Exit 111 bridges the gap between generations
Exit 111 kicked off for the first year October 11-13, 2019 bringing together generations and genres of heavy metal. One the schedule to choose from were:
Friday: Kyle Shutt, Watermox, The Cadillac Three, Blackstone Cherry, Bishop Gunn, Anthrax, Black Label Society, 10 Years, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Seether and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Saturday: Them Evils, Astronoid, Alien Weaponry, Graveyard, New Years Day, Fever 333, Power Trip, Dead Sara, Nothing More, Whitechapel, Blackberry Smoke, Gojira, Sleeping with Sirens, Cheap Trick, Ghost, Mastodon, ZZ Top, and Def Leppard.
Sunday: O'Brother, Tetrarch, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Plague Vendor, From Ashes to New, Thrice, Of Mice and Men, Dirty Honey, Alter Bridge, Lamb of God, Skillet, Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Ministry and Guns N' Roses.
From the lineup, there was something for everyone, from hard rock to metalcore each genre was presented and could make it difficult to choose which one you wanted to see the most. But as someone whose teenage years were filled Anthrax, Slayer, Cheap Trick, and Guns 'N Roses it was amazing to finally see those bands who got me through the tough times.
And followed by bands who are currently rising to the top or are already there, it was exciting to fill my living list with bands I've always wanted to see. From Ashes to New gave homage to Chester Bennington and Linkin Park doing a cover and it was beautiful as the crowd sang along.
From the lineup, there was something for everyone, from hard rock to metalcore each genre was presented and could make it difficult to choose which one you wanted to see the most. it took only about 15 minutes to get through security and getting us set up at a camping spot.
Getting in and out of the venue that held three stages, a merchandise tent, a sports bar, a paranormal cirque, motocross experience, and a classic car show, was relatively easy and we didn't spend but 5 or so minutes waiting to get to security and scan yourselves in.
While the focus may have been music for some, Exit 111 also wanted to honor service members that sacrifice so much of themselves for this country all the while bringing attention to suicide in collaboration with Shaun Morgan from Seether - who ended up playing an acoustic set.