Monday, August 29, 2016

First Annual Ye Scallywag! Set For Saturday, October 22 in San Diego, CA. Craft Beer, Wine, Music, & Food Festival featuring music by NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger & more

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This year marks the debut of Ye Scallywag!, a day-long musiccraft beerwine and food festival, to take place on Saturday, October 22 at Waterfront Park in San Diego, CA. Produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Energy (SGE), Orange County, California’s most successful and respected craft beer producer Brew Ha Ha Productions, San Diego’s leading alternative radio station 91X, and California’s top rock radio station KFM-BFM, the festival will feature over 100 craft breweries and artisan wineries, along with a full day of music lead by NOFX and Bad Religion.

"Scallywag! will be unlike any legitimate craft beer or wine event ever produced,” says Ye Scallywag! co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions. “We are bringing in some of the most sought after and award winning breweries in the country as well as some incredible wineries from Paso Robles, the Napa Valley, Central Coast and beyond all set to the music of artists like Bad Religion. We’ve really got something special here!”

91X’s Halloran adds, “Ye Scallywag! will be the perfect San Diego event to make one truly grateful for this wondrous California lifestyle.  The craftiness of the beer, wine, food and bands will prove that indeed, San Diego has the best. I am looking forward to an amazing day.”

Fat Mike of musical headliner NOFX says, “When I started NOFX in 1983 I dreamed of being a scallywag one day, at least by the time I was 50. Well, not only am I a scallywag, but I'm also playing the scallywag festival! Ps. What's a scallywag? Is that like being a pirate?”

During early entry tastings (from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM), and general admission tastings (from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM), Ye Scallywag! attendees will enjoy complimentary craft beer and wine samples from top California breweries and wineries at Ye Scallywag!. Local artisan food trucks and pop-up restaurants will also be on site selling a variety of delicious and unique food options throughout the day and evening. After 4:00 PM, several Ye Scallywag! brewers and wineries will offer drinks for purchase, with music continuing until 7:00 PM.

Live music will be on the BMW of Escondido Main Stage, with performances by NOFXBad ReligionGoldfingerAgainst Me!Reel Big Fish, and Wakrat. Music kicks off right around 12:00 PM.

The initial list of breweries includes: Burning Beard Brewing (San Diego, CA), Bottle Logic Brewing (Anaheim, CA), Clown Shoes (Ipswich, MA), Fall Brewing (San Diego, CA), Mikkeller SD (San Diego, CA), and Modern Times (San Diego, CA).

The initial list of wineries includes: Rebel Coast (Paso Robles, CA), William Hill (Napa Valley, CA), Maggio (Lodi, CA) Old Soul (Lodi, CA), Chronic Cellars (Paso Robles, CA), and Dry Creek (Sonoma, CA).

Participating Southern California food vendors will be announced soon.

Pre-sale tickets for Ye Scallywag! will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, August 30 through Thursday, September 1. Information and pre-sale codes from our participating radio stations is available at: 91X100.7 KFM-BFMZ90, and Magic 92.5. General tickets go on sale on Friday, September 2 at 10:00 AM PT. Please note that the event is for those 21 and up.

General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices. Note: All tickets include beer and wine tasting, and access to the BMW of Escondido Main Stage for live music.

Pre-Sale Tickets:
$45 (extremely limited quantity)
General Admission:
Early Entry Admission:
One hour early entry for craft beer and wine tastings, starting at 11:00 AM
VIP Lounge + Early Entry:
Access to VIP Lounge which includes:
- Exclusive tastings
- VIP viewing area of the stage
- Private restrooms
- VIP cash bar
One hour early entry for craft beer and wine tastings, starting at 11:00 AM
Backstage VIP:
Backstage viewing area
Complimentary beer and wine bar, while supplies last
Access to VIP Lounge which includes:
- Exclusive tastings
- VIP viewing area of the stage
- Private restrooms
- VIP cash bar
One hour early entry for craft beer and wine tastings, starting at 11:00 AM

Ye Scallywag! will have a convenient drop off area for ride sharing and taxis on site. Additionally, the Green Line to the Santa Fe Depot., San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot train station, is just three blocks from Waterfront Park.

​The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

Ye Scallywag! sponsors include: BMW of EscondidoTequiponchSan Diego HydroponicsDel Mar Race TrackSolar City, and more.

For more information on Ye Scallywag!, please visit:

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

LAMB OF GOD Reveals New Music Video for "Embers", Latest Single from VII: Sturm Und Drang

LAMB OF GOD Reveals New Music Video for "Embers", Latest Single from VII: Sturm Und Drang
Read Guitarist Mark Morton's Op-Ed & Watch "Embers" Now, Exclusively via Vice/Noisey

Last summer, internationally-renowned heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD released theirlatest Grammy-nominated full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, which includes the emotive anthem "Embers" featuring Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno.
In order to further illustrate the story behind "Embers", LAMB OF GOD has revealed the official music video for the track. The video is directed by Zev Deans, also recognized for directing videos for GhostBehemothChelsea Wolfe, and others.

LAMB OF GOD will perform in their hometown on August 20th at Gwar BQ 2016 in Richmond, VA. Tickets are available here
VII: Sturm Und Drang landed a #2 first week debut on the Billboard U.S. Top Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top 200, and #1 on both the Rock Album and Hard Rock Album charts. Get your copy of VII: Sturm Und Drang here: | iTunes Amazon Google Play
LAMB OF GOD is Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums).
For more information about LAMB OF GOD, please visit:

HALESTORM and THE USED Join New Jersey's ROCK CARNIVAL + Food Truck Count Boosted to 50!

HALESTORM and THE USED Join New Jersey's 
ROCK CARNIVAL + Food Truck Count Boosted to 50!
Additional Headliners Include Twisted Sister (Last Area Appearance!), Alice Cooper & Daughtry + Performers Clutch, Sebastian Bach, Overkill, Ace Frehley, Monster Magnet, Fuel & More
The Northeast's Only Classic Carnival + Rock n' Roll Festival Experience is BACK!
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016 @ FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ  
Single Day GA, Weekend GA and Reserved Seat Weekend Packages are On Sale Now
Get VIP Packages and Skybox Meet & Greets Here (powered by SoundRink)
Let the countdown begin! There are just two months remaining until the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL - taking place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at its new location in Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park - home of the Lakewood Blue Claws! The festival is thrilled to be hosted at their new home, which will feature a more efficient layout for attendees to enjoy activities.
"Our ballpark is well positioned with ample space on the field, the seats, the concourse, and the front of the park, plus with substantial parking space, to maximize the experience for each fan," states Steve Farago, VP of Operations & Events, Lakewood Blue Claws.
More room also equals more food trucks! As last year's attendees know, one of the largest attractions at the ROCK CARNIVAL is the wide array of food trucks. Based on 2015's high demand, the number of food trucks serving their scrumptious culinary creations at this year's carnival has been boosted to 50! See below for a preliminary list of returning and new food truck vendors:
Tater's Half Baked
Luigi's Ice Cream
The Empanada Guy
Oink and Moo BBQ
Cafe Gallo
John and Debbie O's Concessions
The Angry Crab
House of Cupcakes
Aussie Pie Guys
The Caribbean Soul
One Big Party BBQ
The Little Sicilian
Jersey's Johnny's
Maddalena's Cheesecake
Big Dogg Festival Food
Glazed and Confused Mini Donuts
+ Many more to be announced!
Additionally, the ROCK CARNIVAL will feature several local arts and entertainment, awareness and clothing vendors. Vendors will include:
Art/Entertainment Vendors
Eyellusion Tech (the team behind Wacken Open Air's Ronnie James Dio hologram!)
NJ Lottery
Phil Kunto Studios
Tattoo Tonys
Awareness Vendors
Foster's Future
Clothing Vendors
Petunia Rocks
As with its inaugural year - which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees - the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL will also feature classic amusement rides and entertainment, high-action Professional Wrestling, a wide selection of tasty brews, pig racing and more. This year's event will also see the addition of a children's fun zone. It's a weekend of big fun for the whole family!
As mentioned above, ROCK CARNIVAL is pleased to announce the addition of top-charting rockers Halestorm and The Used to the Sunday line-up. The bands join a stellar line-up currently featuring Friday's headliner, shock rock king Alice Cooper, and Saturday's presentation of Twisted Sister's official tri-state farewell performance. The show will also feature Daughtry - featuring its namesake Chris Daughtry, contestant on the fifth season of Fox's American Idol - Clutch, Overkill, Ace Frehley, Fuel, Monster Magnet, Life Of Agony, Sebastian Bach, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, and many more.
GRAMMY® Award-winning band Halestorm's latest album, Into The Wild Life, debuted in the top 5 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its release last year while also entering Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums tally at #1 - both marking Halestorm's highest chart placement to date. The album's first three singles reached the top 5 at active rock. Halestormare currently on the road supporting Shinedown on the Carnival of Madness Tour before heading out later this fall for another leg of their headline tour with support from Lita Ford and Dorothy.
Halestorm states, "SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! We can't wait to bring the rock n' roll madness with all of our Freaks at the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL! We just really want to watch the pig racing! See you there!"
RIAA Gold-Certified rockers The Used will join ROCK CARNIVAL along their 2016 15th anniversary tour, celebrating the release of their highly-influential self-titled record. Upon the album's release, The Used became the unexpected face of a new generation of youth culture. This year, the band released a reimagined acoustic version of that same seminal record, recorded live with a full orchestra and entitled Live and Acoustic at the PalaceThe Used's most recent full-length studio album, Imaginary Enemy, entered the Billboard Independent Album chart at #1 in its first week, while landing within the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart.  

The Used singer Bert McCracken adds, "We look forward to heading back to NJ for the Rock Carnival to play for those die-hard Used fans. See you all in October!"
This year's festivities will also include a brand new "Classic" Friday night celebration, which will feature tributes to classic rock favorites! Almost Queen will play your Queen favorites, Alive! '75 will take us back with some KISS, and Zakk Sabbath - featuring vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label SocietyOzzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age) - will perform Black Sabbath classics.
"ROCK CARNIVAL is very excited to finally announce HalestormThe Used and the others who will help round out this year's line-up," states ROCK CARNIVAL producer John D'Esposito. "The festival outlined a plan that would deliver famous classic rock Friday, strong family friendly rock packaging Saturday and to close Sunday with active radio rock headliner. We put a strong emphasis on stacking the line up with New Jersey and immediate area acts who have had a long tradition of playing the infamous Jersey rock scene over years. Horns in the air, let's get ready to rock!"
See below for the current line-up, with more artists being added leading up to the main event. 
Friday, September 30th
Alice Cooper
Zakk Sabbath
Blue Oyster Cult
Almost Queen
Alive! '75
+ more tributes!
Saturday, October 1st
Twisted Sister
Ace Frehley
American Angel
Cycle of Pain
Four By Fate
Monster Magnet
Punky Meadows
Shaman's Harvest
Texas Hippie Coalition
Sunday, October 2nd
The Used
10 Years
Bullet Boys
Cinderella's Tom Keifer
Citizen Zero
Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy
Life Of Agony
River Monsters
Sebastian Bach
+ more TBA!
Music will take place on multiple stages, including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field.  Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The musical portion of the event will once again feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area, with the addition of another performance area showcasing developing artists.
Reserved weekend, GA weekend, single day, VIP and Skybox tickets for this year's ROCK CARNIVAL are on sale now. Single day tickets are just $44.99! Carnival and concert entry is FREE for all children under 16 and Adult Carnival Only Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the Carnival. Carnival Only Admission does not include stadium access
Get your reserved and GA weekend + single day tickets here! Find VIP packages and Skybox tickets via SoundRink.
More carnival details, per-day line-ups and other entertainment will be announced soon. For more information, visit
The ROCK CARNIVAL is produced by Stan Levinstone Presents and GameLoud. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Marianas Trench with Skylar Stecker - Nashville, TN

It’s a Wednesday night and I get to see a very talented 14 year old star Skylar Stecker along with the very entertaining Marianas Trench.

First on the agenda was meeting Skylar for a quick interview to learn more about this up and rising star. She was such a fun person to interview and a very sweet personality. You can tell how passionate she is about her music, and she is only fourteen! I was lucky to hear her doing sound check as well, but her performance on stage was breath taking. Her showmanship was very professional and her vocals very impressive. The crowd cheered loud for her. Her set involved her playing the keyboard and singing along with a guy playing acoustic guitar. She sang a familiar tune for the fans “Cake by the Ocean” which amped up the crowd for Marianas Trench.

Marianas Trench was ready to come out and the fans screamed with joy. It had been three years since they have been to Nashville, TN, so their fans were ready to see them again. They came out on stage and brightly began their set with their lit up guitars and very impressive production set. The fans sang along with every song and kept jumping and their hands up throughout their set. They showed amazing skill and I was so honored to get to photograph them. I will definitely have to see them again next time they come around.

Written by Jennifer Pinckney for Bloodrock Media
August 3, 2016