Sport & Music Festival Making Phoenix Stop

Pro athletes are scheduled to make a stop in Phoenix in June to offer gravitydefying demonstrations of the best of skateboard and freestyle motocross action. Some of the nation’s hottest new music artists will mix it up with some of the country’s best alternative sports athletes as Journeys Backyard Barbeque launches it’s six-city national tour in Phoenix on Saturday, June 3.

Tour promoters say they are “putting a new twist on a summer tradition by combining heart-pounding action sports with the hottest in new music.”

The summer sports and music festival is free and will include some of Phoenix’s up-and-coming bands competing on the tour’s 32 foot-long mobile stage. Top pro skateboard and motocross athletes will streak through the sky in action-packed live demo shows in the tour’s 60,000- square-foot “alternative sport playground” of jumps and ramps.

Freestyle Motocross pros will fly and flip nearly three stories over a distance of almost 100 feet, as they run their custommodified motocross motorcycles through tricks and maneuvers — including can cans, back flips, and the “kiss of death.” The programs are scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Metrocenter shopping mall in west Phoenix. Tour promoters are promising appearances by some of the top international superstars, including Pro Freestyler and XGames judge Todd Potter; and rising star/Pro Freestyler Jonny Ebenal, wellknown for moves like his “one-handed whip.”

Some of the world’s best skateboard pros will perform on a specially-designed extreme course with quarter-pipe ramps, rails and jump boxes. The event has been staged so that fans will get a rare, close-up experience with the athletes, including autograph sessions after each performance. Athletes slated to appear at this tour stop include skateboard legends Omar Hassan, Bucky Lasek, and Steve Caballero; female phenom Cara-Beth Burnside; and top pros Mike Frazier, Neal Hendrix, Christian Hosoi, and Rob Lorifice.

Local bands will be able to compete in the “Converse All-Star Battle of the Bands,” with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes awarded to the winning band – – as judged by fans using on-site, interactive voting kiosks. After the voting, winning bands will be text-messaged or emailed to let them know if they’ve won a prize, including Journeys gift cards and Converse products.

In addition, free, all-age concerts by competing indie rock, emo, punk and rock bands will be staged throughout the day on the Converse Music Stage. Bands can apply at: up until 10 days before the event, or until all openings are filled. After the battle of the bands, headliner act ”Lydia” takes to the stage in a free, showcase concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m.