Live This Weekend: Gigantic Bicycle Festival, Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney, and More!

Friday, August 22

Pacific Northwesterners take cycling seriously—a fact we recently proved with a piece about a Seattle-made “bike of the future” (The Denny) which nearly crashed our website. You can keep the bike love circulating this weekend at the Gigantic Bicycle Festival. There will be hand-built bicycles, comedy, guest speakers, installations, and visual and performance art. Naturally there’s camping—and, of course, lots of homegrown music. Travel by bike and enjoy hosted rest stops along the way supported by KIND Snacks, Theo Chocolate, Bare Snacks, and Artisana Organic. Through Sunday. With Telekinesis, the Moondoggies, Hey Marseilles, Menomena, No Rey, and lots more. Centennial Fields Park, 39903 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie, Wash., giganticbicyclefestival.org. Starts Fri. at 8 p.m. $15–$40, under 12 free. GE

The Blood Brothers, the Showbox. The recently reunited band is the subject of our music feature this week. Check it out here .

Saturday, August 23

If Tommy Ramone’s untimely departure is a bit too much to handle, Terry Malts, a punky trio on Slumberland Records, could provide a momentary remedy. Its second album, 2013’s Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere, re-ups the nihilism the ensemble expressed on its two-year-old debut, Killing Time. But displeasure never sounded this upbeat and satisfying. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $10. 21 and over. DAVE CANTOR

L.A.’s Open Mike Eagle is more than an adjunct of hip-hop crew Project Blowed. He’s shared a stage with that troupe’s better-known performers, like Busdriver, but also understands the subtleties of wordplay and humor. His latest, Dark Comedy­, is sure to crack some smiles, plus offer a unique vantage point from which to survey American culture. With Graves 33, Theory Hazit, Black Magic Noize, Shadow J Grimm with John Cue Publik. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009, columbiacity theater.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. DC

Singer/songwriter/surfer/filmmaker Jack Johnson is nothing if not consistent. For more than a dozen years, he’s churned out sun-soaked jams, most recently on From Here to Now to You. There are funkier grooves throughout the album, but Johnson mostly sticks to what he knows: upbeat acoustic songs about life and love. With Amos Lee, Michael Kiwanuka, Bahamas. The Gorge, 754 Silica Rd., Quincy, Wash., 509-785-6262, gorgeamphitheatre.net. 6:30 p.m. $57 and up. All ages. ACP

The Banner Days, a collaboration by local singer/songwriters Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney, could easily pass for a Swell Season release if you didn’t know better. The pair blends indie folk with a bit of soul. And like Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Loomis and Whitney’s voices are lovely on their own, but really shine together. With The Native Sibling, And Yet. Secret Crown Hill venue released upon purchase of tickets. bradfordloomis.com. 8:30 p.m. $12–$14. 21 and over. ACP

Celebrity jam sessions have become a familiar commodity these days. Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus is just another in the long line of recent supergroups and one-offs akin to Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players and Mick Jagger’s Super Heavy. Still, watching Frampton trade guitar licks with Don Felder of the Eagles still sounds like a rock-&-roll dream—maybe yours, maybe theirs—coming to fruition. With Buddy Guy. Maryhill Winery, 9774 Lewis and Clark Hwy. 14, Goldendale, Wash., maryhillwinery.com. 7 p.m. $49–$225. All ages. DUSTY HENRY

Liam Finn’s third LP, The Nihilist, is more experimental than his pop-focused earlier outings; repeated listens reveal added depth. He’s toured with Eddie Vedder, Black Keys, and Wilco, and though he’ll start this tour alongside The Helio Sequence, by the time he hits Seattle he’ll be on his own. The Tractor, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractor tavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $12. 21 and over. DAVE LAKE

 
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