Lynyrd Skynyrd in Panama City Beach

A tribute to Gary Rossington 1964–2023

Posted on 3/10/2023

The 25th Anniversary of the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is coming to Panama City Beach this May. And with it, an awesome schedule packed with bike shows, vendors, and live music. Taking the main stage on May 5 is none other than Lynyrd Skynyrd. That’s right, the legendary all-American band with popular hits like Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird, and Simple Man. It is with a heavy heart that we have to share news of Gary Rossington’s recent passing. Gary was a legend of a musician. Defining the genre of American Southern Rock, he played lead and rhythm guitar, bringing his unique sound to the world. Sadly, he was the last living original member of the band. The old adage “The show must go on” has never been so true; the band is going to take the stage to pay tribute to this great American songwriter and rocker. If you are a Skynyrd fan and love motorcycles at the beach, you won’t want to miss this performance.

Thunder Beach includes bike events, motorcycle stunts, factory demos and displays, big-name vendors, and an incredible music lineup, this is going to be a rally you won’t want to miss. So, let’s dive into the details of the multi-day festival.

Thunder Beach includes bike events, motorcycle stunts, factory demos and displays, big-name vendors, and an incredible music lineup; this is going to be a rally you won’t want to miss. So, let’s dive into the details of the multi-day festival.

Thunder Beach 2023 Music Line Up

The spring rally runs from Wednesday, May 3, to Saturday, May 7. Events will be hosted across several locations in Panama City Beach, including Frank Brown Park, The Miracle Strip, Harley-Davidson PCB, Hammerheads Fred’s, and Sharkey’s Beachfront. Each destination will provide a one-of-a-kind experience with a variety of food, drinks, live music, entertainment, and more. While the rally itself is free, tickets are required to attend the Thunder Beach Rally Music Series concerts. Concert tickets can be purchased online here.

Frank Brown Park will feature the largest layout of exhibits and shows. It’s the official location of the motorcycle rally’s concert series, which will bring a-list musicians to the main stage. Not only will Lynyrd Skynyrd perform at 8 pm on Friday, May 5, Buckcherry and Rob Zombie are also headliners. Buckcherry performs at 8 pm on Wednesday, May 3, and Rob Zombie will take the stage at 8 pm on Thursday, May 4. In addition to these main acts, the Thunder Beach Saloon Stage and the Strip Stage will have their own live concert lineups. Frank Brown Park will also feature a vendor village, as well as Yamaha and Indian Demo Rides, all four days of the rally. Another event you won’t want to miss is Circus Una, a high-wire motorcycle stunt show that will be held three times every day.

Miracle Strip Schedule

The Miracle Strip schedule boasts live music, a vendor village, and bike shows and awards. Some of these shows include Baggerz & Tails Custom Bike Show, Urban Rides Cycle Showdown Custom Bike Show, Official Thunder Beach Antique Bike Show, and more. At Harley-Davidson PCB, you will find motorcycle tent sales, vendors, and live music. Hammerheads Fred’s will feature both live music and the Miss Thunder Beach pageant., while Sharkey’s Beachfront will contribute more live music.

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Interested in the vendors attending the rally? Well, some of the biggest names in the motorcycle industry will be there! You’ll be able to find any and all of your bike needs at the vendor villages—from leather to jewelry to custom bikes to motorcycle accessories. Some of these include Badass Cigars, Camping World, F.A.I.T.H Riders, Leather Legs, Make My Day Jewelry, and V8 Choppers. And that’s only a few of the 100+ that will be in attendance! This is the motorcycle event of the year, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. It has everything you could ever want in a bike rally. Stunt shows? Check! Demos? Check! A-plus vendor list? Check! Lynyrd Skynyrd? Check! Live music daily? Check, check, check! Be sure to check it out this May in Panama City Beach!

PS—if you need a place to stay, Ocean Reef Resorts has vacation rentals in Panama City Beach to put you right in the middle of the action! Browse our website or give us a call at (877) 622-0872 to reserve your stay.

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