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Konawerks Grumpy’s Bike Show brings bikers and bands together to fight cancer

Photo © Fiona Golden, courtesy Konawerks Grumpy's Bike Show

A slew of local musicians are getting together to perform for a good cause this Saturday at the fourth annual Konawerks Grumpy’s Bike Show. The event raises funds for the Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition and has two major components: a motorbike show and a series of live performances.

The bike show will take place at the downtown Minneapolis location of Grumpy’s Bar and Grill from noon to 9 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.

The bike show, a collaboration between Konawerks Hair Shop and Grumpy’s Bar, was born out of a friendship between Konawerks’ owner Jason Lund and Grumpy’s manager Brent Hansen. The two share a passion for motorbikes.

“Brent Hansen and I developed the Bike Show for something to do on a Tuesday night four years ago,” Lund wrote in an e-mail. “It has grown significantly over the years.”

This is the first year the show will be held on a Saturday instead of a Tuesday, due to increasing attendance over the years.

Putting the event on has a personal significance for Lund, whose father passed away from prostate cancer last year—though the show didn’t start out as a charity fundraiser.

“The bike show added the Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition the second year,” Lund said. “We’ve managed to raise around $2,000 over the first two years. Our goal this year is $5,000.”

This year’s music lineup was put together by Lund’s domestic partner Andrea Hamilton, who has a number of friends in the local music community.

“I just started looking through my Facebook and asking who can play,” Hamilton said. “I tried to put together bands that I thought would flow well. Jason’s friends with Rowland from Dumpster Juice, so he got [them] on board.”

The musical lineup for the night is as follows:

Sneaky Pete Bauer

Bitterroot Fires

Kiss or Kill

From the Midwest

United Teachers of Music

Dumpster Juice

Austin Gerth is a member of the class of 2016 at Concordia College. He also writes for Concordia’s student blog, The COBBlog; and Concordia’s student newspaper, The Concordian.