Free Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour in Orland Park
Sun-Times staff report June 13, 2012 3:48PM
The Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross team flies and flips nearly 3 stories high during the Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour.
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:13AM
Some of the world’s best pro action sports athletes will mix it up with some of the United States’ hottest new music artists at the Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour.
The festival pulls into the area on June 16 in the east outer parking lot at Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square, Orland Park, from noon-7 p.m. for one of 12 national tour stops.
Serving up a heaping helping of current top action sports with a side dish of cutting-edge music, this free nationwide sports and music festival will be grillin’ with the area’s hottest up-and-coming bands competing on the tour’s 32-foot-long mobile music stage.
Alongside, the action also will be sizzlin’ as pro skateboard, BMX and freestyle motocross athletes streak through the sky in action-packed live demo shows in the tour’s 60,000-square-foot action sports playground of jumps and ramps.
The Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross team will fly and flip nearly 3 stories high, over a distance of almost 100 feet, as they run their custom-modified motocross motorcycles through an amazing arsenal of tricks, including can cans, backflips and the Kiss of Death (12:45, 2:45 and 5:30 p.m.).
Not to be outdone, some of the world’s best skateboard and BMX pros will perform the sickest tricks in the sport — staged on a 48-foot-wide Super Mini Ramp (1:15 and 4 p.m.).
Osiris will bring a team of internationally ranked skateboard pros for a rare, close-up experience with fans, including athlete autograph sessions after each performance.
Athletes slated to appear at this tour stop include several of the world’s top skateboard legends such as Corey Duffel, Chad Bartie, Caswell Berry, JT Aultz, Kellen James and X Games skate phenom Pierre-Luc Gagnon, who also stars in VH1’s TV show “The X Life.”
The Osiris BMX team also will take to the air alongside their skate teammates, sailing customized bikes off the tour’s ramp with hair-raising jumps and stunts.
World-class riders slated to appear include BMX legend Ryan Nyquist.
Alongside the blazin’ sports action, the music scene also will be roastin’ as the Converse Battle of the Bands, an “American Idol”-style contest, takes place on the tour’s mobile stage.
Local indie alternative, emo and pop-punk bands compete throughout the day with the winner judged by the audience via text-message voting.
Many of the breakthrough bands featured on this tour go on to hot careers and new recording contracts.
The winning band will receive more than $500 in cash and prizes including a year’s supply of Chuck Taylor high-tops for each band member.
Local bands competing at the event include Red Light Compliance (noon), Goodbye Coastline (2 p.m.) and the Endless Summer (3:15 p.m.).
A sweet musical treat will be served up after the battle of the bands ends as opening act Hit the Lights takes to the main stage at 4:40 p.m.
Finishing things off, headliner band Never Shout Never hits the stage in a rare, free showcase concert from 6-6:45 p.m.
Between catching scorching athlete demos and searing new artists, fans can chill with cool entertainment and free giveaways in the tour’s interactive Fun Zone — featuring more than 15 booths with free fun and games.
When fans show up at the event, they can also “Check In” on their Facebook account to be eligible to win Journeys Jackpot prizes including Converse shoes, Journeys gift cards and more throughout the day.
Limited-edition tour memorabilia also will be available at the Journeys merchandise tent, where fans can win free gear by playing the quarter-pipe shoe-toss game.
They also can step into Journeys’ Lucha Libre photo booth, accessorizing themselves with fun props in front of a funky backdrop.
Uploaded photos can then be customized, downloaded, saved and shared through Facebook, Twitter or email.
At the Converse Punk Your Chucks tent, fans can use Sharpie pens to create their own original artistic design on white, classic Converse Chuck Taylor high-tops.
The winning shoe from each tour stop will be entered into a contest, with the overall winning design having the chance to ultimately become a production shoe for Converse, to be sold at retailers worldwide.
All “non-winning” shoes (250 pairs) will be donated to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program serving the southwestern Chicago suburbs, and northwest Indiana.
Information, (708) 349-1647, journeysbbq.com.