Thunder Mountain RockFest is coming to the Rock Dakota Ranch in Sawyer, North Dakota. Thunder Mountain RockFest is a three day outdoor rock festival that will feature different eras of music on each day. The festival is slated for July 8 -10th, with a pre-party to be held on July 7th at 7pm. You can buy tickets on-line or at one of our outlets listed on our website rockdakota.com . Camping is also available. Patrons planning to camp this year will need both a camping pass and an admission ticket for each attendee. You can also join us on Facebook, MySpace and twitter to get the latest updates. The bands that have been announced to date are (more bands TBA):
ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE: John Payne fronted ASIA for 14 years. In 2006, John formed “ASIA Featuring John Payne.” The current lineup is John Payne- Vocalist/Bassist, Erik Norlander – Keyboards, Jay Schellen – Drums, Mitch Perry – Guitar. They are currently performing songs from the entire history of Asia, including “Heat of the Moment.”
FOGHAT: A British rock band who had their peak success in the mid- to late-1970s. The band has achieved five gold records. Their song “Slow Ride” was featured in the 1993 American movie Dazed and Confused.
THE SWEET: British glam rock band Sweet became popular during the 1970s with hit songs such as “Ballroom Blitz,” “Wig Wam Bam” and “Fox On the Run.”
BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS W/CHUCK NEGRON OF 3 DOG NIGHT: Throughout the years, BS&T sold over 35 million albums and won several Grammy Awards. Since late 2005, the band often does shows backing up former Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, where the group will play its own set and then another set that includes Chuck’s Three Dog Night hits.
THE GUESS WHO: The world famous Canadian band that broke into the charts with songs such as “Shakin’ All Over”, “These Eyes” and “American Woman.”
NELSON: Glam metal band founded by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. They had a No. 1 hit in the United States with “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.”
JANI LANE OF WARRANT: American recording artist who was the lead vocalist and songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant. “Cherry Pie,” which is arguably Warrant’s most well-known song was written by Lane in about fifteen minutes.
GREAT WHITE: Gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s. The band released several albums in the late 1980s and gained airplay on MTV with music videos for songs like “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”
KIX: Their self-titled debut album featured live favorites like “Atomic Bombs” and “The Kid.” Their 1983 follow-up, “Cool Kids,” showcased a slightly more commercial side of the band. Spearheaded by the single “Body Talk,” They also released “Midnite Dynamite” — their “self-proclaimed favorite record ever.” The album featured a great single, “Cold Shower,” and some other notable cuts like “Sex” and “Bang Bang.”
SURVIVOR: The band is best known for its Double Platinum-certified 1982 mega-hit “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III. Singles like “Burning Heart,” “The Search Is Over,” “High on You“ and “I Can’t Hold Back.”
NIGHT RANGER: One of the most successful touring and recording bands of the 1980s. Their popularity was fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles including “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock In America,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “Restless Kind,” to name but a few.
THE VEER UNION: Released their debut album, “Against the Grain,” on April 21, 2009. “Against the Grain” has reached number 32 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers. Their first single, “Seasons”, has reached number 10 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “Seasons” was also the official theme song for WWE Backlash 2009. The band has toured with Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, Seether , Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies and Hurt.
EGYPT CENTRAL: Rising from the streets of Memphis, Tennessee. Their self-titled CD debuted at #1 for independent releases in Memphis – going on to sell nearly 7,000 copies within a few months. “Taking You Down” was selected to be on the soundtrack for the movie The Cave. In the summer of 2007, Egypt Central played several dates with Ozzfest. They also played several dates with the Family Values Tour, were they opened the main stage.
CAVO: An American post-grunge/hard rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. Their single “Champagne” has reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. The band has toured with Crue Fest 2, Daughtry, LifeHouse, Puddle of Mudd, Sick Puppies just to name a few.
FRAMING HANLEY: A five-piece outfit from Nashville. They are best known for their songs “Hear Me Now” and “Lollipop.” According to their Twitter, once they reach 10,000 followers, they will release the name of the next album. On January 25th 2010, they got 10,000 followers and it was announced that the next album will be titled “A Promise To Burn” and will be released on 5/4/2010.
DEFAULT: A Canadian post-grunge/alternative rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Since forming in 1999 they have released four albums, and have sold more than a million records. They gained popularity in the United States for their hit singles “Wasting My Time” and “Deny.”
HINDER: Released “Extreme Behavior” in 2005. The album generated five singles, including several that crossed over onto the pop charts. “Lips of an Angel” was the biggest smash. Their follow-up album,” Take It to the Limit,” on November 4, 2008. The lead single, “Use Me,” quickly climbed up the mainstream rock charts.