24-hour party people
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, May 26, 2011
5/26/11 at 5:22 AM
OKC band Hinder to perform for hometown crowd at Rocklahoma
Whitesnake set to take stage at Rocklahoma
PRYOR - This year, Rocklahoma organizers are forecasting more than 15,000 people a day will pass through the gates of the Catch the Fever festival grounds.
And those music fans will see a different festival than in previous years.
The festival has moved from July to May to utilize the Memorial Day holiday and keep fans cooler. And, this year, organizers have added an icy blast of air conditioning to the VIP tents.
They've also added things like balloon rides and other activities, said Joe Litvag, senior vice president of AEG Live, who is helping to organize this year's Rocklahoma festival in Pryor.
Full weekend passes are $169, weekend camping is $50, and single-day passes start at $65, plus fees.
Rocklahoma was started in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival.
The festival has grown its music base and now includes a mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock music acts.
Headliners this year include Whitesnake, Motley Crue, Poison, Staind and more. Secondary acts like Hinder, Rev Theory and Drowning Pool - all headliners in their own right - get to play with some of their idols, Litvag said.
In a recent telephone interview, Oklahoma's Mark King, of Hinder, agreed with Litvag.
"I mean, c'mon. We are playing the same night as Whitesnake. ... That's the one band I'm thrilled to play with and to be able to see this year," he said.
That camaraderie "only enhances the party atmosphere," Litvag said. "Everyone's so excited to be there," he said.
The owners of the Catch the Fever grounds are still involved in the day-to-day partnership and planning with members of AEG Live, he said.
Also new this year is more and longer camping.
"People really can party 24 hours a day if that's what they want to do," Litvag said.
This year, along with cookouts, inflatable pools and impromptu parties comes live music at the campgrounds for the first time in festival history. Live stages will host bands during afternoon hours and late night, when the main stages are shuttered.
"As the audience expands, it acts as a catalyst to get more people interested," Litvag said. "The camping experience gets 'em coming back."
Full-fest and VIP packages are available now via tulsaworld.com/feverfest. Single-day tickets for the three-day camp and rock festival are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Stages and gates open at 3 p.m. daily. Campgrounds will be open through Tuesday.
The venue is a 45-minute drive northeast of Tulsa and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, and hospitality areas.
For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/feverfest
Pre-party, May 26
Fist of Rage, Tiranico, Aformatic, Floodlyne, Blackwood, TwoFold, Stun
Whitesnake, Hinder, Skillet, Sick Puppies, All That Remains, My Darkest Days, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Texas Hippie Coalition, New Medicine, Bad Things, Wildstreet, Loveblast, D'Molls, Alias, Blue Tiger, Firststryke, Chuk Cooley and the Demon Hammers, Signum A.D., Silverstone, Return to Custody
Staind, Sebastian Bach, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Cavo, Pop Evil, The Gracious Few, Adelita's Way, Taddy Porter, Electric Touch, Gypsy Pistoleros, Loveblast, Cutlass, Mock Star, Aura Surreal, Aska, Strikeforce, Siva Addiction, A Good Fight, BAIT, Lynam, Rocker Lips, Sweatin' Bullets
Motley Crue, Poison, Papa Roach, Seether, Black Label Society, Saving Abel, Escape The Fate, Crooked X, Art Of Dying, One Less Reason, Bad Things, The Glitter Boys, Black Tora, New Cool World, Pretty Little Suicide, Diemonds, Cody Clinton & The Bishops, Brandon Clark Band, David Castro Band, Desi & Cody
Local music also featured at Rocklahoma
Axis Entertainment, FeverFest and AEG Live have joined forces to represent local and regional music at this year's music and camping event.
The stage, known as AXIS Stage, will be the host of the official Rocklahoma pre-party on Thursday and through the weekend.
The pre-party begins 7 p.m. Thursday and will showcase local music from Stun, Blackwood, TwoFold, Floodlyne, Aformatic, Tiranico and Fist of Rage.
On following days, the stage will open at noon.
Friday: Echo Vendetta, Return to Custody, Benjamin Del Shreve, Signum A.D. and Chuk Cooley & the Demon Hammers.
Saturday: Sweatin' Bullets, BAIT, A Good Fight, Siva Addiction, Rocker Lips and Lynam.
Sunday: Cody Clinton & The Bishops, Desi & Cody, David Castro Band, Brandon Clark Band and Chuk Cooley & the Demon Hammers
Jennifer Chancellor 918-581-8346
Robby Mease (left) and Dustin Noble watch as Lipstick Magazine performs during the third day of the second annual Rocklahoma music festival held in Pryor back in 2008. Performances from numerous live acts run through the entire Memorial Day weekend Tulsa World file
Brandon Clark Band