Live Music

Wednesday, 07.17.19

Don Virgovic (5:30pm), Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage

Piano Night w/Aaron Guest (6pm), Aftersounds w/Metanoia Collective (8pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Rebirth Brass Band, Raincity (5:30pm), Downtown Sounds

Trout Steak Revival (9pm), Firefly Lounge

Old-English Songs w/David Vergin (2pm), Greene’s Corner

Open Mic (8pm), Honey Moon

Daddy Treetops (12pm), Kulshan Brewing Co.

Lykins-Adams, Rockfish Grill

Karaoke, Royal

After Party Drag Show w/Vivienne Duchanne (10:30pm), Rumors Cabaret

The Song Wranglers (7pm), Stones Throw Brewery

Open Mic, The Vault Wine Bar

90s Till Now w/Boombox Kid (9pm), Wild Buffalo

Thursday, 07.18.19

Stringband Thursday w/Robt Sarazin Blake (5pm), Twilight Series w/The Sam Chase & The Untraditional (8pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Open Mic (8:30pm), Brown Lantern Ale House

Ace Martyr, Miago, more (7pm), Conway Muse

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (7pm), Firefly Lounge

Blues, Brews and BBQ w/The Atlantics (6pm), Hotel Bellwether

Karaoke, Royal

Spin-off Thursday (10pm), Rumors Cabaret

Bob Log III, The Phone Books, Stereo Donkey (8:30pm), The Shakedown

18 and Older Night, The Underground

Jam Night (8pm), The Village Inn

Nappy Roots, Butta, more (8pm), Wild Buffalo

Friday, 07.19.19

Ivan Sandomire, Marlo Mudd, more (8pm), Alternative Library

Meghan Yates (7:30pm), Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage

Lindsay Street (7pm), Beach Store Cafe

Karaoke, Big Lake Bar and Grill

Fish Fry Fryday (4pm) w/Jezebel’s Mother (6pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Shipwreck Weekend w/The Enthusiasts (9:30pm), Brown Lantern Ale House

High Note Group (7:30pm), The Greg Pitsch Band (7:30pm), Conway Muse

Hawktail (6pm), Weener (9pm), Firefly Lounge

Karl Blau (6:30pm), Guemes Island General Store

Marvin Johnson, Hotel Bellwether

DJ Jester, Royal

Rikki Sinsation’s Drag Wars (8pm), Rumors Cabaret

Common Market, New Track City, more (9pm), The Shakedown

DJ TonyBoi (9pm), Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa

Funaddicts (9pm), Skagit Casino Resort

Brittany Collins (7pm), Stones Throw Brewery

Knut Bell and the Blue Collars (9pm), Swinomish Casino and Lodge

Karaoke, The Underground

Jill Newman and Margaret Wilder, The Vault Wine Bar

Karaoke (9pm), The Village Inn

Klefto, DJ Spel Chek, more (8pm), Wild Buffalo

Saturday, 07.20.19

Heddwen, Larsen Gardens, Meghan Yates (8pm), Alternative Library

Forest Beutel (7:30pm), Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage

Late Night w/Kirby Ai (9:30pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Shipwreck Weekend w/Oso (9:30pm), Brown Lantern Ale House

MuseBird Cafe w/Boris Kossakowski, more (7:30pm), Stardrums (8pm), Conway Muse

Nick Vigarino (8:30pm), Edison Inn

Tim Valpicella, Hotel Bellwether

Bilongo Quintet (6pm), Old World Deli

Joe Blue and the Fabulous Roof Shakers, Rockfish Grill

DJ Jester, Royal

Party Saturday (10pm), Rumors Cabaret

Glitchlette, The Mountain Flowers, Fretts (9pm), The Shakedown

Expertease (9pm), Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa

Funaddicts (9pm), Skagit Casino Resort

T.G.R. Jazz (8pm), Skylark’s

Rob Hutchings (7pm), Stones Throw Brewery

Knut Bell and the Blue Collars (9pm), Swinomish Casino and Lodge

DJ Little, The Underground

Lefty and the Right Hand Band, The Vault Wine Bar

Sunday, 07.21.19

Piano Night w/Paul Klein (3pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Ron Bailey & The Tangents (5:30pm), Edison Inn

Sonja Lee Quintet (4:30pm), Hotel Bellwether

Forest Beutel (7pm), Kulshan Brewing Co.

Monday, 07.22.19

Poetrynight (7pm), Alternative Library

Irish and Folk Night w/Trad Québec duo Zigue (6pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Guffawingham (9pm), Firefly Lounge

DJ Night, The Underground

Open Mic (7pm), The Village Inn

Lip Sync Battle (9pm), Wild Buffalo

Tuesday, 07.23.19

Out of the Ashes (3:30pm), Peter Horne & Nikki Lang (6:30), Boundary Bay Brewery

Karaoke (9pm), Firefly Lounge

Karaoke, Royal

Punch Up Comedy Showcase (7pm), The Shakedown

DJ Night, The Underground

Rumor Has It

My dad is the kind of guy who will stop and give five minutes of his time to just about anyone. Because of this, I have learned that it is entirely possible to form lasting, meaningful bonds with people five minutes at a time. 

If ever there was anyone made for friendships formed in five-minute increments, it was Peter Gunn, who passed away a few days ago. In his official capacity before his recent retirement, Peter was a longtime employee of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership dedicated to keeping our streets beautiful, as well as a steadfast volunteer for and board member of the local nonprofits he so loved.

In his unofficial capacity, he was a sort of People’s Mayor of Bellingham, elected year in and year out by an overwhelming majority of the popular vote.

But to the marrow of his being, he was a standup comedian, no matter what he was doing.

For me, spending five minutes with Peter—a thing I did a few times a week for many years as I’d go about my downtown business—looked a little like this: First, he’d spot me across a street or down a block and his face would light up with anticipatory glee. We’d go through the standard niceties of greeting each other before he’d ask me if I had a minute—and I always did—and then, with a decided twinkle in his eye that belied his somewhat deadpan voice with the thick East Coast accent he never lost, he’d tell me a joke. But it wouldn’t just be a joke. It would be a bit, complete with setup and punchline. In keeping with his off-kilter sense of humor and comedic timing, his bits never went where I thought they were headed. Most of them made me laugh, some of them made me groan, but I never tired of being one of the likely hundreds of people treated to a mini standup act with every encounter.

But Peter packed so much more than laughs into our five-minute visits. We talked baseball—I enjoyed pretending to hate his beloved Yankees—politics and whatever local happenings that captured our fancy. Over time, we talked about other things that were harder and more personal, and that’s how I discovered his generous nature, sensitive soul, and the depth and breadth of his love for the people he cared about.

Peter’s death, from natural causes, was both sudden and surprising, enough so that it left many of us feeling not just bereft, but also robbed of opportunity. I never got to tell him I don’t really hate the Yankees. I never told him there’s a big piece of my heart with his name stamped all over it. But I think he knew. You can tell a lot about a person in five minutes.