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Band Together, Washington

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What: Band Together Washington

When: 7:30 pm Thu., Mar. 18

Where: Online

Cost: By donation; RSVP

Info: http://www.keepmusiclivewa.com/btwa

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Sir Mix-a-Lot is no stranger to downtown Bellingham. In fact, the first time I saw him perform was more than 16 years ago at the Royal Night Club.

The set started near midnight, by which time my plus-one and I had consumed enough tequila that we’d made the transition from friendly to flirty. When the world-famous rapper finally delivered his Grammy-winning, double-platinum-selling single “Baby Got Back” to the room full of rowdy ticket-holders, we joined the throng on the dance floor who were grinding along to the masterful musician’s bass-heavy paean to posteriors. It was a hell of a good time.

In recent years, Sir Mix-a-Lot has made it a point to include the Wild Buffalo House of Music on his annual tour stops, and Bellingham has continued to thank him for his continued presence by shaking our own booties to his old-school electronic beats whenever he arrives. Predictably, the shows sell out not long after they go up for sale, and everyone who attends goes home happy—including the star, who has long said he’d rather perform in smaller, more intimate venues than giant showrooms.

Due to this pernicious pandemic, it’s been more than a year since most people have experienced a memorable night of live music in a venue of any size in Whatcom or Skagit counties (and far beyond). But never fear, because Sir Mix-a-Lot is once again stepping up to the plate to bring music to the masses. Along with celebrated guitarist Rachel Flotard, he’ll be co-hosting a virtual fundraiser for Keep Music Live from 7:30pm-9:30pm Thurs., March 18 dubbed “Band Together Washington: Celebrating the Legacy of Live Music in Washington.”

Thanks in part to his friendship with Wild Buffalo co-owner Craig Jewell, Sir Mix-a-Lot has been keen to lend his name, producing skills, musical talents and conversational chops to Keep Music Live (who, yes, we’ve mentioned a number of times before in these pages). The campaign was established by Jewell and fellow music lovers in Washington state to support small, independently owned venues at risk of closing by providing COVID-19 relief grants, and Mix has been vocal about doing his part for the worthy cause.

The March 18 event will be livestreamed, and Sir Mix-a-Lot and Flotard will have plenty of company when it comes to the loaded lineup. Expect to see concert rarities from yesteryear, deep-dive discussions about the future of our independent music venues, and performances from the likes of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Allen Stone, Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, the Presidents of the United States of America, Tres Leches, Visqueen, Tomo Nakayama, Megan Jasper, Shannon Welles, Macklemore (and more).

As Sir Mix-a-Lot and Flotard wrangle the considerable talent, keep in mind that although the event is free, donations will go directly to those who are trying to ensure we’ll all have stages and dance floors to return to when it’s safe to do so. Support them now, and you can shake your booty later.

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