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Seattle, Tacoma and Port Orchard. Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi offers American Classics and Sushi at great prices. We feature a Large Selection of Micro Brews on Tap, Bottle Beers & Cocktails. Full Food Menu is Available in the Bar. Free Wireless Internet Access throughout.

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Sunday-Thursday, Cafe & Sushi open 11:30am to 9pm (Sushi til 8:30).

Friday & Saturday, Cafe & Sushi open 11:30am to 10pm (Sushi til 9:30).

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Mokoomba

FRIDAY, JULY 25th, 8:30pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
MOKOOMBA
The Next Generation of Zimbabwean Hope
Brought to you by VASHON EVENTS in cooperation w/ALIA Productions and ZigZagWorld
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
FREE COVER!     MOKOOMBA LR 2012Full size

Let me start by saying that this is a show that you should not miss. People will be talking about this for a very long time, I am sure of it. This is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what is being described as Africa’s most internationally successful young band.

Exuberant youthful energy bursting with natural talent and contagious rhythm, the six young men of Mokoomba are Zimbabwe’s next generation of hope. Mokoomba’s story is one of diversity and perseverance. The group hails from the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe, popular for its natural beauty, the Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) and the world’s largest bungee jump – but not much more is generally known about the people and their culture. The region is home to the Tonga people who are one of the country’s minority groups. Most speak Tonga, which is not understood by the majority of the Ndebele and Shona speaking population. Despite coming from one of Zimbabwe’s smallest rural villages, singing in a language foreign to even their countrymen, Mokoomba have never been deterred from their dream of making music.

“… In the last couple of years, they have exploded onto the world stage,and delighted audiences with their youthful exuberance, musical brilliance and slick dance routines” BBC News Africa

“MOKOOMBA : Zimbabwe’s new sound – Mokoomba are being feted as Africa’s most internationally successful young band after a rise that is as deserved as it has been remarkable” The Guardian

This is an all-ages show until 11pm, then 21+ after that.

Yet another free cover show brought to you by Vashon Events and the Red Bike.

Bill Carter

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st, 8pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
A VASHON EVENTS SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
BILL CARTER w/SCOTT MacDONALD & PETER PENDRAS
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
FREE COVER!     Bill Carter studio shot by Jim Chapin 2013

Bill Carter has been a pillar of the Austin music scene for nearly three decades, helping shape the city’s rich musical history along with his songwriting partner and wife, Ruth Ellsworth. Over 200 artists have found gold in the songwriting genius of this Texas troubadour, including Stevie Ray Vaughan (“Crossfire”), The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Palmer,The Counting Crows, Storyville, Omar and The Howlers, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ruth Brown, John Anderson, and Waylon Jennings.

American Songwriter Magazine included “Anything Made of Paper” from Bill’s first solo release in 2013, “Unknown,” in their Top 50 Songs of 2013. They wrote, “‘Anything made of paper’ was what visitors were allowed to bring Damien Echols in prison, yet Carter’s song – which played over the closing credits of ‘West of Memphis’ – focuses on everything else the falsely accused prisoner received in time: life, freedom, love, and dignity.”

The award-winning music video for the song, which tells the story through paper-cut animation, continues to screen at film festivals from Los Angeles to Knoxville.

Bill and Ruth received the BMI “Million Airs” Award for over 2 million airplays of their Stevie Ray Vaughan mega hit “Crossfire.” In March of 2000, the track won the “Decade Award for Best Song” at the Austin Music Awards.

Press:

“‘Anything made of paper’ was what visitors were allowed to bring Damien Echols in prison, yet Carter’s song – which played over the closing credits of ‘West of Memphis’ – focuses on everything else the falsely accused prisoner received in time: life, freedom, love, and dignity.” – “Anything Made of Paper” – Top 50 Songs of 2013 – American Songwriter

Bill Carter, Johnny Depp support West Memphis Three with ‘Anything Made of Paper’- Entertainment Weekly

Eddie Vedder, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp Record Songs Inspired by West Memphis Three ‘West of Memphis’ documentary soundtrack … – Spin

 

The Jeff Kanzler Band

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8th, 8:30pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
THE JEFF KANZLER BAND
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
FREE COVER!   Jeff Kanzler

Come out to the Red Bike on Friday, August 8th and see what we’ve all been missing.

Comparisons are as inevitable in music as in life and in this sense singer/songwriter Jeff Kanzler is no exception (“reminiscent of a young Bob Dylan” Don Yates – KEXP).

Jeff released “Black Top Road” to critical acclaim and extensive airplay in the US, Europe, Japan and surprisingly Brazil. Called “an essential album in a year of a few essential albums” Dan Wilkinson – AmericanaUK, “brilliant” John Richards – KEXP, making KEXP’s top 10 list of 2007 Americana releases and reaching #4 on the Euroamericana chart and selling thousands of copies (no small feat for an independent release) Jeff implausibly set down his guitar in 2009 and has rarely picked it up since.

With a new EP nearing completion and a band comprised of veteran Vashon musicians, it promises to be a fun night with a lot of great music.

Some words about Jeff Kanzler:

“Brilliant” John Richards, John in The Morning, 90.3 FM Seattle, KEXP

“If you’re looking for the next big alt.country thing, Jeff Kanzler might just be the one. His rough-edged voice only makes his songs that much more believable. This CD kicks off with the upbeat bluegrass of Angelina, although the trumpets that enter “Dreams Of Days That Ain’t So Stormy” help show off Kanzler’s spontaneous musical instincts. Much like Ryan Adams and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Kanzler uses a natural world-weariness to his advantage. His songs are generally sad, but rarely downright depressing. Even the crying pedal steel of “Cracked Country Living” isn’t a bring-down. Kanzler is from Alaska , not traditionally a country music hotbed. But then again, that state has far more open spaces than many other U.S. spots. The important thing is that he comes off authentic from start to finish.” Dan Macintosh, Indie-Music.com

“This Seattle-born, Alaska-based singer-songwriter debuts with a jaw-dropping set of beautifully crafted country-folk. Kanzler has a fine, expressive voice with a touch of gravel and his melodies are often sublime, reminiscent at times of early Dylan. The warm, rich production is also flat-out gorgeous, with trumpets, mandolin, dobro, pedal steel and harmonica adding lots of rootsy color to a variety of stunning, fully-realized songs. Incredibly, Kanzler has been living in the woods of the Alaskan interior for the past few years in a cabin with no running water and recorded this album up there with locals. It’s just mind-blowing, considering how great it sounds. Don Yates, Program Director, 90.3 FM Seattle , KEXP

“9 stars out of 10! Sometimes, an album arrives in the post for review with little or no fanfare, and zero PR blurb. Often these albums turn out to be absolute stormers and this is certainly the case with ” Black Top Road. Kanzler writes beautifully understated tunes that straddle almost every genre of American roots music. His vocals compliment the songs beautifully, sounding like a cross between a more grizzled Ryan Adams and Johnny Hickman. Kanzler utilises a wide variety of instruments to flesh out the arrangements of his songs. The trumpet on ‘Dreams of Days That Ain’t So Stormy’ is particularly effective. The band is equally as comfortable playing country waltzes (‘Cracked Country Living’) as he is playing jazz inflected tunes (‘I Will This Time’). “Black Top Road” is an essential album in a year of very few essential albums. Catch the live show when Kanzler comes to the Uk and Ireland in the Autumn.” Dan Wilkinson, AmericanaUK

“This CD is SO good… a real pleasure…Great songs, catching melodies, perfect vocals and subtle arrangements. It made my day!” Mike Penard, Radio ISA (France)

“Alaska : it can be bitterly cold and if run out of fuel, you may have a problem. Singer/songwriter Jeff Kanzler was born in the busy town of Seattle , but lives in Alaska and seems to love the place and people. We are guessing gasoline is not one of his problems. In his outstanding debut CD ‘Black Top Road ‘ you can hear not only the loneliness of the Alaskan landscape, but also the fun and beauty that Kanzler’s music radiates. His voice, full of expression singing beautiful melodies against a melancholic tone keeps you fixated. ‘Black Top Road’ is better than far above average; to this listener, the CD is almost addictive. Surprisingly, Kanzler is able to take downhearted themes and wistful instrumentation (the sorrowful harmonica line, a poignant mandolin part or a lonesome pedal steel) and combine it into the easy and natural playfulness that this album emphasizes. Kanzler, who brings to mind a young Bob Dylan and perhaps John Vanderslice, in more contemporary terms, has not yet released much material. But considering that he lives in a cabin in Alaska , without running water, that may not be surprising. I can’t wait to hear more.” Maurice Dielemans,Kindamuzik (Dutch Music zine)

“Jeff Kanzler offers a beautifully understated collection. Gently strummed acoustic guitars, soft harmonica, muted trumpets, and brushed drums all contribute to the mellow vibe. With a warm vocal style resembling Steve Forbert, Kanzler tells tails of lost love and trying to do better next time. This album is delicate, but not fragile as Kanzler allows the vocals and lyrical emotion to carry the show.” Jeff Weiss, Miles of Music

“It’s always surprising when a musician conquers our playlist right from the start, having no idea where they came from. Jeff Kanzler is an example of one of these musicians. Born and raised in Seattle , but not the settled kind. Jeff moved first to Los Angeles before returning to Seattle and ultimately, for one reason or another, landed in the heart of Alaska living in a small cabin without running water. Apparently you don’t really need running water to create a great musical debut. With the help of a few local musicians unknown outside of Alaska , Jeff has created a beautiful piece. How should we label this CD? Singer-songwriter with a healthy portion of country and folk mixed in, but also horns at just the right moments giving some passages a nice Latin feel. Calexico, John Prine, Doug MacLeod, Steve Goodman and even Donald Fagen come to mind.

What we’re trying to say is that this is an unbelievably high quality debut. Strong songs, great production, perfect arrangements and radio friendly.

See for yourself with a few clicks on the mouse and a few hours of listening and remember where you first read about Jeff. Dani Heyvaert, MazzMusikas ( Belgium )

Subconscious Population

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 8:30pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
SUBCONSCIOUS POPULATION
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
FREE COVER!   sub pop 9

Subconscious Population….a band that everyone knows and is a huge part of Island history when it comes to music. If you think that maybe, just maybe… on a quiet summer night, sitting on your porch perhaps…you might have heard wisps of “Jah Lee Kali”, “Funkified” or “One In A Million” floating through the air…you just might have. Yes, one of the island’s most mysterious and captivating bands ever is back at it and having a blast blazing through their classic songs, as well as creating their own spin on some very cool covers. Like Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”….or Jimi’s “All Along The Watchtower”. These boys are having some fun and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear some of that from your porch, if the wind carries it just right.  Now it’s time we call them out for one of their captivating magical mystery shows…..

Voices of Women Showcase

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 8pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
A VASHON EVENTS SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
VOICES OF WOMEN SHOWCASE
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
$10 COVER    Voices of Women

Vashon Events presents the Third Annual Voices of Women Showcase will take place on Friday, August 1st at 8pm. Ten women singers with amazing voices will perform original and cover songs. Artists to be announced.

There’s something special about the voice of a woman…it permeates through time and space sharing the sorrow, happiness, and mystery of the world as only this unique instrument can do.

Join Vashon Events on the First Friday of August and hear Vashon’s songstresses in this intimate showcase. Female musicians will play both original songs and covers.

$8 cover supports Vashon Events, the website that brings together all the events on their Island in order to build community – a community that is connected, that extends and inspires artists, and that invigorates the hearts and minds of neighbors.

Hits of the 60′s – Get Your Groove On

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 8pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
A SPECIAL VASHON EVENTS PERFORMANCE
HITS OF THE 60′S
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
$8 COVER  hits of 60's

Take a journey with us, back to the 60′s – a decade of some of the best music ever. On Friday, August 29th at The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi, join us for a Vashon Events special production. Local musicians will be showcasing their talent, performing songs of the 60′s…whatever they choose from that magical time.

Vashon Events’ third showcase this year features local Vashon musicians taking on some of the coolest music ever. The concept for playing the music of the 60′s gives us a chance to take the audience on a musical journey. These songs are extremely nostalgic for most people. And when our favorite local musicians bring them back to life live, it can be very emotional. Musicians either play the tune as close to the original as possible, or interpret the song in their own unique style. Either way, it’s one of those concerts where audiences stop talking and lean into the music, anticipating the next note. For musicians, it can be very fulfilling when an audience listens to the music in this way.

Proceeds from the event will support Vashon Events – Vashon Island’s community arts, culture, and charity events website that launched this year. This will include the cost of the sound engineer, John Sparks, who works hard to make the show run smoothly. Vashon Events is also planning to use proceeds to create a new, “add to my calendar” button for each event so that subscribers can view events and immediately add them to their personal gmail or outlook calendar. There will be a raffle during intermission between the albums to give away wine from Vine to Vashon Wine and gift certificates for the Vashon Roasterie.