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Downtown Sounds update -location change for Rebirth Brass Band

Last week’s Downtown Sounds show got doused by a summer downpour. Taking no chances, organizers have moved this week’s show, featuring New Orleans legends the Rebirth Brass Band, to the drier, but still outside-ish, environs of the Depot Market. The aptly named Raincity opens.

Downtown Sounds will be back on Bay Street as usual next Wednesday.

Downtown Sounds, July 17, 5pm
Rebirth Brass Band and Raincity
Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.

Downtown Sounds kicks off tonight with Polecat

Downtown Bellingham Partnership celebrates 15 years of free shows

Happy birthday to Downtown Sounds! My, how you’ve grown. I remember watching the first show set up in the alley next to the Wild Buffalo. Now DTS covers two blocks centered at Bay and Prospect Streets, one of which is 99% beer garden.

In addition to the onsite beer and food vendors, several nearby establishments are offering Downtown Sounds specials this summer.

The Cabin has added a Wednesday night taco night (don’t worry, Thursday is still taco night too!), the Wild Buffalo has half-price wells and drafts/$2 off cocktails until 10pm, and Bayou on Bay has late dinner service, half price refreshers, and $1 oyster shots. And if you just want to hit up happy hour before the show, check out the downtown happy hour list. The Cabin, Temple Bar, Jack’s, and the Grand are all within a block of the action.

Here’s the season lineup. Shows are at Prospect and Bay Streets and start at 5:30pm.

July 10: Polecat & Friends (Bluegrass/Americana)

July 17:  Rebirth Brass Band w/ Raincity (Brass Band/Funk)

July 24: Orchestra Zarabanda w/ Bilongo Quintet & Sabrina Gomez (Salsa/Cuban/Jazz)

July 31: Sepiatonic w/ Analog Brass (Electro-Vaudeville-Dance Party/Brass-House)

August 7: Monophonics w/ Willdabeast (Soul)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kicks off Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema season on June 22

Here’s the summer lineup for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Movies are shown behind Village Books on the Fairhaven Village Green, 10th and Mill. Live entertainment starts at 8:15, movies at dark. BYO chair or blanket. Admission is $5, free for kids under five.

June 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Strangely and Bellowing open

June 29: Spiderman, Into the Spiderverse, Wren & Della open

July 6: Top Gun, The Sweet Goodbyes open

July 13: Bohemian Rhapsody, DJ Westwood opens

July 20: Mary Poppins Returns, Talia Keys opens

July 27: Ten Things I Hate About You, Azara Tribal Bellydance opens

Aug. 3: Jurassic Park, Aaron J. Shay opens

Aug. 10: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Havilah Rand opens

Aug. 17: Grease, Brian Ernst opens

Aug. 24: The Princess Bride, Psychedelic Cowboys open

Barkley Village Wednesday Market starts today

by June Hathaway

I’m going to miss the Fairhaven Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The walk along the bay from downtown to Fairhaven is lovely in the summer. I enjoyed wandering among the market stalls, people watching, and stretching out on the grass to catch some rays while half-listening to the buskers.

I must admit, however, that I never bought so much as single radish.

It seems I wasn’t alone in this. Citing declining sales, the Wednesday Farmers Market has pulled up stakes and moved to Barkley Village.  The new Barkley Market kicks off this afternoon from 2pm-6pm with a grand opening featuring music from Lefty and the Right Hand Band. The market will continue every Wednesday through September.

 

Elizabeth Park summer concert lineup announced

Here are the bands scheduled to play at Elizabeth Park this summer. Concerts are on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Bring a sweater – the park’s canopy of old-growth trees keep it cool even on warm summer evenings.

June 20: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, “Gypsy jazz and swing.”

June 27: The Kaeli Earle Trio, “Jazzfunk originals, covers and jams.”

July 4: Brian Butler and Bridge, “Rockin’ rock and steamy blues.”

July 11: Sir Reginold Cosgrove and His Nighttime Singers, “Eclectic, throwback, folk rock.”

July 18: The Di Young Combo, “Sultry jazz and pop ensemble.”

July 25: Fossil Rock, “’50s and ’60s hits.”

August 1: Dr. Jimmy and the Swing Time Serenaders, “Big band.”

August 8: Whitewing with The Soul Shaker Horns, “Sassy soul, funk, blues and R&B.”

August 15: Those Guys, “Oldskool and newskool dance covers.”

August 22: Heroes Rock Band, “Youth rock band.”

Catch them while you can: the markets of summer’s end

by June Hathaway

Never mind the thermometer – the truth is, summer is slip-slidin’ away. Fortunately for those of us who spent the past couple of months hiding in darkened rooms, there’s still time to experience Bellingham’s seasonal outdoor markets (the OG Downtown Farmers Market at Chestnut and Railroad runs year-round). Find our local markets below, listed in order of time left to get your butt over there before they wrap up for the season.

In town

Fairhaven Farmers Market
Wednesdays through August, 3pm-7pm at 10th and Mill (map).
The Downtown Farmers Market’s chill little sister features fresh local produce arrayed under the shady pergolas that ring the Fairhaven Village Green’s sunny lawn. There’s live music from 4-6, making it a lively spot for a midweek picnic.

The Barkley Market
Wednesdays through August, 11am-6pm at Barkley Village (map)
The northeast side shopping-center-slash-office-park livens up the workweek with a Wednesday market offering food trucks and lawn games from 11am-2pm, mini farmer’s market 4pm-6pm.

Birchwood International Market
Last Fridays through September, 6pm-10pm at Park Manor Shopping Center aka Old Albertson’s (map)
No doubt folks in Birchwood, part of the city’s largest food desert, would rather have a grocery store. But since Albertson’s hasn’t released its death grip on their old store location even now that they’ve sold it, residents will make the most of this neighborhood market with craft vendors, food trucks, and music in the meantime.

Farther afield

While Bellingham proper is home to a few urban farms, most of the produce you’ll see at markets comes from farms in the rural areas surrounding the city. These community markets get you even closer to the source.

Lynden Farmers Market
Saturdays through September, 10am-2pm at Centennial Park (map)
Produce, handmade toys, and more, just a short walk from the Jansen Arts Center and the delightfully old-timey Pioneer Museum, which will have free admission on September 22.

Edison Farmers Market
Sundays through September, 10am-2pm at the Edison Granary (map)
Check out the goods at the farmers market, and then explore tiny Edison, the manic pixie dream girl of towns-that-don’t-officially-exist.

Ferndale Farmers Market
Fridays, 3pm-7pm through October 5 at Centennial Riverwalk Park (map)

In addition to a weekly bounty of local eats and goods, you’ll find a monthly flea market here on September 14 and October 5.