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Well-traveled musicians are bringing it on home

A Vashon-centric night of songs will come to Red Bicycle Bistro this Saturday, when local favorite Ian Moore brings his band, the Lossy Coils, to the stage for a blistering night of music.

Most music-savvy islanders are already familiar with Moore’s story — how he grew up in the 1970s, steeped in the Austin, Texas, music scene, and how set that town on fire with his guitar skills by the time he was a teenager. Proclaimed by many to be “the next Stevie Ray Vaughan,” Moore established himself as a rising star in the 1990s, with six 20 Billboard singles to his credit and time spent on the road touring with Bob Dylan, Joe Ely, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones. He even had a big-screen appearance in a major role in Billy Bob Thornton’s film, “Sling Blade.”

But almost 15 years ago, Moore took a giant step northwest, when he moved to Vashon, determined to re-define the terms of his career.

Moore’s time on Vashon has  informed his shift to a broad musical ecumenism. During his years on the island, Moore has recorded several albums, and he’s also kept up a busy touring schedule.

Tucson Weekly recently noted, “His recent albums have positioned him as one of the most soulful singer-songwriters around, and one of the most diverse.”

But he’s also found time to bring his touring band, The Lossy Coils, to Vashon, playing memorable shows for Vashon Allied Arts and at the Red Bicycle, and he’s also to forged new musical alliances on the island. With acclaimed local composer and keyboardist Jason Staczek, he’s formed Madrona Music, a company that composes and records music for film, television, radio, internet and live performances.

Islanders Jennifer Sutherland and Rusty Willoughby will be Moore’s guests at the show.

Sutherland is perhaps best known on Vashon as half of the duo of Washington State Fairies Singing Telegram Company — a sideline she parlayed into a year-long stint, along with co-fairy Tami Brockway Joyce, as one of Vashon’s unofficial mayorettes in 2011-12.  In Seattle, she’d been better known as the front woman of several bands, including the Americana-tinged group, Evangeline.

Willoughby, a more recent transplant to Vashon, is also known on the Seattle scene, having served as a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist or bass guitarist for such bands as Pure Joy, Flop, Llama and Cobirds Unite.

The show starts Saturday, at 9 p.m. It’s for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.There’s a $10 cover charge.

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