Bikes, bands, and beer were everywhere during the 5th Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest. Bike Fest started as a conversation about six years ago between a group of friends, Bryan and Vicky Coffman, Steve “Smurf” and Tina Keene, Jay Haiden, and Carey Geddes, sitting down talking about bringing in tourists in the off-season for the town.
While the world lost Vicky Coffman to cancer, Bike Fest and her dream, High Tides on the Potomac and the Black Pearl Tiki Bar, have lived on. The 5th Bike Fest showed how big that dream can be with headlining band Buckcherry rocking the Big Stage on Saturday night as thousands and thousands of people gathered shoulder to shoulder on Town Hill to bask in the sights, the sounds, and the camaraderie of the event.
Buckcherry’s lead singer, Josh Todd’s, voice is rough around the edges, but the pure energy pouring off the man was contagious to the crowd gathered on the hill.
A hard rock band with hits such as “Sorry” and “Lit Up” the band is the epitome of rock and roll.
Before Buckcherry took the stage LongReef rocked the crowd with their music all the way from Australia.
The band has become a local favorite as they have performed a multitude of times at High Tides. Colonial Beach has played a role for the band as well with part of their video for “Battle Plan” an anti-bullying anthem being filmed in the town.
The highlight of Friday’s Bike Fest events was The Artimus Pyle Band playing the main stage for the gathered crowd. Even with the cool temperatures and strong breezes the crowds came out to hear the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Artimus Pyle is the original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd and celebrated his 70th birthday this year. With a raw energy of a man one-third of his age he is a pure joy to watch play the drums.
Pyle is also a delight to talk to as his love for the music is evident. Just off winning a lawsuit over his biopic “Street Survivor” Pyle and his band rocked the stage for more than 90 minutes.
Bike Fest also features a number of local bands to the stage. Starting on Thursday afternoon on the town stage rock, blues, and classic rock musicians took their turn entertaining the smaller crowds as they shopped, ate, and enjoyed the gorgeous views of the Potomac River.
Colonial Beach band Vivid Vertigo played two sets during the weekend with their alternative rock music rocking even their littlest fan bassist Timmy Alger’s niece, Lillian, who took to dancing with her Grandma Carol in front of the stage. Vivid Vertigo has played at a number of festivals including Park Rock and the Watermelon Festival this year. An up and coming band who got literally got their start in a garage they will be releasing their first album in November.
Drummer for the band, Nick Clayton, also works with a number of musicians including Pretty Black whose set on Saturday afternoon was a mix of blues and rock that was an absolute delight to watch. A young singer who fronted a large rock band, Pretty Black is one to watch in the future.
Not only were the two stages in town backed with music so were the stages at Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar and High Tides. With a number of bands playing throughout the day at each venue their employees were kept hopping.
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