SIOUX CITY | The 18th annual Awesome Biker Nights charity motorcycle rally is about to "get its motor runnin'" in downtown Sioux City.
This year was designated as a "throwback year" for the rally, as the event moves back to its original home on Fourth Street from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, where it was held last year.
Organizer Brian Hall also stressed lower admission prices for attendees, as the rally attempts to become more like it was when it started in 2000. Higher costs to attend in recent years, he said, were because of the big names invited to play.
Awesome Biker Nights started Thursday night with a biker parade, a party at the Court Street stage and a poker tournament at Rox and Rails bar.
At the main stage of the rally Friday, a stunt team will perform at 6 and 8 p.m., and the ramp jumpers will do their thing at 7 and 9 p.m.
A series of rock bands will perform at the main stage Friday: Letters from the Fire at 6 p.m., Black Oak Arkansas at 7 p.m., Citizen Zero at 8:30 p.m. and Blackstone Cherry at 10 p.m.
Rock acts will also dominate the Court Street Stage on Friday, including Here's to You at 6 p.m., Midnight Devils at 8 and Somewhere between Heaven and Hell at 10.
The stunt team and ramp jumpers will move to Court Street on Saturday. The stunt team will perform at 4, 6 and 8 p.m., and the ramp jumpers go on at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.
The Miss Awesome Contest will be at the main stage Saturday afternoon, starting at 1 p.m.
Country acts take over the main stage Saturday night, with Ben Grillet playing at 6:30 p.m., Casey Muessigmann at 8:30 and Tucker Beathard at 10:30.
Local folks take over Saturday at the Court Street stage, beginning at noon. The public will be the star of the show at 1 p.m., with Showtime Karaoke, followed by Sioux City bands Trip Modus at 2:30, Post Nocturnal at 4, Ghostcat at 6, Top Down at 8 and 35th and Taylor at 10 p.m.
Hall, the organizer, said he hopes the rally will draw somewhere between 15,000 and 25,000 people, who come from as far away as Canada to attend.
Hall said people are drawn from far and wide to Sioux City because of the event's "Sturgis atmosphere."
"It's kind of the same thing, of course smaller scale, but it's got that feel to it," he said.
The act this year generating the most buzz, Hall said, is probably Tucker Beathard.
"A lot of people like his music," he said. "His brother (C. J. Beathard) actually plays for the Iowa Hawkeyes."
Hall, for one, is looking forward to a local act playing at Court Street Saturday night.
"Me myself, it's 35th and Taylor," he said.