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Book your ticket to boogie onto an all-Island soul train

Editor's note: This story was changed from its original version. It originally misstated the day of the event. "Soul Train, Not Coal Train" takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Vashon musicians will line up on Saturday to perform in a fundraiser for the Backbone Campaign, a local grassroots group that has made a national name for itself by creatively agitating for progressive causes.

The fundraiser, slated to take place at 8 p.m. at Red Bicycle Bistro, is dubbed “Soul Train, Not Coal Train,” a nod to both the famous 1970s soul music television show as well as Backbone’s ongoing efforts to derail attempts to increase coal trains and coal ports in the Northwest.

“Coal ports, like the one proposed for Bellingham, threaten our precious Puget Sound, great rivers and coast,” said Bill Moyer, Backbone’s executive director.

More than 50 local music makers are signed up to support the cause by playing songs made famous by such iconic soulsters as Etta James, Barry White, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Otis Redding, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and other superstars of the era.

The roster of performers will include Island musicians Bob Krinsky, Ron Hook, Steffon Moody, Kevin Moe, Phil Royal, Azula, Jack Barbash, Cami Lundeen, Allison Shirk, Kim Thal and many more.

The night, organizers promise, will be a chance to “eat, drink and shake your booty” while learning more about Backbone’s efforts to “defend our communities, region and planet from climate cooking criminals, pushing pollution for profit.”

“Soul Train, Not Coal Train” is the eighth in a series of annual musical fundraisers for the Backbone Campaign. Past themes have celebrated the music of the Beatles, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Tickets — available online at — are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m, and 21 and older after that.


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