Inkcarceration Friday

So as some of you know, I am not one to be out in the crowd if not for a good reason. Most of the time that means when the kids want to go somewhere, or the wife or both. I rarely put myself out there, and few moments where I will willingly subject myself to the public, but this is one of them.

I had a blast at Inkcarceration, even the lesser known bands were doing a phenomenal job. Entertainment was at its peak! There was one instance where I couldn’t make out the band over the feed back, and because of that I can’t even tell you the band name. Otherwise this was a fantastic show. There are a few bands I will be calling out throughout this post, but we will get there. For now let’s talk about a little more Inkcarceration had to offer.

(Photo by: Amanda Jackson)

As far as I’m concerned most of food options at a festival are generally the same. Every booth throughout is the same, as well as at every other festival. This was not the case here. If I could go back and write down every vendor that was there on top of the variety of food offered, on top of the sheer quality of the food. Incredible job guys, just bravo! I’d like to give a special shout out to the Swat Food Truck. Had their fried Mac-N-Cheese Burger, just fantastic!

As I waited on the bands I came for, I had plenty to keep me busy. Between the tattoo vendors and the self guided tour of the Mansfield Reformatory. For those of you that do not know of this location it is a cinematic landmark. Most well known for its usage in the film Shawshank Redemption was also featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters. Now it has spent many years as a horror attraction known as the Blood Prison.

(Photo by: Me)

The bands. That’s why I went, three specifically. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Taking Back Sunday, and, of course, Shinedown.

First and foremost, I wanna give a shout out to Fozzy. Haven’t heard a lot from them but it didn’t matter. The energy brought out on stage, by the entire crew was spectacular. They gave a real show, which you would expect out of someone like Chris Jericho, with such an outstanding career in entertainment, to start, but the rest of the guys held up to that standard. And as Chris said, Fozzy kicked our ass.

(Photo by: Me)

From there I go to Red Jumpsuit, who definitely delivered. The very same energy you get on record, is what you get live. The set was awesome and I couldn’t have asked for better sound, especially live I was very happy. Wish I could have moved in closer for a picture. Maybe next time.

Taking Back Sunday. I was so excited to see these guys, because it has been some kind of ride to get to where we are today. I didn’t like the band when they first started years ago, but they inevitably won me over. The creativity in their craft, with the sound, interaction with the crowd, and my personal favorite, the way Adam, lead vocal, spins the mic and hurls it into the air before the next verse. They made damn sure that I didn’t even want to leave.

(Photo by: Amanda Jackson)

I will tell you what, Inkcarceration was my third time watching Shinedown. They are an incredible group of guys. Their message is positive in recording and so much more in person. It is a common, yet refreshing to see people urging others to be kind to one another.

(Photo by: Amanda Jackson)

I have been a Shinedown fan from the beginning, when I was but a kid, begging my dad for that first album. My first song was “45“, and I thought that it was a pipe dream to hear that song live. Every album they released has been outrageously good, so the set list isn’t important. You will have a good time because they will have a good time. And yet, the first two shows I heard the first verse of the song and one chorus. Not this time though, I felt blessed to get my favorite song in its entirety and the entire rest of their set was icing on the cake!

(Photo by: Amanda Jackson)

Safe to say that I loved the event. I loved the music and I loved that I was able to share this experience with my wife, Amanda, sister-in-law, Christina, and my brother, Dan. Thanks for reading, supporting, and all around being awesome. I appreciate everything you, the reader, give, your time and consideration.

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