Concert Review: Rocklahoma 2023
As a seasoned Rocklahoman with a penchant for high-octane music and unforgettable festival experiences, Rocklahoma 2023 proved to be an absolute thrill ride that I won’t soon forget. From September 1st to 3rd, Pryor, Oklahoma was transformed into a rock paradise, and I was lucky enough to join over 60,000 fellow music enthusiasts for what was undoubtedly America’s most epic Labor Day Weekend Party.
Headliner Highlights: Godsmack, Pantera, and Limp Bizkit headlined this electrifying event, delivering performances that were nothing short of legendary. Limp Bizkit’s tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett, performed just hours after his passing, was a touching moment that showcased the heart and soul of the rock community.
Diverse Lineup: Rocklahoma never fails to curate a lineup that appeals to every shade of rock and metal, and 2023 was no exception. Rob Zombie, Bush, Chevelle, Corey Taylor, Daughtry, Theory Of A Deadman – the list goes on. Each act brought their A-game, giving the crowd hit after hit, proving that rock is very much alive and thriving.
Kick-Off Party: The festivities didn’t wait for the weekend to kick in. Thursday’s Rocklahoma Kick-Off Party set the stage on fire with Warrant, L.A. Guns, BulletBoys, and Voodoo Moonshine. It was a blistering start that got the adrenaline pumping for the days ahead.
Miss Rocklahoma 2023: Dani Ward from Edmond, OK, earned the title of Miss Rocklahoma 2023, adding a touch of glamour to the raucous rock atmosphere. It’s a tradition that brings charm and local talent to the forefront of the festival.
Eddie Trunk’s Recognition: Eddie Trunk, the charismatic host of Rocklahoma, received well-deserved recognition with a Citation Award from the Oklahoma State House of Representatives. His contributions to rock music and the Oklahoma community were celebrated, and it was evident that he was genuinely appreciated by fans and fellow musicians alike.
Giving Back: It’s not just about the music; Rocklahoma’s commitment to the Pryor Area Foundation is commendable. Raising over $80,000 for local community projects and disadvantaged students demonstrates the festival’s dedication to making a positive impact beyond the stage.
What’s Next: The anticipation for Rocklahoma 2024 is already building, and the renaming of the festival grounds to “Rockin’ Red Dirt Ranch” promises a new chapter in this iconic festival’s history.
Media Buzz: The media praise was spot-on. Rocklahoma is indeed a who’s who of rock music, and its significant economic impact on Pryor, Oklahoma, is a testament to its cultural significance.
In conclusion, Rocklahoma 2023 was more than just a music festival; it was a three-day journey through the heart and soul of rock ‘n’ roll. The energy, camaraderie, and sheer volume of unforgettable performances left me with cherished memories and a yearning for next year’s installment. Rock on, Rocklahoma, and see you at “Rockin’ Red Dirt Ranch”!