Guitar Godz of the ’70s, including Pat Travers and Derek St. Holmes, will headline the Broken Spoke Saloon’s Bike Week entertainment with a show on Friday night, March 16.
Guitar Godz of the ’70s, featuring Derek St. Holmes (lead singer and guitarist from the Ted Nugent Band) and the legendary Pat Travers, are headlining the Broken Spoke Saloon stage for the return of the biggest, baddest biker week in Florida! These rock and roll legends will hit the stage Friday, March 16th at 10 p.m. The Broken Spoke Saloon Bike Week events are Mar. 9 – 18.
Also rockin’ the Broken Spoke Saloon’s Bike Week stage will be Playboy cover girl and professional wrestler Christy Hemme, Straight Shooter (Bad Company Tribute), Last Child (Aerosmith Tribute), Smooth (Santana Tribute), 7 Bridges Road (Eagles Tribute) and Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin Tribute). The Broken Spoke Saloon is located at 1151 North U.S. Highway 1 in Ormond Beach.
About Derek St. Holmes: In Riverview, Michigan, Derek received his first guitar for his eleventh birthday. He started his own neighborhood band, played for all the high school dances and perfected his craft. In 1974, Ted Nugent first became aware of Derek’s band, Scott, as he opened for Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent’s band) show. When the Amboy Dukes broke up, Nugent’s road manager, Phil Nicholson, contacted St. Holmes about auditioning for Nugent’s new project. St. Holmes was hired and the band of Ted Nugent with Derek St. Holmes, was launched and started immediately on an extensive U.S. tour. Traveling and performing nearly 300 days a year, they played with other popular bands, such as Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Van Halen and Black Sabbath among other greats rocking out hits such as, “Stranglehold,” “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Free-for-All.”
About Pat Travers: Pat Travers was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Soon after picking up the guitar at age 12, he saw Jimi Hendrix perform in Ottawa. Inspired by Hendrix, as well as other artists including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Travers began playing in bands early in his teens. While performing with his band Merge, he was noticed by rock artist Ronnie Hawkins, who invited Travers to perform with him. Next, the young guitarist moved to London and landed a deal with the Polydor label in his early 20’s. His self-titled debut album was released in 1976, and featured bassist Peter “Mars” Cowling, who would become a mainstay in Travers’ band for several years. Traver’s band toured heavily, also supporting Rush on their “Drive til You Die” tour in support of A Farewell to Kings. The band’s next release was a live album entitled Live! Go for What You Know, which charted in the Top 40 in the United States and included “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights).” This was followed by the 1980 release Crash and Burn, which climbed even higher on the charts, entering the Top 20.