Get thee to the Shakedown
Who: Exhumed, Gatecreeper, more
When: 7:30pm Wed., Nov. 27
Who: Wild Powwers, Prism Tats, Maneken Hand
When: 8:30pm Fri., Nov. 29
What: Structures Anniversary w/Mondo Drag, more
When: 8:30pm Sat., Nov. 30
Where: Shakedown, 1212 N. State St.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
I can feel it overtaking me.
It must be said that I’m not trying all that hard to resist the Christmas creep that had me considering digging out my cat’s Santa suit the other day. I’ve taken inventory of my Christmas sweaters already. I’ve watched a Hallmark holiday movie or two. It’s possible I’m watching one right now.
Thus far, however, I’ve managed to totally ignore Christmas carols and all other adjacent holiday music, despite nearly succumbing to an urge to listen to Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” that surely would’ve turned the Christmas creep into a full-on tinsel takeover.
I am no doubt winding down the clock on complete surrender to holiday happenings, but I’d like to use what could be my last gasp to highlight some of the upcoming shows the Shakedown has to offer. They could be enough to stave off the inevitable, at least for another few days. Then it’s nothing but fa la la and ho ho ho.
Ostensibly, the show happening Wed., Nov. 27 at the Shakedown is a co-headlining bill with Exhumed and Gatecreeper. I’m not here to yuck anyone’s yum, but I have a strong feeling the reason this show is going to sell out is because Exhumed’s grindcore/death metal hits Bellingham in one of its known sweet spots. Add to that the band’s on-again, off-again status, which means every Exhumed show could be the last one you’ll see, and they become like our metal boyfriend who just won’t settle into a steady relationship with us. Exhumed’s draw is undeniable, but part of the fun of this show is that all of the other bands—Necrot, Judiciary, and the aforementioned Gatecreeper—have been influenced by them, so listen for the reference points in their music. And in case you missed it when I said it above, this show will sell out, so don’t wait to buy your way in at the door.
It’s no secret that Lupe Flores, drummer for Wild Powwers, is my ride or die. She makes me tacos and gets me to drink ill-advised amounts of tequila. We have matching tattoos. I have been known to want to fight people on her behalf. But Lupe’s not just one of my besties, she’s a Bellingham treasure, one we all watched evolve into a fierce, confident, skilled drummer as part of Sugar Sugar Sugar before she moved to Seattle and on to other musical endeavors. One of those endeavors is Wild Powwers, the band that was formed when Lupe got a job at Hattie’s Hat and met fellow musicians Lara Hilgemann and Jordan Gomes. The band is most often described as being “grunge,” a label they don’t entirely embrace, explaining their music encompasses elements of punk, psychedelia and even surf. With the current resurgence of flannel, baby dresses and Doc Martens, if I were Wild Powwers, I’d take being grunge and run with it. Whatever they are, they’re having the time of their lives, and that comes through very loud and real clear at their shows. They play the Shakedown on Fri., Nov. 29 and they’re bringing Prism Tats and Maneken Hand along with them.
Most breweries commemorate their milestones by brewing a special and often limited batch of beer. It makes sense, so much so that if I owned a brewery I’d do the same. However, as everyone knows by now, I’m allergic to beer, so when a brewery decides to celebrate by booking bands and throwing a show, I am all about it. The generally low-key Structures Brewery is turning four years old, and they want to party about it. To achieve that goal, they’ve booked psych/prog/proto metal band Mondo Drag for a Sat., Nov. 30 anniversary show at the Shakedown. They’ll be joined by label mates Blackwater Holylight, as well as Year of the Cobra. Presumably Structures beer will be on tap at the event and they’ve got some cool anniversary swag for the occasion, so bring your drinking liver, your earplugs and your cash.
Depending on your preferences and proclivities, you might want to hang onto those earplugs. The Christmas carols are coming.
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