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Trapt, Alien Ant Farm to make America Rock Again on Valley stop

Alien Ant Farm returns to the Valley on the Make America Rock Again festival. The tour stops Saturday, September 3 at the Wakehouse in Reedley.
Alien Ant Farm returns to the Valley on the Make America Rock Again festival. The tour stops Saturday, September 3 at the Wakehouse in Reedley. Special to The Bee

Thanks to The Donald, we now get to deal with the all the accessories/events playing off of his “Make America Great Again” theme.

I’m not going to fault the Make America Rock Again festival for it, even if the multi-act concert has been billed as “the tour that Trumps them all.”

The tour, which kicks off this weekend and stops Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Wakehouse in Reedley, is a throwback to the rock of the early 2000s, with a multi-headliner lineup that includes Alien Ant Farm, Trapt, Crazy Town and Tantric.

Alien Ant Farm, which played Fresno last year, is known for its funked-up metal version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” which was No. 1 on Billboard’s modern rock chart in 2001. That same year, Tantric was No. 1 on the same chart with its song “Breakdown.” Trapt had a No. 1 hit on the Modern Rock charts with its 2002 single “Headstrong” and Crazy Town had its own hit in 2000 with the insanely infectious track “Butterfly.”

The Central Valley stop is being promoted by the Artourage, and similar to last year’s Summerland tour, it will bring on a range of regional and local acts including LAW (the Long Beach rock band from Jakob Nowell, son of Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell) and Hail Sagan (featuring Nick Quijano of Powerman 5000), plus Way Off Starboard, TakeAction, For The Record, Anchor City, The Jacktones and Robert Cruz and The Rage.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and on sale now. Special barbecue VIP meet and greets are also available.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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