Return to The Pretty Reckless

Rockfest crams 8 bands into one all-day show

  • May 11, 2017


featuring Soundgarden, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce the Veil, Sum 41, Dillinger Escape Plan, Biffy Clyro, Through Fire

When: Noon Friday

Where: Westfair Amphitheater, 22984 Highway 6 in Council Bluffs

Tickets: $35 to $50 via Ticketmaster


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We hope you’re ready to rock.

Friday marks the return of 89.7 The River’s annual Rockfest, this time with grunge band Soundgarden headlining the all-day show.

It’s going to be a full day of music featuring eight bands tearing up the stage at Westfair. These are the four performances we’re most excited about:

Decades ago in a city called Seattle, a bunch of bands started playing a heavy style of alternative rock that was eventually labeled grunge. The most famous of those groups was initially Soundgarden, whose 1994 album produced hits such as “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman.”

The last time Soundgarden played around here was before they were famous. Prior to releasing “Superunknown” and becoming one of the biggest things in music, the band played the Lifticket Lounge (now The Waiting Room Lounge) in 1989 and returned to play the Civic Auditorium in 1992. So the band’s headlining slot at Rockfest is kind of a big deal for local fans.

Former actress Taylor Momsen (you may remember her from “Gossip Girl”) fronts this relentless rock band, and songs such as “Heaven Knows” and “Follow Me Down” have become No. 1 hits. Momsen taps into the enthusiasm she had as an actress when she fronts the band making The Pretty Reckless extremely fun to watch.

The summer of 2001, you couldn’t escape “Fat Lip” or “In Too Deep,” Sum 41’s first two singles. The pop punk band has kept going, and its sixth album, “13 Voices,” was released late last year.

Somewhere between hardcore punk and heavy metal sits Dillinger Escape Plan. Their style is so different, it helped create a brand new genre descriptor: “mathcore,” which refers to their hardcore punk leanings and penchant for unusual time signatures. And after releasing last year’s “Dissociation,” the band announced it would be breaking up after its tour cycle. So now’s your last chance.