April 1st, 2009 9:02 AM by Karyn Smith
Serving up a heaping helping of today’s top action sports with a side dish of cutting-edge music, this free nationwide sports and music festival will be grillin’ with the area’s hottest up-and-coming bands competing on the tour’s 32 foot-long mobile music stage. Alongside, the action will also be sizzlin’ as top pro skateboard and motocross athletes streak through the sky in action-packed live demo shows in the tour’s 60,000 square foot “alternative sports playground” of jumps and ramps.
Freestyle Motocross pros will fly and flip nearly three stories high, over a distance of almost 100 feet, as they run their custom-modified motocross motorcycles through an amazing arsenal of tricks-- including can cans, back flips, and the “kiss of death.” International superstars appearing from team “Metal Mulisha” include veteran riders Derek Garland, Ryan Hagy and Wes Agee (12:45. 2:45, 6:00).Not to be outdone, some of the world’s best skateboard pros will perform the sickest tricks in the sport -- staged on a 48 foot wide Super Mini Ramp (1:15 & 4:00). Osiris will bring their teams of internationally-ranked pro athletes to town for a rare, close-up experience with fans, including athlete autograph sessions after each performance. Athletes slated to appear at this tour stop include top international skateboard pros Shuriken Shannon, Marius Syvanen and superstar punk skater Corey Duffel.Alongside the blazin’ sports action, the music scene will also be roastin’ as an American Idol-style contest takes place on the tour’s mobile stage, the “Converse All-Star Battle of the Bands.” Local indie rock, alt, emo, and punk bands compete throughout the day with the winner judged by the audience via text message voting. Many of the breakthrough bands featured on this tour go on to hot careers and new recording contracts. Local bands competing at the event include: “Pathway to Providence” (12:00); Vega Under Fire (2:00) and “Chasing Thrill” (3:15).