Skillet at Blue Ridge Rock Festival at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia by Annette Holloway Photography

Blue Ridge Rock Festival Day 3 Featuring I Prevail, Skillet, Motionless in White and More at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia on 9/10/22


Blue Ridge Rock Festival (BRRF), known for its fan-driven rock experience, delivered in its 5th year with an incredible lineup of 172 bands across 5 stages in 4 days spread across a massive new venue in southern Virginia. VIRginia International Raceway, a 1,3000-acre property with rolling hills in the town of Alton. Check out the incredible lineup for Day 3 below. (Sion and Lacuna Coil did not perform.)


Set times for Blue Ridge Rock Festival Sat 9-10-22


Rain invaded Day 3 greatly impacting the photographers’ ability to cover bands without risking their gear. However, the crowd had fewer problems withstanding the elements to witness some of the most popular bands in the rock and metal world, and even a fan in a wheelchair had fun crowd surfing.

Ice Nine Kills (INK), an American heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts brought their reign of terror to BRRF. Their horror-inspired set complete with chainsaws, knives, axes, and lifelike severed body parts, drenched the already wet stage from the first song, “Hip to Be Scared.” The theatrical carnage continued through spine-chilling finale “The American Nightmare.”


Ice Nine Kills Band Members:

Spencer Charnas – Lead Vocalist

Ricky Armellino – Co-Lead Vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist

Joe Occhiuti – Co-Lead Vocalist, Bassist

Dan Sugarman – Co-Lead Vocalist, Lead Guitarist

Patrick Galante – Drummer



Motionless in White, a cyber gothic meltalcore band who accompanied Ice Nine Kills on the Trinity of Terror Tour, provided plenty of moshing, head-banging, and crowd-surfing fodder surely providing thousands a “bangover” the next morning. Fans rocked so hard, the performance of “Slaughterhouse” was halted due to multiple injuries in the crowd. Besides their intense energy on stage, Motionless in White’s production blasted pyro that would rival any major EDM concert.


Motionless in White Band Members:

Chris “Motionless” Cerulli – Lead vocals

Ricky “Horror” Olson – Rhythm guitar

Justin Morrow – Bass

Ryan Sitkowski Lead guitar

Vinny Mauro – Drums



Skillet, with their 5x platinum hit “Monster,” one of the most streamed rock songs in history, naturally unleashed on the Monster Energy stage with one of the best performances of the night. Frontman and bass beast John Cooper first brought the fury with “Whispers in the Dark” and “Rise,” then brandished “cryo guns” with “Surviving the Game” inciting the fans into a jumping frensy. Multi-talented drummer, Jen Ledger, killed it on drums while also singing background vocals, then came out from behind the kit for “Hero.” Guitarists Korey Cooper and Seth Morrison covered every inch of the stage like rock maniacs, and Seth delivered masterful guitar solos throughout. Skillet has a rabid fanbase across the world selling out arenas in 26 countries and four continents, and there was definitely a huge contingent on hand at BRRF because I could hear all the lyrics that I know so well shouted from the crowd. This was the 22nd Skillet show that I have photographed.


Skillet Band Members:

John Cooper – Lead Singer, Bass Guitar

Seth Morrison – Lead Guitar, Vocals

Korey Cooper – Guitar, Keys

Jen Ledger – Drums, Vocals



I Prevail on ZVN stage delivered a heavy but diverse set reflecting an unbelievable versatility displayed on their new album, True Power. The combination of Brian Burkheiser and Eric Vanlerberghe brings a unique sound to the rock/metal world, and the production at the festival was nothing short of incredible.


I Prevail Band Members:

Brian Burkheiser – Clean vocals

Eric Vanlerberghe – Unclean vocals

Steve Menoian – Lead guitar

Dylan Bowman – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Gabe Helguera – Drums



Metal icons, Slipknot, the most anticipated and the most popular headliner of the festival, took the Monster Energy stage at 10:30pm, but banned all press from the pit and audience. Anyone wanting to view coverage of their set will have to settle for fan cell phone videos and pictures.

Overall, the festival ended with fans and photographers alike soaked to the bone, but excited about the day. Even a few sound problems crept in on occasion, but didn’t seem to bother the wet masses who took over singing the lyrics. While other logistic hiccups were ironed out by Day 3, it’s obvious that the bands and the music is what this fan-driven festival is all about. After all of the incredible talent so far, the anticipation was high for Day 4.



Blue Ridge Rock Festival Day 1 Coverage

Blue Ridge Rock Festival Day 2 Coverage





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