One of the most epic metal events to ever take place in the High Desert, is coming to Landers, Calif! The Desert Moon Metal Festival features sixteen (count ’em!) original metal bands. Saturday, April 23, 10 am-11 pm. All ages event. General Admission Tickets $10. at the door, or purchase tickets in advance at https://dmmf.yapsody.com/event/index/29256/desert-moon-metal-fest. Landers Brew Co. is located on ten huge acres at 1388 Golden Slipper Lane. Info: (760) 623-6300 or http://landersbrew.com/. There will be 26 beers on tap, two big stages, an acoustic guitar raffle (signed by all the bands), framed event picture signed by all the bands, and more. Proceeds from the Auction benefit Mojave Animal Resource Center (animal shelter) in 29 Palms, and UCPLA (United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles). The Festival is dedicated to the memory of the late Wayne Static, who fronted popular metal band Static-X, and who was a prominent Landers resident along with his wife, the late Tera Wray.
Bands scheduled to perform: Headliners, Atala (from 29 Palms) and Galaxy Crusher (Joshua Tree); Kaustick (Los Angeles) ; Level Se7en (Los Angeles); Order 66 (Antelope Valley); Gutter Candy (Joshua Tree); Play For Blood (Phoenix); Born For War (Los Angeles); Twilight For Idols (Hollywood); Poppa Pump (Joshua Tree); The Cellspringers (Los Angeles); 3 By Design (Los Angeles); Vex Tempure (Hollywood); Dirty Machine (Altadena); The Mendenhall Experiment (Riverside); Kings Of Carnage (Hollywood).
“The Desert Moon Metal Festival is my passion for bringing people to music, or in this case, music to the people”, says Event Producer, Paul Allen. “I also wanted to do something everyone said was impossible, and lay the foundation for many more (events) to come. Thank you Dirty Machine for opening the door and helping me realize my dream could happen”. Desert Moon Metal Festival is presented by Paul Allen Productions and ADHD Entertainment.
HIGHLIGHTING A FEW OF THE BANDS@DESERT MOON METAL FESTIVAL
Take three former US Marines, add two former US soldiers, stir in a love for heavy metal and put them all together at the world famous Musicians Institute in Hollywood and you have…KINGS OF CARNAGE. They took shape in 2012 when two of its members, guitarist Zach Fenimore (U.S. Marine Corps) and vocalist Micah McCullough (U.S. Marine Corps), were deployed in the Helmand Province executing missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during the war in Afghanistan. After several months of writing and adding Nathan Kotur (U.S. Marine Corps) on drums; Zach met guitarist Jason Dutton (U.S. Army) in April of 2013, while standing in line for the Veterans Assistance office at Musicians Institute (MI). The band found their “missing link” in bassist Aaron Mercier (U.S. Army) in August of 2013 and the completed lineup played their final show as Chaos Incarnate at The Cobalt in Canoga Park, CA. In February of 2014, the newly-named Kings of Carnage emerged and by May they had tracked all the instruments for their debut album, The Crimson Stone. In August of 2014, Kings of Carnage won Headbang for the Highway’s ‘Battle for Knotfest’ and performed in October on the festival with bands such as Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament and Anthrax. K.O.C. were one of Music Connection’s Top 100 Unsigned Live Acts for 2014. They re-emerged once more in Music Connection’s March 2015 edition, winning Musician’s Institute’s Showcase Showdown for their, “…wicked rendition of Devo’s “Whip It”…” In April, 2015 at the famed Whiskey A Go-Go, Kings of Carnage took home the Indie Music Channel – Best Rock Band & Best Rock Recording awards.
The Mendenhall Experiment was formed in 2008 by guitarist Brandon Mendenhall. At age 19, Mendenhall overcame the limitations of his Cerebral Palsy by teaching himself how to play guitar. Mendenhall worked hard finding solutions to his physical limitations and developed a unique playing style that became his signature. Over the years the band has had many line ups, and in 2014, Mendenhall found what he described as ” the golden line – up “. A talented group of passionate musicians that bring a positive message to their audience. Standing strong for disability awareness in support of Mendenhall and bass player Nate Stockton, who also used the power of music to overcome being deaf. Lead guitarist Mike Lira, who has seen success in his own right both as a solo artist and producer, brings his compassion and understanding of people from all walks of life to the stage. Drummer Bruce Lira, Mike’s younger brother, brings his explosive style and positive attitude to the forefront. The group is rounded out by frontman Mario Valadez, whose intense energy and mesmerizing voice draws the audience in and leaves them wanting more. The Mendenhall Experiment seeks to inspire change in the way the world initially perceives those with developmental disabilities from negative to positive. They’ve built quite the resume, playing shows supporting National Acts such as Adema, POD, Alien Ant Farm, Kill Devil Hill, Smile Empty Soul, Saliva, Fear Factory, Ill Nino, Straight Line Stitch, Girl on Fire and opened for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival in Sacramento featuring Korn, Megadeth, 5FDP, A7X and many more.