The Winter Welcome Jam

Published On January 30, 2014 | By Erik Redinger | Community

Winter Welcome JamCalling all children of the 80’s, your Rad fantasies can now become reality, or at the very least, you can live them out vicariously through your kids. Although, there’s no guarantee the acts performing at The Winter Welcome Jam will dust off  “Send Me An Angel”. What they will be doing, is providing the perfect soundtrack for what looks to be one sick day of BMX at The Wheel Mill, a hidden gem tucked away in the city’s East End. Doors open at 10 am, February 1st, but the party really gets started at 4:30 pm with the first of several competitions and bike jams until 7pm. After that, get a different jam on with sets from some local bands and DJs.  Franktuary, those purveyors of poutine and gourmet hot dogs, will be there to feed you, so come hungry! All it will cost you is normal weekend rates to ride, or $5 to spectate.

Whether you’re a trickster, like big air, or lean a little more to the technical side of riding, The Wheel Mill has a way for you to scratch that itch. And the best part is, you can feel good about shredding their trails and tracks. The Wheel Mill, a collaborative effort between locals and volunteers, has made it their mission to be an environmentally friendly outlet for your two-wheeled desires. Through generous donations from Pittsburgh’s Urban Tree, which seeks to re-purpose the wood from trees downed in urban areas, The Wheel Mill has access to high quality, local lumber for construction. Urban Tree specializes in turning trees that would otherwise go in the chipper into handcrafted custom furniture and works of art. The partnership gives the venue a woodsy organic vibe, like you’re riding through the forest.

For those that want to kick out the jams a little sooner, there is a pre-party at OTB Cafe in the Southside, January 31st, 9 pm. Guests of Guests and Shaky Shrines will be providing the sounds.

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