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Ride Into Town With Bicycle And Get Into Their Gig Free

You first read about the New York rock band Bicycle, the trio that’s touring the country on bicycles, a couple of weeks ago in Doug Clark’s column.

The band had made it to Minneapolis, the half-way mark of a journey that started June 19.

By Tuesday, in time for a show at the Big Dipper, Bicycle will have pedaled to Spokane, en route to Seattle.

Last Monday, Bicycle bassist-vocalist and Mead High School graduate Kurt Noel Hans Liebert called from a stop in Hardin, Mont.

“It was hot as hell today; it was like 105 degrees. It was almost as bad as Chicago,” said Liebert. “If I would have had tea bags, I could have made tea in my water bottle.”

The band is touring to support its self-released CD “Wheel.” And aside from minor injuries and bouts with the cold, the members of Bicycle were still in one piece.

A couple of highlights on this band’s extreme road trip:

Playing for free in the parking lot of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Spying on a rehearsing Prince at his Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis.

When Bicycle reaches Coeur d’Alene, the band hopes to be met by a huge entourage of fellow cyclists that will escort the group into Spokane. If you want to meet up with the band, they’ll be at City Beach. Bicycle will take the Centennial Trail into Spokane. You can call Liebert’s parent’s home at 466-1030 for the details. If you’re at least 21, you’ll then get into their show at the Big Dipper for free.

Anyone interested in riding with the band to Seattle Wednesday is invited to do that, too. You’ll be put on the guest list for both the Spokane and Seattle shows.

The Spokane show starts at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $2 for anyone not joining in the rides.

Tchkung! plays Big Dipper

There’s more to the Seattle musical collective Tchkung!, which plays the Big Dipper tonight, than the other-worldly, tribal sounds it plays.

When perusing a CD booklet, you usually find lyrics and art work. What you don’t expect is to have your mind opened.

Inside Tchkung’s CD cover is thought-provoking literature as well as addresses of organizations as varied as Friends of the Wolf, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Home Alive, and PETA. There’s also statements such as, “The first and most important step toward change occurs within the individual mind.”

That’s all fine and dandy but what does it have to do with music?

Most of what the collective stands for is political, environmental and personal change. You can hear this in the group’s music.

Tchkung! especially disdains the wounds people, progress and technology have inflicted on Earth. In some ways, the band’s tribal and apocalyptic grind sounds like the revenge of the Mother Nature.

Show starts at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $4. Bring your ID.