This weekend at Water Street Music Hall, local metal bands will fight for a chance to melt faces at the annual Knotfest music festival in San Bernadino, California. In the two-day event, put on by The Entertainment Collective, more than 15 bands — including Voice of Valor, Beneath Hell's Sky, Unwill, Black Magic, After Earth, and Ovtlier — will be bleedin' their hearts out to share stages with heavy hitters Judas Priest, Slipknot, and Ghost Face Killah at the festival. Every year, Knotfest draws thousands to its campgrounds at the end of October.
The Road to Knotfest is Saturday, September 11, and Sunday, September 12, at Water Street Music Hall, 204 North Water Street. 6 p.m. both nights. waterstreetmusic.com.