Winston-Salem Gears & Guitars event announces free music lineup

Gears & Guitars is transforming part of downtown Winston-Salem into a cycling race track and musical stage from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11.Gears & Guitars made a double-whammy of an announcement today: a star-studded music lineup and the news that all the live music this year across the entire weekend will be free, according to a news release.“We wanted to help welcome live music back to Winston-Salem this year in a big way,” Ray Boden, COO of the event, said. “Bailey Park is such an open atmosphere, and the bike racing attracts a lot of people all by itself. We’ve always wanted to just make it completely open, and this year with Lidl’s help we are able to make that happen,” Boden said. Friday night’s Streets of Fire, Presented by Flow Automotive, will feature drag race-style bicycle street sprints down 4th Street all evening, with free live music happening along the side street. American rock band Dawes, who just released their eighth album, Misadventures of Doomscroller, will headline Friday night along with the Bahamas and local standout band Crenshaw Pentecostal — which has recently opened for Bon Jovi and Gin Blossoms.Saturday night’s big free concert is supported by Lidl and follows a day of amateur and professional criterium racing around Bailey Park. The show will see an opening by Tonic, and the return of a past popular headliner in Better Than Ezra. “It’s going to be a huge day,” Boden said. “It’ll be a fun atmosphere all day long. People should plan to come early, watch the big pro races at the end of the afternoon and stick aroun d for food, drinks, great music and a great show.”Sunday will be more of a community cycling day of celebration, featuring “Fondo” rides, that are open to anyone. This year’s Fondos include a “greenway/gravel” option for the first time.Sunday afternoon activities will also include a bike rodeo for kids, a family bike parade and live music from local bands including Killing Gophers (whose lead singer is also a local cyclist) ), Repeat Offender, Deluge and a return by hometown favorite Crenshaw Pentecostal. All Sunday activities will also originate at Bailey Park.

Gears & Guitars is transforming part of downtown Winston-Salem into a cycling race track and musical stage from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11.

Gears & Guitars made a double-whammy of an announcement today: a star-studded music lineup and the news that all the live music this year across the entire weekend will be free, according to a news release.

“We wanted to help welcome live music back to Winston-Salem this year in a big way,” Ray Boden, COO of the event, said.

“Bailey Park is such an open atmosphere, and the bike racing attracts a lot of people all by itself. We’ve always wanted to just make it completely open, and this year with Lidl’s help we are able to make that happen,” Boden said.

Friday night’s Streets of Fire, Presented by Flow Automotive, will feature drag race-style bicycle street sprints down 4th Street all evening, with free live music happening along the side street.

American rock band Dawes, who just released their eighth album, Misadventures of Doomscroller, will headline Friday night along with the Bahamas and local standout band Crenshaw Pentecostal — which has recently opened for Bon Jovi and Gin Blossoms.

Saturday night’s big free concert is supported by Lidl and follows a day of amateur and professional criterium racing around Bailey Park. The show will see an opening by Tonic, and the return of a past popular headliner in Better Than Ezra.

“It’s going to be a huge day,” Boden said. “It’ll be a fun atmosphere all day long. People should plan to come early, watch the big pro races at the end of the afternoon and stick around for food, drinks, great music and a great show.”

Sunday will be more of a community cycling day of celebration, featuring “Fondo” rides, that are open to anyone. This year’s Fondos include a “greenway/gravel” option for the first time.

Sunday afternoon activities will also include a bike rodeo for kids, a family bike parade and live music from local bands including Killing Gophers (whose lead singer is also a local cyclist), Repeat Offender, Deluge and a return by hometown favorite Crenshaw Pentecostal. All Sunday activities will also originate at Bailey Park.

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