As the World’s Loudest Month comes to a close, Kansas City Rockfest is the festival that completes it with a bang with some great acts. May 30 is quickly approaching and Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri is getting prepared with headliners such as Rob Zombie, Anthrax, Halestorm and and Volbeat. However, there are the awesome, lesser known artists that are more than worth checking out but also becoming fans of, such as We Are Harlot, Otherwise, In This Moment, Tech N9ne and Nothing More.
Some of these “lesser known” artists may not be lesser known to many fans around the country, as some of them sell out theaters wherever they go. Bands like We Are Harlot is a new project of former Asking Alexandria’s vocalist Danny Warsnop and Tech N9ne is a huge hip-hop artist now quickly fusing his way into the metal world.
Make sure to make it early in the day to get a good spot for the Las Vegas boys of Otherwise. Recently having released their second album, Peace At All Costs, they have been touring the nation nonstop over and over again and still selling out every stop they make it into. Every show they have perfoemed is full of so much energy and fan interaction that people leave practically becoming close friends with all the members; Just remember not to ask the drummer Corky Gainsford, “Where is Adrian?” Because he doesn’t know [even if he is right behind you]!
We Are Harlot, who have just released their self titled debut album features former vocalist of Asking Alexandria, Danny Worsnop. They soon finishing up on a small U.S. tour with Papa Roach as well as their own headlining dates which included several festival stops this past month of May. The Road Runner Records band also have announced several European dates in the early part of the Summer.
Tech N9ne is the artist that is bringing the new flavor to the metal world with being the who who is crossing over, hard in, from the rap world. With already being a successful artist within his own industry he decided to combine his love for metal music and bring it out to the public, and for well over a year now, quite successfully. His new album, Something Else, is just that. Every festival stop, every tour stop he has been coming into has been packed with both rap, hiphop and now metal fans, all converged into one venue partying along together, both in a crowd surfing form and in the arms in the air known for the rap style form, everyone singing or rapping along with Tech N9ne.
The band Nothing More has been making a lot of noise, pun intended, as they have been growing at an exponential rate since their festival debut at Sacramento’s Aftershock Festival in 2013. Within hours of their first performance on a side stage, they were asked by the festival owner, Danny Wimmer to perform again the next day on the main stage to thousands of people in which the entire crowd fell in love with their sound. Within a year, they were signed to a major record label and quickly started touring nationally and internationally with their fan base growing faster which thankfully they have been keeping up. From their clean hard rock sounds to their famously popular bass trio that is performed, on one base, this is surely not a band to miss. Nothing More is out with their self titled debut album and are about to embark on a headlining tour with Detroit rockers Wilson, and will be happily and continually making more noise in the coming days.
In This Moment, while are not a small band, nor maybe not an underrated band, in a way, are still slightly underrated. Thankfully, they are sill growing and at an alarming but un-alarming (in terms of fear) rate. With their new album, Black Widow, on their new label with Atlantic Records, they have already released two singles and videos, “Big Bad Wolf” and “Sex Metal Barbie” are both nothing short of amazing to watch on video (click on their titles to watch) and even more of a show to watch live. Every song they perform live has its own theatrical performance on top of singer, Maria Brinks magical and both metallic and angelic voice, fans are left with their jaws on the floor at every song, at every show.
Tickets for Kansas City Rockfest are still available and are available online.
Photos from previous festivals they have performed in are located in the gallery.