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Night out: hot ticket

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 26, 2002

Reds, whites and blues

The annual street party Dunedin Wines the Blues showcases Tampa Bay blues act Jimmy Griswold, Atlanta blues quintet Delta Moon and the always rollicking Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, who mixes blues and R&B with barbed humor and social commentary.

Also on the bill: more than 50 varieties of beer and wine, plus food from Dunedin-area resaturants and arts and crafts. The always popular event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday along Main Street, between Louden Avenue and Alt. U.S. 19. If it rains Saturday, the festivities shift to Sunday. (727) 733-3197.

Ybor riders

Ybor City's Tuesday night Bike Night has spawned a four-day motorcycle festival, beginning today, which organizers hope will become a tradition like the venerable Daytona Bike Week (though much smaller).

Bike Night, which began about a year ago with a gathering of a few dozen motorcycles, now attracts hundreds each week. Bike Fest hopes to attract several thousand.

Admission is free all four days. Festivities will be in and around Centennial Park, at Eighth Avenue between 18th and 19th streets.

The party kicks off at 6 tonight with a Bike Night with music, a beer garden, vendors and, of course, lots of people showing off their bikes. It resumes at 9 a.m. Friday with vendors, music and entertainment all day. A tattoo contest is at 8:30 p.m.

Registration for the poker run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday; bike show registration begins at 11. The music and festival gear up at 10 a.m. and run to 11 p.m.

Sunday starts with a $5 benefit breakfast in Centennial Park at 9 a.m., followed by music from 10 to noon, a blessing of the bikes at 11:15 and a farewell parade down Seventh Avenue at noon.

For more information, call (813) 248-0721 or go to and click on Bike Fest.

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