This Friday the M3 Rock Festival returns to Columbia Maryland for the 13th year. This festival marks the kickoff for festival season in the northeast. Held at the Merriweather Post Pavillion, this year’s festival, in my opinion, looks to be one of the best yet! The festival hosts some of the most popular rock and metal bands of the 1980’s and early 1990’s along with some newer and cover bands of the same genre. In addition to the covered pavilion seating and open-air lawn area, there are also sky boxes and a sky lawn boasting a much higher view of the stage.
Friday’s festivities include an appearance from Danny Koker‘s band Count’s 77. I am excited to see Doro and Lizzy Borden as it has been a couple years. Doro’s positive attitude shines through in every song she sings. Rounding out the night are some fireworks and the official Kix-off to the weekend. Below are the set times and some photos I have taken of some of the bands that will be in attendance.
Friday – May 6 – VIP 5:45pm/ Doors 6:30pm
Count’s 77 – 7:10pm – 7:40pm
Lizzy Borden – 7:50pm – 8:20pm
Doro – 8:35pm – 9:15pm
Fireworks – 9:20pm – 9:30pm
KIX – 9:35pm – 10:45pm
Saturday will feature 8 fantastic bands from back in the day. I recently saw Heaven’s Edge
at Monsters on The Mountain and they put on an unbelievable show. Tony Harnell
is another that I am looking forward to. Tony is the voice of TNT, and I hear his voice is still phenomenal! Although Blue Oyster Cult
was not a favorite of mine as I was growing up, their hits have grown on me over the years, and I can’t wait to see them for the first time. Extreme
operates like a well-oiled machine.
Saturday May 7 – VIP 11:00am/ Doors – 11:30am
Lillian Axe – 12:00pm – 12:40pm
Vain – 12:50pm – 1:35pm
Heaven’s Edge 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Tony Harnell – 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Stephen Pearcy – 4:25pm – 5:35pm
Blue Oyster Cult – 5:55pm – 7:10pm
Extreme – 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Tom Keifer – 9:15pm – 10:45pm
Sunday May 8 VIP 11:00am/ Doors 11:30am
Burning Witches 12:25pm – 12:55pm
Leatherwolf – 1:05pm – 1:40pm
Quireboys – 1:50pm – 2:30pm
XYZ – 2:45pm – 3:25pm
ZEBRA – 3:40pm – 4:25pm
Yngwie Malmsteen – 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Stryper – 5:40pm – 6:40pm
Skid Row – 7:05pm – 8:15pm
Tesla – 8:35pm – 9:45pm
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