Ready to get sweaty?
The 9th annual Heatstroke Hotrod Hoedown returns to its roots in downtown Bradenton and is bringing with it a host of bands, a custom bike and hotrod show, food and drinks and its signature “hip, awesomely rowdy and fiercely fun” time.
The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday on Seventh Avenue West outside of P-Man’s Classic Cycle Paint, 721 7th Ave. W. Event organizers gained permission from the city to barricade a block of Seventh Avenue between 7th-8th streets west from vehicular traffic.
P-Man, the creator of Heatstroke Hotrod Hoedown and whose real name is Paxton Richards, is again teaming up with Sarasota-based community radio station WSLR-LP 96.5 to bring the event back to Bradenton. It moved to the radio station’s Sarasota site last year, but Richards said it works better in downtown Bradenton.
This rustic, industrial area of south downtown with its faceless buildings and heavy machinery provides the perfect atmosphere for an event with hotrods, vintage motorcycles and psychobilly bands. (“Psychobilly” happens when rockabilly meets punk rock.)
“It started out as an event in the summer,” he said. “We used to have it in August and it was killer hot, so we called it the ‘Heatstroke’ because it was so hot outside.”
Richards said he preferred to continue the event in August, but scheduling issues with the radio station prompted them to settle on a less heatstroke-inducing day in May. But with Weather.com predicting Saturday’s weather as sunny with a high of 89 degrees, even the most hard-core outdoorsman from Florida is bound to break a sweat.
Admission is $10 and is payable at the gate. Proceeds from the price of admission will benefit the radio station. Budweiser, Bud Light, Negra Modelo, wine and food will be available for sale. No outside food or beverages will be permitted.
The musical lineup features energetic, fist-pumping hard rock, punk, blues, southern rock and more – music designed to keep the party going throughout the night. Southern rock and blues band the Michael Mac Band are locally known, but the majority of the others are from elsewhere in Florida, Richards said, so music hounds will have a chance to hear something new.
Richards is front-man for the Downshifters, a power trio rock-n-roll band described as a “screamin’ psycho-billy band out of Bradenton that shakes up the traditional rockabilly genre.” Also scheduled to perform Saturday are the St. Lucie-based Pub Reckers, who play old-school punk rock without the politics; The Ludes, a hard rock band from Orlando with a thundering bass and drums blended with a unique theramin; The Gladezmen, whose swamp-water music tells tales of the backwoods; Strangeways and its original blend of reggae and ska; The Crestliners and their rockabilly tunes; The Hamiltones, who play rockabilly, blues, surf, rock’n’roll and a shot of Texas swing; and the The Ted Stevens Band, a hard-hitting trio playing rock and roll, alt-country, surf and blues.
There also will be a women’s roller derby demonstration from the Bradentucky Bombers team and their Sarasota counterparts, a “slowest” motorcycle race and vintage motorcycles and hotrods.
“I’m just happy we’re going to have good weather this weekend,” Richards said, noting that rain is not in the forecast. “In Florida you’re kind of at the mercy of the weather. If it’s raining, the bikers won’t come out and the hotrods probably won’t come out.”
Source: Bradenton Patch