River City Rockfest Overview: Guest Reporter, Paula Herron

When I found out our good friend, Paula "Pookie" Herron, was heading to, San Antonio, to attend River City Rockfest, I asked her if she would give us a "full report."  Being the rockstar that she is, Paula, was the, Bro-Metal, reporter on the scene and was kind enough to give us a full write up.  Special thanks to, Paula, and I can say after reading her overview, I am quite jealous.  - Bro


River City Rock Fest 2015, May 24, 2015

Paula Herron, reporting.

In between days of torrential rains and devastating storms was a glorious Sunday filled with amazing bands and kick ass performances by some of the best metal bands around.  This is not your normal review as I am definitely not a professional by any means but instead this is what I experienced.

 The first band that I was able to catch was a local band from, San Antonio, Texas called, The Taking.  I had seen them before at SXSW in March. They were really good then but this venue truly brought out the best in them.  They really performed on a higher level and I overheard many people saying how impressed they were. They really owned the stage and looked like they were having a great time too.

One of the best surprises of the day was the band, Crobot. OMG they had so much energy and showmanship.  Their hard-hitting riffs and great bass lines made the dark lyrics come to life. They have truly gotten an even bigger fan in me than I already was.

After Crobot, I moved over to the main stage to take in, Drowning Pool.  These guys totally brought it.  They played all of my favorites so I was in metal heaven.  They truly were kicking ass and taking names. 

Since the main stage was running behind I had to run to try to catch up with, Upon A Burning Body’s set.  I was able to wind my way up close to the front.  The energy around this band was electric.  They have a great following and they were killing their set.  I wasn’t that familiar with them but they really have me hooked now.

The next band up was the one and only ,In This Moment, with the amazing, Maria Brink.  They put one hell of a show.  I have got to tell you I have a little bit of a fangirl crush on her. She really is a great performer and a hell of a front woman. The crowd went totally crazy when they broke into Whore.  I am absolutely seeing them any time they come close to town.  They really set the bar for all the other bands.

Halestorm, was the next band to take the stage, and they took it by storm.  They came out rocking and never stopped the whole set. Lzzy Hale, has got to be one of the best female front women I have ever seen and she has stage presence second to none. Their set was a mix of new, old and everything in between. Arejay, was a blessing to the crowd by flinging water at the crowd to try to cool us down.  What a cool thing to do.

After getting nailed in the head a few times by crowd surfers I decided to take in, Papa Roach, from a less painful vantage point towards the back and in the shade.  They put on a killer show and played so many of my favorites.  They were playing so tight. It was amazing when, Maria Brink, came on stage and sang the new song that she collaborated on called, “Gravity.”

Next up, Scott Weiland and the Wildeabouts.  This was the biggest disappointment of the day.  Weiland, was having difficulty talking and his vocals were so off. It was really quite sad to see the band trying to make a go of it. You could just see people walking away. 

Then there was, Volbeat.  What can I say? I freaking love this band and they put on a phenomenal show. This was the first time they had ever played San Antonio but you could see the love for this band everywhere.  I lost my voice singing along to at the top of my lungs.  “Lola Montez,” “Hangman’s Body Count,” “Dead But Rising,” and even a little, Johnny Cash, thrown in.  They played all of my favorites.

Anthrax, was up next and they brought their A game.  Hard rocking and the intesity level just kept rising.  The crowd was feeding off the energy from the stage.  They were truly playing vintage Anthrax. I couldn’t have asked for a better set.

The legendary, Linkin Park, closed the show and what a show it was. Chester, was playing the crowd and they were so in sync.  The whole place was jumping up and down and you could see the band feed off of the energy. I swear this was the best performance I have seen from them in a very long time. 

The whole day was one great band after another and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.  I’m already planning out next year.  I apologize to all the other amazing acts that I was not able to see. I was especially bummed that I wasn’t able to see the, Houston, based band, Like Monroe. I hope you enjoyed my attempt at reviewing what I thought was one of the best lineups in a long time.  Thank you and horns up \m/.


Thanks again to our sister in metal, the fantastic, Paul Herron!  Sounds like it was one helluva show!