You’ve heard Obliteride is going to be an epic weekend – great concerts, delicious food, beer and wine, fun entertainment, bonding time with friends and oh yeah, an awesome bike ride to end cancer!
 
Now, we’re ready to reveal the bands and other entertainment we’ve lined up and we want our Obliteride community to be the first to know. And remember, for riders it’s an all-inclusive weekend so everything is covered. We’re super excited and hope you are, too.
 
LIVE MUSIC

Michael Franti & Spearhead will get everyone lucky enough to be at Friday night’s kick-off party movin’ with energetic and fun music. If you’ve seen him in concert, you know what we mean. If you haven’t and you’re joining us at Gas Works Park on August 9th, we guarantee you’ll become a fan too!
 
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Franti is best known for his upbeat song “The Sound of Sunshine,” which topped the charts for eight weeks. Franti is also an outspoken supporter of peace and a variety of social justice issues. “We’re thrilled to have Michael Franti perform at Obliteride,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “I’ve seen him in concert and he has the exact type of energy we’re looking for at Obliteride’s inaugural kick-off celebration. He gets everyone dancing and brings his passion and humanity to everyone in the crowd.”
 
A bunch of other bands will keep the party goin’ throughout Obliteride weekend. Checkout the lineup:

Magnuson and Gas Works Parks
  • 80s Invasion - the name says it all, an 80s cover band
  • Kalimba - bringing back the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Mike Brookshire - country singer, songwriter and a cancer survivor
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead - energetic band that blends hip hop with other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock
  • Moxie - big band playing the best danceable tunes from the 60s to now
  • Not Dead Yet - local band serving up good ol' rock-n-roll
  • Not-Its! - popular “kindie” group playing cool kids’ music
  • NoWhere Men - playing the music of the Beatles
Course  University of Puget Sound (180-mile riders)
  • The Paperboys - renowned for their energetic live performances playing a blend of country-folk-Celtic-bluegrass-rock music. Tough to label but great! 
FOOD AND BEVERAGES

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  • Salmon dinner - famed Seattle chef Tom Douglas will treat riders and a guest to a gourmet feast at Gas Works Park Friday night. Virtual riders who raise more than $1,060 will also get two tickets to the party. Check out the mouthwatering menu.
  • Beer and wine garden - Elysian Brewing Co. beer and King Estate wine will be flowing all weekend, so be sure to bring your ID. Like everything else, both will be free to all 21+ riders.
  • Finish line buffets - Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes will cater a delicious spread Saturday and Sunday for all riders including all kinds of wraps, pulled pork sandwiches, fruit, salads, desserts, and more.
ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS

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  • The whole family is invited to come on down to Magnuson Park and cheer on riders as they cross the finish line. There will be lots to do at the finish line festival on Saturday and Sunday. It’s free and open to the public.
  • Radio Disney Kid’s Zone – on Saturday a Radio Disney DJ will get people dancin’ with fun music. Kids will also enjoy bike-related crafts, a prize wheel and more.
  • Not-Its! - a fabulous local kid’s band performs Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m.
  • 18-foot slide for kids
  • Hydroblaster for all ages
  • Bouncy house
  • Face painting
  • Arts and crafts
Parking is limited at Magnuson Park. Families are encouraged to ride, walk or take an Obliteride-provided shuttle from the E1 parking lot at University of Washington

So, what did we tell you, epic right? You won’t have to wait long for this unforgettable weekend. Obliteride is just six weeks away. We’ll see you there!