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Toby Keith, Eli Young Band to Kick-start SoCal Motorcycle Festival

Social Distortion, Lucero and Lindi Ortega also tapped for inaugural Lost Highway Festival

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Toby Keith will headline the inaugural Lost Highway Festival in California.

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Bikers, start your engines. Motorcycles and country music, along with a healthy dose of rock, come together at the first-ever Lost Highway Festival, May 29th and 30th in California. And Toby Keith — who sang about a rebellious preacher’s daughter who clutched tight on the back of his chopper in “God Love Her” — is set to headline.

Held in San Bernardino at the San Manuel Amphitheater, the two-day rally features a pair of centerpiece rides and a varied lineup of music. Along with Keith, kicking off his Good Times & Pick-Up Lines Tour, the concert features Texas four-piece Eli Young Band, who recently released the new single “Turn It Up.” Keith is no stranger to playing for rowdy motorcycle crowds. In 2013, he headlined South Dakota’s infamous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which marks its 75th anniversary this summer.

The Lost Highway Festival also recruits Southern California punk icons Social Distortion. While best known for the defiant sing-alongs “Ball and Chain” and “Bad Luck,” the band, led by Mike Ness, is also rooted in Bakersfield twang. One of their most famous hits is a raucous cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” The like-minded Lucero are also set to perform, as are rockabilly stalwarts Reverend Horton Heat and Lindi Ortega, a Canadian chanteuse who embraces classic country.

In addition to the live tunes, the bike gathering includes a motorcycle show, stunt performances and an appearance by X-Games star Carey Hart. For more on the Lost Highway Festival, visit the event’s website.

Keith, meanwhile, will launch his summer tour in May. Last month, the “Drunk Americans” singer was chosen for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He’ll be formally inducted, alongside writers like Bobby Braddock, Cyndi Lauper and Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, in June at a gala ceremony in New York.

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