Rumor Has It

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
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

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

Bands at Barkley

August 14, 2019

Ready, Fight!

August 7, 2019

Rock and Vote

July 31, 2019

The longest night

July 24, 2019

Remembering Peter Gunn

July 17, 2019

From the Rooftop

July 10, 2019

Breaking News

June 19, 2019

Kombucha Class

4:00pm|Blaine Library

Pinot and Prose Info Session

5:30pm|Village Books

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

The Syrinx Effect

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wine, Women, and Song

7:00pm|Lairmont Manor

Now Hear This!

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Whatcom Food Network's Fall Forum

9:00am|Pioneer Pavilion Community Center

Back to the Books

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

Bellingham at Home Informational Meeting

3:00pm|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

My Parents and Me Painting Classes

3:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Classic Italian Dinner

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

Boldly Went Live Outdoor Adventure Storytelling Show

6:30pm|Boundary Bay Brewery

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Hot Vengeance

7:00pm|Village Books


7:00pm|Bellingham High School

An Evening with Conrad Anker

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Pray the Gay Away

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

The Norman Conquests

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Jansen Jazz Band

7:30pm|Jansen Art Center

Interwoven Lives

7:30pm|Village Books


7:00pm|Bellingham High School

Pray the Gay Away

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

The Norman Conquests

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Emergency winter housing for the homeless


Wild Things

9:30am|Cornwall Park

Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

10:00am|Rexville Grange

Books and Bites

1:00pm|Blaine Library

Curator's Tour

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building

Holiday Makers Market

4:00pm|Ciao Thyme Commons

Peace Builder Awards Gala

5:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Hamster Ball

5:30pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Gratitude Stew

6:00pm|Peter James Studio


7:00pm|Cirque Lab

Book Launch and Poetry Reading

7:00pm|Old Parish Hall

Butterflies and Trios

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

I Knew Her As Arachne

7:30pm|DUG Theater

Lone Piñon

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Blush Punch with Bellingham Repertory Dance

8:00pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

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