Music Venues

Wednesday, 01.22.20

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

Piano Night w/Aaron Guest (6pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Vinyl Night w/Joey Wiltse (9pm), Culture Cafe

Open Mic (7:30pm), Honey Moon

Trace Rezideux and the Rainbow Ranch Hands (7pm), Kulshan Brewing Co.

After Party Drag Show (10:30pm), Rumors Cabaret

Free Harmony (7pm), Stones Throw Brewery

90s Till Now (9pm), Wild Buffalo

Thursday, 01.23.20

Karaoke (9:30pm), Culture Cafe

Cory Vincent Unplugged (7pm), Edison Inn

Fretland, Boy Orbison, Waking Maya (8pm), Firefly Lounge

Shawn Hall and Adrian Bellue (6pm), Menace Brewing

Spin-off (10pm), Rumors Cabaret

Emo Therapy w/DJ Vandy (8pm), Wild Buffalo

Friday, 01.24.20

Hambone Wilson & Jan Peters (8pm), Aslan Depot

It’s Just Drag (8pm), Jauz (10:30pm), Commodore Ballroom

The Yankee Drivers (7pm), Culture Cafe

Birds of Play (6pm), Bellingham Folk Fest After Party (9pm), Firefly Lounge

Bellingham Folk Fest Open Jam (8:30pm), Honey Moon

Open Mic (6pm), Menace Brewing

Queer AF Drag Show (8:30pm), Flashback Friday (10pm), Rumors Cabaret

The Guess Who (7pm, Event Center), Latin Night (9pm, Lounge), Silver Reef Casino Resort

Knut Bell and the Blue Collars (9pm), Skagit Casino Resort

The Sweet Goodbyes (7pm), Stones Throw Brewery

Harmonious Funk (9pm), Swinomish Casino and Lodge

Havilah Rand (7pm), The Vault Wine Bar and Bistro

The Green, Ka’ikena Scanlan (7:30pm), Wild Buffalo

Saturday, 01.25.20

Kevin & Katie (7:30pm), Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage

Cee Cee James and the Mission of Soul (7:30pm), Culture Cafe

The Shortcutz (8:30pm), Edison Inn

Bellingham Folk Fest After Party (9pm), Firefly Lounge

Bellingham Folk Fest Open Jam (8:30pm), Honey Moon

The Devillies (1:30pm), Kulshan Brewing Co.

Latin Tinge (6pm), Old World Deli

Party Saturday (10pm), Rumors Cabaret

The Spider Ferns, Very Serious, Glitchlette (8:30pm), The Shakedown

The Guess Who (7pm, Event Center), Shannanigans (9pm, Lounge), Silver Reef Casino Resort

Knut Bell and the Blue Collars (9pm), Skagit Casino Resort

Grassblue (7pm), Stones Throw Brewery

Harmonious Funk (9pm), Swinomish Casino and Lodge

Unknown (7pm), The Vault Wine Bar and Bistro

Who Run the World? Dance Party (8pm), Wild Buffalo

Sunday, 01.26.20

Open Mic (6pm), Culture Cafe

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

The Devillies (7pm), Kulshan Brewing Co.

Panty Hoes Drag Show (9pm), Rumors Cabaret

Harder Than Hell Dance Party (7:30pm), The Shakedown

Ozomatli, Suenatron (7pm), Wild Buffalo

Monday, 01.27.20

Guffawingham w/Richard Bowen (9:30pm), Firefly Lounge

Karaoke (9pm), Rumors Cabaret

Tuesday, 01.28.20

Piano Night w/Paul Klein (5:30pm), Boundary Bay Brewery

Michael Kiwanuka, Sammy Brue (7pm), Commodore Ballroom

Songs and Stories Open Mic (6pm), Karaoke (9pm), Firefly Lounge

Rumor Has It

One of the enduring mysteries and source of speculation in my life revolves around the musical acts at the Northwest Washington Fair.

Much more than any other annual entertainment event, the fair’s booking hews to no genre or style and seems to fall under the general header of “stuff people like,” so it feels like just about anyone can—and has—appeared on the Grandstand stage at the fairgrounds in Lynden.

Huey Lewis? Sounds great. Weird Al? Perfect. Cheap Trick? Go ahead and surrender. Trisha Yearwood with a surprise appearance from Garth Brooks? That’s just shameless. Ted Nugent? Go home, fair. You’ve obviously caught a case of cat scratch fever.

This year, coming to Lynden, home of old-fashioned Dutch family values and wholesome good times, is none other than Nelly, he of such lyrics as “good gracious, ass is bodacious,” “my grammar be’s ebonics, gin tonic and chronic,” and “but as long as you a thicky-thicky-thick girl you know that it’s on”—and that’s at the tamer end of the Nelly lyrical spectrum.

You know I’ll be there, band-aid on my cheek, to witness Nelly tell the mainstage audience that it is “hot in herre” before instructing them to “take off all your clothes.” The odds of this show selling out are higher than everyone on Nelly’s tour bus, so if you’re lucky enough to snag tickets during the reserved and VIP presale Jan. 22 second, I suggest you do so before the public gets a crack at them on Jan. 24.

Somewhere, Craig Jewell is hatching a plan to lure Nelly to the Wild Buffalo while he’s in our neck of the woods. I don’t know this for certain, but I’d bet my band-aid on it.

Shifting gears quite a bit, while I’ve spend the first part of 2020 getting ready to act on my laundry list of Groundhog Day resolutions (I can’t rightly call them New Year’s resolutions anymore), the Bellingham Alternative Library has been moving into their new space. Although still not the permanent home of their dreams (can someone please buy them a building with a lot of built-in shelving and great acoustics?), the Alt Lib has landed at 1309 Billy Frank Junior St., in the building that used to house the ceramics studio of beloved artists Eugene and Ene Lewis, which is right next to the building that used to house the Baskin-Robbins I made my mom take me to during my first visit to Bellingham (thanks, mom!). They’re still unpacking and getting their 9,000-plus volumes of readable material squared away, but Poetry Night has resumed, shows have been hosted and the ever-resilient Alt Lib remains with us, as it should be.