Registration open for bicycle tour of West Seattle’s musical history

Just announced: A limited-participation ride that’ll take you on a tour of local musical history:

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is delighted to announce the return of Cycle History in partnership with West Seattle Bike Connections for the fifth year in a row. Cycle History, Sound Spots is happening Saturday, September 18 2021! Please plan to arrive at 9:15 am and be ready to ride at 9:30. Registration is required to participate in this ride. This program is limited to 25 participants.

Join us for an in-person ride through West Seattle’s Admiral District starting and ending at Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center. This year, we’ll be exploring highlights of West Seattle’s musical history. From jazz to grunge, we’ll have stops to please music lovers, bike enthusiasts, and everyone in between!

Seattle is famous for its grunge scene, but our music history goes far and wide. Some of the best hits were created right in West Seattle! We’ll explore locations where music was made, where historic artists performed, and talk about the local and national impact of West Seattle on music history.

To register, please visit For more information, please contact Maggie Kase, Curator, at

6 Replies to "Registration open for bicycle tour of West Seattle's musical history"

  • MC September 10, 2021 (2:22 pm)

    Maybe they should ride down Admiral Way to Luna Park. Last July was the 20th anniversary of the death of Earl Robinson in a car accident on the hill. Among many songs, he was known for writing ‘Black & White”, a hit by Three Dog Night in 1972. I always thought there should be a memorial of some kind for him in West Seattle.

    • WSB September 10, 2021 (2:42 pm)

      That’s a bit of history I’ve never heard. And we were here 20 years ago.

      • MC September 10, 2021 (3:52 pm)

        Correction. It was in 1991, so we just had the 30th anniversary of a sad event. I remember him coming to talk to our orchestra class at WSH in ’74 or ’75. 

        • WSB September 10, 2021 (4:08 pm)

          We arrived in April of 1991 and I started my first Seattle TV gig immediately, hope that was something we covered!

    • Kathy September 10, 2021 (5:21 pm)

      If only Admiral Way were made safe for people to bike down. For some reason, there seems to be not enough room on this four lane road for a downhill bike lane. If they made Admiral Way hill less of a mini-freeway with cars jockeying around to pass each other, maybe there would be less chance of fatal crashes such as what happened to Earl Robinson.

      • noisy admiral September 11, 2021 (12:29 am)

        Agreed. The roads are too wide for cars, making it too easy for cars to speed. The bike lanes are unsafe thanks to uneven roads. Cars don’t respect bike lanes and merge on it to turn right, cutting off people on bikes. Traffic calming device could be roundabouts but also speed cameras.

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