The 18th annual West Coast Thunder Memorial Day Bike Run on May 29 promises to be just as exciting as ever. Starting at Riverside Harley-Davidson at 6 a.m., the parade of more than 6,000 motorcycles will be escorted to Soboba’s outdoor arena event center in San Jacinto for an afternoon of festivities, featuring a 1 p.m. concert by the Eli Young Band.
The popular country-western band’s last album, “10,000 Towns,” ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and garnered a top five spot on the Billboard 200. Such hit singles as “Crazy Girl” and “Dust” have received numerous awards and are likely to be heard at the upcoming show.
Tickets for the concert are $30 each and available at the Soboba Casino box office at 23333 Soboba Road. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
West Coast Thunder, a nonprofit organization that supports the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee nonprofit, commemorates Memorial Day with a motorcycle ride to honor veterans. The group has also donated funds to facilitate memorials at the cemetery along with honoring those who may not have families around to honor them.
“Our (raised) money also goes out to have a flower, a flag and a decent burial for those homeless veterans and even veterans who have outlived family,” said Bill Chamberlain, president of West Coast Thunder. “To me, that’s the most important part that the West Coast Thunder does for the cemetery.”
Visit www.westcoasthunder.com or www.rncsc.org for more information.