PICK: The Rumble After Party at Cobra Cabana on Saturday, June 26

Bands include High Voltage, Mel Machete (debut), Mick's Jaguar and Evening Shadows.


If you're into BMX, you probably know about the Rumble in Richmond on Saturday, June 26. Billed as "a day of stoke and BMX," it's headlined by the Vans Old Skool dirt jump contest at RVA BMX, a pro-am contest with celebrity judges and $2,500 in cash prizes.

While that bike day should be sick and Style will be there to get some action photos, there's also a big after party with some kickass rock music at Cobra Cabana in Carver. The restaurant and venue will have a day party starting at 3 p.m., and four rock bands that begin playing later at 7:30 p.m. and who just might help restore some faith in the good 'ole fashioned, sweaty rock so many of us have been missing in our lives.

Bands on the bill include the AC/DC cover band High Voltage; the debut gig from killer local rockers Mel Machete -check 'em out below, sounds like sweet mid-'70s or early '80s guitar rock in your grill with shake appeal; as well as Mick's Jaguar, self-billed as a Thin Lizzy and Sex Pistols love child from NYC; and Evening Shadows, a punk band from Wilmington, NC feat. members of Valient Thorr and Strike Anywhere.

We really want to see Mel Machete, which includes local rock luminaries such as Mike Cipollone, owner of Fuzzy Cactus, as well as Paul Kirk and wild lead singer, Mel Medina (both of Sick Bags), as well as Seanzy O'Dell on bass and Gunner Timmerman on drums. Below you can check out their feral blast of sexy panther rock, "Boneyard Boogie," recorded by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Studios. Should appeal to fans of old school punk groups like The Bags and more recently, Sheer Mag from Philly.

Proceeds from the show will be going to RADshare, the nonprofit sponsoring the Rumble which is dedicated to educating and empowering local youth through celebrating bike culture.