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Local radio station to celebrate 10-year anniversary

Submitted by Jacob Ellerbee on September 12, 2013 – 11:32 pmNo Comment

Local rock radio station 100.3 The Edge is celebrating 10 years on the airwaves with a festival-style concert featuring a mix of domestic and international bands.

After more than 10 years of bringing the latest hard rock and metal music to the masses in central Arkansas, local radio station 100.3 The Edge is hosting a concert to celebrate the past and help introduce some of the most promising acts in heavy music.

–UPDATE: 2:33 p.m., 09/18/2013: Jeff Cage announced on the stations Facebook page that the concert will be moved indoors, due to the likelihood of rain on 09/20/2013–

Since the station’s inception, The Edge has played host to some of the genre’s biggest acts, featuring bands like Metallica, KISS, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Marilyn Manson and Slipknot. To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, the station is highlighting acts that carry the torch for the next generation of rock and metal bands.

The “10 Year Bash” music festival will feature an eclectic group of bands, with some currently topping the rock radio charts and some teetering on becoming a breakthrough group. Domestic acts like Sick Puppies, Nonpoint, SOiL and Devour the Day will dominate the stage alongside internationally known bands like Asking Alexandria and Heaven’s Basement.

Many groups in the spotlight boast chart-topping albums to their credit. Asking Alexandria’s latest album, “From Death to Destiny,” topped out at number 5 on the Billboard charts this August, and Sick Puppies also secured a place at number 17 with their latest offering, “Connect.”

Headlining the event will be All That Remains, a Massachusetts-based band perhaps best known for its album “The Fall of Ideals” (2004).

Vocalist Phil Labonte, who The Forum while on the road in Utah, said his band is looking forward to making a stop in front of a diverse crowd in Little Rock after being one of the featured bands on the “Rock Allegiance” tour alongside Volbeat, HIM and Airbourne.

After earning success with their latest album, “A War You Cannot Win,” which reached number 13 on the Billboard music charts, the band is continuing its push into mainstream music.

“We’ve toured with Five Finger Death Punch, we’ve toured with Dethkolk. I mean, it really is the fact that we’re just trying to get in front of as many different types of people as we can possibly get in front of,” Labonte said.

Labonte noted that when he goes on stage, he asks the crowd if they’ve ever seen the band perform live.

“The response we’re getting and the way the crowd is reacting and the things we see on social media, it’s starting to feel like this is a really really great opportunity and a good tour,” Labonte said. “We play our songs and hopefully people dig it and if that happens, it’s a win-win.”

Jeff Cage, who serves as The Edge’s programming director, said the “10 Year Bash” is as much a celebration of rock music as it is a celebration of its dedicated and loyal listeners, also known as “Edgeheads.”

“The Edge is excited to party with Edgeheads at our 10 Year Bash,” Cage said. “It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this for 10 years, and we owe it all to our listeners!”

Cage also said the event, which was originally scheduled to be held indoors, will now be an outdoor event.

The “10 Year Bash” will take place Sep. 20 at the Clear Channel Metroplex in West Little Rock.

More information about the event can be found at The Edge’s website at EdgeLittleRock.com.

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