by Robert Bell
HOT SPRINGS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Various times and venues. $5-$50.
So there will be a big motorcycle rally in Hot Springs this weekend. It kicks off Thursday. There will be a parade through downtown, as well as vendors, an indoor bike show and more. No doubt that there also will be much racking of pipes and wearing of classy T-shirts with witty messages printed on them.
This whole Baby Boomer outlaw biker dress-up thing is ultra-weird and continues to confound me. It seems to have really gotten rolling about 10 years ago, and while I thought it would've gone out of fashion by now, it persists like a gnarly case of leather rash. I mean, dude, just because you paid $28,000 for a brand-new Harley and you grew out a goatee and bought a doo-rag and a leather vest, you're still a paunchy, middle-aged orthodontist from Bryant. But hey, you know, whatever. This is the U.S.A. and freedom and etc. You're all "Born to be Wild," and whatnot. I don't know, just try to be safe and courteous.
Anyways, for entertainment, country singer Lee Brice performs Friday night. The main attraction on Saturday night — Grand Funk Railroad. Of course, Grand Funk coming to town begs the question: Will you-know-who be there? A certain legendary Little Rock groupie of story and song? The one who was immortalized in Grand Funk's most enduring hit, "We're an American Band"? Will she get a shout-out from the band? There's only one way to know for sure.