Ozzy Os­bourne head­lines Fort Rock

Markhan Park in Sun­rise a larger venue for rockers

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - SPOTLIGHT - By Phillip Valys

Fort Rock, this week­end’s large and loud gath­er­ing of con­cert­go­ers and bands dressed head-to-toe in black, heads to Sun­rise’s Markham Park bear­ing a mus­cu­lar lineup of rock roy­alty, in­clud­ing Ozzy Os­bourne, Gods­mack and Stone Tem­ple Pilots.

You have two con­cert pro­mot­ers and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau to thank for this sonic as­sault in sub­ur­bia, tak­ing place Satur­day and Sun­day.

Af­ter five years at JetBlue Park in Fort My­ers, Fort Rock an­nounced its move to our side of the state in Novem­ber, lured by a large venue (Markham Park is 666 acres) and an ea­ger South Flor­ida mar­ket, says John Valentino, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of con­cert pro­moter AEG South­east.

“While we’ve en­joyed our time in Fort My­ers, the venue was a bit small,” says Valentino, who is co­pro­mot­ing the fes­ti­val with Danny Wim­mer Presents. “There were lots of peo­ple com­ing from South­east Flor­ida in the first years [of the fes­ti­val], and Markham Park sounded per­fect, be­cause it’s right off the [I-595] high­way.”

Or­ga­niz­ers ex­pect 20,000 rock fans to fill the Broward County park, an en­cour­ag­ing num­ber for Noelle Steven­son, vice pres­i­dent of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau. The tourism bureau’s mar­ket­ing mus­cle and re­la­tion­ship with area ho­tels were at­trac­tive to Fort Rock’s pro­mot­ers, who told Steven­son they planned to re­main in Sun­rise “for three to four years,” she says.

“When you move a fes­ti­val of this mag­ni­tude, the last thing you want to do, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, is to keep mov­ing it around,” Steven­son says. “You want to keep it where it is for mul­ti­ple years.”

Here’s what else met­al­heads and Prince of Dark­ness wor­shipers need to know about Fort Rock.

Must-see acts

Ozzy Os­bourne with Zakk Wylde: As the bat-bit­ing front­man be­hind the re­cently dis­banded Black Sab­bath, heavymetal god Os­bourne has in­flu­enced nearly every­one on the Fort Rock bill. At 69, rock’s elder states­man is still a wild, for­bid­ding fig­ure, and is still per­form­ing his black an­thems (“Crazy Train,” “Mr Crow­ley,” “No More Tears”) aided, we sus­pect, by dark magic.

Gods­mack: As ra­dio-friendly hard rockers from Bos­ton who grew to promi­nence in the late 1990s, front­man Sully Erna and com­pany were quickly lumped in with the nü-metal ex­plo­sion at the time (Slip­knot, Korn, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit). But Gods­mack’s fan base has en­dured, and the band is tour­ing be­hind “When Leg­ends Rise” (out to­day), its first ful­l­length al­bum in four years.

Stone Tem­ple Pilots: Be­fore and af­ter the death of trou­bled front­man Scott Wei­land in 2015, the alt-rockers with brash ’90s hits (“Plush,” “Va­so­line,” “In­ter­state Love Song,” “Sex Type Thing”) had a re­volv­ing door of lead singers. Af­ter fir­ing Wei­land in 2013, STP briefly re­placed him with late Linkin Park front­man Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton be­fore pick­ing Jeff Gutt, a for­mer con­tes­tant on “The X Fac­tor.” The band, with Gutt, re­leased a self-ti­tled al­bum in March, STP’s first in eight years.

Break­ing Ben­jamin: Last in town for SunFest 2017, the five­piece group led by singer-gui­tarist Ben­jamin Burn­ley has hardly lost mo­men­tum since form­ing in the early 2000s, their blast­ing per­cus­sion and heavy gui­tar work earn­ing them four albums on Bill­board’s Top 10. The group is tour­ing be­hind “Em­ber,” re­leased April 13, which sits at No. 3 on the Bill­board 200 chart.

Shine­down: The Jack­sonville rock heavy­weight fronted by singer Brent Smith is tour­ing be­hind its sixth al­bum, “At­ten­tion At­ten­tion" (out May 4), but has al­ready notched 11 No. 1 sin­gles on Bill­board’s Main­stream Rock Songs chart since its de­but al­bum in 2003.

Parking and food

Con­cert­go­ers can buy a Satur­day ad­vance parking pass for $15 and a week­end pass for $30 via FortRock.Fron­tGateTick­ets.com. Sun­day sin­gle-day ad­vance parking is sold out. Vis­i­tors also can rent on­site lock­ers for $35 via Mo­bileCharg­ingLock­ers.com.

Mean­while, mul­ti­ple food and drink ven­dors will be on hand, in­clud­ing Agave Taco Bar, An­gry Bird Grill, BC Taco Truck, Boot Scootin’ Burg­ers and Cap­tain Nemo’s Seafood. For the full sched­ule, ven­dor list, what to pack and other perks, down­load the of­fi­cial Fort Rock app for Ap­ple and An­droid smart­phones.

Prices and sched­ule

Where: Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, in Sun­rise When: Doors open at noon Satur­day and Sun­day. Cost: Gen­eral-ad­mis­sion sin­gle-day tick­ets cost $89-$109, $159.50-$199.50 for week­end passes and $199-$350 for VIP. Prices do not in­clude fees. Fort Rock is also of­fer­ing a 50 per­cent dis­count off gen­eral-ad­mis­sion week­end passes for con­cert­go­ers who sign the Change.org pe­ti­tion “Stu­dents Fight­ing Guns Since Adults Won’t,” cre­ated by high-school stu­dent Ju­lia Kem­ple of Kala­ma­zoo, Mich., in re­sponse to the Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School shoot­ing on Feb. 14. Send a screen­shot of the signed pe­ti­tion or for­ward the con­fir­ma­tion email to dw@dw­p­re­sents.com for the dis­count. Day 1 sched­ule: Bad Wolves (1:10-1:40 p.m.), ’68 (1:45-2:15 p.m.), Texas Hip­pie Coali­tion (2:20-2:55 p.m.), Power Trip (3-3:30 p.m.), Triv­ium (3:35-4:10 p.m.), Hate­breed (4:15-4:50 p.m.), Un­deroath (4:55-5:30 p.m.), Bul­let for My Valentine (5:35-6:10 p.m.), Halestorm (6:15-7:05 p.m.), Shine­down (7:10-8:20 p.m.), Five Fin­ger Death Punch (8:25-9:35 p.m.) and Gods­mack (9:40-10:50 p.m.) Day 2 sched­ule: Tooth­grinder (12:10-12:40 p.m.), Tyler Bryant and the Shake­down (12:45-1:15 p.m.), Avatar (1:20-1:55 p.m.), Red Sun Ris­ing (2-2:35 p.m.), Pop Evil (2:40-3:15 p.m.), Seven­dust (3:20-3:55 p.m.), Kill­switch En­gage (4-4:40 p.m.), Hol­ly­wood Un­dead (4:45-5:25 p.m.), Stone Tem­ple Pilots (5:30-6:20 p.m.), Stone Sour (6:25-7:25 p.m.), Break­ing Ben­jamin (7:30-8:30 p.m.) and Ozzy Os­bourne with Zakk Wylde (8:35-9:50 p.m.)

MARK WEISS/COUR­TESY

Ozzy Os­bourne, with gui­tarist Zakk Wylde of heavy-metal band Black La­bel So­ci­ety, will per­form Sun­day dur­ing the Fort Rock fes­ti­val at Markham Park in Sun­rise.

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