Virginia's Chili Cook-Off with Sevendust, 10 Years, Trapt, and More
October 23, 2013
By: Kate Drexel
To say Woodstock, VA's Chili Cook-Off had its problems is an understatement. Luckily, bands like Sevendust, 10 Years, Trapt, and tons more kept the music going nonstop, distracting rock fans from the rain and lack of alcohol.
Hurt took one of two main stages early in the afternoon, playing a rare one off date amidst some down time. With songs like "10 Ton Brick" and "Wars" the crowd was insane. Singer J. Loren threw in a bit of the signature violin Hurt fans on "Fighting Tao" before ditching it for the band's final song, "Rapture", and jumping into the crowd to close out the set alongside his fans.
The moment Hurt stepped off stage the next one was ready beside it to keep things going with Smile Empty Soul. For most in attendance this was the first opportunity to hear the brand new tracks off of Chemicals, which proved to be just as catchy live. Also included in the set were the favorites "Silhouettes", and "Bottom of a Bottle," during which the entire audience shouted "I do it for the drugs" along with singer Sean Danielsen.
Taproot were up next, playing a varied set of tracks from the catalogue they've racked up throughout the last decade, including "Again and Again", and the early 2000's hit "Poem". The quirky band interacted with fans constantly throughout the set, with singer Stephen Richards jumping into the crowd to get them involved.
Arguably one of the best performances of the day came from metal favorites Nonpoint. Unstoppable energy and hair flying in every possible direction as the guys headbanged along with the music made for a great set, including tracks from the one year old self titled album as well as a few older songs. Frontman Elias Soriano provided amazing vocals throughout, and the powerful screams on "Bullet with a Name" made for a perfect end to the set.
Although the side stage, also known as a barn, wasn't the greatest setup, I had to make it over there to check out Super Bob, who I'd heard nothing but positive things about. Everything I'd heard seemed to be true; not only were the band's 'dance moves' entertaining and in sync with one another 100% throughout the set, but the music was on point, and in between songs felt like a stand up comedy show.
Back at the main stage Trapt were ready to "Bring It", wasting no time getting the adrenaline going and opening with their biggest hit "Headstrong". Singer Chris Brown got everyone singing and jumping along as they rocked through "Echo" and "Who's Going Home With You Tonight?"
The sun began to set and the rain picked up just in time for 10 Years to take the stage and distract us from the cold. Wearing a mask that completely covered his face, frontman Jesse Hasek spent almost as much time off stage as he did on, constantly getting right in fans' faces to give them an up close and personal performance. The end of the set was hit filled, with "Beautiful", "Wasteland", and "Shoot It Out" leaving everyone wanting more.
It seemed as though not a single person gave into exhaustion after a long day in the rain, packing themselves into the unbelievably tight pit for the final band of the night, Sevendust. After the entire day sticking surprisingly well to the schedule, it wasn't too surprising to finally have a mishap, with the front of house sound losing power. They finally took the stage a bit later; neither the band nor fans allowed the vocals cutting out to ruin the set, with everyone going absolutely insane as they moshed and rocked out to "Decay", "Waffle", and "Splinter". The band all gave it their all through each and every last second of the set, making for a great finish to a day of nonstop rock.