Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rocklahoma 2011

It’s Festival Week once again at The Rock And Roll Guru. This week I will be discussing five select festivals including the highs, the lows, the bands on the bill, the places to go, and why you should attend.

May 27 – 29, 2011
Pryor, Oklahoma

Mixing classic 80s metal with today’s modern rock heroes, Rocklahoma is a hard rock music lover’s delight. Once again taking place over Memorial Day weekend, Rocklahoma looks to be one of the best festivals of 2011 if you are judging purely on the lineup. For the last couple of years, Rocklahoma has been taking a beating as abuse has been hurled by fans far and wide. It appears that they are going to turn that around this year. With headlining acts Motley Crue closing out the festival and a wide variety of other bands ranging from Pop Evil to Whitesnake, Rocklahoma may be the hardest rocking festival of the year.

Ticket prices are not too bad considering that this is a 3-day event. General Admission tickets for all 3 days are $139. Single day tickets run $55/day ($65 for Sunday), so if you are only interested in seeing one particular band, the single day ticket would be your best bet. I don’t know why Sunday’s single day ticket costs more, but my guess is because Motley Crue is headlining that night.

VIP packages are also available for Rocklahoma. For $350 you get the best parking, the best seating, access to an air conditioned VIP tent (which in Oklahoma during late May is a good thing) and all the Bud Light you can drink along with soft drinks, water, and a full buffet. All you can eat and drink, beer included? $350 for 3 days of that is not a bad price at all.

Tickets can be purchased through Rocklahoma’s website – www.rocklahoma.com

The 3-day lineup for this year’s Rocklahoma is one of their best ever. Friday night includes All That Remains, Skillet, Hinder, and headliners Whitesnake. On Saturday night Taddy Porter, Pop Evil, Cavo, Drowning Pool, and Sebastian Bach will all grace the stage before the headliners of the evening, Staind, close things out. Sunday will see performances by Saving Able, Black Label Society, Seether, Papa Roach, Poison, and the headliners of the whole event, Motley Crue. That is quite a power packed lineup!

Rocklahoma is now in its 5th year. What started out as the biggest hair metal festival the world has ever seen, morphed into an all hard rock festival beginning last year. This festival was originally held in July and was the hair metal fest of choice. However, the hot weather and central location found hair metal enthusiasts attending other festivals. This forced Rocklahoma to re-examine their lineup and festival as a whole. The change in format and dates started last year and continues into 2011.

With five years of experience, Rocklahoma as a festival knows how to run things. The waiting time between acts is minimal, the vendors are plentiful, and the venue is well kept. The campgrounds are just next door and the festival works hard to make sure that all attendees have a great time.

Places To Stay
The best place to stay for Rocklahoma is the campsites that are just next door. Camping for the weekend is reasonably priced at $50 for General Admission Camping and $70 for VIP Camping. Fans can arrive at the campsite starting on Sunday, May 22nd (almost a full week before the start of the festival) for no additional charge. There will be a campground stage featuring local acts and up and coming bands.

If you aren’t the camping type, there are several hotels/motels in the nearby area where you can stay for an affordable rate. Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, and Econolodge are all within a few miles of the festival site. However, if you want a hotel room, book early (as in now). It is Memorial Day weekend after all.

Rocklahoma has the perfect blend of old and new acts to satisfy all hard rock fans. After changing their format last year, Rocklahoma learned from that experience and strived to make this year’s festival even better. With great modern bands like Staind, Skillet, Seether, and Pop Evil alongside classic hair metal bands like Whitesnake, Poison, and Motley Crue, Rocklahoma is going to be one amazing rock festival. It could be the best way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

Ryo’s Final Word
Rocklahoma looks like a fun filled festival with some amazing bands on the bill. I may have to travel out to Oklahoma and check this festival out.

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