You can go see Paul Teutel Sr. if you're into fast rides, or go see Foghat if your prefer "Slow Ride."
The 16th annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival runs today through Sunday in Sarasota. Among the highlights of the four-day festival are appearances by Teutel, the star of "Orange County Choppers," and by Foghat, the British boogie band that scored some of the biggest hits of the 1970s.
Teutel will signing autographs Saturday and Sunday. Foghat will perform in concert Saturday.
Foghat purists should be forewarned that the current version of the band is not the classic lineup that scored such hits as "Slow Ride," "Fool for the City" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You." Singer/guitarist "Lonesome" Dave Peverett and guitarist Rod Price have both passed away, leaving only drummer Roger Earl remaining from the original lineup. But the band will no doubt be rocking all those classic hits.
Fans of '70s rock can also hear the Outlaws, one of the biggest bands that ever came out of Tampa, on Sunday. The Outlaws had such hits as "Hurry Sundown" and "Green Grass and High Tide Forever." Their current lineup includes original frontman Henry Paul and drummer Monte Yoho.
The music on Main Street during the two-day weekend music festival will no doubt draw bikers and non-bikers, but most of the festival activities are aimed mostly at motorcycle aficionados.
The festival begins today with a "Kick Start" Party at The Francis Ballroom at Louie's Modern. Tickets are $100 and they're very limited.
On Friday,, a "Born To Be Wild" Kickoff Party is set for the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Guests will enjoy a silent auction, a Harley-Davidson fashion show, casino-style gaming and live entertainment by Kettle of Fish. Tickets are $2, and are available at the door.
Also set for on Sunday is a "Legacy of Valor" ride for motorcycles, with Teutel in the lead.
Here's a complete schedule:
6:30-10:30 p.m.: "Kick Start Party The Francis Ballroom at Louie's Modern. Food stations, open bar. Wine and cigar tasting. $100
7 p.m.-midnight: "Born To Be Wild" Kickoff Party, Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Music by Kettle of Fish, casino-style gaming, Harley-Davidson fashion show. $20 at the door. ($15 for veterans and active duty military.)
10 a.m.-11 p.m.: Downtown Festival, Main Street. Free.
Music lineup: 1 p.m. Whiskey Blind, 3 p.m. Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, 5 p.m. Sean Chambers, 7 p.m. Matt Facciolla Band, 9 p.m. Foghat.Paul Teutel signing autographs (times to be announced)
6 p.m.: "Light Up The Night" LED Bike Show
9:30 a.m.: Legacy of Valor motorcycle ride starting at O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill, 5 Bayfront Drive.
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Downtown Festival, Main Street. Free. Music lineup: 12:30 p.m. Selwyn Birchwood; 2:30 p.m. Jasmine Cain, 4:30 p.m., The Outlaws.
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: 14-Class Bike Show, South Palm Avenue in Downtown Sarasota
Details: Jan. 9-13, locations around Sarasota. Ticket prices: various. Information: 941-371-8820, ext. 1800, www.thunderbythebay.org.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.