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What is America Rocks and is it really bringing Metallica and Foo Fighters to Rhode Island next summer?


New England’s music festival circuit might get a bit busier next summer.

Plans are underway to launch America Rocks, a new two-day music festival slated for June 25 and 26 of 2016 along Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, roughly 20 miles from Providence. The festival, already being billed as the biggest in the Northeast, is organized by Las Vegas-based Evil Vixen Promotion, who tell Vanyaland that while the lineup is still being confirmed, a strategic partnership with concert promoter AEG Live promises to deliver significant headliners.

The lineup is expected to be announced in January.


In the meantime, correspondence acquired by Vanyaland speculates that some of the bands that could be involved with America Rocks are Metallica, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and Charli XCX. Those names have been cited on offer sheets to entice local businesses to get on board with the festival.

While Evil Vixen stresses that the festival will happen, the lineup is still being ironed out.

“Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Metallica, etc., are still prospective as we are in negotiations and also working on a strategic partnership with AEG Live relative to the artist roster,” Evil Vixen Promotion Inc. founder Thomas Boucher tells us. “However, they are all strong prospects. Regardless, the final roster will be a monster!”


America Rocks will also feature a Food Trucks of America food festival, automobile and motorcycle factory showcases, tattoo exhibits, and an “eclectic vendor village” and Deja VooDoo “Mardi Gras-themed” Bar Pavilion.

For those in the Boston area, the festival is starting to outline transportation measures, including MBTA Commuter Rail service to Rhode Island, with shuttle service to the festival grounds. There will also be special Amtrak fares and service from Connecticut and New York.

Stay tuned.