Rock in the Park.
The Realities Ride music lineup features some of the best talent along the Front Range and will give you a weekend of blues, country and ROCK on the Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson Main Stage in Washington Park!
Check out this year’s line-up! All pictures link to band websites or music pages. Find a favorite then come out on Memorial Day Weekend to hear them LIVE at Realities Ride & Rally!
Saturday, May 24th
11:00am: Mary Sue Thompson
Mary Sue has had the privilege of playing in several bands and duets, and in great venues, including KRFC, Mishawaka, Avo’s, New West Fest, FoCoMx, The Downtown Artery, and the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. She is currently signed as both a songwriter and performer with Lyric House Publishing in Denver, and is working with Shane Robbins and Steve Parker, two genius producers and good friends. She looks forward to playing at New West Fest this August.
12:00pm: Orion’s Sword
Orion’s Sword is a local band made of musicians, Noel Thomas, Matt McHugh, and Trey Swinton. Previously known as “The Higher Ground”, they performed at the Greeley Stampede, CSU Lagoon Series, and the Timnath Founder’s Day Festival, Realities Ride, Ft. Collins Blues Rock Festival, FOCOMX. They specialize in the genre of rock hinting at tastes of reggae and funk while writing their own songs as well. They will be playing a set filled with kicking blues to rock n’ roll. With three or more skilled musicians on the stage all at once, Orion’s sword will be sure to win any crowd over with their outstanding music. Hear the noise at www.soundcloud.com/orions_sword.
Paradox is made up of four individually talented youth that come together to utilize their gifts and form one amazingly energetic and entertaining band to listen to and watch. They love to take current songs and collaborate together to make it into their own rock-n-roll style. Makenzie Culver is the 14 year old lead singer. Her little brother, Mason is the 12 year old drummer. James Hunsinger is the 13 year old guitarist and Darren Van Winkle is 14 year old bassist.
2:00pm: Joe O’Bryan Band
The Joe O’Bryan Band is always ready to put their own spin on a song, bringing you a fresh brand of blues-rock, mixed with some soul and funk. Their sound is shamelessly their own, yet still remains familiar and enjoyable to any blues-rock fan. With selections that range from the classics to contemporary and originals, this band delivers it all with a passionate, high-energy performance that’s perfect whether you feel like dancing or just kicking back and listening.
3:00pm: Zachariah Dean Band
The Zachariah Dean Band is Northern Colorado’s up-and-coming country band. Each and every one of it’s members has dreamed of making their passion for music a reality by performing great music at great venues. By combining this passion and the soulful and fun lyrics of country music, the Zachariah Dean Band hopes to share their love for a good time with each and every audience they perform for. Learn more about them at www.zachariahdeanband.com.
4:00pm: Slow Caves
Slow Caves is a Synth-Punk band from Northern Colorado, inspired by late nights in Hollywood, car chases, red eye flights and vintage skateboard videos. The band came together to make quality music that lasts in your mind forever. Their self-titled debut EP, SLOW CAVES, will be released in the summer of 2014, and will include songs designed to soundtrack the greatest movie you’ve never seen. Hear them online at www.SlowCaves.com
5:00pm: Joy Jackson Band
Known for her incredibly powerful vocals and long time stint as front woman for local band 69 Times, Joy Jackson is still the epitome of female musicians in Northern Colorado. Now ready to showcase the softer side of rock, Joy brings her new sound to the Realities Ride & Rally stage on Memorial Day Weekend.
6:00pm: The Blues Dogs
The Blues DoGS (Disciples of God’s Son) are an eclectic group of scholars, doctors, lawyers, business owners, teachers and laborers who have a passion for God and the Blues. The DoGS have been entertaining audiences at clubs, festivals, fundraisers and concerts around the Northern Colorado region for over a decade. The band respects the tradition of the blues, rock, soul and R&B genres and explodes that tradition with musical layers full of energy. The stage show is filled with an entertaining and danceable mix of blues and R&B classics with a Blues DoGS twist that highlights the talents of all the band members. Recently, the DoGS have shared the stage with several blues stars including Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Glenn Kaiser. Hear the dogs howl at www.bluesdogsband.com.
7:30pm: All Star Jam hosted by The Symbols
The 2014 Realities All-Star Guitar Jam brings together the regions finest gunslingers on one stage for an electrified shootout of chops, licks, riffs and tones. Featuring an alumni cast including Dave Beegle, Michaela Rae, Jasco, Jesse Solomon, Tony Pacello, and Jimmy Dupree. Hosted by The Symbols with additional guest artists including Joy Jackson of 69 Times and Ken Roth of The Blendercats.
The Symbols are a female fronted trio grown from Colorado’s vibrant music scene. Self described as “spiritual porn rock”, The Symbols aren’t trying to blend in with their musical montage of pop, rock, funk, and blues. To hear their sound visit www.thesymbols.net.
Sunday, May 25th
11:00am: Lineage Music Bluegrass Club
Lineage Music is a local music studio founded by Chad Fisher and offers music lessons for all ages in fiddle, mandolin, guitar, & bass. Lineage Music is known for using the aural tradition of learning music with hopes to pass it on to many generations to come. For more info about Lineage Music please visit www.lineagemusic.com.
12:00pm: Cowboys Dead
More than a cover band, Cowboys Dead, under the musical direction of Colorado music scene veteran Dave Dardine, takes music from diverse artists, such as Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Reed, Don Nix, Merle Haggard, New Riders, Rolling Stones, Peter Rowan and, in the spirit of the Grateful Dead, makes it their own. Hear their incredible sound at www.cowboysdead.com.
1:30pm: Ronnie Davis & The Rocky Mountain Outlaws
This country and southern rock- n – roll band based out of Denver, CO was established in 1992 and is a band that believes in giving! Every “CD” they produce has a title track that goes to charity. With our latest being “These Colors Won’t Run” which goes to help out “Operation Homefront” helping our wounded veterans and family members. We also do several benefit concerts each year dedicated to all of our veterans and children’s welfare.
3:00pm: The Waylon Willies
This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. -Maxwell Scott, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
A tribute to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, featuring Fort Collins’ finest including Matt Skinner, Darren Radach, JP Hodge, Dayton Hicks and Ansel Foxley. Find them on FACEBOOK!
4:30pm AND 6:00pm: K99 presents NATALIE STOVALL & THE DRIVE
Show-stopping singer Natalie Stovall’s high-energy, take-no-prisoners live performances and relentless, barnstorming global tours have earned her the attention she deserves from those who matter the most to her — the fans.
After only a few short years in the college campus market, Natalie was named 2012 Entertainer of the Year by the voters of Campus Activities Magazine® in the Reader’s Choice Awards. Blending her country/roots background with a strong rock sensibility, Stovall’s fiddle-shredding shows are bred for wide audiences, and this year that mainstream popularity is paying off in a big way. In fact, it’s the first time in over twenty years that a woman has been named Campus Entertainer of the Year in a category usually dominated by male artists.
“My friends and family think I am crazy to tour like I do,” says Natalie. “In April 2012, we literally played 32 dates in 30 days! But performing is what I love most. As soon as I graduated college, I put my band together and hit the road.”
Hit the road with Natalie at www.NatalieStovall.com!