Roar on the Shore’s® 2017 Headliners Announced

ERIE – Jackyl, Molly Hatchet, Great White and Cinderella’s Tom Keifer will headline the 11th annual Roar on the Shore motorcycle rally — Erie’s official bike week set for July 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2017 — with proceeds benefiting the Mercy Center for Women, organizers announced today, marking the official halfway to Roar 2017. All media are invited to attend.

“Jackyl, Molly Hatchet and Great White are all back by popular demand, and we are extremely excited about having Cinderella’s Tom Keifer here to rock the Roar for the first time,” said Roar spokeswoman Tammy Polanski. “Between their stellar performances, thousands of amazing bikes and an estimated 170,000 rally goers, Roar on the Shore 2017 is going to be one of the greatest events of the summer. Plus, we are proud to announce that this year’s rally is also dedicated to our country’s law enforcement – the men and women who serve and protect us every day of their lives. It will be a very special Roar on the Shore.”

On Wednesday night, July 12, Jackyl returns to the Country Fair Main Stage for the second straight year of Roar’s “Jackyl Fest,” led by singer and 2015 Roar grand marshal Jesse James Dupree. The chainsaw-wielding, wild and untamed Dupree, who also performed in 2013, will unleash his band’s mixture of hard rock, heavy metal and Southern metal featuring “The Lumberjack,” Dupree’s famous chainsaw solo.

On Thursday night, July 13, the one-and-only Molly Hatchet will perform following the highly anticipated Bringin’ in the Roar Bike Parade. The Southern rock band, which performed at Roar in 2010, is best known for its hits such as “Gator Country,” “Whiskey Man” and “Dreams I’ll Never See,” as well as the current hits in the true spirit and southern tradition of Molly Hatchet.

On Friday night, July 14, Great White, which performed at Roar in 2012, will bring back its unique blues-rock sound to Roar once again. Best known for their Grammy-nominated Best Hard Rock Performance hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” the band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, has six Top 100 Billboard hits, nine Top 200 Billboard albums, two platinum albums, and clocked the top of MTV video four times. An upcoming DVD release of their documentary and concert footage shot in Las Vegas from Rock Fuel Media will be included in a cable network TV series called “Rock Show.” And, in early 2017, Great White will once again work with producer Michael Wagener, a humble nod to their first self-titled EP and album (EMI, 1984). Wagener reached iconic status after working with such hard rock icons, such as Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Metallica and more.

On Saturday night, July 15, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, best known as the singer-songwriter/frontman of the Philadelphia-based bluesrock band and who is enjoying continued success from his solo debut, “The Way Life Goes,” will cap this year’s performances at the Rock ‘N’ Roar Concert. Whether delivering heart-wrenching ballads, such as “Don’t Know What You Got ‘til It’s Gone,” channeling the soul of the bluesmen of the past with his slide guitar and lap steel, or blowing sax on rockers like “Shelter Me,” Keifer is one of the most unique singers and accomplished musicians in rock ‘n’ roll. Combine that with his new band, consisting of Paul Taylor (keyboards/vocals), Tony Higbee (guitar/vocals), Billy Mercer (bass/vocals), Paul Simmons (drums/vocals), Savannah Keifer (vocals/percussion) and Kendra Chantelle (vocals/percussion), and Keifer has created a high-energy rock show combining all the classic hits of Cinderella with new favorites from “The Way Life Goes” that leaves fans wanting more.

Each of the headline concerts will be held at 9 p.m. on the Country Fair Main Stage at The Hub. Premium viewing is available for a donation in the Rocket 101 Beer Garden — $10 each on Wednesday, $10 each on Thursday, $15 each on Friday and $15 each on Saturday. Four-night discount bundles are also available for a donation of $40 each. Must be 21 with valid ID to enter. Pre-sale concert tickets are available starting today at
Proceeds of the 2017 rally benefit the Mercy Center for Women, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy that provides safe and supportive transitional housing, education and counseling for homeless women in the region.

To date, the Manufacturer & Business Association and Roar boards have donated approximately $840,000 to charitable organizations, including the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, local Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families, SafeNet’s Big Backyard Children’s Garden, the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, the Perry 200 Commemoration, the Boys & Girls Club of Erie, St. Patrick’s Haven, Erie Homes for Children and Adults’ Project First Step and the St. Martin Center New Playground Project.

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