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June 17, 2013

Richland bash sheds Thunder ties

JOHNSTOWN — Although no longer officially part of Thunder in the Valley, Richland Bike Bash provides another motorcycle-themed venue for music, food and fun while supporting the Richland Township Fire Department.

The Richland Bike Bash opens at 6 p.m. Wednesday and continues each evening through Saturday at the volunteer fire company’s Scalp Avenue station grounds.

“It is a fabulous fundraiser for us,” fire Chief Todd Shaffer said.

“The money helps support the ongoing expenses of the fire service. With new laws and regulations, everything keeps changing.”

This year’s bash features some returning favorites and some new faces on the Mihalko General Contracting Stage.

Full Kilt and the Michael O’Brian Band launch the rally Wednesday with their signature blend of Celtic and rock music. The popular bands include featuring audience participation and comedy set to traditional foot stomping tunes with driving rock rhythms, the bands’ websites say.

Full Kilt’s performances begin at 7 and 10 p.m., with Michael O’Brian band taking the stage at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, Pivot returns to the Richland stage. The Johnstown-based five member band will play from 8 to 11 p.m.

Friday’s bash introduces the Monroeville country band NOMaD to the Richland crowd. Also known as North of the Mason Dixon, NOMaD will take the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, following a 5 p.m. performance by the popular local band, Tree.

“NOMaD has gotten a lot of good reviews,” Shaffer said. “They will bring out our good country crowd.”

Shades of June at 5 p.m. and Giants of Science at 10 p.m. Saturday will cap the Richland Bike Bash. Shades of June describes itself as a rock band, while Giants of Science calls itself a four-piece retro-party band.

Children’s games, displays and vendors will complete the entertainment experience, with adult beverages at the Firehouse Tavern booth.

Richland’s volunteers will also man the firefighter’s cafe daily.

“I’ll be making the world’s greatest steak sandwiches,” said Bob Heffelfinger, a fire department battalion chief and Richland Township supervisor.

“We have fun there for the kids,” Shaffer said. “People who don’t see each other until that time of year all come out. It’s a lot of community.”

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