Rumor Has It

It’s Baaaack:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Back in September, I got a text from Brent Cole, What’s Up! Magazine editor and founder and person who knows the greatest number of embarrassing things about me. No words, just a screen grab of a convo between him and the Wild Buffalo’s Craig Jewell that begins with Cole asking if Jan. 18, 2020 was available for an awards show, and ends with Jewell’s succinct “January 18th is wide open. Let’s do it.”

And just like that, the What’s Up! Awards, and the show where they are handed out, were revived after a three-year hiatus.

As mentioned, the show will happen Sat., Jan. 18 at the Wild Buffalo, and Dryland, the Blood Capsules, the Rhetorician, Supermissive, LipStitch, and Munch are all slated to play. Per usual, awards will be won, shenanigans will ensue, and Brent will begin the night by saying he’ll never do it again and end it feeling pretty good about Bellingham’s music scene and his role within it.

But the awards show isn’t the only thing making a surprise return to our musical landscape these days.

After what I can only assume were protracted negotiations, the Main Street Bar & Grill and the City of Ferndale reached an agreement regarding live music at the bar. Despite having hosted countless shows over many years with what appeared to be no problems, the Main Street received notice that the city was reclassifying the space as a nightclub, triggering a requirement for an expensive fire-suppression system.

The venue’s choices were to install the cost-prohibitive sprinklers or pull the plug on the live music. And so the Main Street went quiet almost a year ago.

Then Kevin Bacon came to town, fell for the preacher’s rebellious daughter, taught Chris Penn to dance, convinced the powers that be that letting people listen to music would not cause their children to die in a car accident, and live music rang out once again at the Main Street.

That’s how it goes in my imagination, anyway.

According to My Ferndale News, which got to the bottom of the story while I was thinking about Kevin Bacon, the City and the Main Street came to an agreement in which the bar would not have to install the sprinklers and would still be able to book live music—with the pretty heavy caveats of limiting it to Thurs.-Sat., and stipulating that it go no later than 10pm (9pm on Thursdays). The Main Street is also prohibited from levying a cover charge. It’s tough to know how it’s all going to work out given the time limits and economic constraints, so my hope is the Main Street will do such an excellent job under these new circumstances that the Ferndale version of John Lithgow will be won over and will let everyone cut footloose.

Past Columns
Of bongos and backwards balls

February 26, 2020

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

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

Dream All Day:

November 6, 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

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

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

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Children's Literature Conference

8:00am|Performing Arts Center

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Lynden Community Center

WNPS Field Trip

9:00am|Larrabee Park

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Tenmile Creek

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am

The Birds of Western North America

11:00am|Blaine Library

Washington Beer Open House

12:00pm

GEMS Fair

12:00pm|Western Washington University

Strait Art

1:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Corsini Wines Tasting

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Eagles Here and Around the Globe

3:00pm|South Whatcom Library

La Conner Daffodil Festival Poster Reception

4:00pm|Lux Art Center

Leap reception

6:00pm|Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery

Wild Womxn Week

6:00pm

Ignite the Night Fundraising Gala

6:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Leap

6:00pm|Cirque Lab

Jeffrey Elvis

7:00pm|Lynden Pioneer Museum

Manouche NW Concert Series

7:00pm|Walton Theatre

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Wildpreneurs

7:00pm|Village Books

Off the Hill Concert Series

7:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Sunday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am

Wild Womxn Week

6:00pm

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Vegan Bake Sale

11:00am|Kulshan Brewing Company

Whatcom Writes Reading

2:00pm|Village Books

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Salish Sea Early Music Festival

3:00pm

An Evening of Flamenco

7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Depot Comedy Club One Year Anniversary

8:00pm|Aslan Depot

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