Thunder in the Valley - June 20-23, 2013


Signed to Bearsville Records in 1971, the band recorded and began touring relentlessly for the next 14 years. Their hard work has thus far been rewarded with Eight Gold records, One Platinum record "Fool for the City" (1975), and one Double-Platinum record "Foghat Live" (1977). The "Fool for the City" album contained their trademark Top 40 hit song "Slow Ride" and cemented their place as one of the world’s top rock acts. They continued to hit the charts in the 1970’s with singles such as "Fool For The City", "Drivin' Wheel", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "I’ll Be Standing By", "Stone Blue", "Third Time Lucky" and "Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed"… many of which are still classic rock radio staples. In 2004 they released a live DVD called “The Official Bootleg DVD, Volume 1” and at the end of that year, veteran Foghat bassist extraordinaire Craig Macgregor rejoined the lineup launching Foghat's hard rocking tradition into the future. In 2007 they released a new double live CD entitled “FOGHAT LIVE II” , (recorded in 2005 & 2007) to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the original ‘Foghat LIVE’, and the reviews were exceptional! This opened up a new chapter for Foghat. The band was as good as ever, carrying on their rock n’ roll boogie tradition.While promoting “LIVE II”, the band was invited to record a live session for DJ Mark Klein’s weekly ‘Long Island Blues Warehouse Radio Show’ which was recorded to 2 track. They ended up releasing it as “Live at the Blues Warehouse” in 2009 and again this CD got rave reviews for its simple, raw, straight ahead recording and playing! 

The last few years has Foghat reaching a whole new generation of fans largely as a result of their incessant touring but also due to their songs appearing on such popular home video games as Guitar Hero III & Grand Theft Auto. Having their music in movies such as ‘Dazed & Confused’, ‘Wild Hogs’, ‘Bottle Shock’ and ‘Halloween II’ along with numerous TV shows and ads such as Honda among others didn’t hurt either. As a result, the live dates continue to pile up and the boogie continues.

Friday, June 27 from 10 PM-12 AM at Jagermeister Stage, Train Station

ABATE Thunderbash 2014! Official Thunder Welcome Party

Thurs., June 26: Battle of the Bands from 3 PM-9 PM featuring Skell, 10 Million Devils, Un Der Cover, Beyond the Purge, Private I, Lucky Lad Green; 9 PM-12 AM with Inside Out  Fri., June 27: Gates open 11 AM with afternoon biker games; live music 3 PM-6 PM by Bazooka Joe; 6 PM-9 PM The Jukehouse Bombers; 9 PM-12 AM Driveline;  Sat., June 28: Gates open 11 AM with live music 3 PM-6 PM Bite the Bullet; 6 PM-9 PM Wicked;  9 PM-12 AM Octane
Admission and motorcycle parking is free. Adult refreshments and entertainment, tattoo artist. Motorcycle tent camping only. No one under 21 admitted! ID required!

The Stickers—Country

Hailing from Western PA, The Stickers have taken their music to the global stage, charting five songs in the US and four songs in Europe including several top tens overseas. The band has supported the radio success with live performances in the US including appearances with national artists like Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, Phil Vassar, Hank Williams Jr. to name a few. They were featured on the CMA Festival in Nashville, TN both performing and meeting and greeting their growing country music fan base.  The Stickers have been invited to headline major US events such as The 35th Anniversary Year of Jamboree In the Hills, The Steelers 6th Super Bowl Celebration, Pittsburgh’s 50th Anniversary Light Up Night Celebration, an invited honoree to the nation’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a headline post parade concert. 
Saturday, June 28 from 6 PM-8 PM at Jagermeister Stage, Train Station


Jimmy Adler Band—Blues

“Guaranteed excitement for fans of straight-ahead blues guitar” is how Blues Revue describes the Jimmy Adler Band. The band knows how to excite a crowd and Adler is a live-wire entertainer who packs passion and energy into every performance! Their refreshing original music is steeped in a traditional blend of Chicago Blues and West Coast Jazzy Jump.  Passionate, powerful vocals compliment the spirited playing. The elegant phrasing and clean fat guitar tone is supported by bassist Mike Sweeney, drummer Joe Cunningham, and the fluid keyboard of John Burgh. The songs are deeply rooted and lyrically expressive of the human condition.  Adler's charismatic stage presence is both engaging and entertaining.  Jimmy Adler always delivers great performances in a professional manner!  He is a great entertainer and easy to work with.  In April 2012, Jimmy had a week of performances in France and returned to Pittsburgh to win the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania's regional competition that sent the band to compete in Memphis in January 2013 where they performed two nights at B. B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street.

Saturday, June 28 from 1PM-3 PM at Biker Mall



Norman Nardini —Rock
 In 1971, while living in Boston and attending the Berklee School of Music, Nardini spent a week playing guitar for music legend Big Mama Thornton and George "Harmonica' Smith at The Jazz Workshop. In 1975,  as bass player for rock band "Diamond Reo", he got his first national release and toured extensively through 1978 performing  shows with Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Canned Heat, Kansas, Rush & Kiss. After two more releases, 1976’s “Dirty Diamonds” on the Kama Sutra label and 1978's “Ruff Cuts” on Mad Dog Records. Norman left the band to start "Norman Nardini & The Tigers", his first shot as lead singer, lead guitar and chief song writer.
The 1981 release "Eatin Alive", recorded live at Cleveland’s legendary Agora Club, received a 4 Star Review from Rolling Stone’s record guide. The Tigers toured together through 1986. 1983 saw the CBS release of "Norman Nardini and The Tigers", which featured Norman’s longtime friend, Jon Bon Jovi, on background vocals. In 1987, CBS released "Love Dog" which featured Rick Derringer, Dr. John and Paul Schaeffer. Throughout the 90's, Norman continued touring and released 3 CDs on the New York City custom label “Circumstantial”. 1991’s "This Ole Train" brought Norman over to Germany for a tour with the Blues Brothers, 1994’s, "Breakdown In Paradise" and 1996’s, "It's Alive". In 1998, Moondog Records released "There Was A Time". Through the years, Norman has continued to develop his guitar playing, song writing skills and stage persona. At this time, Norman is proud to present "Redemption". This brand new recording of 16 Norman songs written between 1977 – 1988 features longtime drummer/singer (24 years), Whitey Clyde Cooper and longtime bass player,/singer Harry Bottoms (17 years). Also, Herman Granti appears as special guest on keyboards along with Phil Brontz on Tenor Sax. ..."Norman Nardini is the epitome of rock'n'roll. He lives it and breathes it. The greatest compliment anybody can pay a player is that he lives it. God

bless him for it.." ~Jon Bon Jovi

Saturday, June 28 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at PNG Park

Billy Price Band—Blues

Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan's LPs, That's What I'm Here For and Livestock. With Buchanan, Price toured the U.S. and Canada, playing such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Roxy and the Troubadour in Los Angeles, and the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Price assembled Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band in 1977. Before their breakup in 1990, the band recorded four critically acclaimed LPs and developed a reputation as one of the most exciting touring bands in the U.S.

Price formed The Billy Price Band in 1990. In addition to performing popular songs from Price's years with Buchanan and the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band features new interpretations of blues, R & B, and soul classics.

Thursday, June 26 from 4 PM-6 PM at Jagermeister Stage, Train Station


The Nighthawks—Blues

Over more than three decades, The Nighthawks have earned a reputation as one of the best and hardest-working bands around. Their live shows are legendary. Founded in the Washington, D.C. area in 1972, the ‘Hawks were a roots band before anyone had come up with the term.  Their mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, soul and swing appeals to a widely diverse audience, built over years of touring throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. In the dark ages of the early ‘70s, when there were only a handful of blues societies and festivals, The Nighthawks set out to bring blues to a wider audience. In their birthplace of Washington, D.C., they invaded top-40 dance halls and intimate folk-rock clubs, playing high-energy, danceable versions of Elmore James and Muddy Waters that won them legions of fans and introduced a new generation to live blues. After establishing themselves as the local openers for luminaries such as Muddy, James Cotton and B.B. King, the band launched a series called “Blue Monday” at one of D.C.’s biggest dance clubs, the Bayou. They booked and backed up the likes of Otis Rush, Fenton Robinson, J.B. Hutto, Louis Myers, Carey Bell, and Jimmy Rogers with Kim Wilson and Big Walter Horton with Johnny Nicholas. And they introduced Washingtonians to Billy Price, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Powerhouse and Roomful of Blues. Thus began a musical mystery tour that is closing in on 40 years, spanning 49 states and a dozen countries. In between, The Nighthawks have released more than 20 recordings, including 2009’s award-winning “American Landscape.” Their February 2010 release,  “Last Train to Bluesville,” recorded live at Sirius XM studios, is an acoustic blues romp that has been nominated for a 2011 Blues Music Award.

Thursday, June 26 from 7PM-9 PM at Jagermeister Stage, Train Station

 Billy Price and The Nighthawks TOGETHER

Thursday, June 26 from 10:30 PM-12 AM at Jagermeister Stage, Train Station

Jasmine Cain-Rock

With so many miles behind and so many miles left to travel, Sturgis, SD, native, Jasmine Cain, has paved a way for female rockers in the motorcycle culture. Current JPF Female Artist of the Year and Nashville's Music City Mayhem two-time Female Rock Vocalist, she has set the standard and raised the bar. Living her life through her songs and gypsy spirit like a modern day Janis Joplin, she is a ghost on the road sitting next to you as you take your own musical journey. With three self-released albums ("The Inside" 2004, "Locks & Keys" 2008, "Highway Prophet" 2011) and a newly released music video for her title track single, "Highway Prophet," Jasmine Cain has sold over 20,000 albums, and gained 5,000 views in the first week of her music video alone. She holds 8 JPF awards-the most awards ever to be awarded to any one artist from the JPF Association. Her performances are stadium-quality rock shows to audiences of 1,000-5,000 on average. Jasmine Cain encompasses what a true artist is meant to be, taking the reins as the songwriter, lead vocalist, and bassist for her band of rebel rockers. Her songs are emotional, raw, and timeless. Her voice is a mixture of strong, aggressive, soul-filled attitude, while allowing you to feel a slight vulnerability that takes you on an emotional, super-charged ride. You can hear your own life story in every raspy note. Her natural ability to capture and hold the attention of her audience has earned her several nationally known tours as the headliner for Easyriders Bike Show & Rodeo Tour for 3 consecutive years, main act for 7 years at the Full Throttle Saloon (which has now become a TruTV series), and the official touring band for Broken Spoke Saloons nationwide. Friday, June 27 from 7 PM-9 PM at Jagermeister Stage, Train Station Saturday, June 28 from 9 PM-12 AM at PNG Park

The Hillbilly Way

The Hillbilly Way are an American country music band founded in Dawson, Pennsylvania in 2000. After several years of playing in local bars, the band gained a following throughout their native Pennsylvania, and were adopted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as that team's official band. Under the "Povertyneck Hillbillies" name, they released a total of three albums: the independently-released Hillbilly State of Mind and Don't Look Back in 2002 and 2004, followed by a self-titled effort in 2006 on Rust Records, the same year that Crafton left the band. Although these three albums produced no chart hits, they sold more than 10,000 copies nationwide. In 2012, the band reformed under the name of "The Hillbilly Way", and had a kickoff concert August 25th, 2012 at CONSOL Energy Park, home of the Washington Wild Things minor league baseball team, in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Saturday, June 28 from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM at Jagermeister Stage, Train Station