What about supporting a cello band that tours….by bicycle! Indie-celloist Ben Sollee is coming through town on 7/30 (Sat), and we’re going to do a bonus-July BikeInShapes in the shape of a cello. Let’s meet at that Saturday at The Vintage at 6:30pm for the ride. We’ll grab a bite afterward before the show starts.
Thanks to Larisa for mapping the ride and providing the blurb below.
Armed with a cello, Ben Sollee often tours the country by bicycle, imploring folks to rediscover the connections between music, art, dance, their community, and personal relationships. Beyond bridging genres and demographics with earnest, dynamic songwriting and passionate performances, Ben Sollee seeks to intertwine his music with art and life. “Ben’s songs speak worldly wisdom and stand on their own, and he is out there in this world with those songs and that cello, riding his bike and fighting the good fight and doing all he can to help make the world right.” ~ Yim Yames
In 2010, Ben embarked on the “Ditch The Van Tour.” Ben and his band abandoned the comforts of a motorized vehicle and hauled their gear and instruments (yep, the cello too) across the country on bicycles. Ben’s mission was to engage a greater sense of community involvement at every performance. By huffing it on two-wheels between cities, instead of driving or flying, Ben and his crew were able to discover people and facets of our country in ways that traditional touring could not allow. “It’s not about being green or even sustainable… we want to exploit the limitations of the bicycle to slow down and experience the rich communities and people that I’ve spent years flying-by and driving past.”