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Fair play, open jams and a post-punk party

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May 11, 2022 at 5:20 a.m.
Hear acoustic covers and originals when Michael Dayvid performs Friday, May 13 at That's What I Like in Bellingham, and Sunday, May 15 at the Beach at Birch Bay.
Hear acoustic covers and originals when Michael Dayvid performs Friday, May 13 at That's What I Like in Bellingham, and Sunday, May 15 at the Beach at Birch Bay. (Photo courtesy of Sierra Farquhar)

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The big news this week is another headliner announcement for the fair, plus an end of the year festival at Western Washington University. Read on to learn about a new open jam I’m excited to tell you about!


The big news of the week is that Flo Rida has been announced as one of the headliners for this summer's Northwest Washington Fair. The famous rapper will be appearing Aug. 18 and tickets are on sale now.

Lawnstock is happening at Western Washington University again this spring; mark your calendars for Saturday, June 4. No word yet on headliners.

Skylark’s is moving their music back outside. They’ll be starting earlier and doing some Sunday afternoon shows as well.

A new open jam in Bellingham takes place Thursdays at the Local Public House; there will be a full band open jam with drums and amps provided. The organizers are hoping to keep it danceable and funky while allowing for surprising new collaborations and improvisation.

We all take it for granted that an octave is divided into 12 notes. What the Microtonal Adventures Festival asks you to consider is, what if there were more than that? Check out a variety of concerts and workshops, including a show Saturday, May 14, at Make.Shift Art Space.

Bar Cicotti, located in Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, hosted some shows last summer on their patio. Jan Peters is going to be booking a Wednesday evening jazz series there starting in June; we’ll have more details on that lineup soon.

The Nick Cave/Warren Ellis documentary/performance film “This Much I Know To Be True” is playing Wednesday, May 11, at the Pickford Film Center and the Lincoln Theatre.


On Friday, May 13, ACTORS bring their atmospheric post-punk to the Shakedown. Trio Sueño plays a unique fusion of jazz and flamenco and will be at the Vault Wine Bar in Blaine. At the Wild Buffalo, Kuinka makes their much-anticipated return, playing one set of originals and one set of ’90s covers in their distinctive style.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Kat Bula was a key force in the roots music scene around Bellingham for years. She’s based in Seattle now but returns to the Honey Moon for a solo show Saturday, May 14. Saba is at the Wild Buffalo with his melancholy hip-hop that same night.

Live music calendar

Wednesday, May 11

Boundary: 6 p.m., Aaron Guest on Piano
Honey Moon: 8 p.m., Open Mic
Rockfish: 6 p.m., Whistle Lake Jazz Quartet
Sylvia Center: 7 p.m., Marina Albero/Adriana Giordano Quartet (jazz)
Thirsty Badger: 7 p.m., Open Mic
Underground Coffeehouse: 7 p.m., The Hobby, Laamb (punk)

Thursday, May 12

Blue Room: 6 p.m., Open Mic
Boundary: 5 p.m., Robert Blake and Jan Peters (folk), 8 p.m. Steve James, Devin Champlin (folk)
Honey Moon: 8 p.m., Madeline McNeil (singer-songwriter)
Kulshan Trackside: 6 p.m., Cardova (funk/R&B)
Local: 9 p.m., Open Jam
Menace: 6 p.m., Odd Mood Jam Band (acoustic covers)
Shakedown: 9 p.m., Gloomy June, Roland Olayvar, Bird Senses Danger (rock)
That’s What I Like: 6 p.m., J.P. Falcon Grady (folk/blues/rock)
Twin Sisters: 6 p.m., Salt Pine (alt country)
Wild Buffalo: 8:15 p.m., Delta Spirit, Palm Palm (rock)

Friday, May 13

Aslan: 6 p.m., Synergy Trio (instrumental rock)
Beach at Birch Bay: 6 p.m. Three Radicals (classic rock)
Blue Room: 8 p.m., Miles Harris, Chris Eger Band (blues/rock)
Big Rock Woolley Market: 7 p.m., Sweetwood (acoustic covers and originals)
Birdsview: 6 p.m., Uncle Doug
Boundary: 6 p.m., Groovebot (funk/R&B covers)
Firehouse: 6:30 p.m., Heat Speak, Traesti Darling (folk)
Fireside: 7 p.m., Young Kidz
Greene’s Corner: 6 p.m., Serafima Healy
Honey Moon: 8 p.m., Gallowglass, Schmid and Guest (Celtic/folk)
Lighthouse: 7:30 p.m., Blake Angelos (jazz)
Shakedown: 9 p.m., ACTORS (rock)
Skylark’s: 5 p.m., Mike Faast Trio (jazz)
That’s What I Like: 7 p.m., Michael Dayvid (acoustic covers)
Thirsty Badger: 8 p.m., The Undecided (classic rock)
Twin Sisters: 6 p.m., Andrew Wakefield (folk)
Vault: 6 p.m., Trio Sueño (jazz/flamenco)
Wild Buffalo: 9 p.m., Kuinka, Payge Turner (acoustic pop)

Saturday, May 14

Beach at Birch Bay: 4 p.m., Midlife Crisis and the Alimony Horns (blues/R&B)
Big Rock Woolley Market: 6 p.m., Savanna Woods, Bare Feet
Birdsview: 6 p.m., Queen’s Bluegrass
Blue Room: 1 p.m., Hockey Teeth, Sky Mar, Bird Senses Danger (indie rock)
Brown Lantern: 9 p.m., The Dolts (rock)
Conway Muse: 8 p.m. Andy Koch’s Badd Dog Blues Society
Corner Pub: 6:30 p.m., For What It’s Worth (classic rock)
Farmstrong: 5:30 p.m., Lazy Acres, Brittany Collins Band (rock)
Fireside: 3:30 p.m., Singers’ Saturday
Greene’s Corner: 6 p.m., One Lane Bridge (classic rock)
Honey Moon: 8 p.m., Kat Bula (irreverent Americana)
Lighthouse: 7:30 p.m., Adrian Clark (jazz)
Make.Shift: 8:30 p.m., Microtonal Adventures Festival
Paws for A Beer: 6 p.m., Walker Van Wingerden (folk)
Rockfish: 7:30 p.m., Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method (blues)
Shakedown: 9 p.m., Antishock, Paper Heart (’90s rock covers)
Skylark’s: 5 p.m., Odd Mood Jam Band (acoustic covers)
Thirsty Badger: 8 p.m., Checo Tohamaso (funk/soul/reggae)
Wild Buffalo: 9 p.m., Saba, MFnMelo, Joseph Chilliams, Frsh Waters (hip-hop)

Sunday, May 15

Beach at Birch Bay: 1 p.m., Michael Dayvid
Boundary: 5 p.m., Foxy Apollo, The Hookups, Madam Monarch, Kazmyn
Culture Cafe: 7 p.m., Open Mic
Kulshan: 5 p.m., The Devilies (Irish/folk)
Old Edison: 5:30 p.m., The Atlantics (classic rock)
Mount Baker Theatre: 3 p.m., Whatcom Chorale and Sinfonia (choir)
Shakedown: 8 p.m., The Pack AD, see night, Book of Shred (rock)
Skylark’s: 1 p.m., Bob’s Your Uncle
Wild Buffalo: 8 p.m., Citizen Cope (acoustic rock)

Monday, May 16

Firehouse: 3:30 p.m., Piano Six
Kulshan: 6 p.m., Odd Mood Jam Band

Tuesday, May 17

Aslan: 8 p.m., Jazz Night
Beach at Birch Bay: 6:30 p.m., Open Mic/Jam
Boundary: 6 p.m., Paul Klein on piano
Farmstrong: 6:30 p.m., Jack Mattingly

Before heading out to listen to live music, check with individual venues to make sure the event is still taking place as scheduled. 

Jesse Stanton's music column, The Beat Goes On, runs Wednesdays. Email: or Twitter: @JSBhamMusic

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