Thunder by the Bay Motorcyle Festival roars back to Sarasota

January 3, 2013 

Put on your chaps and ride over to downtown Sarasota this weekend for the 15th annual Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival. The three-day event begins with a "Born to be Wild" Kick Off Party 6:30 p.m.-midnight Jan. 4 at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, featuring a 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary fashion show, cash food stations and bar and casino-style gaming. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The downtown festival is 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 5 featuring live music by the Lauren Mitchell Band, Damon Fowler, Kettle of Fish, Category Three and Highway to Hell. A special "Light Up The Night" LED Bike Show begins at 6 p.m. The second day of the downtown festival is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 6 featuring live music by Tangent, Bobby Friss and The Marshall Tucker Band at 4:30 p.m. The "Cruise for Cash" Scenic Beach Ride will be 11 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill, 5 Bayfront Drive, and a 15-class bikesShow along South Palm Avenue 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 6. For a full festival details and information, call 371-8820 or visit

-- Herald staff report

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