SEE ALSO: Gazz checked in with Richard Young of the Kentucky Headhunters, who headline the Capitol City Biker Bash on Saturday.
WANT TO GO?
Rootbound with Juicy
Part of the Capitol City Biker Bash
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
COST: freeINFO: 304-344-5075 or www.capitolcitybikerbash.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Josh Knechtly said the first time his band, Rootbound, played a biker festival, he was a little nervous.
"I felt a little bit intimidated by it. I was excited to be there, but nervous. And then everybody just treated us like gold."
The Ohio-based rock band plays a lot of biker rallies and festivals. On Friday night, the group headlines the Capitol City Biker Bash with local rockers Juicy opening.
"The biker rallies are a good time," he said. "Fun and relaxing."
Rootbound plays a raucous blend of classic rock-inspired outlaw rock 'n' roll, which is just the kind of stuff that's sort of the bread-and-butter of the Harley Davidson-loving crowd. It wasn't exactly the kind of music Rootbound started out playing, though.
"We formed 11 years ago in Adams County, Ohio," Knechtly said. "We were all in different bands, cover bands. We all just wanted to be part of a really good band that could give it a go career-wise."
Over a weekend camping trip, the four of them came up with a plan, but it took almost a year before they were really ready to perform as a band.