Summer of Fun
A multi-layered approach
What: Summer of Fun's "Music in the Park"
Where: Pioneer Park
WHEN: 6pm Sat., June 19, July 17, and Aug. 14
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Weather-wise, late spring and early summer in the Pacific Northwest can be unpredictable. One day you’re wearing shorts, a tank top and flip-flops, but then the next afternoon will find you digging through your closet to retrieve long wool socks, jeans and your warmest fleece hoodie, wondering if it’s going to be necessary to turn the furnace back on.
What does this mean for Summer 2021? Venues who are presenting live music after more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions are finally welcoming musicians back into public spaces, but many of the events are taking place on outdoor stages. This means that in addition to making sure you’re following CDC guidelines and masking up and distancing when necessary, you should also head to happenings prepared with layers of clothing in case a warm day flips to cold and rainy, or a windy and cloudy day turns out to be sunny and sweltering.
“In Bellingham, it’s always weather-permitting,” Skylark’s Hidden Cafe notes on their website’s events page, and that’s another good thing to keep in mind when making your way to one of the weekly concerts the Fairhaven mainstay has begun hosting in its beer and wine garden located on the grass field below Skylark’s patio.
Currently, the temperature is predicted to be in mid-to-upper 60s when Bellingham-based guitarist and vocalist Chuck Dingee takes the Skylark’s stage from 5pm-8pm this Friday and Saturday (June 11-12), but who’s to say the questionable cloud cover in the forecast won’t turn into a late-spring storm? When listening to Dingee’s extensive repertoire of classic rock, folk rock and more, it might be wise to have a raincoat on hand, just in case.
The same goes for a “Camp Cider” gig with Diego Romero happening from 7pm-9pm Fri., June 11 on the small outdoor stage at Thousand Acre Cider House. In addition to securing a $20 table reservation, you’ll want to have the gear you need when Romero brings on the blues, funk, soul and oldies.
And although it won’t quite have officially changed seasons when Seattle-area rock cover band 3 Trick Pony kicks off the musical faction of the City of Ferndale’s “Summer of Fun” lineup at 6pm Sat., June 19 at a Music in the Park gig at Pioneer Park, once the sun starts to hang low in the sky, having a second layer could save your hide.
The odds for a hot summer night will be better when Music in the Park continues with the R&B and hip-hop beats of Bellingham-based Spaceband Sat., July 17. The final concert in the series will feature “Americana rock” and psychedelic folk with the Seattle ensemble Vaudeville Etiquette. Even if the weather takes a turn for the worse, band founders Tayler Lynn and Bradley Laina are sure to bring on the heat.
Masks and social distancing will be required at the three free events, but enthusiastic dancing will be welcomed. If you find yourself grooving in the rain without an umbrella or slicker, you’ll have yourself to blame.