Memphis BikeFest is rolling back around with more exciting activities and celebrity performances

Memphis BikeFest 2015 Rolling In at High Speed Revealing Music Line Up and Onsite Activities

Memphis BikeFest 2015 announces plans for their five day Fest including their music line up and multiple on-site activities set to take place on Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl from July 22-26, 2015. The kick off to the event will feature a Wednesday evening parade from Beale Street to the Liberty Bowl in conjunction with both Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. Later that evening, bikers from all across the city will light a Unity Torch on the main stage on Tiger Lane.

Memphis Bikefest 2015 is a fundraising event for the 501C3 Non-profit “Bikers & Social Clubs for Change”, an affiliation of over 130 motorcycle and social clubs that promotes motorcycle safety, racial unity and community service. Preacha Chambers is the club president. “Our primary goal for the BikeFest is to raise money to assist “at-risk” youth who live in the most dangerous neighborhoods of Memphis with mentoring programs, education scholarships and safe-house resource centers,” said Chambers.

The BikeFest 2015 will feature the legendary band WAR on Saturday, July 25th. The classic funk-rock band has multiple classic songs such as “Low Rider”, and the question we are most asking at this year’s event, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”.  Other musical performers include season eightAmerican Idol” winner Kris Allen on Friday, July 24th, as well as top ten finishers and native Memphians Lil Rounds, Alexis Grace, and numerous other local talent.

Daily activities include seven tons of sand for the first ever “Memphis Beach” with swimming pools and water slides, a motorcycle give-away, a “Ride for a Veteran” motorcycle ride including a Win $10,000 Basketball shot for the winner of the Ride, “Amazin’ Blazin” Buffalo Wild Wings Hot Wing Competition, Drag Racing, Ms. Bike Fest Queen competition, Motorcycle Safety Classes, Car & Bike Shows including a Parade of Lights contest, BBQ Contest, a wonderful photography exhibit by Ernest Withers, inflatables/bouncers for the kids, and much more!

This is a family friendly event with a variety of on-site food and merchandise vendors throughout, plus special dinners for other local charities, including two steak dinners prepared by the award winning Tuscany Italian Steakhouse of Olive Branch, MS. “American Idol” winner Kris Allen will be present Friday which benefits Birthright of Memphis. A repeat performance by Tuscany Italian Steakhouse for Saturday’s special steak dinner with headliner WAR will support “West Tennessee Veterans Home”.

Lasik at Southern Eye presents “Memphis Bikefest 2015” along with Title Sponsors FRS Powersports, Bumpus Harley Davidson, and Yarbrough’s Music. . Other sponsors include The Carter Malone Group, Buffalo Wild Wings, Domino’s, Tan-N-Go, Tuscany Italian Steakhouse, The Joint, TCBY, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Hutch Entertainment, Control alt Designs, Tony’s Trophy Room, River City Pedaler’s, Sleepy ZZZ’s Mattresses and Champion Tee Shirts. For the full music line up, event activities, and ticket information please visit

National Civil Rights Museum Presents “My Vote My Freedom” Poetry Slam

National Civil Rights Museum Invites Young Poets
to Participate In the Drop The Mic Poetry Slam

Submission Deadline is August 10, 2015


The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) is looking for young poets to share their creativity in a poetry slam with an emphasis on voting. “My Vote, My Freedom is the theme for the NCRM Drop the Mic Poetry Slam on August 22, 2015. Mid-South poets in the age groups of 14 – 17, 18 – 25 and 26 – 35 can compete for two top prizes per age group.

“The Drop the Mic Poetry Slam was a huge success last year,” said Faith Morris, Museum Director of Marketing, Governmental and Community Affairs. “Providing the community with a platform to artistically express themselves about an important issue in our society is the goal of the poetry slam.  We encourage participants to take a stand, have a voice, exercise their voting rights and bring others with them on this journey. This poetry slam honors the legacy of the many people who fought (and died) fighting for our rights.”

August 6, 2015 is the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. NCRM is challenging poets to share their perspective on voting and freedom as the focus of their video entries.

Submissions must be original works addressing the topic “My Vote, My Freedom.” Each entrant must submit a YouTube or Vimeo video link in their online registration. Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes. Only one entry per person will be considered. All videos must be received by August 10, 2015, 5:00pm CDT.

For more information and to enter visit

#MyVoteMyFreedom, #NCRMDropTheMic, #NCRMuseum


About The National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only Museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. The Museum is intended to bring the movement to life, place the events in a historical perspective and provide a focus of national remembrance. Since the Museum opened in 1991, close to 5 million visitors from around the world have come, including more than 60,000 students annually. Recognized as a center for civil rights and social change, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.

Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, storytelling, dynamic speakers and events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Then, invites you to Join the Movement, take a stand and share your voice on issues that impact our society.

An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum was recognized as USA Today’s Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC’s Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.