Saturday, June 3 was not just another hot summer day in Las Vegas. The Scars and Stripes Festival in LasVegas packed in 12 plus hours of rock'n roll in support of American Troops past and present. The “second Memorial Day” concert was an all day long event that featured 17 bands rocked and loaded with guitars and drums and ready to annihilate the stage.
The inaugural event was produced by Filthy Nasty Productions in conjunction with Empire Reign and Mungo Creative Group and took place at The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Ticket sale proceeds will be used to benefit several local Las Vegas veteran organizations, the most interesting being the Nevada Chapter of Pets for Vets. Pets for Vets provides a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and placing them with veterans who could benefit from their own perfect pet companion.
The sun was high in the sky, with temperatures already hitting the 99 degree mark early in the day and on had supporters braving the heat for the music ahead. A dual stage was set upon the main event stage, and gave bands the opportunity to take turns for their set without fans having to venture to a separate location. Festivals can be quite suspenseful since they draw bands from every corner of the country and sometimes from the other corners of the world. Gates opened at 11:00 a.m. with the first band Charcoal Tongue taking the controls at 11:45 a.m. This Texas based band, newly signed to Spinefarm Records, recently released a new song titled, “Fix Me”.If you’re a Linkin Park, Slipknot or Korn fan, you will definitely enjoy these guys! Chrysalis from nearby Barstow kicked off the next set. This California band also had a recent album release Reminder, already with two tracks receiving repeat airplay.
Never will you be disappointed with new music or new bands at a festival as you are hit with back to back, non-stop new music. There is always a band that will hit that proverbial rock and roll sweet spot and win you over for life. Las Vegas band Honor Amongst Thieves once again gave a solid performance, Moscow, Nocturnal Affair, LansdowneShaman’s Harvest were new to me, but be sure to check them out they gave great performances for upcoming newer bands! A live performance can always make or break a band or a fan, and if a band can win an audience at a live show and make them want to hear more, their work has been accomplished and every band did just that at Scars and Stripes!
A more well known artist, Canadian Adam Gontier, lead singer for Saint Asonia and former lead for 3 Days Grace was on a solo set next. Gontier was a one man show with his amplified acoustic version of fan favorites and some even by request as he stated “You say it, I play it, I heard it, here you go!”