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Music makers bring their best to the Bike and Luna this weekend

Driftwood Fire. - Courtesy photo
Driftwood Fire.
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Trio of acts take over the Red Bike

The First Friday art walk brings lively music to the Red Bike this week. Kate Mann, Lee Tyler Post and Sidestreet Reny will play at the Bike, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4.

Kate Mann’s songs take listeners on a southwestern journey of the nighttime world with snapshots of love lost and dangerous encounters.

Lee Tyler Post has a style that’s a mix of acoustic soul, roots rock Americana and southern blues. He calls it rock ’n’ soul.

Sidestreet Reny is a crowd favorite on the Island. They blend bluesy, funky finger-style and slide on National Resonator guitar, original poignant songwriting and solid straightforward grooves.

This is an all-ages free show until 11 p.m., when it becomes an event for those 21 and older.

Driftwood Fire lights up Café Luna

Like a beach-side bonfire celebrating the last days of summer, Driftwood Fire is at once invitingly lighthearted and poetically poignant. The duo, whose music has been called “melodic indie folk pop,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Café Luna.

Lynn Scharf’s vocals are thick with emotion. Charlotte Formichella’s guitar and banjo parts are rootsy, inventive and ear-pleasing.

The duo founded Driftwood Fire in 2007.

Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby McFerrin, Eva Cassidy and Dolly Parton, Scharf came to the project after ten years of operatic training and performance.

Formichella picked up the guitar at age 14 and was largely self-taught. She spent her childhood in rural Virginia, where she was exposed to bluegrass and traditional folk.

Formichella has expanded her repertoire to include banjo and hollow-body electric guitar. She also studies cello and violin.

Bill Brown brings Kingbees to the Bike

Bill Brown and the Kingbees take center stage at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Many folks are familiar with the high energy rockin’ blues show that Bill Brown and the Kingbees have been performing in the Northwest since 1986. Islanders may remember Brown from his performances at the Beer Garden during Strawberry Festival in years past.

Brown has been likened to Paul Butterfield in his use of the harmonica, and his vocals have garnered many a discussion concerning his cultural background.

The Kingbees are all also veterans of the music business. John Gaborit toured nationally with a band called Krome Circus, and Mike Stango toured Asia with a band called Cece Rider. Tony Handy toured with Rose Royce from Los Angeles; many know them from their number-one hit “Car Wash.”

The 21-and-older show is free.

Red Bicycle hosts House Engine

House Engine, a group that will play free at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, hopes to get people out on the dance floor.

The group plays the first Sunday of each month at the Bike.

Everyone in the band brings a little something different to the plate. The music is primarily blues, but a rock, alternative country, originals, Motown, funk and a little shout styles are often thrown in.

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