Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival returns to Sarasota Fairgrounds in February

SARASOTA — Expect a big serving of cherry pie at next year's Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival.

The 22nd annual event will return to the Sarasota Fairgrounds Feb. 14-16 with Warrant performing Feb. 15, a Saturday.

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One of the biggest pop-metal bands to emerge in the 1980s, Warrant's hit singles include the power ballads "Heaven" and "I Saw Red" as well as the party anthem "Cherry Pie," which dominated radio and MTV following its release in late 1990.

The rest of the Thunder By The Bay music lineup will consist mostly of tribute acts with bands playing the music of Heart (Love Alive), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Green River), The Rolling Stones (U.S. Stones), Def Leppard (Ultimate Def Leppard), Bad Company (Bad Inc.), 38 Special (37 Special), Foreigner (4NR2), Santana, (Supernatural) and Led Zeppelin (In The Light of Led Zeppelin). Local bands Rebel Heart and Nobody’s Fool will also perform.

"There is always a tented seating area at the festival. However, we also encourage attendees to bring their lawn chairs so they can sit closer to the stage and enjoy a full day of music and fun,” said Festival Director Lucy Nicandri, in a statement.

Thunder by the Bay will continue to feature more than 100 vendor displays, freestyle acts, bike shows, craft beer garden, a food court and much more.

Daily gate admission is $5 per day. A three-day festival pass is $12, on sale beginning Oct. 1 at Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson (330 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota). VIP tickets are $100 per day, on sale starting Oct. 15 at thunderbythebay.org.

Other festival events include a Sporting Clay Tournament at Knight’s Trail Park on Jan. 31 and a “Born To Be Wild” Festival Kickoff Party on Feb. 7 at the White Buffalo Saloon with Stone Buckle performing contemporary country music.

Suncoast Charities for Children board member and local attorney Greg Linehan and the president of Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson, Rick Rossiter, will continue to serve as honorary co-chairs for the festival. 

Last year, the festival generated $180,000 for Suncoast Charities for Children and generated an economic impact of $7.1 million, organizers reported, with $1.9 million raised for charity over the past 21 years.