2018 marks West Coast Thunder’s 19th Anniversary, and again with the support of Riverside Harley-Davidson and Stater Bros. Charities, K-FROG will present Wheelhouse Records Recording Artist Granger Smith at Southern California Fair Grounds in Perris on Memorial Day, May 28.
Each year upwards of 7,500 motorcyclists pack the street of Indiana Avenue in Riverside, California, to observe and participate in the tradition of West Coast Thunder. Riders will honor the military with an opening ceremony and then parade to the Southern California Fairgrounds in Perris, where the salute continues with a live performance by Granger Smith.
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Country music trailblazer, Granger Smith, is the flagship artist on BBR Music Group’s imprint, Wheelhouse Records. With sold-out national tours, a social media following of more than 6.5 million, and YouTube views exceeding 100 million, Granger Smith has amassed a rabid audience, while building a truly groundbreaking career. Granger’s current album, Remington, released March 2016 via Wheelhouse Records, claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes country album chart on release day and garnered him the No. 1 debut for first week sales via Nielson Soundscan (3/14). The album, produced by Granger Smith and Frank Rogers, features the hit single “Backroad Song,” which landed the No. 1 spot at country radio (Billboard Country Airplay, Mediabase and Music Row charts). Granger also received a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing (Climbing Windmills) and performing “Backroad Song.” The follow-up smash, “If The Boot Fits,” reached the Top 5.
West Coast Thunder (WCT) first originated in May of 2000. Founded by Pat Delahunty, Steve Cifelli, Steve Aragon, George Helton, Lucky & Theresa Delaney, Rich Greenberg, and D. J. Quinn. Delahunty first thought of the idea in May of 1999 while watching the documentary “Letters from the Trenches”. The following day, he called some of his fellow Inland Empire H.O.G.® chapter members, and they organized a small ride to the Riverside National Cemetery (RNC) to participate in their annual remembrance ceremony. After the ceremony, they decided to make the ride a tradition. Delahunty reached out to his friend, Don Odell, and the two continue to sit on the Advisory Board of West Coast Thunder and play an integral role in the development of West Coast Thunder each year.
With the financial support from the Riverside Harley-Davidson dealership in Riverside, California, the tradition grew in stride, doubling attendance each year. To date, West Coast Thunder has donated in excess of $600,000 to the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee. These donations help build monuments and provide ancillary support resources for the Riverside National Cemetery.