Sounds of the street
What: Concerts at "Camp Cider"
Where: Thousand Acre Cider House, 109 Grand Ave., suite 101
WHEN: 7pm May 14 (Corey Vincent) and May 21 (Havilah)
Cost: $10-$25 (depends on party size)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Last week, shortly after announcing they’d give a free beer to those who showed up to get a shot of the Pfizer vaccine during a two-day pop-up clinic at Boundary Bay Brewery, the community staple on Railroad Avenue had another big announcement to make. After a long hiatus, they would be stepping back into the live music arena by hosting a Mother’s Day brunch concert with Cayley Schmid and Clea Johnson of Giants’ Causeway on the beer garden stage in “Bellingham’s Backyard.”
After making sure to mention the talented fiddler and cellist would be masked and maintaining the required 10-foot distance from customers’ tables, the venue let it slip that live piano concerts in Boundary’s taproom would soon be making a return. This week, they announced Paul Klein would be playing from 6pm-8pm Tuesdays, and Aaron Guest would be tickling the ivories from 6pm-8pm Wednesdays until further notice. (Both musicians will be masked and distanced from guests, and for now there will be no singing performances from Paul.)
Other signs of musical reemergence in downtown Bellingham also took place on Mother’s Day weekend. On Friday night, buskers took to the streets during the Children’s Art Walk and Downtown First Friday to share music and poetry—including Pete Irving and Ani Banani of Hot Damn Scandal and Best Intentions on Bay Street, Native American flutist Peter Ali on Cornwall Avenue, and poet laureate Robert Lashley holding fort on the corner between Honey Moon and BAAY on Maple Street.
Over the next four months of First Friday celebrations, different performers will set up sidewalk stages to share their various talents. Buskers will always follow current COVID-19 protocols, and even if you’re vaccinated, you should continue to do so, as well.
“While these shows will be free to the public, contributors are being paid handsomely thanks to a generous grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation,” musician and event coordinator Pace Trumpet says of the monthly performances. “They appreciate live entertainment should be better financially supported now that we know how life sounds without it.”
The same night the hired buskers hit the streets, Thousand Acre Cider House started an outdoor concert series on their “Camp Cider” patio with Lefty and the Right Hand Band.
The series at the Grand Avenue locale will continue through the month, with the “grunge blues” of Corey Vincent slated for Fri., May 14 and singer and instrumentalist Havilah Rand taking the small stage on Fri., May 21 to show how she can effortlessly switch from country to folk and blues in the blink of an eye. Since only seven tables are available for patrons to sit in on the action, reservations are required to attend the events.
Organizers note that although shelter and tabletop heaters will be available during the concerts, spring in the Pacific Northwest is an unpredictable beast, and severe wind or storms will cancel the shows. A little rain won’t keep them from happening, however, so keep that in mind when you’re contemplating your attire for your own reemergence into the live music scene.