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The Donnas rock Biker Nights

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Awesome Biker Nights returns to Sioux City June 14-16 with a full weekend of activities including 18 national and regional bands.

The Awesome experience includes three main stages of full concerts, all in the unique atmosphere of the Historic Fourth Street District of Downtown Sioux City.

Co-headlining are The Donnas, a savvy, brazen success story often referred to as "the American Rock n' Roll Machine."

The legend begins in a Palo Alto junior high school in Northern California where four self-described "dorky pre-teen girls" form a rock n' roll band at the age of 13 in 1993, under the influence of KISS, Motley Crue, and the Ramones. They recorded their first songs in a Mail Boxes Etc. store behind a doughnut shop.

Over the course of the nearly two decades to follow, eight ever-evolving, critically acclaimed rock n' roll albums are released including their new Greatest Hits anthology. The Donnas jet-set the planet several times over to an ever-expanding, international fan base of rabid "Donnaholics." From Palo Alto to the stages of Letterman and Saturday Night Live, to the pages of Rolling Stone and the cover of Billboard, The Donnas have grown up to become one of the best female rock groups of all time.

"It feels almost exactly the same as when we were 13 years old rehearsing and writing together" states respected guitarist Allison Robertson. "The Donnas are a true gang in every sense of the word. We will always be unified as friends first, and that is why we have lasted so long."

The Donnas: a four-way, equal partnership of women in friendship, art and business. A rare trust exists between these members that most bands could never dream of achieving in a similar group dynamic. That is why most bands break up and The Donnas continue to stick together and thrive, celebrating nineteen candles... and counting.

Friday acts on the main stage include biker rally favorite Jasmine Cain Band at 6 p.m., The Donnas at 8:15 and venerable metal co-headliners Dokken closing those show at 10:15. On the country stage is Sonny Austin Band at 6, The Filter Kings at 8, and Matt D and the Profane Saints at 10. On the blues rock stage will be November 35th at 5 p.m., Emily Johnson & the Audacity Blues Band at 6:30, Terry Quiett at 8:30 and Kelly Richey closing the show at 10.

On Saturday, the blues stage features Blue Moon at 6:15, Les Dudek at 8:15, and at 10:15 Big Head Todd & The Monsters. The Center Stage features a 1980s rock tribute, at 4:15 Phil'n The Gaps, Showtime Karaoke at 6:30, Jasmine Cain Band at 7:30 and 3D In Your Face at 10. The Country stage boasts Jacob Martin at 8:30 - at 10:30 Her & Kings County.

Awesome Biker Nights has raised $800,000 for charities since 2000. The event also includes tattoo contests, Texas Hold 'Em Poker, bike show, raffle and more.