Music is more than the sum of its parts. A few notes on a page, perhaps some lyrics, and essentially what you have is poetry accompanied by noise. But music has the potential to be exponentially greater than that. Music can affect change. It can galvanize our hearts or break down walls. A single song, at the right moment, can reduce us to tears or lift us to elation. Some music can even define us.
In the sixties, there was Woodstock, an icon of a generation. When Rock music began its evolution from the blues and jazz, young folks rushed to celebrate it while “the establishment” was quick to condemn its latent sexuality and rebellious messages. It awakened something within us and has continued to evolve and do so even as society has changed with it.
Rock Music is as diverse as it has ever been, and festivals have sprung up all over the country. Coming up September 17th and 18th is the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour in Chester, PA. One look at the lineup here and it becomes easy to see why it’s been so popular.
From Alice In Chains and The Offspring to Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer, the tour appeals to young Gen X’ers and older Millennials while bands such as Buckcherry, Breaking Benjamin, Of Mice & Men and VolBeat can appeal to a younger crowd.
Not only does the Monster Energy bring the music, but it brings food and craft beer to the table as well. They aren’t serving the typical hockey puck hamburger, shriveled wiener, congealed nachos. Pushing the hashtag #gourmetmanfood, it’s a gastro intestinal delight. Five local breweries will also be represented, giving every beer snob a sure joygasm.
But music festivals are more than the music, the food and the drink. They unite us. Rich or poor, black and white, they are a place where we can all crowd in close, close our eyes feel the beat. We can be transported far into our past and relive moments long forgotten.
Music is my sanity. When I’m struggling to cope and feel like I’m falling apart at the seams, I can close my eyes and get lost in the rhythm. I can focus on the story in the lyrics and see it in my mind’s eye. When I’m numb from the constant thrum of life, music makes me feel. It’s not always warm and happy, but it is deep and it is raw.
The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour is an opportunity to spend a weekend listening and feeling in a setting unlike any other. I’m excited getting out of my comfort zone, mingling with a few thousand of my closest strangers, and losing myself in the moments. What more can a guy ask for?