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Tour d'Afrique Route

Tour d'Afrique Route - 7281 miles, 10 Countries, 120 days

“Chicago Ultra Endurance Athlete to Conquer Two Continents and Ten Thousand Miles. And Cal’s Bar.”

Date: Dec 10 9:00 pm add to calendar
Location: Cal’s Bar – Corner of Wells and Van Buren – Google Map

Bryce Walsh, a Chicago-based endurance athlete and coach, is set to compete in the world’s longest bicycle race – Cairo to Cape Town in the Tour d’Afrique – then follow it with the Tour Divide: the world’s longest mountain bike race, self-supported from Canada to the Mexican border along the Continental Divide.

2 continents, 10,000 miles, and a great night of music at Cal’s in support of World Bicycle Relief (, a 501c-3 organization bringing the power of bicycles to students, healthcare workers, and entrepreneurs in rural Africa.

Along with surprise special guests, the evening’s entertainment includes:

  • LOINS – Collaboration of members of Penthouse Sweets and Dodge City Getouts – preview music
  • Tea and Sympathy – The band Bryce played with for 10+ years – buy/preview music
  • “Tea and Sympathy is one of the best live bands to come out of Minneapolis,”beautifully messed up and mesmerizing”. Jim Meyer, Star Tribune

$10 donation at the door earns you admission plus 10 tickets for the evening’s raffle. Every additional dollar you donate at the door earns you another raffle ticket.

Raffle prizes generously sponsored by Cal’s Bar, Infinit Nutrition, and Vision Quest Coaching include (among others):

Tour Divide Route

Tour Divide Route - 2745 miles, touches 3 countries, days unknown - current record 17 days 21 hours 10 minutes

  • 1 taste of VQ class (value $165) – more info …
  • 1 performance test with Robbie Ventura (value $300) – more info …
  • Set of cycling training DVDs by former US Postal Service pro rider, Tour de France commentator and professional coach Robbie Ventura (value $250) – more info …
  • Infinit Nog Recovery Drink – more info …
  • Infinit MUD – more info …
  • and more

If you can’t make it on 12/10 but still want to get in on the raffle and support WBR, please donate here:

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Getouts CD Release Party

Thursday December 27
Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
9:00 pm

In addition to biking quite a bit, I also play bass, so I am breaking from bike related posts(not that i have been very attentive to those) to put out a promotion for my band The Getouts.

Maybe you didn’t get that BB gun or pony you wanted for x-mas, but we have a new CD for you “How to Save a Drowning Horse”.

After numerous misstarts and disappearing sound engineers a CD is nowcomplete and shrink wrapped. To celebrate we are playing this Thursday December 27 at the EmptyBottle with the excellent Penthouse Sweets and Outlaw Family Band. Comeon by and wash that fruitcake taste from your mouth.

From the Chicago Reader:

I love a band that can evoke the comforts of a greasy spoon in music, and this local quartet is among the few to nail it. The house speciality is guitar—bluesy guitar, boogie guitar, slide-y guitar, Keef-y guitar, and Skynyrdyffyc guitar, all chopped up and cooked in a steaming omelet with a side of sausage and a slop of hot sauce. But that’s not all there is to eat: singer-guitarist Andy Matzdorf (the group’s only constant member) has a little Jeffrey Lee Pierce in him and an accent swiped from one of the Van Zant brothers. Tonight the Getouts celebrate their 11-track debut, How to Save a Drowning Horse, on their own label, Fort Awesome, named after their rehearsal space and studio. Penthouse Sweets and the Outlaw Family Band open. 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $7. —Monica Kendrick

From Timeout Magazine:

The Getouts’ MySpace page describes them as “rock/Americana/garage,” and that’s a surprisingly accurate description of their sound on their self-titled, self-released album. Their version of Americana isn’t terribly distinguished, but when they cross over to the garage side, they have a remarkable sense of dynamics, not doing the usual lame Cramps/Rev. Heat/Monomen imitations that others in the same field do. They’re not quite there yet, but these guys are clearly onto something.