Rumor Has It
Apologies in Advance
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Perhaps a day will arrive when Big Business can come to town and I will not mention it, but as long as the band is comprised of a KARP (Jared Warren) and a Murder City Devil (Coady Willis)—or two Melvins, which also works—that day remains in the future. They’re touring through our neck of the woods and, as is their custom, will land at the Shakedown—and not just for the pinball and falafel. They’ll play a show Thurs., Feb. 13 with Dryland featuring special guest drummer and the only person I will willingly high-five unless it’s my birthday Noah Burns. Tickets, unlike my birthday high-fives, are still available.
I probably should not follow up talking about a respectable and respected band like Big Business by informing you about an event that involves a dog kissing booth, especially when said kissing-booth event has nothing to do with live music, but I gotta be me (do I though? Highly debatable).
Paws for a Beer, a place that will one day kick me out when they finally realize I don’t have a dog, is hosting a Valentine’s Day event that, as far as I know, is the first of its kind in Bellingham.
It’s called Kiss Your Pup (or, in my case, Kiss Other People’s Pups and No That’s Not Weird), it happens on Valentine’s Day proper and the scant info about it includes the following: “Grab a dog and pucker up! Any dog will do. Take a selfie or have a friend take a photo. We will provide the kissing booth, you provide the lips.” I can’t tell if it’s the “any dog will do” or the “you provide the lips” that is funnier, but it’s all solid gold. Apparently the kissing booth will be there all day, which prompts me to state the obvious: What a time to be alive. It’s possible that Cascadia Weekly office dog and snack tester June will be in attendance, and while I can attest to the fact that she is a gentle kisser, her breath often smells like hot kibble, so your mileage may vary there.
I just want to apologize again to Big Business, but this time because I expended twice as many words on a canine-focused V-Day event as I did on their upcoming Shakedown show. I could’ve mentioned that the always-excellent band is fresh off a tour with Sleep or that Willis recently did a stint as the house drummer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, but regrettably I chose to highlight a dog kissing booth instead. Just remember, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, any dog will do.