The Republic of Texas Biker Rally announces its Saturday night headliner, ZZ Top at the 24th annual rally held June 7 -10th at the Travis County Expo Center. “We have had many legendary bands at the Rally, but every year without fail our customers have asked for ZZ Top,” says Owner Jerry Bragg. “We have been working on getting them here and are thrilled to say they will be our headliner in 2018.” The band is scheduled to play Saturday, June 9th, 2018. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 11th at 10AM CT at www.rotrally.com. ZZ TOP a/k/a “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard — but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. Continue reading Republic of Texas Biker Rally Announces ZZ Top to Headline Saturday, June 9th→
The prestigious new award was presented to Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff at the Temecula, CA banquet Sunday evening.
STURGIS, S.D. (Oct. 11, 2017) – American Flat Track presented the Sturgis Buffalo Chip with a major new “Best Event of the Year” Award Sunday evening at the organization’s annual award banquet held in Temecula, CA. A monumental partnership between American Flat Track and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® resulted in the epic, award-winning Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle.
The event electrified motorcycle enthusiasts from around the globe in the world-famous Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Designed by seven-time Grand National Champion Chris Carr, the track includes some of the most thrilling elements on the circuit, such as right hand turns and jumps, all calculated to create intense racing excitement. Racers and spectators alike enjoyed the wholly extraordinary and exhilarating race.
“The AFT races at the Buffalo Chip took motorcycle racing to a whole new level and right into the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The Buffalo Chip TT, the first ever to be held at the world’s biggest motorcycle festival, was an incredible racing event deserving of this award. We are looking forward to even more heart-stopping racing action at the Chip in 2018.”
Immediately following the races, crews transformed the track area back into the Wolfman Jack Main Stage infield in anticipation of a world-class performance by Shinedown. Race and music festival fans were center stage for an evening full of high-energy entertainment unlike one the world had ever seen.
“We are incredibly honored to receive this prestigious new award,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip President. “The partnership with American Flat Track opened a whole new world of professional racing for the Buffalo Chip and our guests. The TT course carved out of the middle of the Chip’s amphitheater not only made for the most unique motorcycle racing on earth but also the wildest concert warm-up the world has ever seen.”
The Buffalo Chip TT will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Passes for the 2018 Buffalo Chip events are now on sale and may be purchased at www.BuffaloChip.com.
About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.
About Indian Motorcycle®
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling power sports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.
Loretta Lynn Takes the Stage to Welcome Event-Goers to her Ranch
Wednesday October 11, 2017 (Hurricane Mills, TN) The Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival throttled into Hurricane Mills, TN September 28 -October 1, for it’s inaugural year and delivered an event of top quality production, with a grass roots southern hospitality feel. Guests are saying this was a “class act event” revolving around all things motorcycle, music and camping.
The event hosted motorcycle riders of all makes and models at one of the most storied and beautiful ranches in the great state of Tennessee, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.
Attendees enjoyed live music at multiple locations within the ranch including top acts such as; Ben Haggard, the youngest son of late country music legend, Merle Haggard, legendary John Anderson, who kicked off the first night by performing some of his top hits from the more than 40 singles he’s charted over his 30 year career. Also performing was Tim Montana, who spent the past year touring with ZZ Top and Kid Rock. Last spring, Tim’s collaboration song with Billy Gibbons “This Beard Came Here to Party,” became a soundtrack to the Nashville Predators’ NHL Stanley Cup run. Taking the stage on Saturday night was Jared Blake, a motorcyclist himself, who performs at rallies across the country, a wider audience knew him as a contestant on the first season of The Voice, reaching top 4 on Blake Shelton‘s team.
Guests also enjoyed The Steel Woods, Bishop Gunn, Keith Anderson, Stone Senate, and Mountain Sprout, who played some of the best blue grass music late night down at the waterin’ hole by the creek.
The highlight of the event of course, was Miss Loretta Lynn herself taking to the stage; this was her first appearance since her stroke back in May of this year. This was an extraordinarily intimate afternoon with Loretta and her family, along with singing some of her top hits, Loretta shared stories as she embraced the crowd to let them all know just how happy she was to welcome them all to her ranch. For those in attendance, it was a once-in-a lifetime experience to be so close and intimate with the legendary Queen of Country.
Loretta Lynn photo credit Missi DeBored Shoemaker
Loretta and family on stage in front of a packed house
The entertainment didn’t stop with the music; Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death was providing shows all weekend along with the “Hillbilly Flat Track” mini bike racing hosted by Bean’re. The Hogway Speedway had their version of “fast hogs” for guests to enjoy and some of the very best Nashville food trucks were on hand serving up some delicious eats. Bill Dodge of Bling’s Cycle hosted the “BC Moto-Invitational” a custom motorcycle show featuring hand-selected craftsmen and women displaying some extraordinary hand-crafted custom motorcycles. Bill himself has chosen what he calls a “top section” of some of the most talented custom motorcycle builders such as Pat Patterson of Led Sled Customs and Paul Wideman of Bare Knuckle Choppers. Some of the other builders were Jeff Cochran, Former owner of Sucker Punch Sally’s Motorcycles and Zach Johnson, son of the horsepower king, Kendall Johnson.
“We created this event with a goal of providing motorcycle and music lovers something different than what is currently out there; all of the entertainment was from the region and Nashville, the country’s hottest and most popular music city.” Stated Co-Promoter Buck Shaw.
“We wanted to feature music representative of the incredible musicians, song-writers and performers of the area and to fulfill what many motorcycle enthusiasts have been asking for – a destination event in a unique location that celebrates the rhythm of a great road trip. I am confident we delivered that and if you read all the comments on our Facebook page, you will see our guests also feel the same way”. Says Carrie Repp, Co-Promoter Of Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival.
Ben Haggard, youngest son of Country Legend Merle Haggard, performing on stage at Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival
All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome at Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival.
Thanks to sponsors Appleton Harley-Davidson, Alexander Chevy-Buick-GMC of Dickson County, Lucas Motorcycle Products, Budweiser and Full Throttle Saloon, ride-in campers enjoyed a stunning location along Hurricane Creek with easy access to the event hub, concert stage, vendors, entertainment, food court and bars. Tow vehicles, motor coaches, small and larger RV’s also enjoyed premium camping spaces at the ranch. The ultimate experience was camping at Loretta’s, but many people also just came in for the day.
“While motorcyclists know what it takes to have a good ride, adding a great destination can make for the perfect trip. Ride the rolling hills of Tennessee, visit the area’s unique attractions, and come back to Loretta’s Ranch for fun and great music with fellow riders.” Says Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of Loretta Lynn and Lynn family spokesperson. “Memaw and my family have hosted the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship for nearly 40 years. We absolutely enjoy having moto-enthusiasts here at the Ranch, it’s what we do!” –Tayla Lynn
Wrapping up the 4 day festivities was Loretta’s Ride for Mission 22, a multi-spoked charity ride benefiting Mission 22, a nonprofit organization that provides treatment programs for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI, while raising awareness on the tragic issue of veteran suicide.
22 separate motorcycle rides rolled in from six states, all culminating at Loretta’s Ranch for an all-star performance to celebrate our Veterans. Loretta Lynn was determined to greet the riders and support our veterans, as she has always done throughout her career. Loretta’s Ride for Mission 22 was able to raise $20,000.
About Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival
The Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival is a weekend event held September 28 – October 1, 2017 and will host motorcycle riders of all makes, models and years at one of the most storied and beautiful ranches in the great state of Tennessee, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Guests will enjoy live music at multiple locations within Loretta Lynn’s Ranch along with a variety of entertainment, Loretta Lynn’s Ride for Mission 22, specialty food trucks, premium and primitive camping sites, vendors and plenty of riding on some of the most beautiful roads in America.
About Loretta Lynn Ranch
The Loretta Lynn Ranch is located in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee just 60 miles west of Nashville. It is billed as “the 7th Largest Attraction in Tennessee” featuring the Legendary Country Artist’s Plantation Home, the Coal Miners Daughter Museum, a replica of Mrs. Lynn’s Butcher Holler childhood home, Western town with gift shops, country stores, camping, Hurricane Creek and a picturesque waterfall, Grist Mill, horseback riding, trails and acres of primitive and premier hook-up RV campsites. The Ranch hosts special events most of the year including concerts, holiday events, yoga retreats, horse riding, weddings, reunions and since 1982 has hosted the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Motocross Championship, the world’s largest amateur motocross race.
Everyone, if you have never been… you need to. If you have been, then you know what I’m talking about. I’ve been shooting the Las Vegas Bikefest for the last 14 years. The crew that runs the even is like family to me. It’s incredibly organized, has killer events, shows, concerts, and contests, and how can you beat the Las Vegas Backdrop. Check out their site LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST, and join me and thousands of others for a couple of party packed days in Vegas. October 5th to the 8th. Enjoy a few of my shots from last year below.