In addition, Bike Pittsburgh, one of our local advocacy groups is also hosting their annual BikeFest from June 27 to July 6th. The events begin on Friday with a Critical Mass followed by CBGB (Community Bike Gathering and Bash) â€“ a fundraiser with donated foods, beverages and music. The festival highlights a variety of rides, depending on stamina and skill, to showcase such things as Pittsburghâ€™s green buildings ride, a womenâ€™s mountain bike ride, bike polo, track racing, local foods ride, and a kids ice cream ride.
Something that was completely unplanned, but has fit in nicely in the grand scheme of celebrating, is Aydinâ€™s record release party this Friday night. For those that donâ€™t know, Dirt Ragâ€™s editor Karen Brooks is also a bad-ass drummer, even if she likes Rush, and her and I have been making music together for almost 7-years with our good friend, psychedelic-accordionist, Mark Russell. The record, yes vinyl, â€œCyclones and Honeyâ€ is our 2nd full length recording, in addition to a few compilations. You can read about it or listen to it here. BikePgh members get into the show at a discounted rate!
And now that celebrating has taken over my train of thought, letâ€™s raise a glass or ride a wheelie for our bandmate Markâ€™s first child and son, Charlie Russell. He was born yesterday, June 25th. That should make playing the release show a little easier, since we all wonâ€™t be wondering if the call is going to come for him to drop the accordion and rush to the hospital.
Yes, summer is shaping up to be a good time. Keep spinning circles. – Shannon