The second Bellwether Jazz Festival, a partnership between the Port of Bellingham and local nonprofit The Jazz Project, features free music from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Tom Glenn Common on Bellwether Way, with the Thomas Marriott Quartet, Blues Union, Crossing Borders and Carlos Cascante's Tumbao.
There are also food vendors and a beer-and-wine garden, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets to spread on the grass and enjoy the performances.
An opening-night, four-course dinner concert is Friday, Sept. 7, at Giuseppe's Al Porto Ristorante Italiano, featuring music by Crossing Borders (Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, Jud Sherwood, Kristen Strom and Scott Sorkin). The dinner is by reservation only, limited to 100 people, with tickets $45 for Jazz Project members and $50 general. The dinner will be outdoors, weather permitting. Reservations and details: 360-650-1066 or jazzproject.org.
EAST 542 FESTIVAL
The inaugural East 542 Music Festival takes place Sept. 14-15 at the Deming Logging Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Road, near Nugents Corner. Guest artists are Lonestar, Sawyer Brown, Dr. Hook, Juice Newton, Crystal Shawanda, Aaron Pritchett and Kenny Hess.
The festival features a beverage garden with a large screen so you can enjoy the entertainment while relaxing under the shade, plus a barbecue, campsites and more. Details: 542musicfest.com or facebook.com/East542MusicFestival.com.
'MY FAIR LADY'
The Broadway and film classic "My Fair Lady" comes to Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., for the first time, as a locally created production under the direction of Mark Kuntz.
Set in Edwardian England, the story, based on G. B. Shaw's "Pygmalion," kicks off when elocution expert professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering. Higgins wagers that he can fool the upper-class guests at the embassy ball into believing guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle is a highborn heiress by teaching her to speak and act like a genteel lady.
The play features such memorable songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "On the Street Where She Lives."
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-27, 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and 3 pm. Sept. 29-30. For tickets, $10 to $45, call 360-734-6080 or go to mountbakertheatre.com.
WHATCOM HARVEST DINNER
The 10th annual Whatcom Harvest Dinner is Sept. 23 at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, between Bellingham and Lynden.
The event celebrates the bounty of Whatcom County farms and fisheries, with a highlight this year on school and community gardens. A major focus of the dinner is Whatcom Farm-to-School programs that educate families and children about healthy and locally produced foods. Suggested admission: $7 to 15 for children, $20 to $75 for adults. Some free and discounted tickets are available upon request.
The dinner is organized by the Fourth Corner Slow Food Chapter, with volunteer support from four local groups that will benefit from the proceeds: Explorations Academy, Sustainable Connections, Common Threads Farm and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.
Details: whatcomharvestdinner.com and on Facebook.
At home whether on the concert stage or a folk festival, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster is one of the most versatile and exciting musicians on the folk and Celtic music scenes.
She performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. MacMaster has performed and collaborated with Alison Krauss, the Chieftains, Paul Simon and Luciano Pavarotti, as well as with her husband, Celtic band Leahy frontman Donnell Leahy. Her fiddling fireworks, sparked by both traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies, includes foot-tapping rave-ups, heartrending ballads and world-class step dancing.
Tickets, $20 to $39, are available at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.