Live music and events at Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2018

Andy Frasco performs during the 2013 Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally

Photo: Clayton Taylor

Hear that rumble? That’s the sound of thousands of motorcycles rolling into Fayetteville once again for the 19th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally.

The event begins today (Wednesday, Sept. 26) and runs through Saturday, Sept. 28 at various locations around Fayetteville.

The motorcycle rally includes live music at several stages around town, including the main stage on Dickson Street and a satellite stage at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Headliners this year include rockabilly piano man and BBB regular, Jason D. Williams, local 80s tribute Hot Lix, and Los Angeles-based hair metal tribute band, Dead Metal Society.

Other highlights of the rally include the motorcycle village at Baum Stadium, and a new event titled Ink and Art in the Ozarks at the Fayetteville Town Center which will include an expo on tattooing, and some side-show performances.

The annual Parade of Power bike parade is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The parade starts at the fairgrounds, and makes its way down College Avenue to Dickson Street.

Food-wise, the People’s Choice BBQ competition, featuring some of the best BBQ cooks in the nation, is set for 6 p.m. on Friday night at the Washington County Fairgrounds. You can get a plate of the competitors’ creations for $10, and help choose this year’s people’s choice champion.

There are also always plenty of vendor booths set up with turkey legs, funnel cakes, meats on sticks, and other street carnival fare if you get hungry at the event.

There are poker runs, demo rides, a karaoke competition, a Miss BBB pageant, a bull riding exhibition, and a million other things scheduled during the four-day event.

A full schedule of music and some event highlights are below. For the full scoop, visit

Main Stage on Dickson Street

Wednesday, Sept. 26
5:30 p.m. – Ouchita River Band
7:30 p.m. – Boston Mountain Playboys
9:30 p.m. – The Squarshers

Thursday, Sept. 27
4 p.m. – Gary Hutchison
5:30 p.m. – Boss Tweeds
7:30 p.m. – Fayetteville Funk Factory
9:30 p.m. – The Mixtapes

Friday, Sept. 28
3 p.m. – Gary Hutchison
4:30 p.m. – Vintage Pistol
6 p.m. – Leah & The Mojo Doctors
7:30 p.m. – The Nace Brothers
9 p.m. – Goose
10:45 p.m. – Jason D Williams

Saturday, Sept. 29
2:00 p.m. – Dr. Nola and the Soul Shakers
4:30 p.m. – Oreo Blue
6:30 p.m. – Fayetteville Funk Factory
8:30 p.m. – The Mixtapes
10:30 p.m. – Dead Metal Society

Bikes Blues and BBQ Campground at the Washington County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, Sept. 26
7 p.m. – Jeff Horton Band

Thursday, Sept. 27
7 p.m. – Jamie Wolfe and the Wranglers
7 p.m. – Bikes, Bulls & BBQ – Bull Riding Event

Friday, Sept. 28
6 p.m. – Boston Mountain Playboys
6:30 p.m. – People’s Choice BBQ Championship

Saturday, Sept. 29
1 p.m. Karaoke Contest
3 p.m. – Parade of Power
5:30 p.m. – Steak Dinner
5:30 p.m. – Maud Crawford
8 p.m. – Heath Sanders
10:30 p.m. – Odd Key Party