Marquis to do bike tour for Spaghetti Arms
Updated 9:09 am, Friday, September 4, 2015
Indie-folk artist Brian Marquis will participate in a charity bike ride throughout New England to raise awareness for Spaghetti Arms based in New Milford.
The organization raises awareness and supports research to end Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The “Bike & A Mic For a Cure Tour” will begin Sept. 15 in Hamden and conclude Oct. 3 in New Milford.
The 1,200-mile journey will feature music by Marquis and other performers - among them, the Amphibious man, Sam Coutts, Xavier Simmons and Captain Ishmael and the Sound Avengers - at various locations.
"I have become close to this organization over the past four years and wanted to find a way to help their cause while changing up the standard way I’ve been touring over the years in order to share music and conversation in a different way,” Marquis said.
Performances will be held Sept. 15 at The Space in Hamden, Sept. 17 at the Throne Watches in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 19 at Jack’s Place in Albany, Sept. 22 at The Monkey House in Winosski, Vt., Sept. 25 in Bridgewater, N.Y., Sept. 27 at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine, Sept. 29 at Café 939 in Boston, Oct. 1 at One Bar & Grill in Northampton, Mass., Oct. 2 at The Met in Providence, R.I., and Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., with music at 7 p.m., the Odd Fellow’s Hall in New Milford.
The New Milford show will feature Marquis, The Amphibious Man and Captain Ishmael.
Sean Quigg, who founded Spaghetti Arms in 2011, recalls meeting Marquis at the Scranton, Penn., stop of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.
Quigg’s Spaghetti Arms’ tent was next to the Acoustic Basement stage tent Marquis headed up.
Severe thunderstorms “pummeled” the Spaghetti Arms tent, thus Quigg and friends had to seek refuge under Marquis’ tent.
“Since then, Brian has been a full-time supporter of Spaghetti Arms’ mission, ultimately leading to the idea for this bike tour to end Duchenne that I couldn't be more excited about,” Quigg said.
Marquis recently wrapped up the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, where he performed daily in the Acoustic Basement Tent in support of his new release, “I Miss The 90's EP.”
Prior to the two-month run throughout North America, Marquis performed on a string of sold out dates supporting The Dear Hunter and Northern Faces.
Marquis will donate all profits to Spaghetti Arms.