Another year of Florida’s loudest and largest Rock festivals, the annual Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, FL, is now in the books, and like every year, it was bigger and better than the year before.

One of the best parts of our #WTR19 experience was catching Badflower, Beartooth, and SHVPES perform acoustic sets as part of the #ZippoSessions

Badflower

Badflower performing at the Zippo Sessions at Welcome to Rockville

Beartooth

Beartooth

SHVPES

SHVPES

Not everything was sunshine and unicorns, because Mother Nature reared her ugly “just woke up with a bad hangover” head, canceling performances by several bands due to her wrath (in the form of torrential rain and lightning). Just rain would’ve been okay, but the lightning forced the evacuation of the grounds on a couple of occasions for safety purposes.

For #MischievousMel and myself, Welcome to Rockville is one of most enjoyable festivals because every year since 2015 we’ve had the honor of working with photographer Sonya Whitley, allowing Mel and me the opportunity to focus on interviewing bands. Over the next week or so, you’ll be seeing our interviews with: Wilson, Zeal & Ardor, Beartooth, Crobot, Hands Like Houses, Killswitch Engage, Movements, Wage War, Boston Manor, SHVPES, Dead Girls Academy, The Glorious Sons, Light the Torch, and While She Sleeps. Until the next time you stop by to check out all of these interviews, please enjoy the following pics by Sonya Whitley.

Badflower

Badflower photo by Sonya Whitley

Black Label Society

Black Label Society photo by Sonya Whitley

Bring Me the Horizon

Bring Me the Horizon photo by Sonya Whitley

Chevelle

Chevelle photo by Sonya Whitley

Evanescence

Evanescence photo by Sonya Whitley

Hyro the Hero

Hyro the Hero photo by Sonya Whitley

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly photo by Sonya Whitley

In This Moment

In This Moment photo by Sonya Whitley

Incubus

Incubus photo by Sonya Whitley

Judas Priest

Judas Priest photo by Sonya Whitley

Korn

Korn photo by Sonya Whitley

Meshuggah

Meshuggah photo by Sonya Whitley

Papa Roach

Papa Roach photo by Sonya Whitley

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie photo by Sonya Whitley

Shinedown

Shinedown photo by Sonya Whitley

Skillet

Skillet photo by Sonya Whitley

The Crystal Method

The Crystal Method photo by Sonya Whitley

The Struts

The Struts photo by Sonya Whitley

Tom Morello

Tom Morello photo by Sonya Whitley

Tool

Tool photo by Sonya Whitley

Tremonti

Tremonti photo by Sonya Whitley

Yelawolf

Yelawolf photo by Sonya Whitley

Written by Wes “Rockwell” Anderson

SHVPES

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