Michigan rock bands to join Korn and Rob Zombie at Upheaval


The new festival’s two-day rock’n’roll assault at Grand Rapids Park comes in the form of regional acts as “surreal and incredibly exciting.” The history and program of Local Spins.

Ready to “leave it all on stage” Saturday: Michigan’s Heartsick. (Courtesy photo)

Grand Rapids rockers The Legal Immigrants call it “an honor” to play the first Upheaval music festival this weekend in Belknap Park.

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Lansing’s hardcore / metalcore band Heartsick describes it as “surreal and incredibly exciting at the same time.”

Both groups are part of Michigan’s representation at the metal / rock festival which has been forced to delay its freshman debut due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

An honor to play Upset: Joe Bockheim of The Legal Immigrants. (Photo / Anna’s Sink)

Starting Friday, thousands of fans will flock to the Grand Rapids site for headlining sets from Korn, Chevelle and Pop evil on Friday, and Rob Zombie, spot and Skillet Saturday. Michigan’s other laws on the bill include Vestige, assume nothing and Shadow holidays.

“We were so excited when we found out we were part of the inaugural festival in 2020 and heartbroken when we then found out it had to be canceled,” said Alfonso Civile, singer of Heartsick.

“COVID has really done a number on everyone, but also grateful that everything went well and that we can come back and value it shows so much more.”

Legal Immigrants and Heartsick have performed in front of a live audience since the COVID restrictions were lifted earlier this year, but Upheaval clearly represents a major opportunity for both groups to strut in front of a large audience.

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“We’ve been locked up for a year, so it’s probably safe to assume we’re going to lose our minds on stage, throw up, smash the fake bees with our guitars, and absolutely leave everything on stage that day,” joked Civile, whose band – Civile, bassist Waylon Fox, guitarist Richard Pruneau and Talmadge drummer Jake Bryan – will perform at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday.

The Legal Immigrants, meanwhile, are planning to release a few songs from all of their albums as well as “some news that for some reason I can’t seem to get out,” singer and guitarist Joe Bockheim said.

“It’s an honor, really,” he said of the group’s appearance at Upheaval at 4:40 pm Friday. “It’s really cool to play with another local rock band like Pop Evil too.”

Indeed, Pop Evil – formed in western Michigan 20 years ago by Leigh Kakaty of North Muskegon – celebrates a homecoming in Upheaval when it performs on Friday.

Pop Evil’s appearance in Grand Rapids is stuck between tour stops in Antioch, Ill. And Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin.

Two-day tickets for Upheaval are currently priced at $ 139 plus fees; day passes cost $ 75 plus fees. Buy your tickets online here.

Other groups on Friday’s lineup include Merry wolf, Gemini syndrome and Royal felicity. Saturday, Nonpoint, Blacktop Mojo, Stitched Heart and Blue felix are also showing.

Presented by MiEntertainment Group and WGA Entertainment, the festival takes place at the same location in Belknap Park as the annual Breakaway Music Festival, an electronic, pop and hip hop festival that debuted in Grand Rapids in 2017.

This year’s breakaway will take place August 27-28, with headliners Illenium, Quinn XCII, Gryffin, Big Wild, Chelsea Cutter and Made on. Learn more about Breakaway online here.

Homecoming: Pop Evil plays Upheaval at 5:20 p.m. Friday. (Photo / Anthony Norkus)

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