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Two bands, one night: Dance away at the Bike

Fendershine includes, from left, Rick Vanselow, Fletcher Andrews, Steve Meyer, Kim Thal and Eric Frith. - Courtesy Photo
Fendershine includes, from left, Rick Vanselow, Fletcher Andrews, Steve Meyer, Kim Thal and Eric Frith.
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Music lovers can head out for a double-header of bands scheduled to play a night of free music, starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Red Bicycle Bistro.

One of the groups, Fendershine, is an all-Island ensemble made up of Rick Vanselow on guitar, Eric Frith on guitar, Steve Meyer on bass, Kim Thal on violin and Fletcher Andrews on drums.

The musicians — who came together after listening to each other play in other Island groups — are known for a lively mix of original songs and rarely covered rock ‘n’ roll songs.

The other band, The Struggles, was formed in 2006. They play punk and rock ‘n’ roll and aim to get audiences on their feet and dancing.

Band members include Andrews and three Seattle cohorts. One of the guitarists and vocalists, Dan Cauthorn, is well known throughout the Northwest as an alpinist and author.

The Struggles also includes Truc Allen, who plays guitar and sings, and bass player David Haavik. Expect a high-octane set that includes songs by such icons as The Kinks, The Clash, The Who, Sex Pistols, Green Day and Iggy Pop.

The combined show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.

It’s all part of an ongoing effort by Red Bicycle music coordinator Pete Welch to bring a variety of local bands to the stage of the popular watering hole and sushi spot.

 

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