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HAVE BIKES, WILL TRAVEL

Blind Pilot’s Dobrowski recalls self-powered tour

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Overpacking is a concern no matter if the road trip in question is a family vacation or a band tour. It’s also an issue regardless of the chosen mode of transportation.

Last summer, Blind Pilot launched a three-month tour by way of bicycles, and traveling that way meant the group could only bring “just enough” gear to get the job done, says drummer Ryan Dobrowski.

“One of the nice things about bike touring is not having so much equipment,” Dobrowski says. “We had our instruments — upright bass, drums, guitar, ukelele, mountain dulcimer and banjo — plus clothes, tents, sleeping bags, CDs and a book.”

The folk-pop band covered three states and 2,000 miles, staying in a hotel a few times but mostly camping or staying with new friends, Dobrowski says. He adds that the band is open to another bike tour and wouldn’t change anything, except maybe to do it in Europe.

Blind Pilot will be using motorized vehicles for its next tour, which begins with a hometown gig in Portland, Ore., on March 5.

“There is just too much ground to cover in a short amount of time,” Dobrowski says. “We’d love to continue looking into alternative methods, however.”

— By Chris M. Junior

Blind Pilot on tour (schedule subject to change):

* March 5: Mississippi Studios — Portland, Ore.
* March 6: The Empyrean — Spokane, Wash.
* March 7: Neurolux — Boise, Idaho
* March 9: Urban Lounge — Salt Lake City
* March 11: Hi-Dive — Denver
* March 12: The Waiting Room — Omaha, Neb.
* March 13: The Picador — Iowa City, Iowa
* March 14: Orpheum Stage Door — Madison, Wis.
* March 16: Schubas Tavern — Chicago
* March 18: Submerged — Austin, Texas (SXSW showcase)
* March 19: Club de Ville — Austin, Texas (SXSW showcase)
* March 24: Mercy Lounge — Nashville, Tenn.
* March 26: Studio B — Greensboro, N.C.
* March 27: IOTA — Arlington, Va.
* March 28: Theatre of Living Arts — Philadelphia
* March 30: Middle East — Cambridge, Mass.
* March 31: Mercury Lounge — New York