For six years, Will Trigg, a guitarist and St. Joseph resident, has been travelling to Kansas City to jam with drummer Eric Forder.
In early May, those hours spent, miles traveled and energy exerted was rewarded when their band, Watching The Fall, was rewarded with a spot on the 2017 Rockfest lineup.
âIt took awhile … but we held on long enough to find the right members and (if you) wait long enough, the sun will shine, I guess,â Trigg says.
Before the band performs a Rockfest Saturday, June 3, at the Kansas Speedway, it will be busy blowing the roof off of Cafe Acoustic Concert Hall for its âMetal Nightâ with band Kilmaat and Until The Worlds End at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27.
The announcement of the band winning the spot on the Rockfest lineup took the group, which also includes Ryan Bucksner on vocals and Jason Strickland on bass, by complete surprise.
With the Rockfest announcement landing on his birthday, Forder had woken up to text messages saying âCongratulations.â
âI thought everyone was saying âCongratulationsâ for my birthday, which I was like âItâs just my birthday, no big deal.â They were like âNo, itâs Rockfest. You won!ââ he says.
The same type of surprise washed over the entire band in the form of messages, Facebook statuses and, finally, the announcement on 98.9 The Rock.
âThe first few days, weâve just been floating above the ground, like âThis isnât really happening.â And then it just hit us,â Bucksner says.
While elated, the band quickly came back down to Earth when it realized it will have to make sure its show is primed and ready to destroy in Kansas City, Kansas.
âFor the first few days, it was like âOh my God. I canât believe this is happening. Then the last couple days,…