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7/20/2013 1:42:00 PM
Getting ready to Rock & Ride! 13th Thunder Valley Rally rolling in soon
Leon Russell
Leon Russell

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

In April, Cottonwood hired a newly-formed production company with deep roots in the motorcycle community, to rev up the Thunder Valley Rally.

The four veterans, calling themselves the 4-Coyotes, have been producing motorcycle events for years and were contracted to promote the Cottonwood event throughout the Southwest and organize the fun locally. One of the Coyotes, Jim Moore is also involved with the motorcycle quarterly, Arizona Biker Information Guide.

The fun will include live music by Jackyl and Leon Russell and more, Sturgis style parking, Top Builders and vendors, a Miss TVR contest, a huge beer garden, Outrageous Poker Run through Verde Valley Wine Country, Arm Wrestling, a Daily Happy Hour and a great charity auction.

Now the event is coming together for the gathering and ride Sept.20-22, based in Old Town Cottonwood.

The event has engaged music legen Leon Russell as the headline act Saturday night. Local and regional acts will kick off the day at noon Saturday. The Friday night offerings include Arizona's Visitors and the Jackyl,

Jackyl is an American rock band formed in 1987 with a sound has been described as hard rock, heavy metal and Southern metal.

The band is best known for its song "The Lumberjack", which features a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree. Dupree and Jackyl are also slated as part of the entertainment at the biggest motorcycle event in Sturgis, South Dakota in August.

Dupree and Jackyl are seen regularly on TruTV's hit show Full Throttle Saloon, a reality show which documents the happenings at the South Dakota saloon during the days of the Sturgis bike rally.

Russell's distinguished 50-year career has included pop, rock, blues, country, blue grass & gospel. As a songwriter Leon hit the charts with "A Song for You" sung by Ray Charles, BB King with "Hummingbird, and the Carpenters with "Superstar" which went to #2 on the pop charts.  Russell is said to have started playing piano at 4 and taken the stage at 14.

In April of 2006, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and in 2010. He and the Zac Brown Band performed "Dixie Lullaby" at the 2010 Grammys. Leon & Elton John released a duet album, "The Union" in 2010.

The single "If it Wasn't For Bad" was nominated for a Grammy for best pop collaboration with vocals. Leon has been selected for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 was given the award for musical excellence.

Russell has collaborated with the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, half the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and many, many others.

Russell played at Sturgis in 2011.

TVR will also unveil Miss Thunder Valley Rally 2013. Preliminary judging for the Miss TVR contest begins at the this weekend and continues through mid-August at four venues: the Chaparral Bar, the Main Stage, RIOT and Quince.

See the TVR web page for judging dates and information ( ).

A special event liquor license has been recommended to allow beer to be sold at five locations in the streets of Old Town Cottonwood from 4 until 11 p.m. Friday and from 9 until 11 on Saturday night. Ten police officders and 15 security by the Arizona Rangers will prevent liquor brought into or taken out of the downtown Old Town area. Portable fences will block off the area.

TVR was originated and anchored at the Cliff Castle Casino, which asked Cottonwood to take it over three years ago. Cliff Castle continues to be involved.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: Farmers Market

The Farmers Market doesn't sell alcohol. There are events in the Valley that include the 4th of July celebration, Children's Celebration, and many, many events at the Civic Center and the Center for the Arts. Have fun!

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Why not enjoy it

God forbid the Proletariat having a little fun!

Since when doesn't a little 'Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll' not mean having some fun!

If our local statistics are to be believed, 10% of those coming here to have fun will leave on probation with some heavy fines to boot!

It's always about revenue!!!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: City Manager...

...a "closet biker?"

Wouldn't that drive him up the wall?

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: If a 50% discount per the agreed to IGA was

Then let's all shop at that store. Wait... thank's to the taxpayers we all did shop there, whether or not we are swimmers. They did get their additional 25% or so off eventually didn't they?

And what if those additional funds were covered by revenues from an event that sold adult beverages? Heaven forbid that event might ever be 'biker' related as well.

Haters gonna' hate rings true.

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Maybe this is why

Why is it? Maybe because the city manager is a closet biker.

And we know our city council never strays very far from what he wants them to do.

That they prioritize stuff like this is amazing when you consider how tightfisted they were with the swim team.

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Perhaps folks need a drink to cope with ...

All the negative nellie's that seem to find the worst is every situation.

And lets not forget a rule of capitalism, the customer is always right, if there were no buyers there would be no sellers.

In closing- there are probably more events that don't have alcohol that you are not aware of or that are not as noticed. the national night out would be one that only has soda as the hardest drink... of course that may be as bad as alcohol in some ways, right? In the end its all about the sugar either way.

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Why Is It? Deep Pockets

Why is it that Cottonwood is known for seving alcohol at every event? I guess people can not enjoy themselves unless they are all drunk! Deep pockets always win out over FAMILY events. You Know... there was a time when people could actually enjoy themselves without getting them all licker'd up. But that's where all the big revenue comes from for the city, alcohol sales. There are still a couple of places available to stick in another bar in town, what are you waiting for? For being such a small community there are a ton of places that serve alcohol!

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