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Easyriders Rock-N-Blues Festival Tour `99 Revs Up

17 June 1999

Motorcycle and Music Enthusiasts Gear Up for First Leg of New Nationwide Tour

    AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--Easyriders Inc. announced the kick-off of the Easyriders Rock-N-Blues Festival Tour `99, which brings music and motorcycle mania to cities coast-to-coast.

    Events kick off at the Metrolina Expo Center in Charlotte, N.C., June 18-20.

    The tour revs up Friday evening at 5 p.m. with the rodeo and bike show sign-ups for all those die-hard daredevils who love the thrill of the ride. Other events over the weekend include Motorcycle Thrill Shows, Barstool Races and a Motorcycle Rodeo Competition sure to bring out the very best Charlotte has to offer.

    There will also be a free Riders Novice Program available to teach people interested in learning more about the safety of the sport as well as providing instruction for those who do not know how to ride at all. The price for Friday admission is $15, Saturday admission is $20 and Sunday admission is $15. Weekend passes for all three days are available for $30.

    Easyriders is also proud to announce the signing of Doug Danger, the Guinness Book of World Records Holder for jumping a motorcycle for distance. As part of the Easyriders Rock-N-Blues Tour `99, Danger will present his action-packed Motorcycle Stunt Show that will include Hollywood-style stunts and crashes and a spectacular motorcycle jump.

    Danger added: "Easyriders Magazine has done tremendous work in advancing the sport of motorcycling and I am ecstatic to be associated with them in any way that I can.

    "I am anxious to get out and meet motorcycle enthusiasts across the nation, as I believe that other jumpers who perform basically for television are missing out on the camaraderie of spending time with people who know and love motorcycles."

    "Everyone loves good music, and motorcycles have grown to become an integral part of our popular culture nationwide," explained Maurice Minno, president of Easyriders Special Events. "The Rock-N-Blues Festival Tour will entertain enthusiasts of the open road from all walks of life and all ages."

    The event would only be half complete without the live Rock-N-Blues performers featured over the course of the weekend, including a Blues Spotlight showcasing such local talent as the Blue Collar Band, Elijah Prophet, Groove Attitude and many more.

    Saturday, fans can look forward to the New Orleans funk blend that creates the original sounds of Tinsley Ellis, making him a musical tour de force.

    Taking the stage Sunday will be those legendary Grammy-nominated rockers The Marshall Tucker Band, belting out classic hits "Heard It In A Love Song" and "Fly Like An Eagle." The Sonny Moorman Group will also be performing all three shows, giving the crowd a sample of their Power Blues sound.

    "We're going to play like we've never played before," added Doug Gray, lead singer, songwriter and original member of the Marshall Tucker Band. "Great bikes and great music go hand in hand. This is definitely our kind of crowd. This is what we love."

    The Festival Rides On

    The tour just keeps picking up speed with eight more stops around the country. Look for the Easyriders Rock-N-Blues Festival Tour `99 in Sedalia, Mo., July 2-5; Harrington, Del., July 16-18; Prospect, Pa., July 30-Aug. 1; Fowlerville, Mich., Aug. 20-22; Chillicothe, Ohio, Sept. 2-6; Greenville, S.C., Sept. 17-19; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sept. 24-26 and, finally, a lap of honor in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 8-10.