"}
Music

From the Sonics to Sun Hands

Making music at WWU

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Let’s face it: finding things to do in a small town when you’re a college kid who either isn’t old enough or doesn’t want to hit the bars can be a little rough. There’s only so many movies you can watch, burritos you can eat, walks you can take and coffeehouses you can visit. Which is why, when big, back-to-back, music-related events take place on the campus of Western Washington University, it can be a godsend for otherwise entertainment-deprived students.

And, of course, we non-student types also desiring entertainment are free to benefit from this bounty as well.

The first event of this musical windfall is both dirt cheap and super-sporty. It’s called Sonics All Day, and is a rally to support the Seattle Sonics’ (or the Sacramento Kings, as they are currently known) potential return to Seattle to satiate the appetites of hoops-hungry but currently bereft fans.

Why does Bellingham, and Western Washington University, need a big Sonics rally? They don’t. Indeed, much like many others, I’m perplexed as to how this event came about and why it’s happening. But I learned long ago not to analyze these strange and random musical happenings too closely lest it impede my enjoyment of them.

The cornerstone of Sonics All Day is, of course, the basketball team, and Save Our Sonics founder Steven Pyeatt will be on hand to rally the assembled masses into a frenzy (rumor has it some kind of decision with regard to the team could be made public on Fri., April 27, which could potentially make for an interesting event indeed). Former Sonic superstar Shawn Kemp will also make an appearance, and if he doesn’t dunk over at least one person in the crowd, I will be mightily disappointed.

Of course, music is part of all this hoops-related hoopla, and it will come in the form of the Blue Scholars, who will play a set of their homegrown hip-hop in support of the Save Our Sonics effort. Best of all, the whole shebang is a mere $3 for students and $5 for general admission. I’m sure there was once a time when it was possible to see the Blue Scholars play an all-ages show for three bucks, but that time has come and gone—until Sonics All Day, that is.

But the music doesn’t stop when all signs of green-and-gold are eradicated from Carver Gym Saturday night. The next day, at the PAC Mainstage, California band Local Natives will take over. The band’s Bellingham show comes on the heels of their appearance at Coachella, and is sandwiched between two sold-out Seattle shows. In case you need me to translate the significance of those things, they mean this band is hot shit right now.

Part of the reason Local Natives have tapped into the zeitgeist of the current music listener is because they’re riding the same neo-folk wave of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (who they’ve toured with), etc. But instead of focusing on the more homespun elements of that genre, Local Natives have chosen to go in a direction that’s a little more mathy, a little afropoppy in a way that have seen them draw more comparisons to the likes of Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend. Think more Grizzly Bear than the Lumineers, and you’ll pretty much be in the ballpark.

Regardless of the comparisons drawn of the buzz surrounding this band, the fact remains that after playing the sunset slot at Coachella, and one of the two aforementioned Seattle shows, Local Natives will no doubt be in a position to put on one helluva show by the time they hit Bellingham. Get ready to put your “Sun Hands” in the air, people.

SVCR Don McLean
More Music...
The Wild Buffalo
Music under the big top

I respect any number of things about the Wild Buffalo’s ownership cohort of Craig Jewell, Joey Crahan, and Lee Huffman, but nothing more than their steadfast, unshakable belief that owning a music venue is supposed to be fun. Sure, they deal with all the standard-issue problems of…

more »
Valentine’s Day Cover Show
Make America love again

People have strong feelings when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

Some people thoroughly enjoy the annual celebration of love. They go all out, make elaborate plans to show affection for their significant others, hand out valentines and conversation hearts, invest in roses and chocolate,…

more »
Murder City Devils
You can’t keep a good devil down

By now, just about everyone the world over knows a thing or two about the ’90s grunge scene in Seattle, and about how a bunch of flannel-clad bands who loved distortion and had a lot of angst to burn somehow caused an unintentional musical revolution, the reverberations of which are still…

more »
Events
Today
KMRE broadcaster receives citizen journalism award

5:00pm

17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

10:00am|Whatcom County

New documentary focuses human rights film festival

7:52pm

Arsenic and Old Lace

7:00pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Into the Woods

7:30pm|Whidbey Playhouse

Up the Down Staircase

7:30pm|Squalicum High School

Ubu Roi

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

Spanish Storytime

10:30am|Lynden Library

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue

Weird Washington

5:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Friday Night Art Party

6:00pm|Tillie Lace Gallery

Whatcom Humane Society Wine Social

6:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

PhotoLUSH 2017

6:00pm|Lairmont Manor

Friday Night Art Party

6:00pm|Tillie Lace Gallery

Always…Patsy Cline

7:00pm|Conway Muse

And I Remember

7:00pm|Village Books

King John

7:30pm|Philip Tarro Theatre

International Guitar Night

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

James Hunter Six

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Borealis Wind Quintet

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Cupid's Arrow Final Weekend

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

MBT Rovers Village Books
Tomorrow
KMRE broadcaster receives citizen journalism award

5:00pm

17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

10:00am|Whatcom County

New documentary focuses human rights film festival

7:52pm

Arsenic and Old Lace

7:00pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Up the Down Staircase

7:30pm|Squalicum High School

Ubu Roi

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Into the Woods

7:30pm|Whidbey Playhouse

Weird Washington

5:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

PhotoLUSH 2017

6:00pm|Lairmont Manor

Always…Patsy Cline

7:00pm|Conway Muse

King John

7:30pm|Philip Tarro Theatre

Cupid's Arrow Final Weekend

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Snow Play Day and Survival Skills

8:00am|Mt. Baker Ski Area

Children's Literature Conference

9:00am|Performing Arts Center

What's New in Organic Gardening

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

Plant Society Ramble

9:30am|Maple Creek Loop

UFO Primer

10:00am|Syre Hall

FiberFest 2017

10:00am|La Conner Middle/High School

Intro to Ancestry

10:00am|Ferndale Library

Winter Trail Run Series

10:00am|BBMX Park

Sumas Writers Group

10:00am|Sumas Library

Smelt Run

10:00am|La Conner Middle School

Kids Can Cook

11:00am|Community Food Co-op

Washington Beer Open House

12:00pm|Whatcom and Skagit counties

An all-season outdoor expo

1:00pm

Tax Help

1:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Weird Washington

1:00pm|Lynden Library

Raising Pigs

1:30pm|Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Peace Corps Revisited

3:00pm|Lynden Library

Geology Underfoot

3:00pm|Deming Library

Starry Night Chamber Orchestra

3:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Whatcom Writes

4:00pm|Village Books

Wishes for Our Stars Gala

5:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Varsity Vocals

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Comedy Fundraiser

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Boating Center Fundraiser

7:00pm|Elks Club

Light in the Night Gala

7:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Wetzel's World

7:30pm|Lummi Island Library

Bayshore Symphony Winter Concert

7:30pm|Central Lutheran Church

Bellingham Farmer’s Market Northwood Steak and Crab
Sunday
KMRE broadcaster receives citizen journalism award

5:00pm

Arsenic and Old Lace

7:00pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Into the Woods

7:30pm|Whidbey Playhouse

Up the Down Staircase

7:30pm|Squalicum High School

Bayshore Symphony Winter Concert

7:30pm|Central Lutheran Church

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Refugee Talk

2:00pm|Christ the Servant Lutheran Church

Northwest Cancer Summit

2:00pm|Bellingham Golf and Country Club

Sting and Piano Chamber Concert

3:00pm|Firehouse Performing Arts Center

The Tao of Raven

4:00pm|Village Books

Making time with Oscar

4:30pm

The Irish Rovers

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

see our complete calendar »

MBT Rovers Village Books Bellingham Farmer’s Market Bellingham Technical College Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Northwood Steak and Crab Trove