Were you Born to be Wild?
If you were, then ...
Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway,
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way.
This weekend, the much anticipated Thunder Mountain Ride motorcycle experience will rumble into town and park its denim and leather at Green Valley Park.
Last week, event coordinator Judy Baker, director of the Mogollon Health Alliance, told me, “We are hoping that by the time the event starts, over 1,500 motorcycles will be registered for our three-day event.”
Judy said, “In addition to the 10 brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycles that will be given away during the three-day event, there will be day rides for the bikers, over 30 vendors from across the country will be on hand to sell biker-related gear, there will be a fenced off play area at Julia Randall Elementary School for the kids and music fans can enjoy three days of nearly non-stop, live entertainment.”
Good news to my ears was that one of the groups that will be performing is the John Scott Band, which will be playing all three days. I saw the group perform at the Oxbow Saloon during Rodeo Days, and I can tell you — the band is outstanding!
Also, there will be fireworks displays at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday evening and a “Best Leathers Couple” contest, with $800 going to the winning couple. (I’m still trying to talk Ann into entering with me.)
And what I think is the coolest part of all is, you don’t have to be a biker dude or dudette to join in the fun. This fund-raising event is open to all, so head on down to Green Valley Park this weekend and enjoy the thunder!
I like smoke and lightning,
Heavy metal thunder.
Racin’ with the wind
And the feelin’ that I’m under.
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the hard rock group who recorded the blazing biker anthem “Born to be Wild,” which roared out of speakers everywhere in the fiery summer of 1968?
“Born to be Wild,” the band’s third single, was immortalized on the soundtrack of Dennis Hopper’s underground film classic “Easy Rider.” The song’s reference to “heavy metal thunder” finally gave an assignable name to an emerging genre.
The group’s second monster hit in 1968, the psychedelic “Magic Carpet Ride,” and the follow-ups “Rock Me,” “Move Over,” and “Hey Lawdy Mama” further established the band’s credibility on the hard rock circuit.
Was this group: A) Creedence Clearwater Revival, B) Blood, Sweat & Tears, C) Steppenwolf or D) The Lawrence Welk Biker Band?
This week, be caller number six and have the right answer and you’ll win a $20 gift certificate to Fargo’s Steak House, courtesy of Judy Baker.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s trivia question, which was: Can you name country music legend Jimmie Rodgers’ nickname?
Was it: A) “Gentleman Jim,” B) “The Possum,” C) “The Tennessee Plowboy” or D) “The Father of Country Music?”
The correct answer was “The Father of Country Music.”
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Grace Mootsey of Payson, who won a $25 gift certificate to The Boutique, courtesy of owner Sandra Whitenack. Located next to Wendy’s, this fine shop specializes in one of a kind accessories and clothing and is open seven days a week.
Grace said, I didn’t really know what Jimmie Rodgers’ nickname was, but I knew Jim Reeve’s was “Gentleman Jim,” George Jones was “The Possum” and Eddie Arnold was known as “The Tennessee Plowboy,” so Jimmie Rodgers had to be “The Father of Country Music.”
Grace has been a trivia winner several times in the past.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and as this week’s trivia group thundered in 1968 ...
Yeah, Darlin’, go make it happen,
Take the world in a love embrace.
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space!
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