Remember that one music festival Liquid Sol? You know, the one that reportedly was originally going to happen in September out in Florence only to be rescheduled for November in Glendale and then finally put off once more until next spring. Yeah, well, it's most definitely happening and now has an official lineup.
And if you're big on '90s alternative, it's got a decent variety of big names from that era. Yesterday, the organizers of Liquid Sol organizers announced the first wave of performers at the one-day festival, which is scheduled to take place on March 15 at Sportsman's Park outside of University of Phoenix Stadium, and the list includes many bands in the post-grunge, alt-metal, power pop, and jangle variety. Oh, and also a pop punk favorite of former tweeners and mallrats.
Per Tuesday's announcement, Everclear is on the bill, as are Tempe icons Gin Blossoms and soul-drenched heartland rockers The BoDeans, as well as chart-toppers Tonic ("If You Could Only See"), Fuel ("Shimmer," "Innocent"), and Vertical Horizon ("Best I Ever Had"). The reformed version of Blind Melon, which rebooted in 2006 when vocalist/guitarist Travis Warren took over for the late Shannon Hoon, former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk, and David Lowery's country fried non-Camper Van Beethoven group Cracker are also scheduled to perform.
Plus, festival-goers can also catch such other non-'90s acts as twangy folk-rock trio The White Buffalo (led by the epically bearded and gravelly voiced troubadour Jake Smith), and mid-aughts hard rock Buckcherry. And just yesterday. promoters also dropped a "Dirty Little Secret" on the Liquid Sol's Facebook when they announced that The All-American Rejects would be appearing.
Liquid Sol's chief creative officer and co-promoter Gardner Cole, the renowned songwriter/record producer who penned hits for Madonna, Jody Watley, and Al Jarreau way back when, told Up on the Sun that there are still a number of additional bands in the works for the event, some of which are "huge."
"The lineup is going to get bigger. It's already going to be pretty fun but there are going to be more bands to be announced," Cole says.
He adds that promoters will also be featuring local bands during the festival, although details and specifics haven't been ironed out as of yet.
"We do plan on offering local acts the opportunity to be included," he says.
Cole told Up on the Sun that a few setbacks and other factors caused delays in securing a firm date for the event and it's lineup, including negotiations with bands and "nailing down" the lineup.
"It's a challenge to make this sort of thing a reality and there's a lot of moving parts involved," he says. "So we wanted to get things nailed down before we could reach out and make lineup announcements. We were trying to get an earlier date, but realistically we had to push everything back to March. We literally just happened to get our contracts signed recently."
Liquid Sol, which will take place in the Sportsman's Park adjacent to the stadium, will also benefit the Glendale Firefighters Charities, as well as the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and those affected by the Yarnell tragedy earlier this year.
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