The Second Annual Rumble on Main Street the
Last Year The Event was a Great Time
Save the Date 02/09/2020
By Sarah Kat,
So here we are, post Bike Week and are you finally feeling like yourself again?
It was the 78th Annual Bike Week in Daytona this year and
Main Street was packed every day and night. In fact despite what the mainstream news says it was packed everywhere.
For Behind Daytona we spent the majority of time
at Main Street Station and Dirty Harrys but alsoexperienced
Cackleberry for my very first time.
After talking with all of our team members we all agreed it was the most fun of all.
The best part about Main Street during Bike Week? The number of bands, with the variety of music, all within earshot and walking distance. Don’t like this band? No problem! Walk next door and something completely different will be playing.
There is something for everyone.
For the Behind Daytona crew,
all the festivities started Wednesday for Bike Night with Big Engine and Diesal and off we went.
No Quarter the Led Zeppelin Tribute Band then hit the Stage the following night and it was a full on jam.
Friday, the official kick off, we caught Big Engine and Skin Deep at Main Street Station.
We roamed up and down the street, saw Bobby Friss and to close out the night Diesel at Dirty Harrys.
All of these bands pull in such a crowd and offer such a variety of music.
Saturday was a busy day and it started around 7:30 am.
Jeff the founder was up and at it with Sunrise Live Streams.
Our first stop was the Busted Knuckle Tour at
Seminole Harley Davison absolutely worth going to. Then Main Street Station and Dirty Harrys.
Various bands were heard throughout.
Now Sunday is when I got we got our first taste
If you’ve not been, it is vastly different
then Main Street, pretty much anything goes.... And we mean ANYTHING! Topless bull riding, ladies walking around without their tops, topless go-go dancers, bikini contests in between the sets of music. It’s an experience in itself.
It is definitely a bit more wild than Main Street and provides a completely different experience.
On Tuesday, Blandini played at Main Street Station with special guest George Lynch. Our photographer Karen Romano Adams of Moments that Rock caught some great images.
t was an amazing concert.
Zoltan, the original drummer for 5 Finger Death Punch, is a sight to see when he plays. This was my second time seeing them play at the Station and boy do I hope they come back. Their show was outstanding!
Then we got to experience Drowning Pool. WOW!
hile I liked their music beforehand, I LOVE this band after seeing it live! I hope Phaedra brings them back again. And soon!
They drew in quite a crowd and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The next day was a big one for us at
We interviewed two national bands, Saving Abel and Tantric. It was a first for me, but definitely won’t be the last. If you haven’t watched yet, please head over to our Facebook page and watch.
Saving Abel and Tantric both play at MSS regularly and they are always a favorite. They draw in the crowd and get it hyped. This night was no different. We got to hear some of Tantric’s new music from the new album too.
Special shout out to Burgey’s Tiki Hut.
They allowed us to use their upstairs patio for the Saving Abel interview and fed us some
delicious food in between interviews.
Definitely a great place for local eats on Main Street.
Saturday was the last big day of Bike Week this year. We were graced with Michael Allman starting with the Blues Dogs. Adam James then went on stage and man, him and Michael together is a treat. They are both eternal performers and know how to work the crowd.
Michael Allman stayed around and sang
with Leaving Eden, much to the their delight. It was pure bliss to watch.
They played off of each other and put on a show like no other.
All in all, it was a busy week and a half, but it was a BLAST as always.
Thank you to the venues and bands for making it such a memorable experience.
It will not be forgotten!
By Jeff Stolowitz
January 4, 2019
Mäi Tatro and her Band Moonlight Drive-In
headlined at Main Street Station this week for the Venerable and famous $1.00 Beer Bike Night.
Many Musicians and Bands have taken the
stage here, not many of them have made this kind of impression. The crowd was stunned.
Song after song in 3 sets they just slayed the Biker crowd.
Mai Tatro's stage presence is overwhelming as she playfully flirts with the crowd flipping her hair and using her eyes to draw them into to the music.
Gregory Davidson with his guitar is rock steady alongside the Bass and Drums of Greyson Belcher and Shane Hager.
The Bands Alternative style of Rock reflects a cross over, a little Hippie, a Little Punk, a Tad Hipster and they know how to pay homage to those who came before.
They are currently working on an Record to be released sometime this year.
While I followed Mai from the time she was 14 playing gigs solo in restaurants free, she has now grown up Rock Star style and she works hard at it still.
Mai is now booked around the area and she plays at The Shores Resort and Spa and at Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor.
The whole band will be performing at Main Street Station multiple nights.
If you missed them this past week
I suggest checking the calendar and seeing them before it costs you $50.00 a Ticket.
Main Street Station
316 Main Street
Daytona Beach, Fl 32118
By Jeff Stolowitz
Did you know that The Daytona Beach Bike Week rally started as the Daytona 200?
Ed Kretz from California won the race riding an Indian motorcycle.
Next year will be 78 years and counting this event is a tradition, a USA tradition much like the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.
Can you imagine that being cancelled or moved to Long Island?
Well much to our chagrin, in a less than stellar move by the Daytona Beach News Journal we have learned that it was true, that the City Council voted to stop vendors from participating on Beach Street. This was via an article they published during the middle of Bike Week.
The article has caused many to think about returning. One traffic officer even thinks Bike Week was canceled. She obviously didn't read the article correctly. The timing of the release of this article begs questioning.
The deal with Brown and Brown and the city stinks to high hell, it reeks of collusion.
It is not sitting well with residents, business owners or Bikers from around the world.
Pat Rice and his paper published the story smack dab in the middle of the event.
Shame on you all, we know what your up to next. Our sources tell us of plan to cancel Bike Week on Mainstreet using the guise of having to rebuild the bridge and a very shoddy redevelopment plan. Are City and County managers in bed with developers? A classic land baron maneuver.
Bike Week 2018 by all accounts was cold, colder than normal. However if you were here the entertainment was incredibly hot.
Behind Daytona covered Bike Week like it was the greatest show on earth and it was.
We plodded along into the event determined to show everyone the great enthusiasm and support and entertainment there is on Mainstreet.
To start here is list of bands that we saw.
It may just have you saying a jaw dropping wtf.
Jeff Vittolo and the Quarter Mile Rebels
Microwave Dave and the Nukes
Cat 4 Band
NY Rockabilly Rockets
For Behind Daytona opening night was at Main Street Station with the NY Rockabilly Rockets who will be opening for Dick Dale at the now opened Hard Rock Hotel, unbelievable the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach. By all accounts the hotel is beautiful, even if the politics behind it are ugly.
Smaller acts such as Dave Alexander and Ashley Young. played gigs all over town at places like Burgey's Tiki Hut and Sunsetters Riverfront Bar and Grill
Bands such as the gritty Microwave Dave and the Nukes could be heard almost every day at Main Street Station and then there was the Cherry Bombs a group of beautiful woman who performed on stage with dancing, fire play and more.
When the Moonshine Bandits took the stage with Michael Ballard of Full Throttle Saloon looking on, we were asked to go on stage and take photographs. A definite highlight for all of us. The Moonshine Bandits absolutely killed it. New, refreshing with a West Coast feel something not seen here in Daytona till now but you may have seen them if you've ever been to Sturgis.
We felt like we were part of the show thanks guys that was pretty awesome.
We also witnessed Rock and Roll history as Nova Rex an 80’s Glam Rock Rock Cover Band and part of Roll Hall of Fame played. Kenny Wilkerson the original member was on fire. Kenny’s Jacket is now hanging at the Hard Rock Hotel. For those into memorabilia the Hard Rock has a plethora of it.
Diesel with the venerable Ronnie Rodriguez on vocals and local phenom of Nirvanna a Tribute to Nirvana, Clayton Sturgeon rocked Full Moon Saloon multiple nights playing to a raucous audience.
While attendance was down, up went the sounds. Star 69, Cat 4 Band, Selwyn Birchwood. Regardless of where you went great music could be heard.
Calling all Led Zeppelin fans… their music was played more than anyone's by everyone
But Blandini a band headlined by Jeff Blando and a drummer by the name of Zoltan who wowed the hell out of the crowds, but it was their renditions of Led Zeppelin my favorite band of all time that got everyone in the spirit.
There was Leaving Eden yes they played Zep.
We got to take pictures from the second-story balcony of Victory Tattoo
You're also able to give you drone coverage from Ormond Beach to Cackleberry Campground up and down Main Street from the roof to the river.
Tropical Willie's Chopper Show was a hit
as was the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Miss Bikini USA Contest at Main Street Station
There was no lack of great eats either whether it was at Sunsetters Riverfront Bar and Grill, Burgey's Tiki Hut, Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor, Cocina 214 Daytona or Sazòn Latino Restaurant in Port Orange and Smoked Turkey Legs, Gator Bites, Pulled Pork and meat on a stick from the food vendors made you phat. One of our favorite vendors was Rocco's Pizza Truck who served up a mean version of Parmesan Garlic Fries.
Let's not forget the bikes and the characters and there were plenty of them.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly as we encountered Outlaws, Pagans, Mongols, Enforcers, lions tigers and bears Oh My! There nuns flipping the bird, cops and firemen also. We thank them for what they do, as they kept everybody safe as they could.
A big shout out to the hero Uber drivers picking up and dropping off everyone.
Unfortunately there's always one stick in the mud and this year it was the Daytona Beach News-Journal dropping the story in the middle of Bike Week about Bike Week shutting down which nobody wants to see. While progress is necessary and we understand that at Behind Daytona, there is always a compromise that can be made. We hope that everyone can return for another 78 years.
We're looking forward to Biketoberfest. We heard that the lineup of entertainment is already set.
See everybody next time Behind Daytona
For more photos of Bike Week you can visit us at https://www.facebook.com/BehindDaytona/ or https://www.facebook.com/STKNTHE80sRockPix/ on Facebook.
By Jeff Stolowitz
The roar was early this year as Main Street Station kicked off,
the unofficial start to Biketoberfest with the Battle of the Babes Event. The event headlined 18 Bands fronted by woman to raise funds helping to fight the battle against Breast Cancer. #savethetatas
This year the event raised well over $3,000.00 and was headlined by great acts like Miss Intent a rock solid cover band that tours all over Volusia County.
Phaedra Lee the owner of Main Street Station now celebrating it's 10th year, has done it again a huge success!!!
Local talent abounds on Main Street.
From the Roof on the Pier, to Sunsetters on the River on any given weekend evening you can catch live acts performing Rock a Billy, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Hip Hop and more.
With the approach of Biketoberfest the question looms about itinerant vendors. what is wrong with that? The city keeps calling it "ReDevelpment" what we see is Main Street developing into something special.
As far as itinerant vendors go we ask what is a food truck? Maybe the City ought to rethink things and look at itinerant vendors as potential small business owners and try to recruit them.
Maybe a vendor with incredible wares like Bikers Den would rent and stay open year round.
As I walked up and down Main St. the last vestiges of the stagnation that was seems to be crumbling and from those ashes so rises the new Economy Behind Daytona.
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