Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Queen and Free is one of the headlining acts at the Nov. 2 Born to Ride Monster Jam motorcycle and music festival at England Brothers Park.
PINELLAS PARK – Are you ready to rock? Born to Ride Day of the Dead jam, a biker and music festival, will bring some of classic rock’s heavy hitters to England Brothers Park, Saturday, Nov. 2.
The main stage features co-headliners Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Queen, Free, The Firm), as well as Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Blackberry Smoke, David Allan Coe, and Soul Circus Cowboys. A second stage will feature a bevy of bands as well, including Mojo Gurus, The Stone City, Bobby Lee Rodgers, The Sting Police and Owen Campbell.
As if that weren’t enough, stars from the “Sons of Anarchy” TV show – Katey Segal, Kim Coates and Theo Rossi – will be on hand for a meet and greet. Plus, Danny “The Count” Koker and Kevin Mack from “Counting Cars,” and pool champion Jeanette Lee, better known as “The Black Widow,” will be there as well.
“It’s not only for bikers. It’s so much bigger than a biker festival,” said Ron Galletti, owner of Born to Ride cable TV show and magazine, and co-sponsor of the Nov. 2 event. “It’s like an old-school concert. Most people would come out to just see one of these bands. We have some real power coming to Pinellas Park.”
Tom Nestor, the event’s marketing director, added, “Whether you’re a biker, a classic rocker, a Southern rebel, an indie kid, part of the LGBT community, there’s something for you.”
The festival came about thanks to the vision of Frank Giglio, president of Born to Ride Jam LLC. Last year, he helped bring major acts Blondie and Sublime to England Brothers Park.
So when he envisioned the large-scale biker and music event that would become Born to Ride Day of the Dead Jam, he immediately thought of Pinellas Park.
“It’s the perfect place for this,” Giglio said. “It’s a central location in the heart of Tampa Bay. And it’s an awesome park.”
He also immediately reached out to Galletti, who in addition to his cable show and magazine also organizes monthly bike night events at Quaker Steak & Lube.
“It just made so much sense,” Galletti said. “I couldn’t do this without him. We have a great partnership.”
Pinellas Park residents should also keep their eyes out for a special coupon mailed with their water bill. The coupon will allow them to purchase up to eight two-for-one tickets.
“It’s our special thank you to the people that live in Pinellas Park,” Giglio said.
General admission tickets are $25; general admission with VIP access is $79; gold seating is $119; platinum seating is $159; and access to the platinum VIP tent is $250.
The festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. Gates open at 11 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.borntoridejam.com.