February 25, 2011

Jacksonville, Florida is about to become an annual destination for rock music fans across the country. The first annual Welcome To Rockville festival will be held along the beautiful St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville at Metropolitan Park on Sunday, May 8, featuring over 20 bands, including GODSMACK, SEETHER, STONE SOUR, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, PUDDLE OF MUDD, SKILLET, HALESTORM, REV THEORY, MY DARKEST DAYS, Jacksonville's own COLD and many others. The event will feature three stages of continuous music throughout the day.

Tickets for Welcome To Rockville will be priced at $39.50 and the general on sale will begin on March 4 at 7 a.m. at this location. Fans also have the option to purchase a VIP ticket for $90 which includes: VIP entrance to venue, access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service, premium viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas),seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities.

For fans traveling from out of town., Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel is the official hotel of Welcome To Rockville.

Presented by Jacksonville native Danny Wimmer (one of the partners in the massively successful Rock On The Range festival),along with Mike Yokan and Jason Lewis at Orange Garden Productions, Welcome To Rockville will become an annual event unlike anything Jacksonville, Florida has seen in the past.

"Welcome To Rockville for me is a dream come true," Wimmer commented. "I've been very successful in launching some of the biggest rock festivals in North America and to finally bring an event of this magnitude home means the world to me. As a former partner in The Milk Bar I know just how great the rock music fans in this town are. Jacksonville finally has an event to match that passion."

"I'm not from Jacksonville, I've only lived here for a few years," commented STONE SOUR's lead guitarist Jim Root. "I've been all over the world and seen almost every great city there is... After 12 years I decided to call Jacksonville home."

"I'm super excited to be playing Welcome To Rockville," commented PUDDLE OF MUDD guitarist Paul Phillips. "Being from Jacksonville myself, I'm proud to be a part of a great number of bands and musicians that have come from the area. I'm honored to help bring the rock back home!!!"

Mistress Juliya from Fuse TV will be the host for Welcome To Rockville introducing the bands and interacting with fans throughout the day.

"I'm psyched to be the voice of Welcome To Rockville," Juliya remarked. "Florida is the birth ground for so many great bands from the metal and rock scene this festival just brings everything full circle."

Monster Energy Drink and Metro PCS will be the primary sponsors of the event with Monster presenting the main stage and J├Ągermeister presenting the third stage.

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