Hey, you! Yes, you that’s reading this. Stop what you’re doing and go directly to your calendar that’s hanging somewhere around in your house and flip to the month of October. Don’t have a calendar, well then use the one on your phone. Now grab a pen and circle these dates, Saturday the 21st, and Sunday the 22nd. And in big bold letters write 'Aftershock Festival!' around the rest of the calendar because the remaining days in October won't matter anymore for now. Better yet, if you must, get in your car and go to the nearest tattoo shop and get those dates tattooed on your body somewhere. Do it! It is a weekend of music you’re not going to want to miss out on!

Now that we’ve got the dates squared away, you are now probably asking what is going to happen on these days in October? I’ll tell you. Well, the highly-anticipated music lineup has been announced for Monster Energy Aftershock—California's biggest rock festival—at Discovery Park, near downtown Sacramento, CA. That’s what’s going to happen! Music, music, music, and even more music! Throw in a wide variety of foods and refreshments to choose from the many vendors there, along with some other great things to do, which we'll get to that here in a bit, you've got the perfect weekend. First things first, who’s going to be at this music festival you might be asking. Luckily for you, I have the answer. You ready for this? Are you sure you can handle what’s about to hit you?

Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk Wylde, A Perfect Circle, and Five Finger Death Punch. Bam! Hit you just like a Mack Truck, didn’t it? Oh, you’re still standing up? Do you want some more? Well then, how about this? Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, Run The Jewels, and Mastodon. I know! I hear you loud and clear, what a lineup! It’s ok, you can sit down for a minute to soak it all in because there is, even more, my friend.

Here’s the full lineup: 

Saturday, October 21: 
Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Run The Jewels, Stone Sour, Mastodon, Gojira, Highly Suspect, Eagles of Death Metal, Tech N9ne, August Burns Red, Anti-Flag, Nothing More, Deap Vally, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Code Orange, Greta Van Fleet, While She Sleeps, Bleeker 

Sunday, October 22: 
Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice & Men, Suicidal Tendencies, Steel Panther, Beartooth, Starset, Fozzy, Power Trip, New Years Day, DED, Black Map, Them Evils 


I told you, you weren’t going to want to miss out on this right? Right? You can thank me later. Or now, it’s up to you. But before we get into what else you can experience during this year’s festival, here is something from Monster Energy Aftershock founder Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. He explains, "Over the past five years, Aftershock has continued to grow as one of the most diverse rock experiences in America. We continue to push the limits this year with Nine Inch Nails and Ozzy Osbourne, along with artists like A Perfect Circle, Run The Jewels, Highly Suspect, Gojira and more." He adds, "After the success we had with Caduceus wine at last year's Aftershock, we continued the partnership with Maynard earlier this year at all of our spring festivals. I couldn't be more excited to bring Caduceus Wine Garden back to Aftershock where it all began." 

That’s some good stuff to hear from him wouldn’t you say? Glad to hear Aftershock is pushing the limits to make each year better and better. Now that you know who is going to invade your ear drums for that weekend, how about knowing what else will be going on during the festival that you can partake in?  

Caduceus Wine Garden: 
This wine garden will highlight Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Pucifer. Having already dove headfirst into this venture, Maynard found out from a distant relative that wine making is in his blood. His Great Grandfather, "Spirito" Marzo, had vineyards and made wine in Venaus, Italy, just North of Turino in Piemonte. 
Website: https://caduceus.org/
The Music Experience: 
The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today's most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at the Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff, as well. 
Website: http://themusicexperience.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMusicExp 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tmexp 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/themusicxp
Heavy Grass: 
Heavy Grass is the loudest weed brand in the world. Make sure to look for the giant weed leaf to find the Heavy Grass tent where you can check out new premium weed products and merchandise. In the meantime, if you're living in California, call your local dispensary and ask for Heavy Grass! 
Website: http://theheavygrass.com 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/heavygrassofficial 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/heavygrassofficial 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/theheavygrass 
Snapchat: https://snapchat.com/add/heavygrass  

Take Me Home: 
Take Me Home (TMH) has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. TMH was founded as an animal rights advocacy foundation saving orphaned animals and striving to end animal overpopulation. TMH works in conjunction with shelters and rescues throughout California and beyond to help save animals on death row, on the streets, or in unsafe living conditions. Stop by their booth for custom gear and contribute to a great cause. 
Website: www.takemehome.tv
Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live: 
The Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program is a wish-granting organization whose purpose is to try and enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring hope and inspiration to their lives. In doing this, we hope it can help give them a chance to forget, even if it's only for a day what they are battling. Through our extensive network of friends, supporters, and affiliates, we are able to reach out to individuals and present them with one of a kind experiences and opportunities that arise. We feel a Dyin 2 Live Dream can offer a source of inspiration for those undergoing difficult medical treatments and be a positive force that offers a life-changing impact not only on them, but also the family to overcome their obstacles. If you are currently fighting cancer or know of someone in the fight who could benefit from a Dyin 2 Live Dream, please submit your story and tell us why and how a Dyin 2 Live day would help. Also, anyone interested in being a supporter, volunteer, or donor, please contact us at mywish@dyin2live.org
Website: www.Dyin2Live.org 
Facebook: facebook.com/Dyin2LiveDreams or facebook.com/FxckCancerUSA 
Instagram: FxckCancer and @Dyin2LiveDreams  

Juxtapoz Make Your Mark: 
This interactive graffiti art installation will showcase multiple live demonstrations and will allow Aftershock artists and fans the chance to add to the exhibit. 
All that sounds fun huh? Well, there’s more. What goes along with good music and good times? How about food? Well here are some of the food vendors at the Monster Energy Aftershock. They include Angry Bird Grill • Bacon Mania Truck • Barrett's Burgers • Barrett's Sliders • Big Joe's BBQ • Bubba's BBQ • Cousins Maine Lobster Truck • Dippin' Dots Ice Cream • Dog Town Dog Truck • Drewski's Hot Rod Sandwiches Truck • Florez Mexican Restaurant • La Mex Taqueria Truck • Mac Attack • Monster Fries • Mt. Olympus • Sausage King • Smokin Hot Pizza • Spicy Pie Pizza • Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant. And yes, don’t worry, there will be a beer garden there if you choose to have a cold one. Leaving your ID home would be disastrous! So please don’t forget it. Staple it to your forehead if you must.  

So, you are just about to date on what’s going on, now right? Well how about a little bit more information for you to soak up? 

In 2016, Monster Energy Aftershock celebrated its fifth year with a sold-out crowd of 50,000 over two days in California's capital city. With 35 bands on three stages, Monster Energy Aftershock's genre-spanning lineup was packed with rock and metal legends, newcomers, and rising stars. Monster Energy Aftershock's economic impact to the Sacramento region exceeds $10 million. As part of its commitment to the Sacramento community, last year Monster Energy Aftershock made a $10,000 donation to Stanford Settlement in the Natomas area to support youth programs and other neighborhood services. In addition, festivalgoers contributed approximately $40,000 to charities including Take Me Home Animal Rescue and Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live. Aftershock partnered with Sacramento Parks to create awareness about water safety via the 2016 "Life Looks Good On You" campaign as well. Monster Energy Aftershock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion, Houston Open Air, and more. 
Sponsors for Monster Energy Aftershock include: Monster Energy, Coors Light, The Music Experience, Thunder Valley, Take Me Home, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live, Heavy Grass, BlackCraft Cult, El Jimador, Ace of Spades, Roadrunner Records, Century Media, Razor & Tie, Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, and Juxtapoz. 

Single day and weekend tickets for Monster Energy Aftershock will be available at aftershockconcert.com starting on Friday, June 9 at Noon PT. Tickets and VIP packages start at the following prices. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks. 

• Weekend General Admission: $149.50 
• Weekend VIP: $279.50 
• Single Day GA: $84.50 
• Single Day VIP: $154.50 

A limited number of GA ticket 4-packs and Zippo VIP 2-packs will also be available starting June 9. Discounted online hotel rates will be available through Curadora. Visit aftershockconcert.com for details. 

Monster Energy Aftershock is again offering a Park & Ride shuttle program, as parking at Discovery Park is extremely limited. Each Park & Ride ticket includes parking at Sleep Train Arena and a non-stop shuttle directly to the festival site. Festivalgoers are encouraged to carpool to Sleep Train Arena and save. A very limited number of premium parking spots in the Natomas Corporate Center lot directly across from Discovery Park are available for purchase. For all pricing and more details, visit http://aftershockconcert.com. 

Website: http://aftershockconcert.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AftershockFestival 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/aftershocksac 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aftershockconcert/ 

Now that there is everything you need to know, I expect to see you there right? Good. Be safe, drink responsibly, but most important, have a killer time.