It started as a festival with all local bands, but I added some bands from Illinois and Washington. Its just meant to foster the scene, festival organizer Jon Timm says. Timm is in charge of booking for the TC Local organization, which puts on shows throughout the year in Northern Michigan.
Performing at the festival will be a number of local rock outfits, including Escanaba Firing Line and Tanooki Suit, as well as two out-of-town bands, The Building Press (Washington) and Crimson Addict (Illinois).
Diversity is the keyword here as far as musical style goes. In the realm of indie rock, Semblance of Normalcy and ClassOneLaser will be appearing.
Also in attendance will be punk-outfits like Lite FM, Surreal and Halloran. On the heavier end of the spectrum will be metal-core acts in the form of The Drone Report and All Odds Against. The ska of the Upstrokes and glam-rock of Partitions of Poland will also
Im actually really excited about Rockzilla for that very reason - Jon and the other guys putting it together did a pretty good job with spicing-up the bill. Given, its an all rock n roll show - but theyve got everything from punk to metal to indie to alternative to prog-ish to mellow to hard rock bands and everything inbetween playing this thing, says Jesse Younce, guitarist for Escanaba Firing Line. Ive heard Tanooki Suit a few times, theyre really good especially considering how young they are. Love Cushion are friends of mine - theyre excellent! Which really surprised me. Theyve sort of got this at the drive-in feel to a few of their tunes - which is nice, says Younce.
There is a lot of potential for the rock community in Northern Michigan and events like Rockzilla are now happening because of increased resources for independent musicians.
Right now I think Traverse City is at a point for some really exciting stuff to start happening, Younce says. Being part of a band or being an artist, you need a way to get your stuff heard or seen. Four years ago all you had to do was WNMC (local college radio), New Moon Records, or the Northern Express - all of whom did a lot to help local and independent arts in Traverse. Now weve got D Vinyl Records downtown, which is a great outlet to get local music as well as information about local events. Jacobs Well is the closest thing we have as far as a venue goes, and really is the only place that welcomes local and unknown music. And we have this group known as the TC Local, who do an amazing job with promoting local Traverse City events and theyve put on tons of shows themselves. The next step is to just get everyone to work together, put aside any differences. Were all trying to achieve the same thing here: a strong and culturally enriched community.
Rockzilla fest will be held at the Schneider Farm outside Traverse City near Four Mile Road and Arbutus. Timm also says that, aside from music, there will be a barbeque and pick-up soccer and baseball games for all who attend. For directions visit
www.semblanceofnormalcy.freeservers.com. Admission is $7, or $5 with a non-perishable food item. The festival is an all-ages show and will last from 11 AM until dark. In the case of rain the festival will be postponed.