95X Fest 2014 Brings Rock & Wrestling to Baldswinville Waterfront
June 23, 2014
By: Nicole McKay
At $10 a ticket to see 10 bands, this year's 95X Fest was a no brainer. After throwing in some wrestling to entertain during the breaks, a gorgeous lake backdrop, and some killer local and national acts, it was impossible not to have a great time.
Local band's showcased their talent to warm up the day, wrapping up late in the afternoon and kicking off the national artists with Texas natives Nothing More. The band has proven to be one of the biggest breakout artists of 2014 to date, playing all of the major festivals and captivating a mass of new fans in each city they hit. The band took the stage, beginning the intro to "Christ Copyright", and soon joined on stage by barefoot frontman Jonny Hawkins. The instrumental introduction was accompanied by Hawkins on the drums, who soon traded in the sticks for his microphone. Engaging the audience throughout the entire set, the satirical lyrics of "Mr. MTV" and energetic solos had Baldswinville moving from start to finish.
Smile Empty Soul continued the evening, featuring Taproot's Phil Lipscomb filling for Ryan Martin on bass. The trio wasted no time with chat, rolling seamlessly through a perfect balanace of old and new tracks. "LA River" provided a great singalong chorus, and by the time "Silhouttes" and "Bottom of a Bottle" came, voices were raw. Tied down to his guitar and mic., frontman Sean Danielsen still made an effort to amp up the crowd whenever he got a second to step out from behind the mic.
Vegas boys Otherwise returned to the festival for their second year in a row, the band's first show since they headed into the studio to work on a follow up album to 2012's True Love Never Dies. From the moment they stepped foot on stage, hair, instruments, and legs seemed to fly in every direction. The band's contagious energy combined with charismatic frontman Adrian Patrick jumping into the crowd and getting them to sing along made for a fast paced adrenalizing set. Much to everyone's surprise, Otherwise overcame their nerves and played their brand new single live for the first time. To say the new track was received positively would be an understatement, and fans were definitely left eager to here more of the new material. Finally, they closed out with the hit "Soldiers", beginning by asking anyone that has served in the military to join them on stage. With thousands singing along to the uplifting song, the energy and spirit in the air on the closing track was incredible.
Finally, it was time for headliner Adelitas Way to finish off the festival. The intro track to "The Collapse" set the crowd off, and within a few seconds the band were ready to rock. With a long absence from touring, they were welcomed back with ear-piercing screams and neverending mosh pits. Including their latest single "Dog on a Leash", the band gave us a taste of what to expect from their upcoming July 29 release, Stuck. Mixing up the heavy guitars from their first album and the catchy lyrics of their second, the new material brought out the absolute best in the band. Singer Rick DeJesus made sure the crowd weren't sleeping yet, getting everyone to go as crazy as they could and promising he'd join the craziest side of the audience at the end of the set. Closing with the hit "Invincible", everyone had their hands in the air and gave it their all once last time before the night was over. With the exception of some technical difficulties and the band's set being cut short due to time constraints, Adelitas Way made for a great end to an unforgettable day.