Mid-America Freedom Rally’s Three Day Music Lineup Shines

Mid-America Freedom Rally

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The 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally, held at Buckhorn May 26th through 29th is a celebration of motorcycles, music, and Freedom. The rally features three nights of live musical entertainment. Here’s the scoop on this year’s lineup:


Hott Mess is a rock n roll party cover band. Mark Steiner handles the microphone duties as vocalist, Mike Kelly is featured on bass, Capt. Thomas wields the lead guitar and Rich Armstrong keeps time on the drums. The band’s set list of cover tunes spans fifty years of rock and roll and includes party favorites such as “Walk This Way”, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, “Flirting With Disaster”, and “Cat Scratch Fever.” When not playing gigs around Lake of the Ozarks you can catch the guys in Cuba, Lebanon, and Jefferson City. The band kicks off Mid-America Freedom Rally’s 2017 lineup Friday night.

Rock Road Rebels (Shane Newbrough/Vocals, Michael “Goz” Goslin/Bass, Ryan Conners/Lead Guitar, Brock Manly/Percussionist) have been described as “a compelling musical tsunami; an amalgamation of full throttle Southern Rock, gritty, earnest Blues and a down home swagger that’s immediate and appealing, all at once.” Favorites by this Southern Rock (with a little attitude) powerhouse include “Horsepower” and “Flirty Flirty”. We predict that the Mid-America Freedom Rally crowd will go wild Friday night when the guys crank out “Freedom In Our Eyes”- especially if word gets out that drummer Manly is an Army veteran. Manly enlisted after September 11, 2001 and served in Iraq.

Rock Road Rebels play the 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally Friday, May 26, 2017. Image courtesy of Rock Road Rebels.

Rock Road Rebels play the 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally Friday, May 26, 2017. Image courtesy of Rock Road Rebels.


Phat Mike and the Bartenders kick off the 29th Annual MAFR’s Saturday night live music lineup. The band calls Lebanon, Missouri home and can usually be found gigging across mid Missouri- especially at Lake of the Ozarks. The band promises a “soulful helping of rock and blues with a few sides of r&b, funk, and some original music for dessert!”

MAFR Rally 2017

Gasoline Cult has been bringing their brand of Psychobilly to the Ozarks since 2010. The band is fronted by guitarists/vocalists Rev. Jimmy T. (James Clay) and Stonewall Jackson. The Reverend and Jackson also bring mandolin and banjo to the mix. Geoff Firebaugh plays electric bass and bull fiddle, Chad Graves plays dobro, and Jeremy Williams plays the drums. Gasoline Cult has “the soul bluegrass play with the high energy of a rock band.”

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Lit is Mid-America Freedom Rally 2017’s headliner. Chances are, you have turned up their popular “My Own Worst Enemy” at camp during past rallies. During this year’s rally you and 1,500+ of your closest friends can belt it out live with the band. Lit will have you on your feet for the duration of their almost two hour set.

Lit headlines the Mid-America Freedom Rally in Buckhorn, May 27th, 2017. Image courtesy of Lit.

Lit headlines the Mid-America Freedom Rally in Buckhorn, May 27th, 2017. Image courtesy of Lit.


Cuz I Said So are regulars at Hardtails Campground and Go Fast Betty’s near the Lake of the Ozarks. The band says that they are “four guys that love to party and rock all night long.” Their three hour set stuffed with party song covers will turn Sunday into Funday during the rally. Expect to hear covers of Grand Funk Railroad, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, and Green Day. Do not expect to hear “Freebird” unless the crowd is willing to pass a $200 tip to the stage. 😉

Mid-America Freedom Rally in Pulaski County, Missouri

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ChristiAna takes the stage at 10:00 p.m. to close out the 29th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally. MAFR celebrates motorcycles, music, and Freedom- and ChristiAna embodies all three of these elements. A motorcycle (2009 Harley Davidson Rocker) ridin’ combat veteran & patriot, she first sang in front of audience, outside of church, during a karaoke session at a forward operating base near Baghdad, Iraq. Since her impromptu debut she has won Operation Rising Star (2013), sang with Lee Brice during an ACM Salute to the Troops (2014), and performed at the White House (2014) singing to a crowd including the President of the United States- for which she received a standing ovation. ChristiAna is joined by Cody Wood (Bass), and Sam Norfleet (Keyboard).

ChristiAna Drill Sgt.

ChristiAna, a former drill sergeant, is a combat veteran and patriot. Courtesy of ChristiAna.

ChristiAna Performance

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Add the All-American Ride to your MAFR weekend!

For more things to see and do in Pulaski County during Mid-America Freedom Rally visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.


Sue Miller’s Mid-America Freedom Rally 101


Mid-America Freedom Rally XXVIII is brought to you by FORR Locals 7, 10, 13, 28, 29, 33, & 35.

If you have attended any of the previous 27 annual Mid-America Freedom Rally events you may have noticed Sue Miller. Sue has never met a stranger at a rally since the first MAFR was held in Freeburg, Missouri in 1988. She is an “unofficial” member of the “unofficial” welcoming committee- and is always quick to say hello to everyone. She has also been a member of the planning committee off and on for the last 10 years- and is just as enthusiastic about this year’s 28th Annual MAFR at Buckhorn, Missouri as she was for that first event. She has seen some changes throughout the years, and watched the rally grow into one of the largest in Mid-Missouri. Last year’s rally had 1,890 people through the gate. They show up for the camaraderie, the campfires, the field games, the bikes, the poker runs, the live music, the vendors, the Mr. Buns and Ms. Buckhorn contests- and most importantly to remember and celebrate those who gave their lives for our Freedom. Sunday night’s Rolling Thunder tradition will give you goose bumps- and will stick with you until the next MAFR.

Sue Miller MAFR 2015

Sue Miller and her Harley at MAFR XXVII in 2015. Don’t forget to tell her hello!

In our book, Sue’s 27 year attendance streak makes her a Mid-America Freedom Rally expert- so we gathered some tips and advice from her to share with you.

#1- Leave the pets, attitudes, firearms, large knives and kiddos at home. No one under 18 is admitted to Mid America Freedom Rally.

#2- Tent camping is free, 4 wheeled hauled campers & RV’s cost $10 more. If you need a nearby hotel room visit www.midamericafreedomrally.com or www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com for suggestions.

#3- Ice, firewood, and food are available on site. Vendor row serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also on site, Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club, will have food available. Nearby Roadhouse Bar & Grill will be serving up live entertainment and great food- including steaks. Elbow Inn & BBQ in Devils Elbow is a short ride and was recently named as one of Missouri’s Top BBQ Restaurants by Yelp. For more food options visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

#4- Poker Runs are scheduled for Saturday. Route 66 is also a great ride. For more ride ideas and turn by turn directions for Route 66 visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.


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#5- The infield and stage bar heats up after the sun goes down. Friday nights lineup includes Ruckus and Phat Mike & The Bartenders. Saturday night is Sweet Shot and Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders. Sunday night is Soul Root followed by feature band Looks That Kill, a Mötley Crüe tribute band. Bring your chair and your favorite canned (no glass on the infield) beverage.

#6- Take a walk/ride to the Green Dragon.

#7- Don’t fall asleep before Sunday night’s Rolling Thunder.

#8- Missouri is a helmet state- wear your bucket when leaving the campground.

#9- Shower houses are on site.

color guard

MAFR XXVII Color Guard. Image courtesy of David Campbell/BikerNet.com

#10- The Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club, on site, is a great place to beat the heat and have an iced beverage. They also have Wi-Fi.

#11- Thunder Roads Magazine of MO/So. IL will be at this year’s MAFR. Show ’em a heck of a rally- Buckhorn style!

#12- Mid-America Freedom Rally gates officially open at Noon Friday, May 27th. If three days of bands, friends, & fun isn’t quite enough you can join the MAFR Pre Party hosted by Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club, Thursday, May 26th. Pre Party begins at 7:00 p.m. and features The Dirt Road Junkies band.


Mid-America Freedom Rally XXVII. Image courtesy of David Campbell/BikerNet.com.

To read David Campbell’s BikerNet.com’s coverage of last year’s MAFR visit

For more information on Mid-America Freedom Rally visit www.midamericafreedomrally.com.

For more information on Freedom of Road Riders visit www.forr.net.