Hot Fox Rocks – FoxFest

By Lorilee Cracker – 2003

FoxFest | June 22nd 2003 Allegan County Fairgrounds

Fox on-air personality Allison Harte was right, in a way, when she predicted that “Jackyl is going to steal the show.” FoxFest 2003

The heavy metal band, who performed fourth in the lineup at the second annual 101.3 FM Fox Fest at the Allegan County fair grounds, did create quite a commotion under the hot sun.

Bad Company, Kansas, Jackyl, Quiet Riot, Kamilla, FledFive

But first the estimated 40,000-plus fans who turned up for the free event rocked out to a few lesser-known bands including local rockers Fled Five, the runners-up in the most recent Aris’ Hometown Rock Music Search.

Kamilla, the contest winners, followed their local heavy-metal cronies with a raw, hard set that anyone who came to see Kansas probably tuned out –if they could.

Kamilla’s strength is in performing it’s own music, which means the band’s guttural, screaming cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” was a big mistake.

Created in the fall of 2001 as the brainchild of guitarist Chris Hartley and drummer Troy Middlecamp, Kamilla quickly found itself in the upper echelon of talent in the Midwest music scene. With its lineup at the time (which included vocalist Jason Wood, now with Trustkill recording act It Dies Today), Kamilla found themselves winning the reverence and admiration of a legion of fans and musicians alike. 2002 yielded Kamilla some local bragging rights after winning the second annual (now in its 8th year) WKLQ 107.3 FM Heavyweight Championship as well as Aris’ 101.7 FM Hometown Rock search that very same year.

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