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Dream All Day:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

One of my core beliefs about our local music scene is that Bellingham is a place from which bands can make it.

“Making it” means different things to different people, and to me it means getting a real chance to take a real shot at real success. This is borne out by such examples as, say, Death Cab for Cutie and Odesza. Even artists that are not from here credit Bellingham with giving them a leg up. Brandi Carlile made us a tour stop long past the time when she was playing venues bigger than the Mount Baker Theatre. Macklemore won four Grammys and then played a thank you concert (not for the Grammys specifically—Bellingham isn’t that powerful) at the Wild Buffalo.

But the bedrock of my belief lies with the Posies, the band that nabbed a major-label record deal when they were fresh out of Sehome High School, and went on to write some of the most perfect power-pop gems of the 1990s. They didn’t achieve worldwide domination and end up on an episode of Behind the Music, but they did all right. And Ken Stringfellow, one half of the musical brain trust behind the Posies, did better than all right, playing with R.E.M. and a retooled Big Star.

No matter what he’s been up to, Stringfellow always finds his way back to Bellingham and he typically aims to make his concerts events to remember. So it is with “An Evening with Ken Stringfellow” on Sat., Nov. 9, which takes place at his alma mater, Sehome High School. Stringfellow is as good with a story as he is with a song, and he’ll no doubt do some recounting of his high school days at the show. Tickets for the concert itself are still available on Eventbrite and will run you $25. For $75, you can have dinner with Stringfellow at an undisclosed location. What will happen at the dinner is among the details shrouded in mystery, but it seems worth $75 to find out.

The next part is confidential to my music scene folks.

All right, we’ve done it. We’ve infiltrated the upper echelons of the local government. We got one of our own elected to city council. Now that Shakedown/Racket owner and musician Hollie Huthman is our At-Large councilperson, we’ve got two years to enact our agenda.

So, what do we want? Guaranteed minimum income for local musicians who do things like rehearse, record and tour like it’s a full-time job? A law that says drummers from opening bands can’t break down their drum kits onstage? Tax-exempt status for music venues on the auspices that church takes many forms? A city-subsidized rock festival at the Acid Ball? Seems like the sky is the limit here, folks. Dream big.

Congratulations, Hollie Huthman, Bellingham City Council At-Large. We’re real proud of you.

Past Columns
Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

But wait, there’s more:

October 23, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

Road to somewhere:

October 2, 2019

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Bellingham City Club Meeting

11:30am|Northwood Hall

Mapping Mountains

4:00pm|Western Library

Beginners Welcome

4:00pm|Village Books

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Wild Church

6:00pm|Marine Park

Food and Wine Pairing

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

The Slacks

7:00pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Jazz Lecture Series

2:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Exploring Equity

2:00pm|Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Keenan's Dinner

4:00pm|Keenan's at the Pier

Trivia Night

6:00pm|Burlington Public Library

Life Between the Pages Dinner Book Club

6:00pm|Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

A date with democracy

6:30pm

Bottle Club

6:30pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Pasta Party

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

The Woman's Hour with Elaine Weiss

6:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

An Iliad

7:00pm| Firehouse Arts and Events Center

The True Cost

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Jazz and Mariachi Night

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

WWU Wind Symphony

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

House Concert with Meghan Yates and Louis Ledford

7:30pm|Chuckanut Center

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Friday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

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