Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blackberry Bike Jamboree this weekend

We are pumped up and excited for the Blackberry Bike Jamboree at the EWEB Plaza in Eugene this Saturday. There's going to be all sorts of fun bike stuff going on from noon to 6 pm, including the debut of our new performance to the classic '80s song, "Safety Dance." Unlike the original video, we've got no trace of mandolins or maypole dances...though April does have secret Morris Dance skills, interestingly enough.

No specific word yet on what time we're on stage, but will post word when we have an approximate time. Our "stage" is the space in front of the community fountain in the plaza, and we were highly entertained during the rehearsal tonight by all the soggy toddlers standing over the fountain jets and deflecting the water by bouncing it off of their soggy soggy diapers. Perhaps we'll have to steal that move!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

More pics from Eugene Bike Day

Some of these pics from our Bike Day performance do a great job of catching details that you can't see on the teeny little video we posted. Thanks to Graham for his keen camera work!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bike Day was so much fun

Despite the early-morning rain, Bike Day ended up having glorious weather and a wonderful crowd. We had a great time performing to the Go-Gos, and thanks to Hans for getting the dance on video!

As usual, there was a lot to do--many of us competed in the Flat Fixing competition, though none of the Brackettes made the final round.

Watching the track-stand competition inspired Chris & Martha to develop a tandem-trackstand technique!

Lots more photos from the event here. Thanks to all the organizers for an excellent day!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bike Day 2009--see us perform!

We're performing at Eugene Bike Day on Saturday, June 13! This is a milestone for us, since it was on Bike Day 2008 that the idea for the Bottom Brackettes was first dreamed up. We'll be on at 1:00, doing a lively deconstruction of an 80's pop song.

The fun starts at 10 am at the Science Factory, 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy, Eugene, OR 97401. Read the full details about this fun event at the GEARS website.

We also got a shout-out in the Eugene Weekly's cover story this week. Well, maybe it was two shout-outs: both literally, in the last paragraph that mentions the Bike Day festivities, but also conceptually in the front-page illustration that includes a ballerina doing a fancy arabesque on her bike. Man, we are all about doing the arabesque on bikes!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Spring Roll Ride, Sat May 30

Are you coming to the Spring Roll this Saturday? Not only is it an awesome scavenger hunt on bikes, but you'll be hunting for food that gets donated to the needy via Food For Lane County--an excellent cause! The Bottom Brackettes won't be dancing at this event, but some of our members have been doing some very fancy footwork to help organize the event. We'll see you there!
(Lots more logistical details here for those who like to Know The Plan!)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Welcome to our new web niche!

Some of you may be wondering what happened to the previous version of our website. We decided to switch our format to a blog so it was quick and easy for all our members to post updates--seems logical to spend more time rehearsing our dances and less time wandering around in HTML-land, no? The goal is to scoot all that yummy content from the first website over here to the blog, and then add even more announcements of upcoming events, plus photos and videos of all our adventures. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Our past performances

The Bottom Brackettes first came together in the summer of 2008. Our first performance was at the Blackberry Jamboree celebration, at the EWEB plaza in Eugene, OR.

In September of 2008, we joined the rockin’ Brazilian-style marching band, Samba Ja, in the Eugene Celebration Parade.

The Bottom Brackettes performed an elegant “bicycle tango” as part of the annual Pedestrian and Bicycle Summit in January 2009. It was great fun. Congressman Peter DeFazio appeared between our act and the bicycle fashion show, both of which put big grins on his face.

In February '09, we performed the tango again at the Convention and Visitor Association of Lane County’s Tourism Forum, to kick off the new promotional campaign that frames Lane County as a major cycling destination!