Maybe the absence of a round numeral has something to do with it, but if there’s a dedicated celebration for Harley-Davidson’s 111th anniversary, we haven’t heard about it. Known for throwing both amazing parties that feature such talented legends as Elton John and tone deaf disasters that feature such talentless hacks as Elton John, Harley satisfied bikers during last year’s 110th birthday with performances by Aerosmith, The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Sknyrd, Common, ZZ Top, Lupe Fiasco, Joan Jett, Dropkick Murphys, and many more. With “Rally Weekend” (which usually coincides with the anniversary of the Milwaukee motorcycle magnate) right around the corner (August 28-September 1), it seems there’s nothing in the way of a true Harley-Davidson blowout in the cards this year. Still, the H-D Museum, a couple block parties, and bashes put on by area affiliates are picking up some of the slack left by the now-expected-yet-absent national music festival thrown by a local corporation.

Yes, last year’s Lynyrd Skynyrd booking is now represented by Lukyn Skywyrd, and ZZ Top isn’t here—but ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator is. Calliope and Chicken Wire Empire are playing a shitload, GGOOLLDD and Whips will extend their ongoing 2014 legends, and Cowboy Mouth will…do whatever Cowboy Mouth does that seems to work. Though there are still a few “National headliner TBA” slots left, we’re just going to assume they’ll be P.O.D. or Puddle Of Mudd or some shit and just post the rest of the non-anniversary-related Rally Weekend entertainment.


Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
Pieces Of Led – Noon
Keepin It Clean – 3 p.m.
Cold Sweat And The Brew City Horns – 6 p.m.

Hal’s Harley-Davidson
Crossfire – 4 p.m.

Wisconsin Harley-Davidson (music starts at 5 p.m.)
Eddie Butts Band

House Of Harley-Davidson
XENO (former lead singer of Cheap Trick) with The Happy Jacks – 7 p.m.

H-D Museum Bike Show
Crazy Rocket Fuel – 6:45 p.m.
Reed Turchi Band – 9 p.m.


Hal’s Harley-Davidson
Matt Meyer – 10 a.m.
Alex Wilson Band – 2:30 p.m.
Greg Koch & The Tone Controls – 6 p.m.

House Of Harley-Davidson
Phil Norby – 11 a.m.
Steve Grimm Duo -1:30 p.m.
The Tinker Boys – 4 p.m.

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
Consult The Briefcase – Noon
King Of Clubs – 3 p.m.
Metal Men – 6:30 p.m.

Suburban Motors
Family Tradition – 2 p.m.

Wisconsin Harley-Davidson (music starts at 5 p.m.)
Chasin Mason
Mt. Olive
Deja Vu
Lukyn Skywyrd

H-D Museum Bike Show
Fibonacci Sequence – 2 p.m.
Calliope – 4:30 p.m.

North Avenue Block Party at North and Farwell (music starts at 5 p.m.; listed headliner to opener)
Cactus Bros


Hal’s Harley-Davidson
Rudy & Vee – 9:30 a.m.
Chris Schmidt Acoustic – Noon
Katie Mack & The Moan – 2:30 p.m.
Bobby Friss – 6 p.m.

Suburban Motors
Flatland Harmony Experiment – 10 a.m.
Tangle Foot – 2:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
3rd Wish – Noon
Motley Brue – 2 p.m.
The Raid – 4 p.m.
BulletBoys – 8 p.m.
Faster Pussycat – 9:30 p.m.

House Of Harley-Davidson
Step 9 – 1:30 p.m.
Rachel Timberlake – 4 p.m.
GAC Reality Stars Chasin Crazy – 7 p.m.

H-D Museum Bike Show
Hero Jr. – 4:30 p.m.

Water Street at Juneau Street Party (music starts at 3; listed headliner to opener)
Tuscan Road – 9 p.m.
Andrew Gelles – 6 p.m.
Dirty Boogie – 3 p.m.


Hal’s Harley-Davidson
Chicken Wire Empire – 10 a.m.
Carpetbaggers – 12:30 p.m.
Cowboy Mouth – 4 p.m.

H-D Museum Bike Show
Whips – 11 a.m.
Dave Fitzpatrick Band 2 p.m.

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
Rhythm Kings – Noon
Almighty Vinyl – 3:45
Eliminator (ZZ Top tribute) – 7:30 p.m.

House Of Harley-Davidson
Eric Darnell – 1:30 p.m.
FM Rodeo – 4 p.m.


Hal’s Harley-Davidson
Dirty Boogie Band – 11a.m.

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
Altered Five – Noon
Kris Crow Band – 3:15 p.m.
Chasin Mason – 6:30 p.m.