Our Velo-City exhibit is now in its final days, but it’s not going away quietly… This weekend we’re playing host to two bicycle-inspired music events. The first is a concert by The Receptionists, the self-described “bike-courier band from Van city.” Their frontman is Toby Alford, whose portrait and fixie bike are featured in the exhibit. (To the uninitiated: a fixie bike is one without gears and brakes. The ride is somewhat comparable to that of a skateboard’s—and just as unforgiving). For a preview of the set list, listen in on their MySpace page, linked here. The concert happens at the Museum this Friday (August 28); doors open at 8 p.m. Bonus: it’s half-price night, so tickets go for $5.50; click here to buy them now.
The next day, MOV and Momentum magazine host the last Vancouver stop on the simply named, and rather ’70s-inspired, Bicycle Music Festival. This is the last leg of the San Francisco-based festival’s west coast tour. There are nine bands and performers in the lineup, and everyone shares a pedal-powered sound system (pictured above) that’s transported by a bicycle-hauled trailer from place to place. Admission to the festival is free, and there’s a beer garden and food available for purchase. See Momentum’s Facebook page linked here for more info on the festival’s other Vancouver tour stops, and a complete list of performers. Our event gets underway here at 5 p.m. and winds down around 10 p.m. Velo-City will be kept open late that night, and all festival goers receive 50% off admission upon showing their bike helmet at Visitor Services. So, deals to be had, music to heard… We hope you can swing by.
Image credit: The Receptionists