapbook” (only two are being produced) and custom lyric art by singer Theresa Jeane. One lucky fan can even pledge to “Name the EP.”
In conjunction with each pledge, fans receive an instant download of a blistering new song entitled, “My Evil Ways,” and have the exclusive opportunity to watch its official music video at
“My Evil Ways,” which finds the band showcasing a more aggressive riff-heavy sound that echoes their break through hit “Never Look Back,” is the first new music made available to fans since the quintet issued an emotionally charged rendition of Ellie Goulding’s “Holding On For Life” earlier this year. The forthcoming 6-song EP, co-produced with Jon King, will be the band’s third overall (Self-Titled, Survival Guide) and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut album, InvisibleTonight, which idobi Radio lauded for its infectious “pop hooks with a rock edge” while HeadRush TV applauded the ferocity of its “hard-hitting rock and roll.”


Theresa Jeane – Vocals/Keys
Steven Tobi – Guitar
Javier Garza Jr – Guitar
Kevin Koelsch – Bass
Josh Perrone – Drums



Pop Evil 2017 tour with Red Sun Rising and Badflower




POP EVIL announce a new, highly anticipated 2017 headlining tour, “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NOW TOUR: RIGHT NOW,” with support from Red Sun Rising and Badflower.  The tour kicks off in Louisville, KY on January 10, 2017 and wraps on February 24, 2017 in Detroit, MI.


About the tour, frontman Leigh Kakaty says, “What an exciting time to announce a full headline tour across the states as we launch our final single off UP  ‘If Only For Now.’  It’s no secret, as a ‘Rock’ musician this is a very difficult era to survive in. That’s why we take it very seriously to appreciate what is happening RIGHT NOW by living in the moment. We are not taking success for granted and will continue to waive the Rock ’N’ Roll Flag!  It’s time for the ROCK community to come together to spread the awareness that Rock N Roll is a force to be reckoned with.  Come join us this January as we embark on our Rock ’N’ Roll quest across the states on the ROCK ’N’ ROLL NOW TOUR: RIGHT NOW!”

Friends Red Sun Rising have been touring relentlessly off their debut album POLYESTER ZEAL which has achieved 2 straight #1 rock singles with “The Otherside” & “Emotionless.” Check out the video of their newest single “Amnesia” here.  Los Angeles based rock group Badflower just finished a tour with Billy Talent and will be putting out their debut EP this winter on John Varvatos/Republic Records.



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