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Puget Sound art tour rolls, by bike, into Port Orchard and Bremerton | Kitsap Week

Vez, a local hip hop artist, is among the performers and cyclists riding from Bellingham to Olympia as part of MOBRoll.  - Contributed photo
Vez, a local hip hop artist, is among the performers and cyclists riding from Bellingham to Olympia as part of MOBRoll.
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They’re not angry. Certainly not disorderly. But one thing this mob is said to be is rolling.

“MOBRoll is a musical and arts tour by bicycle,” organizer Shane Knode said. “It’s a Puget Sound tour from Bellingham to Olympia and we ride bikes between the cities and set up all kinds of events during the days and evenings.”

Events such as raffles, group rides through different areas around the Puget Sound, bicycle polo, and spoken word rides.

“The group rides up to a poet, they do some spoken word, and then we go on to the next poet,” Knode said. “We also do alley cat races, which are scavenger hunt races on bikes.”

The central focus of each destination is a show — hip hop, spoken word, folk music, and more.

All the additional bike-centered events are in addition to the nearly 500-mile trek that the tour zigzags between Bellingham and Olympia. MOBRoll features an eclectic mix of music, from hip hop to folk.

“The interesting piece is that we’ve always been a funny combination of MCs and singer songwriters,” Knode said.

It is MOBRoll’s fourth year rolling through the Puget Sound.

“The first year was small,” Knode said. “There was only three of us riding, determined to ride all 500 miles of the ride. It’s grown. The trend, including this year, is that it’s doubled each year. Now there’s about 25 people who are at the core. When we get to shows and the events themselves, (the crowd) is bigger.”

This year’s tour began on May 1 in Bellingham. It has since rolled through Anacortes, Whidbey Island, Port Townsend, Kingston, Bainbridge Island, and Seattle.

It will ride into Bremerton and Port Orchard on May 12-13, continuing to Gig Harbor on May 14, Tacoma on May 15-16, and Olympia on May 17-18.

May 12 will have two shows: one at Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co. in Port Orchard, 4-7 p.m.; then at Hi-Fidelity Lounge in Bremerton, 8 p.m

“At the Whiskey Gulch, it will be more spoken-word based. We may plug in or it may be acoustic,” Knode said. “The Hi-Fidelity Lounge will be hip hop. We will also show some films at that event.”

Local hip hop artist Nabii Ko$mo of Kingston will perform at the Hi-Fidelity Lounge, as well as other venues along the tour. Nabii Ko$mo was a semifinalist in Sound Off! 2014, a Northwest battle of the bands contest organized by Seattle’s Experience Music Project.

Other hip hop acts on the tour: Scuffs Mentality, Vez, and Myoclonic Jerk.

Myoclonic Jerk is bringing a graffiti bus along for the ride. The bus, an ever-changing canvas, is available for artists to apply paint to.

The Hi-Fidelity Lounge show will feature a film component.

“They’re all short films, animations, time lapses, documentaries, music videos from artists from all over the Puget Sound,” Knode said.

Knode notes that a work by animator Drew Christie will be among the cinematic features that night. Christie’s piece was funded by the New York Times.

The event will move over to the Manette Saloon in Bremerton, 6-11 p.m.

“The Manette (show) is a combination of folksy stuff and hip hop,” Knode said. “We’ve got three local folk acts with Whit Ward, Dante Manalo, and Aaron McFadden.”

MOBRoll is sponsored by Bombus Bikes of Seattle. The bike shop has provided a support vehicle for the tour and is raffling off prizes, such as a new bike.

Go to the tour’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mobroll, or Bombus Bikes’ website, www.bombusbikes.com.

SCHEDULE

May 12

4-7 p.m.: Spoken word at Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co., 2065 Bay St., Port Orchard

8 p.m.: Hip hop with Nabii Ko$mo, Scuffs Mentality, Vez and Myoclonic Jerk, and short films at the Hi-Fidelity Lounge, 2711 6th St., Bremerton.

May 13

6-11 p.m.: Folk music with Whit Ward, Dante Manalo and Aaron McFadden at the Manette Saloon, 2113 E. 11th St., Bremerton.

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