Rumor Has It

Bands at Barkley

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Perhaps it is because I lack imagination, but when I think about places to see live music in Bellingham, Barkley Village is not the first—or even the third or fourth—place to come to mind.

Evidently, the folks at Barkley Village and its anchor store, Haggen Food and Pharmacy, have all of the imagination I’m missing because a year ago, they cooked up an idea for a fundraiser they dubbed Concert On the Green, featuring bands, food vendors and a beer garden—all the standard components of a successful summer event around these parts.

It was an idea so nice they’ve decided to do it twice.

This year’s Concert On the Green takes place Sat., Aug. 17 at, as its name suggests, the Barkley Village Green. Gates open at 4pm and it’s just a short half hour until the many members of Baby Cakes assemble to get the crowd up and dancing with their locally loved funk and R&B. They’ll then cede the stage to Petty or Not, a group that achieved instant popularity with what I’m pretty sure was intended to be a one-off performance and has been playing ever since. If some of the members of Petty or Not look identical to some of the members of Baby Cakes, it’s not due to overlap between the bands—it’s because the bands feature sets of identical twins.

No, that’s not true. Not even a little bit. I don’t even know why I said it. No one in any of those bands has an identical twin. They’re all only children.

Yeah, that’s another lie. Just call me Pinocchio.

Back to our regularly scheduled slate of mostly factual information, the Concert on the Green is a benefit for Lydia Place, a nonprofit that does vital work to help break the cycle of homelessness in Whatcom County. Considering we’re smack-dab in the middle of a homeless crisis, support for organizations that provide services to our unhoused is more critical than ever. Tickets for the concert are $20—and they’re in limited supply, so hie thyself to Eventbrite and score yours now.

Because people do not live on bands alone, Concert On the Green will also feature such food vendors as Jalapeno’s, Chow Gourmet Hot Dogs, Sage Against the Machine, Vitality Bowls, and the Sugar Shack Ice Cream Truck. Slake your thirst with beer, wine or cider from the Twin Sisters beer garden—that pair of drink tickets you got with your entry aren’t going to redeem themselves.

If you’d like to catch a preview of what’s in store for you at Concert On the Green, I’d like to encourage you to seek out the promo video that features footage of last year’s event. Highlights include: 1. Top-quality concert vid of Polecat. 2. A whole bunch of people you probably know dancing. 3. Some pretty sweet drone shots. I watched it once (five times) and I’m sold.

Past Columns
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

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

Road to somewhere:

October 2, 2019

Sound of Soundings:

September 25, 2019

News of brews

September 18, 2019

Sex In The City:

September 11, 2019

While I was sleeping:

September 4, 2019

Little in the middle

August 28, 2019

Into the woods

August 21, 2019

Ready, Fight!

August 7, 2019

Rock and Vote

July 31, 2019

The longest night

July 24, 2019

Events
Today
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

The Naughty List Market and Cabaret

2:00pm|Broadway Hall

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Holiday Craft Bazaar

3:30pm|Lynden Library

Drayton Harbor Shellebration

4:00pm|G Street Plaza

Gingerbread House Making

4:30pm|Ferndale Library

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Photos and Stories with James K. Papp

5:00pm|Gallery Pegasus

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Kids Night Out @ Western

6:00pm|Western Washington University

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Lost Feast

7:00pm|Village Books

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Christmastime is Here with Skagit Symphony

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Tomorrow
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

NSEA Work Party

9:00am

Breakfast with Santa

9:00am|Sedro-Woolley Community Center

Winter Faire

10:00am|Whatcom Hills Waldorf School

Sumas Book Club

10:00am|Sumas Library

Fairhaven Winterfest

10:00am|Historic Fairhaven

Old-Fashioned Christmas Market

10:00am|Friday Harbor Brickworks

Winter Arts & Crafts Festival

10:00am|Pioneer Park Pavilion

Mastering Wisteria

10:30am|Full Bloom Farm

Award-Winning Book Club

10:30am|Lynden Library

Your Life is a Story Writers Group

10:30am| South Whatcom Library

Snow Geese of Skagit

10:30am|Christianson's Nursery

Saltadena Celebration

11:00am|Saltadena Bakery

Winter Wonderland Gift Gala

11:00am|Carnation Building

Holiday Craft Bazaars

11:30am

Holiday Maker's Market

12:00pm|Terramar Brewing and Distilling

Holiday Tea and Crafts

1:00pm|North Fork Library

Festive Feasting Reception

1:00pm|Good Earth Pottery

Holiday Joy with Fidalgo Youth Symphony

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Shrinking the Worry Monster

2:00pm|Village Books

Teen Art Fair

2:00pm|Blaine Library

Big Holiday reds tasting

2:00pm|eifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Bowman Bay Holiday

3:00pm|Bowman Bay

A Deep Dive Into Eve Deisher's Psyche

3:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Noel Ensemble

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

One Meditation

4:00pm| Boulevard Park

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Early Railroads of Whatcom County

7:00pm|Village Books

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Holiday History Hi-Jinks

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Center Into Solstice

7:00pm|Cafe Blue

Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Cidertails with Alexine Langdon

7:30pm|housand Acre Cider House

Winter Solstice Concert with SeaMuse

7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

The Kelley World Tour

7:30pm|Lummi Island Library

Sunday
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Winter Wonderland Gift Gala

11:00am|Carnation Building

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Celtic Yuletide

3:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Scarlett and Dicey

4:00pm|Village Books

Vaudevillingham

7:00pm|Cirque Lab

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