Friday, April 26, 2013

The Action Is Go: Fu Manchu Live in Raleigh, NC 4.23.2013

The great Fu Manchu take the stage at King's Barcade. photo: Brian
Fu Manchu, a So-Cal stoner rock band with some NC roots, well sort of... The band's quintessential records: "In Search of..." and "The Action is Go" were both released on the Carrboro, NC's Mammoth Records in the late 90's and consequently they periodically played the local music hall, The Cat's Cradle on the regular. The band's brand of riff heavy Marshal driven rock blended some of the best parts of heavy punk rock with an FM radio classic rock vibe. The music had energy to spare and well, we used it to fuel many a backyard pool/bowl/half-pipe beer bash back in the day. When they announced that they would be touring playing my favorite record, "The Action Is Go" in its entirety, I prayed that they would return to the Ole North State for a repeat performance. Sometimes dreams do come true. On April 23, 2013 the band made a stop at the nearby King's Barcade in downtown Raleigh, NC and blew the roof off the place. Here's a couple of clips from the show... (thanks Marcus for the ticket).

Me (Brian) and Scott Hill of Fu Manchu. photo: Brian
Ton Up NC = Riding, Restoration and Racing of Vintage Motorcycles

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Meltdown Vintage Motorcycle Show: 2012 Revisited

Ton Up NC at the Meltdown (L-R Daniel, Patman, Chad)
The Meltdown. The brainchild of Ton Up NC's Mountain Division: Daniel and Patman, a simple concept: establish a spring vintage motorcycle event at thier local brewery in the mountains of NC. In 2012 this mission was accomplished in Hendersonville, NC at Southern Appalachian Brewing Co. The show was an overwhelming success and showcased some of the finest vintage motorcycles not just in Western North Carolina, but in the country. True to the Ton Up NC mission of the promotion of riding and restoring vintage motorcycles, many of the entrants rode their motorcycles from the far reaches of the south including a 1951 Vincent was ridden all the way from Atlanta, GA. Here are some photos from last year's event. Be sure to come out to the 2013 edition on April 27 at 11:00am. For directions go here: DIRECTIONS.

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See you on April 27, 2013 in Hendersonville, NC.

Ton Up NC = Riding, Restoration and Racing of Vintage Motorcycles