Can you hear that — the howl of distant thunder? There’s a storm a-brewin’ and it’s rolling in on two wheels this weekend. If the last nine years are any indication, brace yourself for a leather-wearing, pavement-sparking, eyebrow-raising, rip-roaring good time when Rumble on Noble marks 10 years of music and motorcycles in downtown Anniston.
Instead of battening down the hatches, here’s 10 reasons to strap on a skid lid and hammer down to the loudest street party this side of Sturgis.
1. TRAINING WHEELS AVAILABLE
Despite its rebellion-and-road-rash reputation, Randy Snyder, owner of Southland’s Full Throttle magazine, describes Rumble 10 as “a PG-13 event.” Heck, you can even bring the kids, he says. “They can gawk at the motorcycles.” Same goes for the Mt. Cheaha Harley Davidson kick-off party, says Toni Christopher, marketing director under the store’s new ownership. “This is our first rodeo,” Christopher explained. “There will be a different energy. We’re hoping it’s maybe a little more family friendly.”
2. KICKING IT OFF...
Rumble 10 gets underway Friday with a kick-off party and bike show at the Mt. Cheaha Harley Davidson. Struts of Oxford will start serving food and frosty beverages at noon, the band goes on at 7 p.m. — oh, and did I mention the bikini bike wash?
3. ...WITH A BANG
Yep, beginning at 3 p.m., the girls of Struts will ditch their aprons and don bikinis, all in the name of shiny chrome. Stop by the Oxford dealership and while you’re waiting on your squeaky clean ride, enjoy the band and brew. Or the view.
4. 2X THE 2 PIECES
The kick-off party picks up again at 11 a.m. Saturday and, yes, that includes the bikini bike wash. The swimwear and suds-clad washerwomen will be back at it starting at 11 a.m. for those who didn’t make it out Friday — and probably a few who did.
5. SONGS ABOUT THE SOUTHLAND
Doesn’t matter if they drive a Suzuki or a Silverado, when Lynyrd Skynyrd says “turn it up,” Southerners oblige. So when headlining band The Curtis Loew Project — propelled by original Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle — performs that staple of Southern rock albums, “One More From the Road” in its entirety on the main stage Saturday night, people in Georgia will be singing along to “Sweet Home Alabama.”
6. ROCK OUT WITH YOUR CLUTCH OUT
Check out the homegrown talent on the Dee Ford Local Stage, including the winner of last month’s Mt. Cheaha Harley Davidson Battle of the Bands, Buckin’ Rodeo.
7. SEND ‘EM STRUTTING
Keep rocking with the local guys of McPherson Struts as they kick off their regional tour at Rumble 10 ahead of the December release of their new album, “Low Rent Romeo.”
8. V-TWIN SALUTE
New and old come together to honor U.S. armed forces past and present with 10-year vets of the fest JB Walker & The Cheap Whiskey Band opening the annual Military Tribute at 6 p.m., hosted for the first time by Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventure.
9. BUY LOCAL, DRINK LOCAL
According to Snyder, the Chamber of Commerce estimates the annual streetfest’s local economic impact at $1.2 million. And that’s not all hotels and HOG dealers — many a downtown establishment is joining the party. Smoking Moose and Damn Yankees open at 11 a.m. with a mix of live entertainment later in the evening; Crimson Tiger’s lineup starts at 1 p.m. Damn Yankees also has select beers for $2.50 and wine 30-50 percent off. The Peerless Saloon and Grille will have $3 longneck domestics, $4 craft beer on draft and $1 fresh-shucked oyster shooters.
10. OH YEAH ... THE BIKES
Let’s not forget what puts the “rumble” in Rumble on Noble: motorcycles — lots of them — once again turning Noble Street into the coolest stretch of asphalt in Alabama, at least for one day.