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Lone Star Biker Rally
You don't have to be a Biker to have a lot of fun at this event!! When the Bikers arrive, the whole City comes to life, with a more festive atmosphere, so everyone has a great time! There are more than enough places to hang out, things to do, and plenty of live music to entertain the locals and visitors alike!
And there is NO ADMISSION FEE!!
This annual event just began in 2003, but it is already threatening to become The Island's most popular festival; the best party of the year!! There were 75,000 people at the first event, 250,000 in 2004, and another 225,000 in 2005!!
Normally held at the beginning of November, the Biker Rally is centered in downtown Galveston, with The Strand acting as both a parking lot, for all that chrome, and a "Promenade Strip" for those who want to cruise. Visitors are encouraged to drive responsibly, as no one wants to ruin a great event with a trip to a Dallas DWI lawyer!
During this long weekend, The Strand is teeming with thousands of people, who hang out, visit the shops and party in the bars and clubs. Vendors also occupy areas along The Strand, Ship Mechanic's Row and at Pier 21, displaying all sorts of motorcycles and accessories. As many as 100,000 people crowd The Strand day and night making it as packed and wild as any night on Bourbon Street!
The Rally will also provide a musical stage at 21st Street and Harborside where a whole list of bands perform throughout the day and night. One of the best things about the entertainment, on the official event stages, is that it is absolutely free! There is no charge, as is the case at Mardi Gras, so people can move freely and spontaneously in and out of the downtown area! That way none of the downtown shops, clubs or bars are captive in an "Entertainment District" which requires an admission fee!
In addition, nearly every club in downtown Galveston adds extra live music to their schedules for the Rally to supplement what is presented on the main stage. The Line Up had Ju-Ju's on The Strand so packed in 2004 that they had to turn people away at the door! These guys really Rock!! They were back with a vengeance in 2005, and set the place on fire, once again!! This year's music schedule.
Jeffrey Pennington on guitar and vocals
Willy Gonzalez on drums and vocals
Stacy Cook lays down a mean bottom
Jackson Gonzalez on percussion
The two boys
A second stage, located on The Seawall, will also draw the festivities out to the beach with more live music and fun on the Gulf. In addition to the two official stages, other venues along The Seawall, and further west on The Island, offer music lovers more than they can handle during this event! This year's music schedule
Captain Jack's Beach Bar, on The Seawall, was a new venue for the 2005 Rally, and they welcomed the Biker's to their new facility.
After the re-scheduling forced on the event by Hurricane Rita, they were very fortunate to still be able to offer Double Ought and The Skip Devlin Band as their headliners.
The Sunspree Resort and Captain Jack's Beach Bar just opened in the Summer of 2005, so it was their first chance to be an official venue for the Biker Rally.
The "Captain" at Captain Jack's was Jasen Jowers. He put together some amazing entertainment that everyone enjoyed at the 2005 Rally!
David Stanowski of
GalvestonMusicScene.com was there....
.... and Don Emerson of
Record It Live made a CD of the performance!!
Does he belong here?
Lone Star Biker Rally 2007
01 to 04 November