Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Music, Market and More Music

Friends and music, markets, more music, dancers and even more music - what an absolutely fun day it was!

First up at the Performing Arts Center Plaza at Western Washington University was singer/songwriter Jenni Potts performing titles from her latest album. (Album cover photo from her website at
Then we set off to Fairhaven for their afternoon Farmers Market and a walk along Taylor dock, to Boulevard Park and back again.
Fresh vegetable market stands and stage performers fill the Village Green in Fairhaven.
Flowers and vegetables from local farms line the perimeter of the Village Green.
Clear skies and calm waters along Taylor Dock made for a very pleasant walk.
Canadian geese paddled around Tin Island, a tiny island located between Taylor Dock and the beach that was created by deposits from the early industry along Bellingham Bay and Fairhaven during an early 1900s industrial era that bustled along our waterfront.Later, at the Downtown Renaissance Network sponsored Downtown Sounds alley concert between the Wild Buffalo House of Music and the Mindport Gallery, we enjoyed the opening tunes of Round Mountain. Brothers Char and Robby Rothschild, whose background ranges from Balkan and West African styles to traditional Appalachian music, performed their traditional, classical and funk music on the main stage set up at the end of the alley. (Photo from their Internet press kit available at their website).
Blond Ambition, a local belly dance troupe led by Nancy Sarna, entertained the crowd with dances in the alley between main-stage performances.
Sally, Fred and I enjoy the performance from the tables next to the main stage.
When Tilly's Folly took the main stage, they captivated the audience with their dynamic vocals and driving acoustic guitar with their Celtic rock tunes. The classic songwriting of Bruce Coughlan, multi-instrumentalist, Nolan Murray, and bassist and vocalist, Laurence Knight, Tiller's Folly filled the alley with their high-energy acoustic roots music.
The party in the alley.
After the concert in the alley, the party moved inside the Wild Buffalo as Hoss, one of Bellingham's great classic country and western groups, performed tunes from the 1930s to the present day. You can catch Hoss again on July 27 at Depot Market Square - Brewers by the Bay in downtown Bellingham and again on August 9th at 9:00 p.m. at the Wild Buffalo. Put on your boots and get ready for some great country two-step dancing!
More photos from the day's events.
Thanks for the pizza, Fred!
Thanks, Sally!
It is always fun!

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