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Take your pick — Island stages are filled with music, dance and drama
Bands bring it to the Bike
Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi has three evenings of music coming up, with acts ranging from a jazz diva to a “noise rock” trio to two high-energy Island bands.
Seattle vocalist Katrina Wibble will kick off the weekend with a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 20. All ages are welcome at the show until 10 p.m.
Wibble’s repertoire includes everything from jazz standards to ’70s funk to popular R&B.
The night of Saturday, March 21, will bring a rock extravaganza to the Bike, with the band Murgatroyd opening at 8:30 p.m. for the noise rock trio Wad, which will play at 10 p.m. Wad’s set is for ages 21 and up.
More local flair will shine at the Bike from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, when Turner Down takes the stage for a free all-ages show.
Turner Down is made up of Island musicians Jack Barbash, Luke McQuillin, Doug Ringer and Fletcher Andrews. The band’s sound ranges from progressive rock and jazz to melodic country rock.
Soul on the silver screen
Get ready for the unforgettable voices, funky grooves, magic moves and smooth styles of 1960s soul music on the silver screen in this presentation scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, March 20. Guest curator Peter Lucas has culled classic and rare performance footage and hosts this all-star soul show featuring James Brown, Joe Tex, Lee Dorsey, Arthur Conley, Etta James, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Ike & Tina Turner and many others.
According to Lucas, “there’s nothing like witnessing these performers on stage — belting it out, grooving hard and sweating through their tight suits and sequined dresses. This is an evening of real deal, non-stop, upbeat, funky soul in the raw.”
A play ‘From the Heart’
Award-winning playwright Jude Narita will perform her one-woman show, “From the Heart,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
Named as one of the “50 Asian Americans Who’ll Be Making a Difference” by Asian Week, Narita has performed her plays in theaters from New York to Los Angeles.
For tickets, call 463-5131, go to brownpapertickets.com, or stop in at Books by the Way, the Heron’s Nest or the Blue Heron.
Enjoy the Brainstormers
The Brainstormers, a trio featuring Mark Graham and the father/son team of Tom and Patrick Sauber, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Vashon Island Music Studio.
The group bills itself as “a hurricane of Southern old-time music ... a perfect storm of instrumental power and brilliant harmony singing illuminated by lightning flashes of lyrical and comic genius.”
Graham and the Saubers will share their take on the classic sounds of old-time music and also play their own songs inspired by such masters as Dock Boggs and Uncle Dave Macon.
Tom Sauber is a singer and a multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Tom has played in bluegrass bands, Cajun bands and brought traditional music to the film industry with Ry Cooder and David Lindley.
Patrick Sauber’s singing, as well as his guitar, banjo and mandolin and accordion playing, have made him welcome on stage with Doc Watson, Laurie Lewis, Clint Howard and Dan Crary.
Mark Graham is nationally known for his powerful blues-tinged harmonica style that recalls the feel of the finest banjo and fiddle playing.
Tickets cost $12 general and $10 for students and are available in advance at Vashon Island Music. Space is limited — call 463-0552 to reserve.
A lot is hot at Café Luna
The café has free evenings of poetry and music on tap, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, with the monthly “8-Word, 8-Day” open mic poetry event. This month’s open mic will showcase two teen poets, Graham Mayshark and Katherine Everitt.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, local musician and teacher Ken Jacobsen will perform an acoustic and electric evening with his students and special guests.
A local band, Jump Track, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Chuck vanNorman plays guitar and sings with the band, and Geoff Johns plays percussion.