Heavy-handed rockers return to Rochester

Sevendust performs at Wicked Moose on July 13.

Veteran heavy-hitters Sevendust are no strangers to Rochester. They'll take the stage at Wicked Moose on July 13, their second show here in two years.

"They simply have one of the best live shows out of any touring rock band right now," said event promoter Kyle Ganrude. The show is presented by Z-Rock 107.7 and 103.9 and Premier Artist Productions.

The Wicked Moose is an ideal venue for Sevendust's hard stylings, Ganrude said, because of its arena-style lighting on an intimate scale.

"It's always a blast, a fun environment," he said. "The cool thing about it is that the Wicked Moose has a four and a half foot stage and arena style lighting. It's all LED lights, and it basically feels like you're in an arena."

Sevendust, formed in 1994 in Atlanta, Georgia, is touring in support of their ninth album, "Black Out the Sun," released in March. The album landed at Number 1 on Billboard's "Top Hard Music Albums" list after selling more than 30,000 copies in its first week.


In an interview with Guitar World , guitarists John Connolly and Clint Lowery said the album functions as a kind of retrospective of the group's growth. Some songs harken back to the group's early work, while others would sound at home on more recent albums.

The band's heavy sonic approach has remained consistent for most of its existence, and all of the original members still play with the band.

Opening acts are Otherwise, a Las Vegas rock band that performed here in May, opening for Papa Roach; and Devour the Day, a relatively new act founded by former members of Egypt Central.

What: Sevendust with Otherwise and Devour the Day

Where: Wicked Moose Bar & Grill, 1201 Eastgate Drive S.E., Rochester

When: July 13. Doors open 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets at


Ages: 21 and up

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