According to island music impresario Pete Welch, the “biggest party of the year” will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21, when the band Publish the Quest plays a show at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.
According to Welch, of Vashon Events, which has booked all the musical acts of Strawberry Festival, the festival peaks on Saturday night, around the same time Publish the Quest will take the stage at the Bike.
“It’s the busiest, craziest night on Vashon,” he said.
Welch said the music of Publish the Quest — an energetic and danceable mix of blues, rock, ska and pop — is perfectly paired with the occasion.
Jacob Bain, front man for the group and also the founder of the all-islander ensemble Trolls Cottage, grew up on the island and lives here now. But the reach of Publish the Quest has extended far beyond the shores of Vashon.
Bain’s passion for social and musical outreach has taken the group around the globe. Working with a nonprofit called Learn Africa, Publish the Quest has made several recent trips to Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Mali, Poland, Portugal and Spain. On their journeys abroad, band members have played in festivals and music halls, recorded with local artists, and conducted music workshops and jam sessions with local children. On a trip to Zimbabwe, the band brought along a trove of donated instruments and soccer balls to give to kids in Harare and Hatcliffe Extension, a slum just outside the city.
An impressive roster of international stars has also collaborated with the band. Femi Kuti, Nneka Lucia Egbuna, Matt Chamberlain, Eyvind Kang, Radioactive, Oliver Mtukudzi and Vieux Farka Touré have all joined forces with the group on recordings and in concert.
Bain said he has found great inspiration in working with kids and musicians around the globe. To share the healing aspects of music with children in Africa, he said, has been a joy.
Saturday night’s show will be for all ages until 10:30 p.m. and for ages 21 and older after that. I.D. is required. There will be a cover charge for the Bike’s whole bar and restaurant.
Welch suggests arriving early to find a good spot to enjoy the show.
“There’s no better place to be than on the dance floor of the Red Bike,” he said.