Muskegon Bike Time Announces Concert Schedule and Ticket Sales

“Bike Time at the Rez to feature great live performances on its main stage.

MUSKEGON, Mich., May 12, 2016 – Muskegon Bike Time has announced this year’s lineup of concerts on the main stage scheduled to take place July 14 – 17, 2016 at Bike Time at the Rez at 4800 S. Harvey Street, Muskegon, MI.

“This year, Muskegon Bike Time’s concert line up will provide a little something for everyone”, said Bike Time spokesperson Tim Lipan, “and provide some of the most outstanding live shows the area has seen in years.”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The fun begins on Thursday night, July 14, 2016 with Bike Times’s Tribute to Rock featuring some of the best tribute bands in the state of Michigan, who will be showcasing the music of legendary bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Journey.

Dancin’ Daze is a West Michigan a tribute band honoring the music and spirit of Led Zeppelin, the world’s all-time best-selling hard rock band. While many listeners associate Led Zeppelin with thunderous metal anthems like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Heartbreaker”, or monster radio tracks such as “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven” — all of which Dancin’ Daze has in their set —  the godfathers of heavy metal also had a softer side. Dancin’ Daze also pays tribute to that, with nostalgic songs like “Goin’ To California”, “Hey Hey What Can I Do”, and “Battle Of Evermore.”

Dancin’ Daze features musicians who all who grew up in the 70’s diligently studying not just the songs, but the lyrical mystery, aura, and magic of Led Zeppelin. The band showcases celebrated mandolin player — bassist — keyboard player Scott Nesbit, a student and disciple of Led Zeppelin’s great John Paul Jones. Along with drummer Gary Scott Babcock’s crunching John Bonham fills, lead guitarist Bob Hoppa’s channeling of Jimmy Page , and lead singer Pete Amrhein’s upper register evoking a young Robert Plant, Dancin” Daze presents a musical journey back to the Golden Era of hard rock.

In an era now where “musicians who look good but can’t play” is an all-too-familiar refrain, Dancin’ Daze foregoes the “look” of Led Zeppelin in favor of SOUNDING JUST LIKE THEM.

A crowd favorite at Bike Time over the last several years – Let there Be Rock- A Tribute to Early AC/DC will storm the stage during Bike Times Tribute to Rock.  “Let There Be Rock” emulates the pure essence, power, and electricity of what an AC/DC show is all about by incorporating the three key elements of a live AC/DC show.

Bon Scott’s hauntingly classic and highly recognized lead vocal style performed by Greg Mason, Angus Young’s raw guitar style and high energy stage presence channeled by Ian Dodge, and a rock solid rhythm section consisting of Troy Jasick on drums, Dan Greve on bass and Bryan Walker on guitar — Let there Be Rock creates the ultimate AC/DC tribute band experience.

Let There Be Rock gets its name from the 1977 AC/DC hit song and performs the band’s music of late-lead singer Bon Scott’s era (1974-80). The era includes many of the band’s most famous songs, including “Highway to Hell,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll),” among many others

Closing the show Thursday night will be The Rock Show – The Ultimate Tribute to Journey 

The RockShow: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey must be seen and heard to be believed.  The RockShow will take you back to the days when Journey topped the charts playing all your favorite hits. When the band takes the stage you will see and hear why fans all over the nation are raving about their Journey experience as Tommy K’s remarkable ‘perryesque’ vocal performance will leave you amazed that it is not Steve Perry himself.

There really is no greater satisfaction for a musical performer; playing a tribute to another that sounds as close to the original artist as one can get; or as a fan . . . sounds and looks just like the real thing! This IS the unique experience you will get from The ROCKSHOW! Created by accomplished singer, songwriter and nimble-fingered keyboardist, Tommy K and gifted virtuoso guitarist Michael Hawkes, both are founding members with an extensive musical pedigree in the mid-west and northeast regions of the United States. They provide an all-ages musical voyage; an ultimate tribute event which sounds, looks, feels and smells just like the real deal

The band has shared the stage with artists such as; Whitesnake, Survivor, Eddie Money, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, Great White, Judas Priest, Jackyl, The Tubes, Loverboy, Kansas, and Night Ranger.

Levi Goodwin (bass/vocals) and Chris Bartnikowski (drums/vocals) round out the Journey Tribute. If you want the closest to the real deal, The RockShow: Ultimate Tribute to Journey is the show for you

Friday, July 15, 2016

LAV Summertime Blues Friday, featuring the electrified and electrifying Wayne Bake Brooks and the incredible Scotty Bratcher, will be held on Friday, July 15th.

Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of today’s top guitarists and a leading force in the latest generation of contemporary blues luminaries.  Wayne Baker Brooks serves notice of a new powerful force at play in the music world. Combining outstanding song craft, passionate vocals, and a liquid fire guitar style, this talented artist manages to honor his rich blues heritage while effortlessly expanding the boundaries of the genre

Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brook’s blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lakes themselves.

The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks — Wayne Brooks was literally born into the blues!  Growing up Brooks was a regular visitor to  blues landmarks around Chicago at which he witnessed many live performances by blues masters like Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & of course his father.

He joined his father’s band (Lonnie Brooks) as a roadie in 1988, and started playing guitar in the band in 1990. In 1997, he formed the Wayne Baker Brooks Band while continuing to work with his father’s band. In 1998, in addition to appearing in the film Blues Brothers 2000, he also co-wrote Blues for Dummies with his father, Cub Koda, and Dan Aykroyd, earning his first Real Blues magazine award (Keeping the Blues Alive) for the effort.  Brooks was inducted into the Chicago  Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.

WBB has performed and or recorded alongside such notables as: Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, The Black Crowes, Otis Rush, Jr. Wells,  Johnny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Mick Fleetwood, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, and many more.

Wayne Baker Brooks and this Band continue to play the world over showcasing that signature top shelf brand of guitar playing and a live show that should not be missed.

Scotty Bratcher born October 31, 1987, began playing guitar at an age that it became second nature to him, he was 2. It was the moment Scotty Bratcher caught guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan on television show “Austin City Limits” that he knew music was going to consume him for the rest of his life.

Bratcher blends elements from funk, rock, the blues, and gospel into an alchemist’s brew of pure rock power and has been leaving crows all over the country speechless at his live shows.

Bratcher received his first guitar at the age of 1. With time and effort, he was playing the instrument on a more professional level, jamming and sitting in with bands at age 10 and considering himself a full time musician when he was 12 years old.

Scotty Bratcher plays and sings like a man on a mission to save rock and roll. Whether he’s easing into the bluesy “Put My Mind at Ease” or rocking out for “Disappointing Ourselves,” Bratcher’s talents as a classic triple-threat are apparent. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Bratcher has mastered all three in his 28 years of music making.
Every song exudes the era of rock, but that’s not to say Bratcher isn’t innovative. Instead, his music contains a contemporary edge, recreating at once the raw power of Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, or Jimi Hendrix while capturing the explosive youth and vitality of a new generation of rock musicians forging new paths in rock and roll.

Bratcher’s talents have placed him at the top of his game and on the stage with some of music’s greatest artists. Among dozens of others, he’s opened for or played with Ted Nugent, Little Texas, Blue Oyster Cult, Peter Frampton, Styx, and .38 Special. He’s played with musical inspirations Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and with diverse bands ranging from Boston, Dickie Betts, and Charlie Daniels to genre-bending powerhouse Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wayland is a four piece rock n’ roll band consisting of Mitch Arnold on vocals, Phillip Vilenski on guitar, Dean Pizzazz on bass, and Tyler Coburn on drums.  All four members have deep roots in the midwest, and the band is named after Phillip Vilenski’s hometown of Wayland, MI.

Managed by Jesse James Dupree, (Jackyl, Full Throttle Saloon) the band released their first album (self-titled) in 2010.  They have since released a four-song EP, “Welcome To My Head.” The title track had a successful run on Active Rock Radio.  The bands 2nd single Reno won many “best of” radio awards in 2013 all across the country. Wayland’s current single “Get A Little” peaked at #6 on the iTunes rock chart and was labeled the “Friday Song” on radio stations nationwide. Wayland is currently in the studio working on a new album.

Staying true to their midwest work ethic, Wayland has a reputation for high energy live shows.  “Always on tour,” the band averages 200-300 shows a year. They have shared bills with some of rock’s biggest acts such as Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie, Brett Michaels, Sammy Hagar, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Seether, Hinder, Shinedown, Buckcherry, Jackyl, Slash, Alice Cooper and many more. Perfect harmonies, riveting guitar solos, and lyrics that connect to working class America, keeps this band in high demand.

The guys from Wayland have found national success on the radio but still owe not just their name but a lot of their initial splash to their homegrown fans in Michigan.  When guitarist Phil Vilenski and singer Mitch Arnold started working together as midwest transplants on the west coast they quickly learned that their hearts and music were calling them back to the middle of the country.

After relocating back to Michigan, a unique breakfast for airplay bribe landed them local radio play and a substantial hit followed, “Welcome To My Head”.  They haven’t look back since and have become a mainstay on concert stages both as headliners and support for other national acts

Tickets for the Bike Time concert series will go on sale on Friday, May 13, 2016 at  A Weekend Pass is available for only $20. People purchasing the weekend pass before June 30, 2016 will be eligible for a drawing to win a get a-way weekend at the Little River Casino and Resort.  Daily ticket prices will be $10 for Thursday, $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday.

“Muskegon Bike Time and the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County have been meeting regularly to coordinate activities and events at the Rez, downtown and all along the lakeshore, said Lipan. We are planning all of the amazing things visitors have become accustomed to, as well as, lots of new activities and rides designed especially for the Biker

For more information on Muskegon Bike Time 2016, please visit our website at  or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

The mission of Muskegon Bike Time is to produce entertainment opportunities in Muskegon aimed at attracting a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts for a vacation experience on Michigan’s West Coast. It is a 4 day annual celebration of motorcycles and the community held the third weekend in July.  The festival attracts motorcyclists and the general public for its spectacle, attractions, entertainment and food. Muskegon Bike Time is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has supported over 20 different charities and provides a $30 million boon to the local economy.

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