Located on Beautiful Vashon Island. Just a Ferry Ride away from
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).
Upcoming Music Shows at the Bike – Just Scroll on down
For Gregg Curry, Ragged Glory was a sound birthed from the radio of a Mercury Montego he drove down Southern highways in summer with the windows down. It was Dylan, The Stones, The Band, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and so many others making something raw sound so perfect. He just grinned and turned it up louder.
Now, Ragged Glory is the band Curry says he’s “lucky to work with because they get where I’m coming from and understand where the songs seem to want to go.” The band (Curry and Rick Dahms on guitars and vocals, Kevin Almeida on bass and vocals, Matthew Chaney on keyboards, and drummer Emory Miedema-Boyajian ) has evolved a sound around Curry’s original songs that is their own – a sort of rock-and-roll tent revival/minstrel show that mixes the sacred, the profane, and the in-between into a musical stew, new and familiar at once. The words may make you pause, the music may tempt you to dance, and chances are good you will grin like you do when you hear a song on a car radio and you want to turn it up.
Gregg Curry and Ragged Glory play on First Friday, May 1st at The Red Bike. The show starts at 8:30pm. This is an all-ages show ’til 11pm, 21+ after that and there is no cover for this show!
SATURDAY, MAY 9th, 8:30pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
Garth Reeves has been playing professionally for over 18 years. After cutting his teeth in the halcyon days of the Olympia scene, Garth moved to Seattle to explore that cities burgeoning music explosion. A short of list of bands Garth has been in include: Dangermouse, Nubbin, Goodness, Blue Spark… and now as a solo artist and in collaboration with others, Garth is expanding on a catalog of solo work that mines the roots of American musical vernacular.
After returning to Seattle from a stint in Brooklyn, Garth and producer/keyboardist (and Vashon Island resident) Jason Staczek began recording the follow-up to Garth’s first record Nothing But Time in several Seattle studios. Collaborating notably with Ian Moore, Timo Ellis, Pete Droge and Garth’s regular touring band The Unfaithful Servants (Jeff Fielder, Andy Stoller, Mike Musburger), Garth and Jason are honing the song craft and production style of Nothing But Time, while continuing to mine that albums musical landscapes.
Garth’s album Nothing But Time, released in 2005, was made using analog tape, an old Trident board, and a tight knit group of Vashon and Seattle musicians (Jason Staczek, Pete Droge, Rob Brill, Jeff Fielder, Andrew McKeag, Carrie Akre, Danny Newcomb, and Dan Tyack, and others). The result is a stunning and emotional record deeply rooted in tradition.
Opening up for Garth will be Island band Fendershine. Vashon Island band Fendershine’s members hail from five distinct corners of America, and their respective swampy, poppy, psychedelic, prog-rock and folk-punk influences come together in their own concoction of danceable rock. The ‘Shiners all came of age in the 1970’s and musical immaturity in the 1980’s. Collectively they have attended hundreds of arena rock shows, sported dozens of questionable hairstyles, and played gigs in an array of venues including countless crappy clubs, two post offices, one laundromat, and a quilt shop closing party.
This is an all-ages free cover show ’til 11pm and 21+ after that.
Sharing The Stage Show #11 with THE YOUNG EVILS
Presented in partnership with Debra Heesch.
The Red Bicycle on Saturday – May 16th at 8pm – all ages.
Tickets: $7 – students / $12 – adults
Available to purchase starting May 1st at VHS or on BrownPaperTickets.com.
Student openers audition and rehearsal dates will be announced soon. Visit http://www.sharingthestage.com for more details.
The Young Evils, are excellent evidence that final products often look nothing like initial intentions. Started as a lighthearted Vaselines-inspired pop duo composed of record store co-workers Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer, the Young Evils today bear only passing resemblance to their past selves.
After their charming debut album Enchanted Chapel captured hearts far and wide, the duo expanded their sound, enlisting guitarist Michael Lee and teaming up with acclaimed Brooklyn-based producer/engineer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults) for the follow-up: the bombastic and wholly rock EP Foreign Spells. Today, brothers Brendon (bass) and Scott Helgason’s (drums) rhythm section provide the back bone to the band’s 80’s inspired angular pop in a way only siblings can provide.
On November 18th 2014, the Young Evils released the False Starts EP recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Los Angeles and The Kill Room in Seattle, Washington and will be rejoining Shane Stoneback in the studio to begin work on their next full-length album in the coming months.
The Young Evils website: http://www.youngevils.
About Sharing The Stage:
Sharing the Stage was formed to organize shows on Vashon Island so that dedicated young musicians have an opportunity to open for artists they like and respect in shows designed for what kids want in a show. We wanted to produce shows in professional venues, where kids would be psyched to go, feel respected, and not be told they can’t dance the way they want to dance. We wanted to acknowledge the passion, hard work, and dedication that kids put into the music that means so much to them. We wanted student openers to rehearse with professional musician-mentors in the community, and those mentors have consistently encouraged students to seize their moment to express their own voice. And they have done just that.
Never performed with us before? It’s easy to get involved: just watch for the audition date (here and announced at VHS, MMS, THS) and then come to the audition with a couple songs to perform. No RSVP or application needed! We look forward to seeing you.
Britt’Mania brings the live Beatles experience to Western Washington featuring all your favorite hits and deep album cuts from the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Faithful renditions of the songs you know and love are brought to life with Beatles costumes, Beatle guitars and equipment, and Beatle harmonies by four of the northwest’s most talented musicians who are dedicated to bringing you along in a show that spans the band’s entire catalog.
‘Come Together’ and join Frank “McCartney” Corbino, John “Lennon” Lund, Doug “Harrison” Kilishek, and Frank “Starr” McGann, as they ‘Help’ you sail the ‘Sea of Green’ to a land where ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ let’s you sing and dance your hearts out.
All-ages ’til 11pm, 21+ after that. FREE cover!
Dimestore Prophets is made up of guitar player and vocalist Ray Glover, drummer John Wilson, and bassist Eric Groff. DSP has diverse array of musical influences; each player brings his own unique approach to their musical role in the band. Influences range from Bob Marley to Sublime, the Clash to the Dave Matthews Band. Dimestore creates songs that touch the heart of the listener and their style has been dubbed as “Feel Good Music”.
All-ages ’til 11pm, 21+ after that. Free cover!
Jealous Dogs is Seattle’s Only Pretenders Tribute, snatching their namesake from a deep-cut off Pretenders II.
Comprised of Seattle music scene veterans, this four piece was brought together by a common love and appreciation for the Pretenders blend of new-wave and punk rock.
Sherri Jerome (Strange Jerome) is Chrissie Hynde; attitude and voice blazing. Zoran Macesic (Legendary Oaks) fearlessly channels James Honeyman-Scott’s crunchy, melodic guitar riffs. Aimee Zoe and Moe Provencher (MoZo, Jackrabbit) provide the energetic, bouncy rhythm section.
Performing Pretenders hits, B-sides, and rarities, the Jealous Dogs bring a fun, dancin’, rockin’ good time.
The Rumble Strips play high-energy dance music from anywhere: West Africa, New Orleans, Brazil, and the pop charts. With full batteries of percussion, horns, guitars and vocals, it’s all hands on deck for a sound that’s sublime, ridiculous, oversized and built for joy. Not a show; a party.
Vocals: Carol Lutra-Johns, Meri-Michael Collins, Rebekah Kuzma
Guitars: Andy James, Chip Lamason
Bass: Stephen Buffington
Drums: Emory Miedema-Boyajian
Horns: Van Crozier, Dianne Krouse
Percussion: Christian Codd, Allison MacEwan, Mario Soberanis
And, of course, special guests!
SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, 8pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
A VASHON EVENTS SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
FATHER’S DAY SHOWCASE
A SPECIAL EVENING OF MUSIC BY DADS
WITH THEIR DAUGHTERS AND SONS
ALL-AGES. 8-11pm. $8 COVER!
Join Vashon Events at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi on Saturday, June 20th at 8pm as we celebrate dads and their special connection to their kids. This unique showcase features fathers and their children of all ages performing together. Hear loving duets, listen as fathers accompany their child, and hold onto your seat for some silly and unexpected surprises. The sky’s the limit as these fantastic families perform music, dancing, comedy, and more.
The Father’s Day Showcase will be hosted by Vashon Events’ own Allison Shirk. An $8 cover supports Vashon Events, the website that brings together all the events on the Island. All performers will be paid as well. The mission of Vashon Events is to build community – a community that is connected, that extends and inspires artists, and that invigorates the hearts and minds of neighbors.
Funds will be used to support the research and information dissemination about events on the island including arts, culture, and charity. Vashon Events helps our arts organizations collaborate on scheduling and leverage resources to bring diverse and unique performances to the Island.
At it’s core, the band consists of Henry Kammerer (Guitar, Banjo, Vocals) and John Johnson (Buckets, Drums, Clanks, Grunts); two worn, but exuberant voices singing and shouting above a swirling mass of banjo, buckets, slide, washboard, and car parts. Together, they create a visceral music that makes you want to stomp your feet, shout to the heavens, and love your neighbor. After 12 years of writhing, hypnotic stomp and shout celebrations that have left hundreds of clubs, barns and festivals drenched in sweat and covered in love, the duo continues to defy categorization. They have been called Mississippi trance blues, punkabilly, hill-country, Appalachian and punk blues (to list but a few), but none of it quite hits the nail squarely.
Between 2002 and 2010, the band released 2 eps and 4 full-length offerings. Those recordings, coupled with their legendary live performances, have helped to duct-tape together a distinctive sound that quickly bubbled upward in Portland’s roots, blues and indie circles. They have toured relentlessly across the US and Europe, becoming veterans of the Roots and Indie festival and club circuit. During this time, they have shared stages with The Avett Brothers, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Scott Biram, among others, and spent 3 weeks touring in support of The Reverend Horton Heat in support of 2010’s Darker The Night.
After taking a well deserved hiatus, Hillstomp returns to action with Portland, Ore, their debut on Fluff and Gravy Records, due out April 15, 2014 on lp and cd. The record picks up right where they left off, finding the band refining their craft and expanding their repertoire on 10 tracks that range from moody folk ballads to the raging stomp the duo is best known for. Mixed by Chet Lyster of Eels, and produced in conjunction with Kevin Blackwell of Sassparilla, Portland, Ore, represents a sonic high-water mark for the band.
No Depression: ” They have seized upon R.L. Burnside as a benchmark… (but) they are far enough away from the originals not to pretend to any kind of authenticity. They know enough to play, and not to think.”
Drum! Magazine: “The charm of Hillstomp is that the bandmembers believe that they can pull out a frying pan and beat it like a drum. The only problem is making it sound good. And they do.”
The Deli: “While firmly grounded in the blues, Hillstomp departs and adds many different influences, from folk to garage-punk, all expressed through a soulful intensity. “
The Onion: “The members of Hillstomp raise as much hell as two men sitting down possibly can. Drenched in sweat and possessed by the spirit of the Mississippi Delta, the Portland duo of Henry Kammerer and John Johnson uses a rickety setup of real and found instruments to whip up a raucuous yet trance-inducing racket.”
Magnet: “Hillstomp actually pulls it off…It’s raw and evocative of the music recorded by the late Burnside and Junior Kimbrough…”
Harp Magazine: “This Portland duo is cut from similar cloth as the North Mississippi Allstars and the Black Keys, but they’re just a good ol’ jug band cranking out lo-fi punk blues on homemade instruments and vintage gear.”
FRIDAY, JULY 3rd, 8:30pm
THE RED BICYCLE BISTRO & SUSHI
ALL-AGES ‘TIL 11PM, 21+ AFTER THAT
Swindler is a fresh take on deep pocket groove with a penchant for intricate fusion and improv magic. Hailing from the Emerald City, this exciting project features Mike Saskor (guitar), Willow Goodine (Keys), Rob Cochran (Bass) & Chris Martin (Drums). Featuring Seattle area band members who have played and formed prior well followed Northwest bands such as Olympic Sound Collective, Rai, and Altered States of Funk.
Swindlers reach is growing rapidly around the Northwest. Swindler has shared the stage with National Artists such as Jerry Joseph, and most recently headlined the Port Townsend Strangebrew Festival, drawing rave reviews.
This is an all-ages show ’til 11pm, 21+ after that. Free cover!
One More Mile is a Vashon band that has been together for over 5 years now. With a combined talent that has been blessed to perform on stages from the Washington Performing Art Center to the earthy feel of the old Central Tavern in Seattle’s Pioneer Square over the course of their varied careers, One More Mile is committed to putting out the best of music for all to enjoy. Still committed to roots of the blues, and branching out into some funk sounds and performing a few originals as well, they really give it their all to make for a show that is always talked about the morning after!
Their rhythm section is made up of Sam Veatch and David Salonen and they are better than ever, as these two guys have been playing together now for over 5 years. They are as tight and wonderful as any band could dream for. Lonesome Mike is still perfecting his harp sound and really puttin’ his all into his music. Jason Lollar and Tommy Bean trade licks on their guitars that gets everyone excited to just BE THERE when the music is playing! They believe that nothing should be left behind when performing.
All ages ‘til 11pm 21+ after that. I.D. required.
Publish the Quest, a band with deep Vashon roots that has made a name for itself worldwide as both a musical and philanthropic force, is coming home to Vashon for another epic show at the Red Bicycle Bistro!
Jacob Bain, frontman for the group and also a founder of the all-Islander ensemble Trolls Cottage, grew up on Vashon and lives here now. The group plays an energetic and danceable mix of blues, rock, ska and world pop.
A passion for social and musical outreach has taken the group around the globe. Working with a nonprofit called Learn Africa, Publish the Quest has made several recent trips to Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Mali, Poland, Portugal and Spain, where band members have played in festivals and music halls, recorded with local artists, and conducted music workshops and jam sessions with under-privileged children. On a recent trip to Zimbabwe, the band brought along a trove of donated instruments and soccer balls to give to kids in Harare and Hatcliffe Extension, a slum just outside the city.
An impressive roster of international stars has collaborated with the band — Femi Kuti, Nneka Lucia Egbuna, Matt Chamberlain, Eyvind Kang, Radioactive, Oliver Mtukudzi and Vieux Farka Touré have joined forces with the group on recordings and in concert. A recent single, “Sodade,” was recorded with Cape Verdean vocalist Laise Sanches, with all proceeds from the sale of the song going to benefit the cause of arts education in Africa.
Bain said he has found great inspiration in working with kids and musicians in Africa — people he said had “an insatiable appetite for music.” To share the healing aspects of music with children in Africa, he said, has been a joy.
Publish the Quest’s latest album is called “A Thousand Kinds of Gold”, and Bain said he is currently working on a short film that will document the band’s work in Africa. This comes after a recent successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to fund these projects.
The show starts at 9 p.m. at Red Bicycle Bistro. It’s an all-ages show until 11 p.m., and for ages 21 and older after that. I.D. is required.
Embracing the rough, expressive textures of postwar blues and boogie while filtering the sounds through an edgy post-millennial sensibility, Lonesome Shack was born in New Mexico by guitarist and vocalist Ben Todd. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Todd relocated to New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness shortly before the turn of the century, where he shared a trailer with his girlfriend. Todd built a shed next to the trailer where he would practice his guitar and work on songs, focusing on his interest in vintage blues; in time, he named the shed “Lonesome Shack,” after a song by Memphis Minnie, and he used the handle for the music he began to make.
In 2006, Todd relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where he learned to build and repair guitars. A year later, Todd settled in Seattle, Washington, after taking a job in a guitar shop. In Seattle, Todd met percussionist Kristian Garrard, who played with the group Thousands and convinced Todd that his solo guitar performances would work better with a drummer. Lonesome Shack expanded to a duo, and in early 2010 they released their first album, Bound to Die. A second album, Slidin Boa, appeared late the same year, and in 2011, bassist Luke Bergman (one of Garrard’s bandmates in Thousands) joined the lineup.
In April 2012, Lonesome Shack recorded a show at Cafe Racer, one of their favorite Seattle venues; in late May, tragedy struck Cafe Racer when a gunman entered the hall and without provocation began shooting, killing four patrons and injuring a member of the staff. Lonesome Shack released the Cafe Racer tapes in October 2012 as City Man, dedicating the album to the victims of the attack. In June 2013, the respected independent label Burger Records reissued Slidin Boa and City Man on a two-for-one cassette, and later that same year Lonesome Shack signed with Alive Naturalsound Records. The group’s debut for the Alive, More Primitive, was released in May 2014.
HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT LONESOME SHACK:
“This bluesy trio calls Seattle home, but you’d swear that Lonesome Shack hail from the deepest Mississippi Delta based on this teaser from their forthcoming album More Primitive. ‘Medicine’ ambles along at the tempo of a stroll, or a heartbeat, with the rhythm battened down tight by Kristian Garrard’s steady rolling drums and Luke Bergman’s insistent baseline. But that’s the only easygoing thing about it; frontman Ben Todd howls at the monkey on his back and tries to stab it with jagged edges of guitar. Going cold turkey never sounded so good.” – SPIN
“Lonesome Shack have that rare power you need in a blues band—they start playing, and the whole room follows them. The reason More Primitive is singularly great is that it is pure expression. A best of the decade type record.” – AMERICAN STANDARD TIME
“Lonesome Shack are refreshingly subtle — the band’s touch is light and dynamic, with a clear appreciation of the virtue of open spaces and low-key grooves rather than Blueshammer-style overstatement. Ben Todd’s guitar work is about mood, not fretboard pyrotechnics, and the purposeful drift of the ten tracks on More Primitive comes from Todd’s picking, while bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Kristian Garrard thankfully also embrace a ‘less is more’ aesthetic, laying out rhythms that are simple, measured and unrelenting.” – ALL MUSIC
“More Primitive has the groove of Canned Heat-style blues from the South.” – MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
“Lonesome Shack may be from the Pacific Northwest, but they sound like a great swamp blues band from the Southern regions of the US. The grooves are relaxed as are the vocals, suggesting the soundtrack to a lazy, hot summer day with just a little angst in the air, lingering a little beyond reach.” – POPMATTERS
“Lonesome Shack’s new track ‘Wrecks’ is a doozy. Grab your partner, and do that hip shake, babe! – BLURT
“Tired of the Black Keys’ gritty-but-then-cleaned-up-for-the-arena blues chug? Then you are in luck. Lonesome Shack haven’t left that grittiness behind” – THE STRANGER
“A treasure trove of mind-blowing grooves that go somewhere beyond the traditional.” – RELIX
“Lonesome Shack is a great three-piece band that can get a whole room moving, which is pretty fun to watch.” – CMJ
“I urge you to find a phonograph, pour a bottle of Blanton’s original single-barrel bourbon, and cozy up in this lonesome shack.” – THE FIRE NOTE
“Lonesome Shack’s More Primitive is a great album that casts a long shadow. – RUST MAGAZINE
“For those who love the blues, this could well be the album of the year.” – EXPRESS: UK
“More Primitive makes for consistent listening from start to finish. Music of this kind is in shorter supply these days, so enjoy the primitive sounds while you can. – VINYL UNDER REVIEW
“Lonesome Shack may be based in Seattle, but you’d be forgiven for mistaking the band’s Alive Records debut, More Primitive, for a mid-’70s recording from Mississippi’s fertile Hill Country blues scene, owing much of its elegant boogie to the droning styles of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Fred McDowell.” – PHOENIX NEW TIMES
“Top to bottom, More Primitive will be familiar to Black Keys fans: slinky and cool hill-country blues with a contemporary sensibility.” – EUGENE WEEKLY
“All the stuff you love about Lonesome Shack is still here: the raw grit ‘n’ grease; the marrow-thumping grooves; the sepia-toned time machine vignettes, clouded with 2-AM-in-the-juke-joint smoke and spilt hooch. It’s just that the mix on More Primitive sets you down right in the middle of those scenes, loose floorboards under your shoes and all. – JAMBANDS
“This album is a must for anyone who likes the blues.” – PITTSBURGH IN TUNE
“A great blues record that embraces the sluggish, back-road quality that permeates the catalog of legend Robert Johnson.” – SEATTLE WEEKLY
“Ben Todd lovingly recreates a sound that’s mostly disappeared with the deaths of Kimbrough and Burnside with vocals that are high and plaintive in the old style and yet lyrically modern. His acoustic and electric guitar work creaks and crawls (“Old Dream,” ”Evil”) or builds to a ramshackle sprint (beat tracks “Big Ditch,” ”Wrecks”), depending on the mood. Everything’s driven along by a tirelessly bouncy groove provided by bassist Luke Bergman and impressionistic drumming from Kristian Garrard.“ – ASSOCIATED PRESS
“While never failing to generate basic blues mojo, guitarist Ben Todd keeps things consistently fresh with distinctive guitar figures on each track here.” – ROOTS MUSIC REPORT