The second stage of acts during the fourth annual River City Rockfest at San Antonio's AT&T Center was not relegated to secondary status Memorial Day Sunday in the eyes of the festival's fans, thanks in large part to Red Sun Rising and The Sword.
The former group, out of Akron, Ohio, packed 'em in early for its 12:45 p.m. kickoff of the stage's acts while Pop Evil was just beginning on the main stage during the only overlap of bands among the two biggest stages throughout the 11-hour rock and metal extravaganza that enjoyed its largest official attendance of "more than 27,800." Red Sun Rising, touring in support of Polyester Zeal, rocked hard throughout its brief five-song set that began with "Push" and continued through "The Otherside," catchy-chorus new single "Amnesia," "Emotionless" and "Imitation." The group, fronted by singer/guitarist Mike Protich and rounded out by guitarists Ryan Williams and Dave McGarry, bassist Ricky Miller and drummer Pat Gerasia opened for San Antonio's Nothing More last June at the Aztec Theater (coverage here).
The Sword, meanwhile, didn't have far to go to play the Rockfest's second stage for a second time. The Austin natives, who did the honors at the inaugural fest in 2013 (more here), are touring in support of fifth album High Country. Guitarist Kyle Shutt was even seen hanging out among the crowd last July 31 at the Alamo City Music Hall parking lot watching King Diamond, Slayer, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada on the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Shutt, vocalist/guitarist John Cronise, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Santiago Vela III will likely be around these parts again once or twice before their touring cycle for the new album concludes.
For a River City Rockfest interview with Hatebreed, click here. Click these appropriate links for coverage of Megadeth and Scorpions, and stay tuned for more of the festival that featured headliners Disturbed plus Sevendust, Bullet For My Valentine, Sixx A.M., Devildriver, San Antonio's The Heroine and more.