This year’s Rock’s 102.1 KFMA Fall Ball was brought back to Kino Sport’s Complex on Oct. 21. Metal music reigned supreme for the day. Sights of long hair, awesome tattoos, crowd surfing and circle dancing were prevalent throughout the day. The weather was a sunny 83 degrees. All of these factors added up to a perfect day of rock and roll.
The raucous crowd was revved up and ready to greet the headliners of the day: Pierce the Veil (PtV) and Breaking Benjamin. After sunset, the number of fans increased dramatically and roar of the crowd could be heard throughout the neighborhood. Both bands brought their high-octane energy levels to a maximum throttle.
EMO rock band, Pierce the Veil, consists of Vic Fuentes on vocals and rhythm guitar, Mike Fuentes on drums, Tony Perry on lead guitar, and Jaime Preciado on bass guitar and vocals. Their explosive performance drew constant screaming and squeals from the crowd as they performed songs “Texas Is Forever,” “The Divine Zero,” and “King for a Day.” Perry and Preciado were constantly in motion as they jumped and moved from one side of the stage to the other. The Fuentes brothers played like their lives depended on it. Their performance was bulletproof as PtV elicited the fans to jump and sing along to their anthems. Check out Perry’s awesome Owl neck tattoo in the photos.
Hard rock band Breaking Benjamin was as energetic and powerful as PtV as they kept the momentum going. Frontman Ben Burnley stormed on stage to the delight of their excited fans. The fans sang to every word of “So Cold,” “Polyamorous,” “Diary of Jane,” and “Give Me a Sign.” Band members, Shaun Foist (drums), Aaron Bruch (bass, vocals), Jasen Rauch (Lead guitar), and Keith Wallen (rhythm guitar), complimented each other throughout the show. The band’s lineup has changed dramatically over the last two years. Still, their performance was much like a well-seasoned band. The fans did not need any encouragement to participate during the show.
Earlier in the day, AXS caught most of the up and coming acts. Juiceboxxx played mid-day to a thin crowd of early concertgoers. If you weren’t familiar with this punk-rapper, Juiceboxxx made sure that you knew him by the end of his set. This guy was in perpetual motion and holds the record for the most jumps in one set. His mission was to form a relationship with his fans and he succeeded.
Welshly Arms offered something for every one that included rock, blues, soul, and R&B. They hail from Cleveland, Ohio and they are relatively new on the music scene. They released their first EP in 2013. They were a nice change from the hard rock elements of the day.
Dreamers is a three-man band consisting of Nick Wold, Marc Nelson, and Jacob Lee Wick. They released their first EP, This Album Does Not Exist last year. Their pop stylings had a very imaginative approach as they utilized prerecorded intros to their music occasionally.
Beartooth, a metal and punk rock band, provided a very dark, intense set. They were very entertaining and energetic. Their frontman, Caleb Shomo, was the major showman for the band.
Thrice was another wildly popular hard-rock band on the agenda. Their entertainment factor was huge. Their song lyrics are deep and beautiful, but can be hidden by their loud instrumentation. Regardless, they were a fan favorite of the day.
The Fall Ball was filled with great rock bands. It was a day of new band discovery. There was only one stage this year, but that was not an impediment. It was an outdoor rock music festival filled with food, drink, music and dance. The Rock 102.1, KFMA Day will be in May 2018.