Savannah Bicycle Campaign to host ride and concert

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah Bicycle Campaign plans to fill Savannah's streets with bicyclists followed by a free concert from Ben Sollee all in hopes to build a better Savannah through bicycling.

The third annual Midnight Garden Ride and concert will take place on Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. It plans at take off and end at the Forsyth Park Band Shell to be followed by a concert from classically trained pop cellist Ben Sollee and his band. Registration, lights and helmets are required for the ride.

The Midnight Garden Ride is a casual and police-escorted ride that will wind through Savannah's beautiful historic neighborhoods. All proceeds benefit the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, which is dedicated to making the city better through bicycling. The event is the organization's biggest fundraiser.

"The Midnight Garden Ride has grown in size and energy every year. Expanding it to include live music from notable performers is particularly exciting for us," said Savannah Bicycle Campaign Chairman Drew Wade. "We are grateful for the support of many wonderful sponsors, and in particular our presenting sponsor Michelob Ultra.  We invite everyone to join us on the ride and for the concert in Forsyth Park."

The concert is a coproduction of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Savannah Stopover. A limited number of stage-front VIP seats will be available.

Sollee attracted national attention with his debut album "Learning to Bend" in 2008 and along with his band mates has conducted multiple tours by bicycle, one included a stop in Savannah organized by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign in December 2009.

Sollee also performed at the 2008 Savannah Music Festival as part of the Sparrow Quartet, featuring Bela Fleck. His latest recording, "Inclusions," was released this year and described by Paste magazine as "exploring post-modern jazz one minute and simple folk the next, with gospel themes running up the spine. It's a surprising and rewarding journey."

Cheyenne Marie Mize will open the show. Mize has collaborated with Sollee in the past and will be familiar to local audiences from her performance at the 2011 Savannah Stopover Festival. Her latest recording, "Before Lately," was released on SonaBLAST records in 2010.

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