Day 3


@Bitojavaruss and I were at ROCK ON THE RANGE 2014 again for the last day of the 3 day festival in Columbus, Ohio. The sun was out and everyone was ready to rock. Sunday’s lineup included Mastadon, Miss May I, Alter Bridge, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch & More.







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First up on Sunday was MISS MAY I on the Ernie Ball Stage , who are currently on their Up Close And Personal tour. They played through a powerful set list , which included “Hey Mister!” and “Relentless Chaos”. Levi Benton kept the crowd moving the whole set.

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Of Mice & Men was the next set to shoot on Sunday, also at the Ernie Ball stage. The Austin Carlile fronted metalcore band from Costa Mesa, California just released a new album called, “Restoring Force” and are set to hit the Van’s Warped Tour in July. They started off their set with “Public Service Announcement” and had one of the biggest crowds at the Ernie Ball Stage that weekend.


  1. Public Service Announcement
  2. Feels Like Forever
  3. The Flood
  4. O.G. Loko
  5. Bones Exposed
  6. The Depths
  7. Would You Still Be There
  8. You’re Not Alone


Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live

Alter Bridge took the stage Sunday evening and killed it. Myles Kennedy was by far the best vocalist at Rock On The Range this year. They blew through hits “Blackbird” , “Rise Today”, “Addicted To Pain” and more. They are currently on their US tour, before Myles hits the road with Slash & Aerosmith later this summer on the “Let Rock Rule” tour.


  1. Addicted to Pain
  2. Come to Life
  3. Cry of Achilles
  4. Metalingus
  5. Blackbird
  6. Rise Today
  7. Isolation

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By far the biggest crowd (and rightly deserved) at the Ernie Ball Stage during ROCK ON THE RANGE was Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, who put on a powerful show of Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits, all the while paying tribute to his father , the late John Bonham (the original drummer for Led Zeppelin).

    1. Immigrant Song
      (Led Zeppelin cover)
    2. Black Dog
      (Led Zeppelin cover)
    3. The Ocean
      (Led Zeppelin cover)
    4. Over the Hills and Far Away
      (Led Zeppelin cover)
    5. When the Levee Breaks
      (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover)
    6. Kashmir
      (Led Zeppelin cover)
    7. Whole Lotta Love
      (Led Zeppelin cover)

Day 2 @ ROCK ON THE RANGE 2014

Day 2


Bit O Java was on site again for the 2nd day of the biggest Rock festival in the US on Saturday, ROCK ON THE RANGE, at Crew Stadium.


Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live








POP EVIL: With a chart topping single out ( Torn to Pieces, #4 on the Itunes Rock Chart) , Pop Evil is taking the US by storm on tour with Avatar & Escape The Fate. At the end of the show, before playing Trenches, Pop Evil brought out Marines and the Eyes Of Freedom paintings, honoring those who have fallen.


  1. Hero
  2. Boss’s Daughter
  3. Monster You Made
  4. Goodbye My Friend
  5. Sick Sense
  6. Torn to Pieces
  7. Deal with the Devil
  8. Goodbye My Friend
  9. Trenches  (with DMC)


Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live

CROBOT: This was Swedish band Crobot’s first time playing a festival in the US and they they had the biggest crowd at the Jagermeister stage that I saw all weekend. Check them out here. They will be big in the US in no time.


  1. The Legend of the Spaceborne Killer
  2. Weigh Me Down
  3. Night of the Sacrifice
  4. La Mano de Lucifer
  5. El Chupacabra
  6. Skull of Geronimo
  7. The Necromancer
  8. Fly on the Wall


THEORY OF A DEADMAN: Roadrunner Records signed, Canadian band , Theory Of A Deadman took the stage on Saturday after Pop Evil. They played through hits Bitch Came Back (which frontman Tyler Connolly announced as a song for the ladies in the crowd) , Bad Girlfriend and more. The crowd was on their feet the whole time.


  1. So Happy
  2. Lowlife
  3. Bitch Came Back
  4. Not Meant to Be
  5. Hurricane
  6. Drown
  7. Savages
  8. Hate My Life
  9. Bad Girlfriend


Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live

THE PRETTY RECKLESS:  Remember sweet , little Jenny (Taylor Momsen) from The Upper East Side? She’s morphed into a rock goddess, citing The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and Led Zeppelin as inspirations and started a band called The Pretty Reckless. This was one of the bands I was most excited to see at Rock On The Range. They took the Ernie Ball stage at 6:00 Saturday, starting with Follow Me Down off of their new record , Going To Hell, which dropped last month. This was their first time playing Rock On The Range and they were easily one of the biggest crowds at the Ernie Ball stage.

  1. Follow Me Down
  2. Since You’re Gone
  3. Sweet Things
  4. Cold Blooded
  5. Heaven Knows
  6. Make Me Wanna Die
  7. Going to Hell



And the winner of the craziest, most violent & insane mosh pit at Rock On The Range during the weekend goes to SLAYER. This was Slayer’s first time playing Rock On The Range. Cars were shaking in the parking lot 1,000 yards away. This was Slayer’s first time playing the festival and one of the largest crowds of the weekend.


  1. World Painted Blood
  2. Hate Worldwide
  3. Disciple
  4. Mandatory Suicide
  5. Postmortem
  6. Chemical Warfare
  7. War Ensemble
  8. Hallowed Point
  9. Seasons in the Abyss
  10. Hell Awaits
  11. South of Heaven
  12. Raining Blood
  13. Angel of Death


Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Avenged Sevenfold was amazing. There is no other word for it. M Shadows started out the show asking the crowd why we were all still there. (It was frrrreeeeezzziiiinnnggg!). The Orange county based band kicked off their set with Shepherd of Fire, the latest single off of “Hail To The King” and The set ended with an Encore of Unholy Confessions.The crowd was on their feet the whole time, horns up. There was fire. There were fireworks. Synyster Gates did an amazing 5 minute guitar solo. It was epic. \m/ \m/

Shout out to the little girl in the pit with the cookie monster shirt on for having a killer taste in music already!


  1. Shepherd of Fire
  2. Critical Acclaim
  3. Bat Country
  4. Hail to the King
  5. Doing Time
  6. Buried Alive
  7. Seize the Day
  8. Nightmare
  9. Burn It Down
  10. Guitar Solo
  11. Afterlife
  12. This Means War
  13. Almost Easy
  14. Encore:
  15. Unholy Confessions


Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live

DAY 3 Update coming soon.

Rock On! \m/ \m/

Twitter: @bitojavajessica


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ROCK ON THE RANGE Weekend kicked off yesterday with a killer lineup of talented bands on all 3 stages at Crew Stadium and @bitojavaruss and I were there with all the buzz.

The media tent is full of artists and press alike. Bands are walking around everywhere, taking pictures with fans. The stadium and grounds are full of people of all kinds , who have come to Columbus for the weekend for the same reason, to rock out to some of the greatest bands out there right now and forget life for a little while.

Bands We Saw:





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The first set I shot yesterday was OK ONE ROCK, a Japanese rock band that took the Jagermeifter stage @ 3:00.  This was their first time playing in Ohio and 1st time playing a festival outside of Asia. Check them out!

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Next up, was Los Angeles based metal band, Butcher Babies, fronted by Carla Coates & Heidi Shepherd.  The band ran out onstage ready to rage, blowing through a set list of fan favorites (Gasoline, Magnolia Blvd., Goliath).



  1. I Smell a Massacre
  2. The Mirror Never Lies
  3. Goliath
  4. C8h18 (Gasoline)
  5. Jesus Needs More Babies for His War Machine
  6. Mr. Slowdeath
  7. Magnolia Blvd.

Next up , Seether! The fans in the crowd were almost as entertaining as the band itself, most of which were on their feet the whole time, jumping up & down, screaming every word to every song. Loper, Randi & Ronni from 99.7 The Blitz came out to announce the show, getting the crowd pumped up. The band played fan favorites (Fake it, Remedy, Fine Again), as well as a song off of their upcoming album.


Now, Staind! They hit the Monster Main Stage at 7:45 and the crowd went nuts. Moshing ensued. Around 20 people were crowd surfing. Beach balls and beer bottles were flying everywhere and Aaron Lewis tore it up.


No one knew what to expect for headliners, Guns N Roses’ set last night. Would they go on on time? Would Axl be in a good mood? For some, how did it compare to the Appetite Lineup? For others, it was their first time seeing any version of the band live.

They went on 5 minutes early, playing a 30 song set full of fan favorites from the 80s and 90s , as well as covers (Whole Lotta Rosie, Live And Let Die, Holidays In The Sun, Knockin On Heaven’s Door) and Axl was in a very good mood, asking the crowd how we were doing and if we’d had a good day at the festival. The set started out a little off, but as soon as the band launched into Rocket Queen, the crowd went wild and Axl came to life , sounding incredible and bringing us all back to 1987.

 And yes ladies, he did the slither dance.

I had the opportunity to see the band (well, sort of) that made me want to pick up the guitar play, November Rain, the song that made me want to play.  I will never forget it.


    1. Chinese Democracy
    2. Welcome to the Jungle
    3. It’s So Easy
    4. Mr. Brownstone
    5. Estranged
    6. Rocket Queen
    7. Better
    8. Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
    9. Live and Let Die
      (Wings cover)
    10. This I Love
    11. Holidays in the Sun
      (Sex Pistols cover) (Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, with band introductions)
    12. Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
    13. Catcher in the Rye
    14. You Could Be Mine
    15. DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
      (La Bella Vita)
    16. Sweet Child O’ Mine
    17. Jam
      (“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin)
    18. November Rain
    19. Abnormal
      (Bumblefoot cover) (Bumblefoot on lead vocals)
    20. Don’t Cry
    21. Whole Lotta Rosie
      (AC/DC cover)
    22. Civil War
    23. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
      (Bob Dylan cover)
    24. Nightrain
    25. Encore:
    26. Jam
    27. Patience
    28. Used to Love Her
    29. The Seeker
      (The Who cover)
    30. Jam
    31. Paradise City


*Dj ASHBA, Lead guitarist for both Guns N Roses & Sixx AM will be hanging out at the ASHBA SWAG tent all weekend to meet fans , make sure to go say hi!

We’re psyched for Day 2. See you in the pit!


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Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates on the festival throughout the rest of the weekend. Check back here tomorrow for more updates!

Rock On! \m/ \m/

Twitter: @bitojavajessica


ROCK ON THE RANGE on twitter: @rockontherange

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© Jessica Howell

10 Bands You HAVE To See This Weekend At Rock On The Range


Jessica and Russ from Bit O Java will be covering this year’s SOLD OUT Rock On The Range festival @ Crew Stadium in Columbus , Ohio. This year, the festival has been extended to 3 full days  and we will be there with the buzz all weekend long.


Below is our list of the 10 bands you HAVE to see at Rock On The Range 2014, be sure to check them out:

#1: Avenged Sevenfold 

DAY: Saturday

STAGE: Monster Main Stage

WHEN: 9:15 pm

*This is Avenged Sevenfold’s 3rd time playing the Monster Main Stage at Rock On The Range and the second time since the loss of their drummer, The Rev. There will be fire. There will be loud guitars. There will be screaming. It will be epic. Do I really need to say anything else? GO!

#2 Guns N Roses

DAY: Friday

STAGE: Monster Main Stage

WHEN: 9:30 pm

*”Appetite For Destruction” is still the top selling debut album of all time, having gone 18x Platinum in the United States, with over 28,000,000 copies sold. Some fans saw the Appetite Lineup (you lucky bastard, @bitojavajoel ! ) and want to compare. Some people didn’t become fans until after Chinese Democracy was released.  Either way, everyone is psyched for the GNR show Friday night at ROCK ON THE RANGE, with a lineup of Dj Ashba (also of Sixx AM), Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Frank Ferrer and the man himself, Axl Rose.

#3 The Pretty Reckless

DAY: Saturday

STAGE: Ernie Ball Stage

TIME: 6:00 pm

*Remember sweet , little Jenny (Taylor Momsen) from The Upper East Side? She’s morphed into a rock goddess, citing The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and Led Zeppelin as inspirations. Her band, The Pretty Reckless, who just released their Sophomore album, “Going To Hell”, will be playing the Ernie Ball Stage @ 6pm Saturday. DON’T MISS IT!!

#4 Alter Bridge

DAY: Sunday

STAGE: Monster Main Stage

TIME: 6:15 pm

*Alter Bridge is a must see. Fueled off of their hit single “Addicted To Pain” from their latest album, “Fortress”,  the Myles Kennedy (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) fronted band is ending their spring tour here at this year’s Rock On The Range. Myles Kennedy & Mark Tremonti will have a meet & greet @ The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience tent @ 2pm Sunday.

#5 Five Finger Death Punch

DAY: Sunday

STAGE: Monster Main Stage

TIME: 7:45 pm

*Five Finger Death Punch, who has played Rock On The Range three times,  just announced a fall co- headlining tour with Volbeat last week and will be busy playing festivals all over the US this summer, including Rock Fest, Rocklahoma & Summerfest. They hit the Monster Main Stage on Sunday , before headliner Kid Rock.

#6 Seether

DAY: Friday

STAGE: Monster Main Stage

TIME: 6:20 pm

If you haven’t heard of Seether, you really shouldn’t be at Rock On The Range. The multi platinum alt – rock band formed in 1999 and is compromised of lead singer/guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey. Seether just released their 6th full length album last year, getting better with every new record. Check them out on the Monster Main Stage!

#7 Butcher Babies

Day: Friday

Stage: Jagermeifter Stage

Time: 4:20 pm

The Heidi Shepherd & Carla Coates fronted, Los Angeles based metal band has toured with the likes of Black Label Society and Marylin Manson and are hitting the stage @ 4:20 on Friday to rage with you & help kick off your weekend at the biggest Rock fest in the US!

#8 Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

Day: Sunday

Stage: Ernie Ball Stage

Time: 7:00 pm

This one is for the old school 70s fans in the crowd. Jason Bonham, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin’s original drummer who passed away in 1980) ‘s son. This is the closest to Led Zeppelin you will get, each show serving not only as a tribute to John, but as a tribute to one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, that paved the way for so many.

#9 Of Mice & Men

Day: Sunday

Stage: Ernie Ball Stage

Time: 5:40 pm

One of the most popular metalcore bands performing at ROCK ON THE RANGE this year, Of Mice & Men (signed to RISE Records), have just released their latest album, “The Restoring Force”. They are set to take the Ernie Ball Stage at 5:40 on Sunday. Keep an eye out here for a review of the show!

#10 Chevelle

Day: Saturday

Stage: Monster Main Stage

Time: 6:35 pm

Chevelle is a melodic rock band based in Chicago with a killer new single out (“Take Out The Gunman”) , which is currently  #23 on the Itunes rock chart. If you haven’t yet, you need to check these guys out! They hit the Monster Main Stage @ 6:35 on Saturday, following Theory Of A Deadman.

Check out set times & stages here:

Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates on the festival throughout the weekend. Keep an eye out here for set reviews, updates and interviews!

Can’t wait to see you all there! Rock On! \m/ \m/

Twitter: @bitojavajessica


ROCK ON THE RANGE on twitter: @rockontherange

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© Jessica Howell

The Masters Blend

I recently ran across this coffee in an online article at a blog dedicated to Freemasonry. As a dedicated java junkie, I just had to give it a try.


Labeled “The Masters Blend” complete with masonic imagery, this coffee is brought to light by Zazzy’z Roasters   of Abingdon Virginia. And according to the label it is Medium bodied with light acidity and a sweet finish. But how would it hold up in a taste test? Lets find out.

I like strong coffees for the most part and rarely drink lighter fare, opening the bag revealed small beans of medium coloring from what appear to be two or three varieties. They were very nicely medium roasted and exhibited light oils on the surface.  I ground them fine and into the basket they went.

A few minutes later, the house was filled with a nice brewing aroma, light and pleasant, not a “Get out of bed” Costa Rican vapor but a more refined “Good Coffee Cometh” kind of smell.  Cupping revealed a nice moderate flavor full of fruit and spice, with indeed a lingering maple sugar finish that was pleasant yet not so sweet as to override a dessert. Truly a coffee with a character far from being a “ruffian”, an enlightened brew for certain.


In fact I would readily recommend this coffee to not only my fellow Masonic Brethren as a nice lodge refreshment that is not so powerful as to keep one awake half the night, but also for anyone else, this is really a good after dinner brew or even a morning cup for those that like lighter cups, and you don’t have to know the secret handshake to get some!

All in all a well done roast, which I would rate at a conservative 4.5/5 and would highly suggest you try at home!


Coffee Rubbed Hamburger Recipe


May is National Hamburger Month, so Thursday nights recipe is Coffee Rubbed Hamburger.

Coffee rub:

1 tablespoon freshly ground Bit O Java coffee
2 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


8 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1 pound ground chuck (preferably grass-fed)
1 pound ground sirloin (preferably grass-fed)
8 slices smoked provolone, smoked caciocavallo, or smoked Gouda cheese (about 8 ounces)
8 potato-bread hamburger buns


8 slices red onion
8 slices tomato
Texas Barbecue Sauce


For coffee rub:
Mix all ingredients in small bowl. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

For burgers:
Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Break in half. Gently mix chuck and sirloin in large bowl. Form meat into 8 patties, each 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Using thumb, make slight indentation in center of each burger. DO AHEAD: Burgers and bacon can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover separately and chill.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle 1 teaspoon coffee rub on top side of each burger. Place burgers, rub side down, on grill rack. Grill until slightly charred, about 4 minutes; turn.

Place 2 bacon slice halves atop each burger. Cook 3 minutes.

Top each with 1 cheese slice. Cover and cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place burgers atop bottom halves of buns. Top with onion slices and tomato slices. Spoon dollop of Texas Barbecue Sauce over. Cover with bun tops and serve, passing additional sauce alongside.