FireHouse to headline Cape Bike Night
Celebrating its 11th season, the city will host its second Cape Bike Night event on Saturday.
Cape Bike Night will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. along Southeast 47th Terrace in the South Cape. Hosted by the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department, it will feature live entertainment on two different stages, motorcycle activities and vendors specializing in motorcycle gear and accessories.
The festivities are free and open to the public.
“This event really brings together our community,” Kristin Bean, a senior recreational specialist for parks and recreation, said. “People love bringing out their motorcycles. It gets the community excited.”
An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people typically show up to enjoy the events.
“It’s just a great night of people coming together for great food and great music,” she said.
There will be two stages set up, with a total of four bands performing.
The first stage, called the Field Stage, will be at Southeast Eighth Court and Southeast 47th Terrace. It will showcase the DVS Band from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., followed by The Echo from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
“They’re both local bands. They both are in the classic rock era,” Bean said.
She noted that the DVS Band previously played for the city.
“They did a great job for us,” Bean said.
The Main Stage will be set up outside of the Dixie Roadhouse, located along Southeast 11th Place. The band Bite The Bullet will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by FireHouse from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
“Bite The Bullet is a local favorite. They play all over,” she said.
The band has also performed before at Cape Bike Night.
“They’re a cover rock band, so they play all the popular hits,” Bean said.
FireHouse is a national act brought in by event partner 96k Rock.
“We’ve been doing some more national entertainment acts. FireHouse is like an ’80s rock, power ballad band,” she said, adding that it has multi-platinum albums. “They’ve been around for over 25 years.”
Admission for access to the second stage – called the Rock Legends Concert – is $5.
“It is gated off just because it’s a national band,” Bean said. “For a small fee, you can get in.”
VIP tickets are also available in advance for $25.
The Harley Davidson Slow Bike Race Arena will offer attendees a chance to participate in activities, like the slow bike races at 7:30 p.m. With runs for men and women, the races test slow rider skills.
“It’s a nice in-between for the music and fun to watch,” she said.
Three winners will each receive a $100 gift card to Six Bends Harley-Davidson.
It is free to sign up, with registration from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the music and activities, there will be a multitude of vendors on site. In the past, the vendors have sold everything from motorcycle clothing, to accessories and enhancements for bikes.
Bean estimated that there are over 70 vendors.
“There’s a lot of motorcycle gear and things involving motorcycles,” she said. “Outside of motorcycle things, we have a pretty good variety of all kinds of crafts, and we have tons of food options.”
The community is invited to come out.
“We hope to see everyone out there. We love to see the community having a good time,” Bean said, explaining that the events have become a staple in the Cape. “There’s a good time for everyone.”