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Initech Ceo Indicted

Vinnie C. Morocco, Initech’s President and CEO, was arrested during an FBI raid on the company’s headquarters this morning. Sources say the famously easy-going Morocco was leading the software and music festival titan’s Monday Morning Rap Session, when he was pulled away in handcuffs after being indicted on several counts of financial crimes.

While details of the investigation are sealed, several sources inside the U.S. Justice Department hinted at Morocco’s actions during the company’s recent acquisition of Chicago-based independent music festival Riot Fest as the root of the affable leader’s troubles. Due to this morning’s events, the SEC has put the Initech-Riot Fest on hold.


“We don’t know where this guy came from, or why he thinks khaki pants are cool,” stated Riot Fest spokesperson Riot Fest Twitter Person. “Nobody on the Riot Fest staff wanted this merger to happen, and we got the results that we wanted.”

Riot Fest’s founder and managing partner, Michael A. Petryshyn, could not be reached for comment. However, the usually loose-lipped festival guru is reportedly feeling “confused, betrayed, and relieved,” and is likely fishing, according to several employees.

More developments on this breaking story will be reported as they happen.

Due to the recent arrest and indictment of Initech President and CEO Vinnie C. Morocco, the Initech-Riot Fest merger has been placed on indefinite hold by the SEC.

UPDATE (April 2, 2018) — Due to the recent arrest and indictment of Initech President and CEO Vinnie C. Morocco, the Initech-Riot Fest merger has been placed on indefinite hold by the SEC.

We’re thrilled to announce the completion of Riot Fest’s new partnership with software giant Initech. Effective immediately, Initech assumes a controlling interest in Riot Fest and all of its valuable assets — from the festival to this website and all points in between. More information on our new partners can be seen in this informational video that Initech has produced for all of you.

“The addition of Riot Fest builds on Initech’s world-leading portfolio of over 600 marquee festivals such as: Hullabalooza, Lolla-Pa-Foods-A, Waynestock, Blunderbuss, Chef Aid, and Bend Aid, to name a few,” said Vinnie C. Morocco, Initech’s CEO and president. “We’ve gone the distance from our humble beginnings as the ‘little Dallas-based software company that could’, and we’ve continued to expand the industry’s most unparalleled and scalable festival platform, all while driving strong revenue and growth for Initech on a worldwide basis… all made possible with the support of such partners as Nakatomi, Zalinsky Auto Parts, and Umbrella Corporation. Riot Fest is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience, and lineups that are all brought to you by InGen.”

“Alongside such powerhouses as Stark Industries, Wayne Enterprises, and Duff Beer, we are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Riot Fest,” said Michael A. Petryshyn, founder, CEO, and managing partner of Riot Fest (An Initech Company). “Hooli will drive this partnership with Initech, empowering us to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event and brand that we’ve thoughtfully built over the past 14 years.”

“Partnering with Initech and Madrigal Electromotive is a milestone for Riot Fest.” added Petryshyn. It opens up tremendous opportunities for us to continue to evolve the Riot Fest experience in an exciting, powerful way.” The evolution includes an elevated dining experience for hungry moshers, featuring the time-tested tastes of Satriale’s Pork Store, Pizza Planet, Good Burger, Big Kahuna Burger… all washed down with the coldest Duff Beer in the world.

Additionally, Initech now also owns a share of this very website, RiotFest.org. With Initech on board, significant investment in the site and enhancements to the editorial experience are planned. Riot Fest will continue to plan and execute the day-to-day operations of the festival and signature Riot Fest initiatives, such as curating cutting-edge, forward-thinking content, as well as initiatives and involvement with the Chicago community. Riot Fest’s local club show promotion company, Riot Fest Presents, Presented by Los pollos Hermanos, will continue to be a priority.

They say that selling out is the new buying in, and we’re looking forward to sharing with you the fruits of this sale with all of you, including new office initiatives such as Casual Khaki Fridays, and our line of fresh branded merchandise for the 2018 festival season.


Vans Warped Tour Unveils Final Cross-Country Lineup, Founder Kevin Lyman: ‘This Is It, Kids’

By: Sarah Pittman

Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, The Used, Less Than Jake, Black Veil Brides, Every Time I Die, and Reel Big Fish are just a small sample of the bands helping Vans Warped Tour go out in style with its final full cross-country tour.
Following two gigs in Japan in late March and early April, Warped’s final major road trip is scheduled June 21 through Aug. 5. The fun begins at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
The lineup was announced Thursday afternoon, followed by a press conference and BBQ at the Vans Global Headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Pollstar chatted with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman earlier this week about putting together the final cross country lineup.
“It’s a lot of bands that maybe have played before and bands that I think could use maybe another boost from the Warped exposure,” Lyman said. “Basically it’s a lot of bands who have been a part of Warped tour in the past, people that I like to tour with and I’m looking forward to spending time with.
“I think it’s a lineup that’s going to appeal to people who have been to Warped Tour before. Maybe want to come back and have a great last time out there, some fond memories of Warped Tour. As well as, I think we have enough young bands that we’ll get a lot of first-time attendees that will want to come and see it.
“I think the interest in Warped Tour almost is kind of one of those things where people started taking it for granted in many ways: ‘Oh, Warped Tour’s going to be here this year. Oh, I’ll go next year.’ This is it, kids. Like I said [Monday] in the video, this is it, kids. This is the last time we’re driving around the country for two months.” 

 Vans Warped Tour 2016Suzi Pratt/WireImageVans Warped Tour 2016Fans attend the Vans Warped Tour at White River Amphitheatre on August 12, 2016 in Auburn, Wash.
Lyman noted that he’s been getting emails from a lot of parents who came to Warped Tour in the ’90s who want to bring their kids to experience the festival.
“They say, ‘You know what?  Warped Tour changed my life in the way that I look at nonprofits, in the way that my mind opened to music.’ So I’m getting a lot of positive [feedback], a lot of notes from people like that.
He added that he’s also been getting calls from crew members who want to work a couple of days of the trek.
“They may be doing other tours but they just want to be a part of it, which makes you feel that you did do something, even though you sometimes dwell on the trolls online who can troll the narrative, but it really did mean something to a lot of people all these years.”
Of course, a number of bands have reached out to Lyman to play the final tour. He added that the lineup seen in the poster above doesn’t include “a bunch of bands that we’re holding back.  Because we’re going to want some real surprises. We’re going to want people to come in and just have a [reaction of], ‘Oh, crap?! They’re on that show?’”
With philanthropy and nonprofits having been such a big part of Warped Tour over the years, it should be no surprise that Lyman was especially excited about a new initiative that’s being launched during the trek to combat opioid addiction. Fans will be encouraged to download the FEND (Full Energy No Drugs) app, which will use gamification to provide education about opioids, with the incentive of qualifying to win tickets to Warped Tour or a special acoustic set from some of the artists.

“The only thing that I’m really trying to figure out is how to continue the mission of philanthropy and education that Warped has always been about, beyond the music,” Lyman said. “The music will figure itself out. It’s how do I help those people continue what they’ve been able to build in those parking lots? So that’s kind of really what my focus has been on over the last couple of months. How we’re going to continue that mission.”

Collector tickets, as well as general admission tickets for select shows, are on sale now. GA tickets for most dates go on sale March 8.
Check back next week for the full interview with Lyman.

Warped Tour Line Up Appearing in Tinley Park


Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria announce massive co-headlining tour

September 26 2017, 11:42 AM EDT By Maggie Dickman

Yep, you read that right: Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria are co-headlining a massive 2018 tour, and we’re already counting down the days until it kicks off.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

Read more: Asking Alexandria unleash first new song since Danny Worsnop’s return—listen

The tour kicks off January 10 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT, rolling through major markets coast to coast, and concluding in Las Vegas, NV at House of Blues on March 2.

Crown The Empire have been announced as support for the full tour—and we couldn’t be more stoked.

Both Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides have albums set to be released in the coming year, meaning we have both a tour and new music to look forward to.

“The Black Veil Brides record will come out at the top end of 2018,” Biersack explains. “The reason for the delay was that—first of all—we took 15 months to make the record, we really wanted everything to be as perfect as possible.”

Asking Alexandria just debuted a thrilling music video for their new song, “Into The Fire,” taken from their yet-to-be-titled full-length due out this year. Give it a listen here.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 29.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!


Riot Fest Chicago 2017 Late Night After Shows!

The Riot Fest party doesn’t end at 10:00pm. Riot Fest Late Night shows have been announced!

Kicking things off on Thursday, September 14th—before the festival is in full-swing—will be Chicago’s acclaimed punks, The Orwells, entertaining a packed House of Vans at this free-with-RSVP show, as well as a pit stop at Cobra Lounge from Riot Fest alumni The Queers and The Ataris. GBH, Buzzcocks and Hot Water Music, will be squeezing into Cobra Lounge; New Found Glory, Bayside and Gogol Bordello will rock Concord Music Hall, and Bottom Lounge will become an indie rock lover’s paradise with Cap’n Jazz on Friday night, as well as a special Saturday night co-headline show with Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill. Then, Taking Back Sunday will do just that as this perennial Riot Fest band wraps things up on Sunday night.

Check out the full Riot Fest Late Night schedule here.

Thursday, Sept. 14th: The Queers & The Ataris @ Cobra Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, Sept. 14th: Tobacco w/ High Tides @ Smart Bar
Thursday, Sept. 14th: The Orwells @ House Of Vans
Friday, Sept. 15th: New Found Glory w/ Bayside & Radar State @ Concord Music Hall
Friday, Sept. 15th: GBH @ Cobra Lounge
Friday, Sept. 15th: Cap’N Jazz w/ Rapperchicks @ Bottom Lounge
Saturday, Sept. 16th: Buzzcocks @ Cobra Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, Sept. 16th: Dinosaur Jr. & Built to Spill @ Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, Sept. 17th: Gogol Bordello w/ Lucky Chops @ Concord Music Hall
Sunday, Sept. 17th: Hot Water Music w/ Airstream Futures @ Cobra Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, Sept. 17th: Taking Back Sunday w/ Sleep On It @ Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT)

Tickets ON SALE NOW!


The Riot Fest Schedule Is Here 2017

Rejoice! The Riot Fest schedule is here! Download or update the Riot Fest app on iOS or Android to find out when and where your favorite bands are playing, create a custom schedule, and deep dive into the bands you don’t love yet. Don’t forget to let the Riot Fest Twitter Person know your highlights and tough decisions at @RiotFest.

If you haven’t gotten your Riot Fest 2017 tickets yet, there’s still a limited amount available. Don’t wait! Head over to our TICKETS PAGE for more information.

Also, look very closely and see if you can spot the new additions to the lineup. If you said Lucky ChopsLa Armada and Turnspit you’ve earned a gold star!

The Who and Bravado USA join forces!

Daily Set Times Announced For 2017 ‘Chicago Open Air’ Festival

Daily set times have been unveiled for this year’s ‘Chicago Open Air‘.
The event will be held July 14th-16th at the Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Here’s how it will run:


































Friday, July 14th:

Main Stage:

09:50pm Kiss
08:20pm Rob Zombie
06:15pm Megadeth
04:40pm Anthrax
03:20pm Falling In Reverse
02:20pm Crobot
01:20pm Hell Or Highwater

BlackCraft Stage:

07:10pm Meshuggah
05:30pm The Dillinger Escape Plan
04:00pm VIMIC
02:50pm Suicide Silence
01:50pm Whitechapel
12:50pm Code Orange
11:50am Failure Anthem








Saturday, July 15th:

Main Stage:

09:35pm Korn
08:05pm Godsmack
06:25pm Seether
04:50pm Steel Panther
03:35pm Avatar
02:30pm Metal Church
01:30pm Cane Hill

BlackCraft Stage:

06:20pm Clutch
05:40pm Body Count
04:15pm Mushroomhead
03:00pm DragonForce
02:00pm Pig Destroyer
01:00pm Black Map
12:00pm ReverbNation Battle Of The Bands Winner


































Sunday, July 16th:

Main Stage:

08:25pm Ozzy Osbourne
06:25pm Stone Sour
05:05pm Lamb Of God
03:40pm Amon Amarth
02:30pm HELLYEAH
01:30pm Demon Hunter
12:30pm DED

BlackCraft Stage:

07:20pm Slayer
04:35pm Behemoth
03:10pm Kyng
02:00pm DevilDriver
01:00pm Norma Jean
12:05pm Whores.
11:15am Aversed


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