Rumor Has It

Sing Loud:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I’m not much for singing, mostly because I don’t participate in things, but I enjoy watching other people sing, and I especially love weird events, and the coming week offers both of those things.

First up is Choir! Choir! Choir!, who will bring themselves and their exclamation points to Bellingham for a Thurs., Oct. 10 show at the Wild Buffalo. As monikers go, theirs is a bit misleading, as there are three “choirs” in their name, but only two guys in the band—which isn’t really a band at all.

Allow me to explain.

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Canadian duo—Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman—who travel around creating impromptu choirs wherever they go. If you buy a ticket to the show, you’re in the choir. Simple as that. They’ll teach you an original arrangement of a famous song—past examples include Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”—and at the end of the night, everyone will sing it together. Evidently, the whole process is so transformative and heartwarming that Adilman and Goldman are often asked to lead team-building exercises for large companies and other groups. But mostly Choir! Choir! Choir! just wants everyone to have fun, so no need to worry that you’ll be inducted into a singing cult if you learn to sing Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” with a few hundred friends and strangers.

I must confess that I have never really had a strong desire to see local political candidates sing karaoke, but now that the Shakedown is hosting Karaoke with the Candidates (I see Shakedown owner and city council candidate Hollie Huthman’s fingerprints all over this) on Sun., Oct. 13, I now think every election cycle should include such an event. Pretty much since it was announced, I’ve been trying—and failing miserably—to imagine such folks as Satpal Sidhu, Seth Fleetwood, and Natalie McClendon singing karaoke and it is some real food for thought. What songs will they pick? Am I allowed to vote for people based solely on their karaoke performances? (The answer is, of course, yes. But please don’t do that.) The night is a fundraiser for Whatcom Forward, which is the arm of the Whatcom Democrats aimed at getting out the vote in the November election. They’re asking for a $5 donation at the door, but if you’re feeling especially generous and would like to get face time with a candidate or two, you can shell out $50 for a VIP ticket that nabs you a meet-and-greet with current and potential politicos, as well as snacks.

But seriously, what is Brian Estes going to sing? How about Bobby Briscoe? What’s Joy Gilfilen’s karaoke tune of choice? The possibilities are endless. The mind reels.

Past Columns
Comings and goings:

October 16, 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

Remembering Lucas Hicks

October 11, 2017

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