Le Beat: March 2017


After a long break from live shows, Acorn Project will be hitting the stage March 24 at the Wild Buffalo. Catch AP performing the music of Rage Against the Machine and Ween!

La Vida will be hosting its first art walk as a collective on March 3. Instructors will be on site to offer demos and mini lessons from the many different styles offered at the studio, such as: Authentic Movement, four styles of Bellydance, Hula, Tango, and Persian and Tajik dance. La Vida plans on incorporating these Art Walk features into First Fridays.

Femme Fest comes to WWU on Friday, March 3. Described by AS Students as, “1 part womxn in music showcase, 1 part celebration of womxn, 1 part awareness”, the festival is free and features performances by: DoNormaal, ParisAlexa Music, Guayaba, and Falon Sierra.

Tillie Lace Gallery has officially changed its name to Cooper – Lanza Gallery. The gallery is now open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 2:30-6 p.m. and Sundays 3-6 p.m.

Beloved local Zach Zinn is now booking for the Alternative Library, and hosting a new 80s Dance Night at The Shakedown every Tuesday. Point touring bands in his direction, as the new Alt Library space looks awesome!

The Shakedown will play host to two Bellingham Girls Rock Camp benefits in March. On Friday, March 3,catch Charlie and The Rays, Judy Just Judy, Monica Parshotam, and The Katy Grey. The following evening, on Saturday, March 4, see Babe Waves Guayaba, and Worshiprr. All funds from both shows will be donated to the BGRC.

This month marks the 7th anniversary of Polecat. With over 650 shows under their belt, you know the band will be ready to celebrate come March 17at The Green Frog for a special Saint Patrick’s Day doubleheader!

Bellingham local Evan Dahl has launched a new line of Bellingham stickers, available via bhamstickers.com. Check out his different Bellingham based designs.

Every issue of Throwrug (1991-1999) is now available for viewing online (northofnowhere.com), thanks to Eric Michael Hall Lohafer. Check them out!

In local touring news, Chimney, Step Dads, and The Dawn Bombs will be hitting the road together next month on a week-long West Coast string of dates. The Co Founder will also be on the road with Special Explosion, starting March 9. House of Blue Leaves and Tetrachromat will embark on a short weekend tour in late March as well.

Babe Waves entered the studio with Erik Wallace, beginning work on a new group of songs (release date TBA). The new Kuvoza record (also tracked by Erik) will be ready mid-March. Lolachezia announced their work on a new demo (entitled Demo #2), and went to Seattle to work on vocals. Head to their Facebook for more details regarding the recording process, and future release dates!


In addition to those mentioned above, here are some more.

The Shakedown: March 10: Mostafa, RA Scion (formerly of Common Market), Pax & Manny, INVICTVS, and Call, 21+, $6. RA at the Shakedown shouldn’t really need anymore explanation. March 11: Tetrachromat, Mercy Brown, Ghostblood, and Dark White Light, 21+, $6. Check out Tetrachromat’s monthly appearance at the Shakedown – they won heavier than heaven at this year’s What’s Up! Awards, and they’re a really tight young band! March 17: Big Business,  21+, $10-$12. This may sell out so be there. March 22: Wheelchair Sports Camp, Manekan Hand. 21+, $6. If you don’t wanna come for Wheelchair Sports Camp, then come for Manekan Hands – really great band, and really good people. March 23: Sisters, Plastic Picnic, Candysound, 21+, $10-$12. Plastic Picnic is ex. Learning Team, and Candysound is on the bill. This show kicks off Candysound’s short regional tour.

The Green Frog: March 2: Noam Pikelny, 21+, $18.  Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which the Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and the New Yorker describes as “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative.”

Make.Shift: All shows are All Ages and $6. March 10: BGRC Benefit: Great Grandpa, Dog Mountain, The Wednesdays. Great Grandpa ias back for the first time since the Block Party! March 30: Mom Jeans., SAVE FACE, Forget It, Itemfinder. Mom Jeans have blown up over the past six months, so don’t miss a chance to see them.

Mosh Eisley: March 3: HOBL, Babe Waves, Sweeping Exits, Girl Teeth, LAIVA, All Ages, $5. Benefit show for Kadence of Worshiprr! March 18: Middle James, The Hague, Tom Nook, The Teachers, All Ages, $5. The Hague are a personal favorite when it comes to PNW bands – don’t miss this show!!

The Swillery: March 4: Scream Against Trump: Vol. 1, 21+, $5. March 16: Babe Waves, Ramona, Dead Bars, The Wednesdays, 21+, $5. Babe Waves flanked by The Wednesdays is sure to make for a ridiculously fun night. Go give Maria your crumpled up dollar bills. March 18: Scum Eating, Xurs, Guillotine Eyes, 21+, $5. Full band Guillotine Eyes = Zach Zinn putting on a guitar clinic.  March 31: The Co Founder, Southtowne Lanes, Stepbrothers, 21+, $5. Catch  Co Founder alongside Southtowne Lanes (on their way back from SXSW) and Stepbrothers (on their way back from Treefort)!


The Co Founder – phd: New vinyl 7” available via thecofoundermusic.bandcamp.com. It features two new tracks (“Obsessed”/”Balance”), engineered by the one and only Mr. Erik Wallace (Shibusa Sound).

Robert Sarazin BlakeRecitative:  Robert Sarazin Blake’s new double LP! Check it out, as it features the always-solid songwriting of one of Bellingham’s finest musicians. And see an interview with Robert in coming pages!

Marvelous MintBehind The Times: Ranging from stripped-down guitar ballads to dense baroque electronic rock, Marvelous Mint features the writing and performances of Willie Womack.

ShimmertrapsOzius: Shimmertraps need to be a live band! Because this is really good! Just as their name suggests, this is shimmery, pop goodness at its finest.

The Dawn Bombs: Greetings from…: The group’s first EP, released a month before hitting the road with Chimney and Step Dads. Nikko reviewed it, and he wouldn’t stop raving about it, so check it out.



Bellingham: A Compilation for The Opportunity Council, released by LifeVest Records. Featuring 13 local bands, the comp is available on LifeVestrecords.bandcamp.com, with all funds being donated to The OC! Read all about it in this month’s reviews.

–Hayden Eller



As you can see by the cover, What’s Up! has turned 19! We will be hosting a free birthday show at The Shakedown on March 25 with Fumes, Mhostly Ghostly, Kuvoza and Couch – four local bands I really dig who are playing music that pushes the boundaries of sound and space… all in different ways. Hope you come out and join us. We won’t be doing any fanfare in our pages this month, though interviewing Robert Sarazin Blake is pretty close – he’s been part of the music scene since we started in 1998.

Thank you for reading and supporting What’s Up!, to our amazing advertisers who help pay our bills, those making local music, and all our great contributors who help in different ways. Without each of you, I wouldn’t be able to do this every month. So, thanks! Happy 19!

-Brent Cole