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The Bike will brim with song and dance all weekend long

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi is rolling out a musical red carpet for Islanders and visitors alike during Strawberry Festival, with seven musical acts slated to take the stage over the busy weekend.

Pete Welch, who books music for the venue, said the lineup represented “by far the biggest shows I’ve put on at the Bike.”

The music will start at 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, with a triple bill of bands.

The two opening acts — solo performer McDougall and the blues duo Hillstomp — hail from Portland.

McDougall will perform an acoustic set, while Hillstomp will present what Welch called “do it yourself country blues stomp.”

Headlining the evening is Trolls Cottage, a band that got its start on Vashon.

“Trolls Cottage has never forgotten their roots and loves to come back to the Island to party with their friends and family,” said Welch.

The evening is for ages 21 and older only, with a cover charge of $8.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, Welch has scheduled three more musical acts.

Sidestreet Reny, a duo Welch has booked before at the Bike, will open for bands Natalie Wouldn’t and The Georgetown Orbit.

Sidestreet Reny’s musical influences include a gumbo of blues, roots, folk, rap, calpyso and dancehall reggae.

Natalie Wouldn’t is a six-piece band that has been on the Seattle scene since 2001, playing a blend of soul, rock and ska.

The Georgetown Orbits is another up-and-coming Seattle group that plays a mix of reggae, funk, soul, jazz, ska and rock.

Saturday’s show is also an event for ages 21 and older, with a cover charge of $8.

The Bike will close out the weekend with a free, all-ages show by Marilyn Kay & Company from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Sunday, July 19.

The band, which includes Islander Rochelle Munger, plays an acoustic blend of Americana, bluegrass, country and blues. Families are encouraged to attend.

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