Kimya Dawson, Cumulus: May 13 at The Old Foundry
Kimya Dawson and Cumulus (Alexandra Niedzialkowski) are both familiar faces to Bellingham. Kimya Dawson played last year with Portugal, and The Man at WWU and Cumulus originally began in Bellingham before migrating to Seattle.
They played at The Old Foundry on Mother’s Day as a benefit for Girls Rock Camp, a foundation benefitting young girls ages 8-18, empowering as well as providing a positive space for creative expression through music. Needless to say this was an extremely anticipated show straight from the get go. Despite the show being on a Sunday, there was a fairly decent turnout of around 100 people.
The Foundry turned into a giant living room for the night, with rugs filling the floor for people to sit on, making a comfy space for this night of amazing singer/songwriters which was oh so picturesque. The atmosphere was impeccable, just the way one should see these artists – something intimate, personal, and fun.The stage was set on the floor, merely a chair, microphone, and the show started.
Cumulus opened the show with her dreamy acoustic songs that provoke nostalgic and warm feelings, helping to get the crowd comfortable for the evening. She shared stories and meanings behind her music, making a connection with the audience, and allowing the songs an even greater impact upon listening to them. This truly felt like a living room, comfortable space, and the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day or just a beautiful Sunday evening.
As things were starting to feel like things couldn’t get any better, Kimya Dawson took the stage and started to play. She, like Cumulus, told stories in between songs. She did of course play the familiar tunes that have become what she is most known for off the “Juno” soundtrack, but she also played songs that are brand new or have not yet been recorded. Her last five songs were extremely powerful, one being a song called “Thunder Thighs,” telling a story of her friend who died of cancer. It is a 10-minute song, but it went by in a flash due to the captivating nature of the lyrics which were sobering to say the least.
The crowd was great that night, very respectful of what each musician had to say and they listened closely to the music that was being played.