3 July - 6 July


A “Tower” of Sound

Are you ready to rock? You are in luck; the rock ‘n’ roll masters of Irata are bringing their head-banging, high-octane brand of heavy metal to a stage near you! With an eclectic mix of hard-rock genres, Irata’s willingness to continually evolve and explore gives this band its signature sound, culminating in a live music show that cannot be missed. Let loose, rock on, and get lost in the music of this unique music sensation.

Unleash your inner rock star with Irata and its iconic “Tower” of sound. Get your band together, and do not miss this VIP ticket to heavy metal!

Tour FAQs
  • How do I get schedule information on specific shows?

    We make it easy. The calendar and menu of events are categorized by genre and region, right here on our site.

  • Why do entertainers perform for the military?

    Performers need to perform. It's in their DNA. Plus, going on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment is an opportunity for artists to give back and honor the sacrifices deployed servicemembers and their families make on behalf of our country. For up-and-coming artists, touring with AFE is a great way to build an audience. For established artists, it's an up-close-and-personal way to say thanks to fans.

  • How much do tickets cost?

    It's FREE to attend every Armed Forces Entertainment show. Every single show, every single time.

  • Why are there occasional schedule changes?

    Sometimes emergencies and personal challenges pop up for scheduled artists. Add the uncertainty of world politics, and tour agendas inevitably shift. We rush the updates to the effected venue and make changes to the online show schedule as quickly as possible. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen, and we're sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Can I invite non-military people to AFE events?

    It depends on the rules of your installation. In general, yes, non-military guests are allowed at AFE shows. But military personnel are our priority.


Since 2007, Greensboro, NC-based Irata has never stopped evolving. Founding members Jon Case (bass, vocals) and Jason Ward (drums, vocals) have taken the group from its initial heavy fusion through math metal to the soaring, technical heavy rock of its current approach. Over the years, Irata made its presence known in metal and hard rock circles throughout the southeast United States and beyond. Thanks to the addition of guitarist Owen Burd, Irata evolved yet again.

With Burd’s talents on guitar, vocals, and trumpet, Irata is pushing itself to new vocal and instrumental heights. Their LP “Tower” applies impressive musicianship and complex textures to their signature fusion of rock genres.

Irata recorded “Tower” at the acclaimed studio Legitimate Business. “Tower” was produced by Ben McLeod, guitarist of All Them Witches, and released by Detroit’s Small Stone Records in 2019.