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NEPA Rockers Roll brings bikes and live ska music to Litzy’s Lounge in Avoca on July 25

NEPA Rockers Roll brings bikes and live ska music to Litzy’s Lounge in Avoca on July 25
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From a press release:

Local motorcycle enthusiasts NEPA Rockers will host their 11th annual NEPA Rockers Roll on Saturday, July 25 at Litzy’s Lounge in Avoca.

Philadelphia ska punk bands Catbite and The Manipulators will perform following a motorcycle ride, bike and scooter show with trophies, cookout, and silent auction of motorcycle-related items. The event is aimed at the rockers crowd with café racer-style bikes, but it is open to the public and all proceeds benefit Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township.

“NEPA Rockers has been in existence since 2009. We like to describe ourselves as ordinary people with extraordinary motorcycles! We have held a get-together of like-minded individuals every July,” biker Jim Musto explained.

“We start off with a scenic motorcycle ride through the country to Lake Wallenpaupack – the destination is different each year – and return to Litzy’s Lounge to enjoy food and live music. This year, we have two great Philly ska bands playing, Catbite and The Manipulators.”

Admission to the ride is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger, which includes admission to the concert at Litzy’s Lounge (614 York Ave, Avoca). Admission for non-riders is only $5.

Formed in 2018 by former members of The Snails/The Dull Blue Lights and The Up Up Ups, Catbite plays a soulful blend of rocksteady, ska, garage rock, and punk. Since its inception, Bad Time Records has sought to shine a light on some of the best up-and-coming ska punk bands in the country. Catbite’s self-titled debut record is eight tracks of ska, rocksteady, and punk, dripping with soul and plenty of reverb. It’s a high-energy dance party from front to back, spurred on by the catchy and soulful melodies of singer Brittany Luna and the razor-sharp guitar chops of Tim Hildebrand.

In addition to the tight bass and drum duo of Johnny Mick and Chris Pires, the record also features guest appearances from Dave Hillyard on sax (The Slackers, David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven) and Esteban Flores on keyboard (Matamoska). Anyone with a passing interest in 1970s punk, two-tone ska, or raw rock ‘n’ roll will be right at home with this promising debut release from 2019.

The Manipulators recently released their debut album, “Disorderly Conduct,” on Feb. 23, 2020.

NEPA Rockers Roll schedule:

1 p.m.: Ride registration and silent auction begins

2 p.m.: Ride to Ledgedale

5 p.m.: Cookout and bike show

5:30 p.m.: Live music by The Manipulators

6:45 p.m.: Bike show awards and silent auction results

7:15 p.m.: Live music by Catbite