Sunday, June 17, 2007

So much for Barenaked Ladies


Oh, they'll be out there, but they won't be on stage in Cedar Falls.

Rumor had it that the all-male Toronto-based band would be performing during the Cedar Falls overnight. Apparently not, since it was just announced that Blues Traveler would head up a UNI-Dome concert to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and local cancer-related charities. Tickets for registered riders are $10.

This makes a certain amount of sense, if only because memory tells me Blues Traveler frontman John Popper has some connection to Cedar Falls. The schedule shows The Nadas opening from 6-6:40 p.m. followed by Lance Armstrong (who knew he could sing too?!) from 6:40-7. Blues Traveler is scheduled to perform from 7-9 p.m.

Meanwhile, my favorite Iowa-based band, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band, will be performing in the RAGBRAI beverage garden (aka beer tent) from 4-6 p.m. Guess I'll be getting an early start out of Hampton on July 25 and, potentially, a late start out of Cedar Falls on July 26.

The three young-uns among us (those under age 21) will be invited to an interactive session with Lance Armstrong following the first day of the ride in Spencer at the Clay County Regional Events Center in the main RAGBRAI campground. Young riders will have the opportunity to talk with Lance and ask him questions about his journey in life and his experiences on RAGBRAI. The event will be free for registered RAGBRAI participants under 21 years of age.

After biking 75.7 miles from Rock Rapids to Spencer, I'm guessing this is just the inspiration my son, Zach, will need to get up and do it again the next day.

Day 2 should prove inspirational for us all as we'll pass through the hometown of recent Coe graduate Brady Krischel, who recently returned home to continue her rehabilitation from a near-fatal traffic accident over Christmas break. We'll present Brady with a CoeBRAI jersey and hope to have lunch with her and her family.

Stay tuned for more details and additional announcements in the remaining 34 days. But it seems you'll have to find the Barenaked Ladies on your own.

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