by Quentin Kerfoot
So, in BC we can officially call July ‘Rally Season’, now that we boast 2 major rallies. Can you say rock’n roll!?
Obviously there is far more to it than that, but the entertainment is usually the highlight for me. Live music, pounding bass, lots of interesting people to watch. As someone once said back in the day, rock’n roll is meant to be felt not heard. At these 2 rallies we will definitely be feeling it.
So let’s take an advance look at the talent. Where Sturgis North has tended towards name classic rock bands, the Great Canadian Bike Rally acts, although not as well known are sure to entertain. Just because they aren’t as well known doesn’t mean they will be any less fantastic. We’ve all gotta start somewhere, right?
Since Merritt is first (a mere 28 days til kick off) lets start there. Kenny Shields and Street Heart, Harlequin, Jerry Doucette, David Gogo (Nanaimo) and 20 other bands spanning blues, rock and so much more. Looking forward to Jerry Doucette, as he has somehow eluded me all these years.
Sturgis North is only 34 days away party time. And what a great line up for year 2: Rick Derringer, Blue Oyster Cult, Guess Who, Brian Howe of Bad Company, Lee |Rocker of the Stray Cats, Foghat, Kim Mitchell, Jerry Doucette (imagine, twice in 2 weeks!), Nick Gilder of Sweeney Todd and the Stampeders (‘Sweet City Woman” - now there’s a blast from the past – the first concert I ever saw) and others.
As I said at the start, rock’n roll baby!!! I am most looking forward to Foghat as I have never seen them and they are sure to bring back some pretty good party memories, as only music can do.
Of course the music is just part of the many & varied activities on the agenda to fill our time and tease our senses. Good times for one and all no matter your interests, so if you haven’t yet secured your ticket to rock, get on the websites now. If you are a procrastinator, go get a cup of coffee and finish reading this later. If you haven’t already got it handled, book that room or camp spot and be ready to party.
Between now and then there is a plethora of events happening.
Last year I wrote about the abundance of show’n shines out there but this year has cranked it up another notch.
All sorts of new venues getting into the act and they have been doing it in style. You are currently perusing THE best place to access all major events (BDB) both locally and across our fair land.
Of course there are other sites to discover local rides, but the one I’m involved with is the Baggers and Hawgs Den
You will find interesting day rides, weekend and over niters.
September 16th should me marked on your calendars as it’s the inaugural day of the First Annual Salmon Run, from Vancouver to Squamish, continuing to raise awareness of motorcycle riders sharing our roads.
Our hope is, over time, to make this rival in size and scope the Oyster Run in Anacortes, which runs the following weekend.
The action will start with a breakfast at Trev Dealey’s in Vancouver and culminate in Squamish with a traditional salmon meal prepared by the Squamish First Nations.
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Let the party begin! Q out . . .