A Labor Day Bash at Rocklahoma 2022!

Bad Omens' one of the first bands to hit the Renegade Stage at Rocklahoma 2022 in Pryor, Oklahoma on Friday, September 2, 2022. (Photo credit: Maurice Nunez)

BY MAURICE NUNEZ | Go Venue Magazine

This year would be my first year to cover Rocklahoma 2022. Luckily, we avoided any of the rain the first day we made it to Tulsa. We took the drive over to Pryor, Oklahoma which was only about 40 minutes outside of Tulsa. We arrived at Rocklahoma on Friday and made our way to the media tent to pick up our credentials and get a lay of the land. Just like much of the country, we were right in the middle of a heat wave. This would promise to be a hot, sweaty, music extravaganza for the whole family and Go Venue was there to cover it!

Rocklahoma is a three-day rock music festival that began in 2007. Originally occurring annually in May, the festival was moved to September in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The three-day rock festival is known as “America’s biggest Labor Day Weekend Party.” They were not kidding!

First and foremost, I must say the festival staff was very welcoming and helpful. Not an easy task to run such a large gathering, but the staff really helped in making things go smoothly. Each day the festival had three stages with artist rotating their sets amongst the three. The main stage was the large Freedom Stage which was also accompanied by two other stages, the Renegade and Roadhouse stages. As soon as one band played and concluded their set, another would start at another stage. Never a dull moment as the live music never stopped!

Each day featured a unique set of bands. The main headliners of the festival were Shinedown, Korn, and Five Finger Death Punch. All the bands were incredible, can’t say I was disappointed with any of the three-day festival performances. I wasn’t too familiar with all the bands, but some new highlights for me came from Jelly Roll, Three Days Grace, Skillet, Dropout Kings, Bad Omens, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills, Fire From the Gods, Eternal Frequency, and of course Quiet Riot. These were just to name a few, but overall, the sets from every band were amazing!

Much of the Rocklahoma experience speaks for itself, as you will see from the photos below. From the fans to the staff and of course all the bands and their crews. Special thanks to Korn for allowing us to shoot them. First time I had met them was way back in 1995 when they toured with Danzig. Great to see them still relevant as ever! The photos below will give you an idea of the Rocklahoma experience, but of course nothing can compare to actually being there.

A big thank you to Rocklahoma! See you again next year!

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

All images © Maurice Nunez

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