Roar on the Shore Announces Grand Marshall

- February 5, 2014 - Roar on the Shore organizers today announced the grand marshal for the eighth annual charity motorcycle rally as well as the bands performing in the July 17 and 19 headline concerts on the Country Fair Main Stage in The Hub in Perry Square.

On Thursday, July 17, grand marshal Danny “The Count” Koker will lead more than 5,000 riders through the streets of Erie as grand marshal of the Roar on the Shore Bike Parade, the official kickoff of Roar. Koker, who made a special guest appearance at the 2013 rally, is the star of the reality TV series of “Counting Cars” and owner of Count’s Kustoms, a shop that repairs and restores motor vehicles, automobiles and motorcycles. Koker and his band, Count’s 77, will also be the featured headliners at the Thursday night Roar concert with their mix of original songs and ‘70s-era hard rock tunes.

On July 19, Dee Snider, co-grand marshal from Roar 2008, will return to the Main Stage as the rally’s Saturday night concert headliner. Best known as the lead singer of ‘80s sensation Twisted Sister, Snider has become an icon in music, TV, radio and theater. He has starred in reality TV shows including “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “Gone Country with John Rich,” MTV’s “Rock the Cradle” with his son Jesse, and “Growing Up Twisted,” an A&E series. His autobiography, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, was released in the summer of 2012. That same year, he performed at the Labor Day concert in the Rock of Vegas summer concert series in front of 10,000 people.

“From ‘The Count’ to Dee Snider, we’ve got an amazing lineup for 2014, making the rally one of the can’t-miss events of the summer,” said Roar spokeswoman Tammy Polanski. “Stay tuned for an excisting announcement to come for Friday’s headline concert.”

Proceeds from this year’s four-day rally, July 16, 17, 18 and 19, will benefit St. Patrick Haven, a shelter for homeless men, many of whom are veterans. The shelter is located at 147 East 12th Street in Erie.

To date, the MBA and Roar boards have donated more than $635,000 to charitable organizations, including the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, local Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families, SafeNet’s Big Backyard Children’s Garden, the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, the Perry 200 Commemoration, and the Boys & Girls Club.
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