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A different kind of siren is going to stop motorcyclists in Williamsburg on Saturday.
The all-female Judas Priest cover band Judas Priestess is the main attraction at a biker block party on Union Avenue on Sept. 22 — and that’s no surprise considering the leather-clad metal gals are louder than even the loudest chopper.
“We had to make them the headliner, because all the guys in the other bands said no one can go on after them,” said Elisa Seeger, who along with her husband organizes the annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey block party — a Williamsburg street festival for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Judas Priestess singer MilitiA searched far and wide for women who needed an outlet for their Priest love — and the hunt wasn’t easy.
“It was hard to find other girls who have a h------ to play Judas Priest. I don’t get it,” she said. “Why wouldn’t you want to play the fastest, loudest music you can find?”
Along with the queens of metal, the block party also boasts bike contests — best paint job, best custom job, and best vintage, among them — and a pig roasting on a spit. Plus tattoo artists will offer their talents for free (so long as ink heads want the Indian Larry motorcycle shop logo to become a permanent part of their bodies).
And if that’s not enough, planners also put together a Coney Island-style sideshow with sword swallowers and fire eaters.
“Motorcycle clubs come from all over,” said Indian Larry co-owner Bob Seeger Jr. “People come from the US and from all over the world.”
The Seegers have been hosting the biker block party, which is slated for Sept. 22, since 2004 — the year that bike shop co-founder Indian Larry died in a motorcycle accident.
Bob Seeger Jr. says the event has grown considerably since those humble beginnings.
“The first party invites were little pieces of cardboard that said nothing but Indian Ladder Block Party,” he said. “Then the city gave us a permit and we’ve had seven or eight bands here every year since.”
Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party at Indian Larry’s (400 Union Ave. at Ainslie Street, www.indianlarry.com). Sept. 22, 10 am. Free.
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