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Radio station brings the noise for Rocktoberfest

Get out your Big Gun, take the Highway to Hell and prepare to be Thunderstruck at 97 Rock's second annual Rocktoberfest.

Radio station KXRX is celebrating its 15th anniversary on air by bringing back the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles for a massive rock blowout Oct. 3 at TRAC in Pasco.

"Rocktoberfest is a really fun celebration and it'll be an exciting, fun, high-energy show and you'll sing along and have a good time and probably know songs you didn't think you knew," said lead guitarist Adrian 'Angus' Conner. "I like the enthusiasm at Rocktoberfest."

Other performers include Spokane's classic rock band Java Kola, Richland hard rock group 45th Parallel and Kennewick classic rock cover band Pirates of the Columbia.

"The headliner we chose due to the overwhelming feedback of the guests of last year that said (Hell's Belles) were just fabulous, so we brought them back," said Troy Woody, general manager at TRAC. "Everyone else is a mix of recommendations. We always try to look for at least one or two local bands first to get a decent mix."

While the DJs at 97 Rock have been referring to October as "Rocktober" for years, it was only last year when the radio station decided to get together with TRAC to put on an actual rock music festival.

"It was a huge success and well attended for the first year and so we decided to do it again this year," said Paul Drake, operations manager for GAPWEST Broadcasting.

Last year almost 2,000 people attended and Drake expects this year to be even more successful."It's good for more exposure for music and more festival type of stuff. We're just looking forward to the exposure to new fans and turning more people on to the original music scene," said Mike Rhodes, lead singer and guitarist for 45th Parallel.

Chuck Smith, bass guitarist for Pirates of the Columbia, ran the sound board controls for last year's Rocktoberfest. This year, he and the rest of his four-man band get to listen to the all-female group.

"I personally am looking forward to Hell's Belles," said Pirates guitarist Lee Paxton. "I actually get to be there this time to see this rave-reviewed band. I love AC/DC too."

Every attendee will receive a complimentary beer mug and can enter for chance to win a 2010 Toyota Camry from Toyota of Tri-Cities or a $5,000 shopping spree from Gilbert Oregon Power Sports.

"Good beer, good cigars, good music, good food," Drake said. "It's just one of those great ways to welcome in the fall and Rocktober."

Tickets for the 21 and older event that runs from 3 to 11 p.m. are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. A 10-person VIP table is $300 which includes VIP area seating, free nacho bar, discounts off Rocktoberfest clothing and more.

Tickets are available at the Ranch & Home in Kennewick, TRAC box office or www.traconline.com. Tickets went on sale Sept. 1.

For more information, go to www.97rockonline.com.

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