In anticipation of 250,000 motorcycles set to cross the causeway, the Lone Star Rally — the largest four-day motorcycle rally in America — kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday with a plethora of concerts, attractions, exhibits, and vendors throughout Galveston Island on the seawall and in the historic Strand area.

One of the staples, the Houston-based Zach Tate Band will be taking the stage for three performances at the 16th annual event. The high energy band will perform alongside some of the country’s best rock-and-roll, country and hip-hop acts including Nashville’s Sawyer Brown, David Allan Coe, Tom Keifer (formerly of Cinderella) and rapper Vanilla Ice. Bands from Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York, Texas and Alabama will provide the musical backdrop for the myriad of born-to-be-wild bike lovers.

The Zach Tate Band, which performed Thursday, also will perform at 8 p.m. today on the Beach Central Stage, 22nd Street and Seawall Boulevard, and at 4 p.m. Saturday on the rally’s main stage at 21st and Strand streets.

Also performing their version of rock-and-soul will be Los Vertigos, who will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Oaks Bar (formerly the Crazy Oaks), 12410 Stewart Road, in Galveston. Admission is free. For information, call 409-443-5588.

For a complete listing of bands and locations, and information on the rally, visit



The Kemah Boardwalk and the city of Kemah will pay homage to our military and first responders with its annual Salute to Military Service and First Responders event, which will kick off today and end Sunday on the boardwalk and in the city.

Featuring a myriad of events, today’s activities include the Children of Fallen Soldiers Parade (3 p.m.), and military and first responder exhibits will be on display, as well as live music (Luther & The Healers) will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday events include a parade at 9 a.m., K-9 demonstrations, live music (Bourbon Brothers and Fal Skye), the Golden Knights Parachute Team, and more.

For a complete itinerary, including Sunday’s events, visit



Not going to the Lone Star Biker Rally? No worries, I have an event you might want to attend.

Riyaaz Qawwali, a seven-man ensemble, will share its particular brand of centuries-old spiritual, devotional music celebrating the diversity of South Asia at 7:30 p.m. today in the Bayou Theatre at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.

Riyaaz Qawwali began 11 years ago at University of Texas at Austin, and unlike other musical groups that originate in college and dissolve after the members graduate, the group simply continued, attributing their success among university audiences to the fact that the core message of the lyrics is to remain connected to a higher power.

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Cellist Brinton Averil Smith, and his wife, Evelyn Chen, who is a pianist, will be the special guest musicians at the Houston Symphony League Bay Area’s meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, in Nassau Bay.

Admission is free and open to the public; and a social will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Smith has regularly appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra since 2005 as its principal cellist, and Chen has performed on five continents, as well as with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Her recent recordings have received international critical acclaim.

For information, call 281-954-6317.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239;

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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