Courtesy of Epic Rides
Music and mountain bikes create lasting memories, which is why Epic Rides events bring both together in a weekend-long experience that’s much more than just a good day on the bike. In an effort to help expand the appeal of mountain biking to new enthusiasts with common musical interests, Epic Rides is broadening its live music offerings at both Off-Road Series events with a full weekend of free music.
Featured this year is the much-anticipated return of headliner Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers at the Whiskey Off-Road and rising star Shakey Graves headlining the Grand Junction Off Road
For years, Arizona’s own Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers have rocked Prescott’s Whiskey Row with hard-hitting rootsy tunes ripe with wailing guitars, foot stomping beats and finely seasoned hints of reggae and mariachi. Holding all that unique energy together is Clyne’s unmistakable voice, regarded by many Arizonans as the Springsteen of the Southwest. RCPM will take the stage on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. on the south courthouse lawn in the heart of downtown Prescott.
The day of live music kicks off at Noon with supporting acts including Road One South Blues Band and Phoenix-based cover band Furious George. With a new Friday music slot for the Whiskey in 2015, The Crosseyed Possum will be belting out tunes as racers zip by Whiskey Row during the spectator-friendly Fat Tire Crit. The Crosseyed Possum isn’t just any band either, they’re proficient 12-year-old musicians who have a strong following in their hometown of Prescott.
The 3rd Annual Grand Junction Off-Road presented by U.S. Bank will proudly feature Austin, Texas, native Shakey Graves, a one-man electric folk band with national acclaim recently seen on the Late Show with David Letterman. Witnessing Shakey Graves simultaneously stomping a handmade suitcase kick drum and a tambourine while belting out lyrics and strumming his guitar to his recent hit, “Roll the Bones”, gets respect from even the most discerning musician.
Shakey Graves will take the stage on Saturday, May 30 at 6 p.m., capping off an entire weekend of free music courtesy of a partnership between Epic Rides and Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority’s 27th Annual Downtown Art + Music Festival. The Grand will be held amidst three full days of free music and art on three different stages, with four entire blocks of Main Street open as a beer garden.
“Bikes, beers and bands; it’s a combination that brings communities together in celebration of the arts and healthy living,” said Todd Sadow, President of Epic Rides. “Epic Rides Off-Road Series events are intended to be more than just about mountain biking. We want them to be about making unforgettable memories with friends and family while supporting an arts and recreation-based economy.”