Five must-see acts at San Antonio's River City Rockfest 2018
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It’s long been said that everything is bigger in Texas, and with that in mind it should be no surprise that the River City Rockfest, set to take place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Sept. 22, has a line-up that’s overflowing with big name rock acts. The festival will be headlined by Nine Inch Nails and support acts will include Primus, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and Chevelle. It’s pretty much a given that festival-goers will want to see all of those acts, but here we offer our picks on what we consider to be five other must-see River City Rockfest acts.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Having come to prominence as a member of the infamous all-girl punk rock outfit the Runaways, Jett has also racked up a bunch of hits with the Blackhearts, including “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Do You Wanna Touch Me” and her cover of the Tommy James and the Shondells oldie “Crimson & Clover.” Importantly, Jett is also passionate about women’s rights, equal rights for everybody and other social causes. While she’s never preachy, Jett will get her point across both with a little encouraging on-stage commentary and with her fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll.

Living Colour
This New York-based funky rock band had hits in the late ’80s with the pop of “Glamour Boys” and the hard-edged “Cult of Personality” but they have not been living on their laurels; Living Colour has continued to release music over the decades and right up to their most recent album Shade which dropped late last year. Catching them at River City Rockfest would be a good idea; the band does not play out live all that often and at this time they only have four other shows scheduled for the summer.

Upon a Burning Body
This metal band is currently on a North American tour that’ll keep them busy until late in June, then they’ll have a couple of months to get ready for their show at River City Rockfest. The guys are from San Antonio, so get to the stage early; local fans will be ready to get close and howl their support for their hometown heroes.

I See Stars
Fans of this Michigan “electronicore” band are used to the group’s melodic music having a bit of an edge but the foursome also shine on a recently-released acoustic version of their hit “Everyone’s Safe in the Treehouse.” It can be a real good time to check out a band when they’re taking chances and trying new things; no doubt these guys will play a show that’ll have fans, well, seeing stars.

These stoner rockers are nearing their 30th anniversary and accordingly play like the well-oiled machine that they are. Expect to hear favorites like “Spacegrass,” “Careful with that Mic,” “Cyborg Battle,” “Unto the Breach” and “The Mob Goes Wild,” but Clutch also has a new release ready. The amusingly-titled Book of Bad Decisions will drop on Sept. 7, just two weeks before their River City Rockfest appearance.

You really can’t go wrong with any of the bands appearing at River City Rockfest; rounding out the line-up are Hell Yeah, Yelawolf, From Ashes to New, Drowning Pool, Suicidal Tendencies, the Sword, the Fever 333, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, the Heroine, Covina, Blacktop Mojo and the Revival.

For River City Rockfest ticket information go here.