Rock USA 2017
Ford Festival Field
For the second consecutive year the annual Rock USA festival in Oshkosh Wisconsin has catered to the Metal crowd almost exclusively, eschewing the classic rock, grunge and “hair metal” of some of its previous line ups.
While definitely focusing on the Metal genre, Rock USA offered a multi generational mix of heavy hitters that Included Metal icon Ozzy Osbourne in his very first performance with former guitarist Zakk Wylde in over a decade, thrash pioneers Anthrax and Megadeth as well as up and comers like Swedish purveyors of Theatrical Prog Metal Avatar and the high energy “Dirty Groove Rock” of Crobot.
Held at the 350-acre Ford Festival Field, Rock USA has a ticket to fit almost any rock fan’s budget. Ticket offerings range from V.I.P. reserved seating and parking with complimentary food a beverages or a “Pit Pass” that allows access to a general admission pit area at the foot of the stage to a more standard budget minded general admission ticket. The grounds also offer camping packages for those so inclined.
While sticking to the previous years focus on Metal, promoters did an admirable job of tightening up the down time between bands and lengthening set times, which were regular complaints from attendees, as well as adding new food and beverage options over previous years.
Visit rockusaoshkosh.com for line up and ticketing information.