98.9’s The Rock hosting 21st Rockfest


Rockfest 2013Entercom/Kansas City’s KQRC-FM Rockfest 2013 is this Saturday at The Liberty Memorial in downtown Kansas City.  98.9 The Rock is projected to host another sell-out crowd of 55,000 passionate fans who will be entertained by 15 bands offering 12 hours of non-stop live rock.  From humble beginnings, Rockfest has grown into the biggest one-day music festival in the country, and 2013 marks the 21st anniversary of Rockfest.

This year’s performers include Alice In Chains, Seether, Papa Roach, Volbeat, Halestorm, Sevendust, All That Remains, Device, Killswitch Engage, In This Moment, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Aranda, Eye Empire, and Heaven’s Basement.

From humble beginnings, Rockfest has grown into the biggest one-day music festival in the country.   The very first Rockfest saw 10,000 fans of a new radio station come out to see Cheap Trick, Lillian Axe, and XYZ.  Since then the show has steadily grown with along with 98.9 The Rock into the monster concert it has become today.

Morning show vet Johnny Dare has been a part of the last 20 Rockfest’s and has seen it grow into the powerhouse it is today.  “Rockfest is special because we’ve kept it special.  The goal from the beginning was to create an affordable experience for our listeners with cheap tickets and cheap beer & food.  The venue is part of what makes Rockfest so special.  Our show happens in a park in the middle of downtown Kansas City where the listeners have freedom of movement and every listener has the chance to see their favorite band from the front row.”

Program Director Bob Edwards added, “The amazing support that 98.9 Rock fans give to this even never ceases to amaze me.  Our entire staff and everyone at Entercom Kansas City are so proud of what Rockfest has become.  Getting 15 bands to play one show on a single day used to be a near impossible task.  Now so many bands claim Rockfest as their best experience of the year and many come back time and time again.”  Edwards also gives credit to the partnership Entercom has forged with Joe Litvag of A.E.G. Live and their expertise in producing a superior event.