Disturbed, Volbeat, Alter Bridge and others will be joining Seether for the group's fourth Rise Above Fest -- which raises money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention -- on August 6 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine.
It follows a 2015 event that drew more than 8,500 fans and raised nearly $60,000 for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), a Minnesota-based organization which is dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health issues and suicide prevention. The three Rise Above Fests have so far raised a total of $110,000 for the SAVE, while frontman Shaun Morgan will be receiving the Artistic Expression Award next month in Las Vegas from the National Council for Behavioral Health.
The festival takes its name from the Seether song "Rise Above This," which Morgan wrote to his younger brother Eugene, who was also Seether's bass tech, eight years ago before he committed suicide. Bassist Dale Stewart tells us that because Seether is taking most of 2016 off to work on new music, the group considered not holding the festival this year but ultimately changed its mind:
"We initially were going back and forth on whether we were gonna do it this year, but we figured we should do it. We don't want to break our track record. So I'm looking forward to it...We skipped one year but I think from now on we're gonna make it a yearly thing, at least once a year to get out there and get a bunch of guys together and do it up."
Also taking part in the festival will be Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans and I Prevail. Tickets go on sale at noon EST on Friday, with a variety of packages available. Those who purchased tickets to the 2015 festival online will receive a pre-sale code for this year's event. Information and updates about this year's festival will be posted at RiseAboveFest.com.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.