By Dana Lee “Irish Flame” Fruend
It is Saturday evening at Las Vegas BikeFest! I head over to the the Miss Las Vegas BikeFest contest and the Foghat concert at the Rally Central stage. As I enter the BikeFest arena the security staff are checking people for drugs and weapons. They are nothing but quick, friendly and professional; I for one appreciate the care taken to do this. As I was heading to the stage, my eyes were drawn to an award winning bike owned by Nadia and Hector Reyes of Phoenix, AZ. The Bike is “Rosie’s Tatted,” a 2015 SG Special sponsored by Factory 47 Cycles. The bike won First Place Audio in the Heavyweight Class and First Place Baddest Bagger. She is black with stunning silver and gold engraving all over her, a real beauty!
Boot scooting to the stage, I see many other bike magazine photog friends in the pit area as we begin to cover these two events. The contest begins, the ladies line up and strut their best biker lingerie and biker outfits to adoring fans. Many of these ladies have entered in years past and have crazy fun support in the crowd. Winners were announced and celebrated. The crowd has now grown and there is a feeling of excitement in the air. Foghat takes the stage and …the crowd of course, goes wild! (I have always wanted to say that!)
As I look around, I am really glad to see people of all ages here to enjoy these rock & roll legends. I asked a couple, Joe and Bretia from Tampa, Florida, what made them come to the concert with their fifteen-year-old son Joe Jr.? Joe Sr. responded with, “I introduced my son to the music of Foghat, Foreigner and Lynyrd Skynyrd when he was a baby. Foghat is one of Joe Jr.’s favorite bands, this is our first Foghat concert together as a family. We saw they were playing here and came downtown just for this concert. But when we got here, we absolutely loved seeing all of the bikes and vendors.”
The crowd is cheering and the band begins to absolutely rock the whole of the downtown area. They played all of the old favorites and a few new releases. And YES, they sounded freaking fantastic! For me, and my brief time at Las Vegas BikeFest, I still experienced what BikeFest is all about, making great memories!
I met old friends, made new friends, saw beautiful bikes, ate good food, stopped and shopped at the vendors, rocked out to great music and had another unforgettable time at Las Vegas BikeFest!