Timed to coincide with Myrtle Beach Bike Week from May 8-17th, the first annual Swamp Fox Biker Bash is attracting big names that will surely inspire bikers to make the ride—it’s just 45 minutes from Myrtle Beach on Highway 501. Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts, Bret Michaels, Molly Hatchet, Craig Wayne Boyd and more are set to headline the entertainment stage.
With his new band The Wildabouts, Scott Weiland will be performing at the world’s largest bar at Swamp Fox on Wednesday, May 13th as part of an event designed to raise attention for Motorcycle Safety and Drunk Driving Awareness. The event will be filmed for television, with sales and distribution handled by LA based shingle LocoDistro, headed up by the event’s executive producer Gabriel Gornell. The legendary 44 million record-selling former frontman of such iconic bands as Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is back in full force. Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts are supporting their upcoming album Blaster set for release on March 31st.
On Thursday, May 14th, The quintessential Southern rock band of the ’70s, the Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) will take the headlining stage. MTB was formed in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1971. The group’s ground-breaking style combines rock, country, and jazz. They found significant success during the course of the ’70s, with most of their albums going gold. Their peak came with the million-selling album Carolina Dreams and its hit single “Heard It in a Love Song” in 1977. Other major hits include “Fire On The Mountain”, “Can’t You See”, and “This Ole Cowboy”.
Also on May 14th, The Voice Season 7 winner and Texas-born country singer Craig Wayne Boyd will perform. Drawn to gospel and country, he moved to Nashville to try for his dream in the music business and soon had a publishing deal with EMI. Things looked promising. Yet after ten years of songwriting, local gigs, and national support touring, Boyd was on the verge of quitting music because of financial and other pressures. All that changed when he auditioned for the seventh season of The Voice. Ending up on Blake Shelton’s team, Boyd’s singing voice, playing, and easy musical versatility made him a fan favorite, and eventually the overall winner.
Bret Michaels, who rose to fame in the ’80s as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, will perform on Friday, May 15th. As a member of Poison, Michaels helped define the rock n roll scene on the Sunset Strip. Their massive success includes selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles. Equally as successful, Michael’s solo career has charted its own course with multiple solo albums. His last album. Bret Michaels: Good Songs and Great Friends features a myriad of legendary artists, who just happen to be great friends of Bret’s. The album contributors is a who’s who list including: Joe Perry (Aerosmith) Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few.
Added to the bar stage line-up for Friday, May 15th are the LA based rockers The Chimpz, who are largely known for having songs featured in the biker dramatic masterpiece—Sons Of Anarchy. On an explosive path, the video for their latest track “California” has been in the Top 10 of Loudwire’s Weekly Video Chart for 12 straight weeks! The Chimpz will be closing the bar stage before Michaels takes the stage at the amphitheater with The Flaunt Girls.
Veteran southern rockers Molly Hatchet will surely appeal to the biker crowd, and were added to the line-up for Saturday, May 16th at the 20,000-seat amphitheater stage on the bill that includes the previously announced Buckcherry. With classics like “Flirtin’ With Disaster” and “Dreams I’ll Never See,” Molly Hatchet is the perfect addition to an already epic evening.
In support of their F*ck EP and Pledge Music released CD The Singles Club, the group will perform with Molly Hatchet on May 16th. From their certified gold self-titled debut in 1999 featuring such hits at “Check Your Head” and hard rock anthem “Lit Up” Buckcherry has been on the forefront of American hard rock for fifteen years. They may have taken breaks… but they haven’t stopped. Led by founders Josh Todd and Keith Nelson, the band has had a resurgence of major success in recent years with hits like “Crazy Bitch”, “Sorry”, and “All Night Long.”
“You just don’t know what will happen. On the stage or in the crowd.”
“Molly Hatchet and Buckcherry together on the same bill are pretty awesome. Put them in front of a biker audience—and it becomes a show that you don’t want to miss. You just don’t know what will happen. On the stage or in the crowd,” said Gornell.
Motorcycles and rock n’ roll have long gone together—but only now is the music experience as ‘front and center’ as the motorcycles. It’s a concert series and music experience first, but it’s dedicated to serving the biker community with rally events, rides, attractions, and non-stop live music from multiple stages. What’s more, Swamp Fox Biker Bash is not only delivering the goods to the core group of established American-made motorcyclists—but also targeting both younger riders and female riders.
“By embracing music first as well as the younger riders and female riders, we’re creating a next generation rally,” says Robert Hartmann, the founder and CEO of Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex.
Hartmann continued, “As if motorcycles and music weren’t enough, we’re building a world-class amphitheater and festival ground here at the Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex that will soon include a record-breaking bar extending over 800-feet.”
Other attractions involve biker emcee extraordinaire Dumptruck (the often-voice of Harley-Davidson and Jack Daniels), motorcycle “wall of death” stunt shows, build-offs, “I’m With The Band” readings from none other than Pamela Des Barres, daily burlesque shows, body painting, daily mechanical bull contests with incredible prizes—and even live alligator wrestling. But the foundation is music—and for ten days, countless bands will be performing live from 10am until the wee hours every single day.
In partnership with PledgeMusic, tickets are available here with single day and multi-day packages on sale now.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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