The first time I walked on board a Shiprocked event was 2014. Honestly, I just wanted a girls’ weekend, with all the silliness and bonding that comes with that particular territory. What I got was (in this order):
- Scared when 5FdP sailed us off into the sunset
- A headache from standing too close to the speakers
- A hangover
- An awakening
- A changed life
But prior to all that, I walked on board Shiprocked. I went to the bar and grabbed a beer, and my cabinmate said, “That’s Lajon, from Sevendust.” My friend’s three-year old daughter had a lullaby relationship with Sevendust, so I decided to say hi in the hopes I could send her a photo of him. LJ did me one better and let me video him saying hi to her.
It’s not just me, of course. LJ is the nicest, most down to earth guy ever. Here he is, not even shaken by the fact that Shiprocked legend Jennifer Olivarez is standing RIGHT NEXT TO HIM!
That’s what I always come back to when I think about the Shiprocked experience. The same can be said of Sevendust. The only thing I love better than catching their light is experiencing their music live.
Okay, my point: Sevendust is a friendly group of guys who are wicked talented (Grammy said so). This American metal band has been tearing it up since 1994, and have 11 albums to their credit, though I’m pretty partial to Time Travelers & Bonfires because Sevendust is amazing, but 7D acoustic is *cue brain exploding sound. I’m super excited not only that they’re back on board this year, but that they’re playing a pre-show on 1/15/17 at The Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale (the night before Shiprocked sets sail). While there are exclusive pre-parties, this one is open to the general public and sure to be full of fans. I’m pretty sure tickets are just about sold out, so if you’re interested in seeing one of the best metal bands out there, you should grab yours now.