On April 19, Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi Ave) will host the fourth night in an incredible 1,000 mile musician bike tour en route from Bellingham, WA to San Francisco, CA. Pedaling down the coast are the accordionists-jugglers-stilt-walking-acrobats Strangely & Friends, a tiny caravan of carnies currently invading left coast towns in their quest to recreate the midway experience onstage. Supporting bands for the night will be the Portland’s Professor Gall band (junkyard folk) and the Smut City Jellyroll Society (old time trad jazz). 9pm / 21+ / $7.

Music (or bike) lovers are encouraged to support the tour and help pay for the food that will power the wheels by buying a T-shirt! Details at -http://www.facebook.com/bellow.wing.strangely


Strangely's charming blend of interactive circus performance, music and storytelling have delighted audiences across North America. Ever since making a Christmas eve entrance as a baby in a Christmas stocking, Strangely has been a performer. His childhood was filled with books and alternative learning experiences, including participating in a variety of dramatic productions at primary school and classical music studies, with both instruments and voice.

Strangely returned to performance in Vaudevillingham! with The Bellingham Circus Guild and joined the group soon thereafter. Strangely has performed with other groups including Dream Science Circus, Runaway Circus, JustinCredibleSideShow, and New Old Time Chautauqua.

In 2011 Strangely wrote and produced a one man show, "In All My Years." which he toured around the country. This show holds the distinct honor of being the only mime show to ever provoke a noise complaint to the LAPD.

An avid do-it-yourselfer Strangely currently lives in an old sailboat, which he is restoring and hopes to travel around the world in. When not performing or feverishly repairing his leaky home, Strangely teaches circus arts and music to children and adults in the Bellingham area.

Bellow.Wing – Carrie Crockett-Valhalla hails from the town of Bellingham where she holds down the Accordion parts for Skitnik, the hottest Balkan party band in the Northwest. “One part sideshow, one part Bulgarian wedding and one part scrappy 1920's ragtime...” [What's Up Magazine] Not only content to play accordion, she also packs a punch on the slide trombone, and the musical saw. With heart-
stopping vocals and haunting lyrics Bellow.Wing will fill your soul with expanses of the northern plains.

Video - http://youtu.be/4wsajc5meds

It gets a little complicated and paradoxical with Professor Gall, even starting with the name. It’s the man, it’s the band, it’s maybe even an idea and a style unto itself. Solid jazz and rock players who concoct a studied, experienced, audacious New Orleans vibe - but one that’s been twisted into a nightmarish fever dream (DT’s perhaps) - playing songs with lyrics forged by psychology and philosophy. The band has been embraced by the exploding Steampunk subculture, with Professor Gall a mainstay of Steampunk festivals around the country, but there’s nothing gimmicky or flash-in-the-pan about the band. “We were doing our thing, then the label got attached to us. Whatever gets more people listening, it’s totally fine,” says leader Professor Gall (aka Drew Norman).

“Norman's voice recalls Tom Waits' or Nick Cave's, while the instrumental lineup suggests a killer New Orleans jazz band going interestingly off-track harmonically… jauntily morbid inclinations…”
-- Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, Seattle, WA

“… prides itself on being the good kind of weird as they mash up old-timey, sometimes Vaudevillian but mostly joyous swing numbers… sounds like something you’d find on Tim Burton’s iPod.”
-- The Source Weekly, Bend, OR

“Gall makes music that’s slinky and a bit seedy, harvested from the shadows of some of music’s most unconventional giants: Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Don Van Vliet...”
-- Ben Salmon, The Bend Bulletin, Bend, OR

SMUT CITY JELLYROLL SOCIETY is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s. With a unique sound somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers out on the floor. The music is from a variety of sources: Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, The Harlem Hamfats, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Boy Fuller and others. The Society also has a couple of original tunes in the repertoire with more on the way. The lyrics are fun and a bit on the risqué side. Smut City Jellyroll Society plays shows at some of the finest venues in town and is available for private events and swing dances.