• Sam Sumpter

Legend's and Royal Fest

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

So Saturday, June 10th was a crazy day to say the least. We played a show in Springville, UT. at Legends Vintage Motorcycles. Legend’s is a motorcycle shop and museum which has a wildly cool collection of vintage and new Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles. I myself really enjoyed looking at the awesome bikes. They also have a nice café called The Side Car Café and a full service bike shop. Such a cool place and even cooler people.

This day was special though. Legend’s hosted a rally to raise funds for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in Sturgis, South Dakota. They had booths and vendors from all over and there was a ride that ended there with over 200 motorcycles and classic cars. One of the organizers, Jason Wilson, had us and Tim Cord of American Hitmen play some music to provide entertainment. The day was warm but not too hot and a little breezy but totally bearable. We played from noon to almost 2pm when the local motorcycle police put on a safety and riding demonstration and then Tim took the stage for a set. Then we finished off the day from 3pm to 4pm. This was a great precursor to our appearance set for the Sturgis Rally coming up in August. Jason told me that he’s got us booked for not just three days on the main stage there but also some night time bar gigs… sounds like we are going to be super busy that week for sure.

So while all that was going on, Royal Fest was in full swing. At 2pm, at The Royal in Murray the outdoor stage was being taken by storm with the bands, School of Rock, Zamtrip, The Wayne Hoskins Band, American Hitmen, Wayland and headlined by Royal Bliss. That went up until about 9:30pm or so. Then after 10pm the indoor stage was set ablaze by Berlin Breaks, October Rage and, to close out the night, us - Ginger & The Gents. We didn’t take the stage until midnight, so I guess it was technically Sunday morning by that time, but in the words of Salt Lake Band Life:

“Only the loyal fans stay past midnight at a club... Not so this time. Ginger and the Gents had the place packed until they’d [leave] the stage..... And the patio was still full till the end of the night..... So that must mean quite a lot! "GATG" are rising in popularity whenever they step out onto a stage, and this night was no exception

despite the formidable band roster!!”

So, yes, it was true. The place was hopping way past midnight. We blasted through some sound issues but came out unscathed even after Jesse, taking a page from the Dave Grohl book of stage acrobatics, during White Noise took a header off of the ego box and almost right off the stage. Good news is, the Les Paul and Jesse are okay although the ego box claimed its measure of ego from Jesse.

Regardless, the night and the entire day really was a stellar success. Being this active is something I love. Looking forward to our upcoming shows, you should too.

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