This past weekend I had the honor of photographing the 7th Annual Rock and Rally for the Troops at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA. This event is a fundraiser for Operation Ward 57, a charity supports wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery. The event included a motorcycle run, fundraising auction and a concert at the end of the evening. Sponsors for this years event were: Agility, Swarner Communications, Rock Paper Rock and Brothe.
Elephant Gun Riot and Alive in Barcelona opened the show. Both are local bands from Spokane and sounded great. I would definitely check them out at a future show if they come back to town.
Before Stitched Up Heart hit the stage I had a chance to talk with them about what they are working on and what’s coming from them next. Except for some one off shows here and there they are busy working on their new album to be released in 2018. They said they definitely want to up the tempo and go a little bit harder on their next release. The show started off with a bang as they hit the stage with “City of Angels“, one of the best songs off of their 2016 debut album Never Alone. They played an 11 song set that included hits “Monster“, “Event Horizon” and “Catch Me When I Fall“. During the song “Finally Free” Mixi Demner proudly rode her inflatable Pegasus around on the hands of the crowd which was quite entertaining. As usual, Stitched Up Heart put on a high energy show and everyone in the band seemed to be having a great time. I really love a band that smiles and has as much fun playing as the crowd has rocking out. Keep an eye out in 2018 for their new album, it’s sure to be another great release.
Next up was Adelitas Way from Las Vegas, whom I had never seen before. Their lead singer Rick Dejesus interacted with the crowd and was very entertaining to watch all evening. The show started with “The Collapse” which was a big hit off their 2011 release Home School Valedictorian. The band has had six top 10 singles off their first five albums. Their set included a few of the top 10 songs including “Sick“, “Alive” and “Criticize“. The show ended with another big hit off their debut album Invincible. They were a very tight band and brought their great hard rock sound for the whole set. The lead singer even brought one lucky kid up on stage for the “best seat in the house” as Rick Dejesus described.
The 7th Annual Rock and Rally for the Troops was a great event and everyone went home happy having seen a great show. Even a little bit of rain could not dampen the crowds spirit. I look forward to this festival again next year and the great cause it supports. Keep your calendars open in 2018 and come out and support this great cause.