JEROME — It’s unusual for nine national bands to come through Jerome.
But that’s the lineup you’ll find at the second annual EdgeFest on Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Jerome County Fairgrounds.
The music festival is organized by local rock music radio station 103.1 The Edge and Diamondz Event Center in Jerome.
“This is by far the biggest rock show that comes to the valley each year,” Diamondz owner Greg Dodson said. “There’s nothing even close.”
It will feature nine national bands — Saliva, P.O.D., Lit, Royal Bliss, Jack Russell’s Great White, Alien Ant Farm, Gemini Syndrome, Through Fire and Ded — and three Idaho groups.
Diamondz Event Center launched the music festival last year after finding out a seven-band tour was coming to Jerome.
“We decided to start a music festival,” Dodson said, for the same time. “It was kind of a gift because it was already seven bands that (were) touring together.”
About 2,000 people came to the event, he said. “For the first year and this area, that’s pretty amazing.”
It’s an all-ages show, but alcohol will be available for those 21 and older who have a valid identification. Local vendors will also offer food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Salt Lake City-based rock band Royal Bliss is among the participating bands this year.
After getting a call with an invitation to perform, “obviously, we said ‘yes,’” guitarist Taylor Richards said.
Many clubs and bars don’t want to book Sunday or Monday gigs, he said, so it’s a good time to play at a music festival.
Royal Bliss formed 19 years ago with a group of high school friends in the Salt Lake City area.
Richards and his friends were jamming and recorded a little CD, he said. “Next thing we know, we’re starting to get really good gigs.”
Three of the original band members, including Richards, are still with Royal Bliss.
As the years went by, the band signed with Capitol Records. It recorded a total of six albums – two of which were with the major record label.
The rest were independent releases. That’s the case for the band’s new record, which is slated to come out around September.
The Twin Falls area holds a special significance for Royal Bliss. It’s where the group got its first big break.
About 15 years ago, someone got their hands on a Royal Bliss CD and Twin Falls radio station 99.9 FM played a few of the songs.
It turned out they were the most requested songs for two months, Richards said.
When they were invited to do a CD signing event in Twin Falls, there was a huge crowd, he said. The band members were shocked.
It was a turning point for the band. And Richards says southern Idaho is still one of their favorite places to perform.