The party starts in one day.
The rumble of motorcycles will echo through the streets of downtown Leesburg from Friday through Sunday during the 22nd annual Bikefest. But the other sound bouncing off the buildings will be the music from more than 55 concerts.
Headliner acts at the Towne Square stage include Cinderella’s Tom Keifer at 10pm Friday; Scott Stapp, of Creed, at 9pm Saturday; and Colt Ford at 2:30pm Sunday.
Keifer is best known as the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band Cinderella. He made his solo debut in 2013 with the album, “The Way Life Goes,” and a deluxe edition was issued in October 2017.
Stapp is the Grammy Award-winning founder and lead singer of Creed, which had many chart-topping hits in the 1990s and early 2000s. He released his first solo album in 2005, and his second, “Proof of Life” in 2013, included the Billboard No. 1 Christian hit, “Slow Suicide.”
Ford is touring in support of his sixth studio album, “Love Hope Faith,” last year’s follow-up to 2014’s “Thanks for Listening.” The latest work is described as a populist country album and features guest appearances by some of country’s biggest names, including Brad Paisley and Toby Keith, the Bikefest website states.
The world’s largest three-day motorcycle and music event will take over the streets starting at 9am Friday, April 27. Hours for the festival are 9am-2am Friday and Saturday, and 9am-5pm Sunday. Bikefest will be packed into 30 blocks and eight venues with more than 200 vendors, six hot body contests, amazing bike and stunt shows, and, of course, thousands of motorcycles in every direction.
But visitors can kick off the weekend a little early when Skid Rodeo takes the stage at 7:30pm Thursday at Rat’s Hole Bar on Magnolia Street. The concerts continue nonstop through the weekend with a wide-ranging lineup that includes Blackwater Swamp Band, White Buffalo, Justin Heet, Papa Wheelee, Dueling Pianos, Jasmine Cain, Anita Drink, Bobby Blackmon, Greg Billings Band, and many more. The other music venues include the Swamp, Canal Street Square, Lucky-U Saloon, and the Palace.
Most of the tents and street barricades were in place by Thursday, and visitors to downtown Leesburg should be aware that navigating through traffic and finding parking may be more difficult than usual. For maps, the complete event schedule, plus information on parking and shuttles, see leesburgbikefest.com.