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Red Bike begins First Friday tradition

The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi will initiate a “live acoustic showcase night” during the First Friday Gallery Cruise, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, with singers Mary Win from Tacoma and Anna Coogan from Seattle.

Win was born in Bangkok, Thailand, to Burmese political refugees fleeing the military dictatorship in neighboring Myanmar, but the family soon settled in Seattle when she was 10 months old.

Win wrote her first “official” song, titled “Linger,” at age 15 following her first heartbreak.

In 2006, she performed at open mics with a handful of originals. Shortly after turning 17, she experienced her first official live gig. Since then, Win has been performing consistently all across the Puget Sound.

She has sung on the Island before in other venues, as well as at a Backbone Campaign benefit show at the Bike and has become an Island favorite.

Coogan’s unexpected journey through music has taken her a long way from opera school in Salzburg, Austria. Driven by homesickness and a rush of post-9/11 patriotism, Coogan left school in 2002 and dedicated her life to the pursuit of American roots music.

Six years, countless shows and many long drives throughout the country later, Coogan is renewing her commitment to writing and performing original Americana.

Now officially beginning her career as a solo artist, she is refining her sound. Her debut album, tentatively titled “So Long, Summertime,” will be released in late spring 2009.

The concert is an all-ages event lasting to 10 p.m., and there is no cover. The show will be followed by karaoke.

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