Summer alive with sounds of 'Sweeney Todd' and R&B and classical music festivals


Kal David will perform at the Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival in early August.

Kal David will perform at the Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival in early August.


Rhythm & Blues Festival coming to Deming: The Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival — recent recipient of the Blues Foundation’s 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive award for best festival in the United States — hosts Aaron Jones & the Way, the Fat Tones, Kal David & Real Deal, the Chris Eger Band and Shane Dwight with Bekka Bramlett, Aug. 2-4 at the Deming Logging Showgrounds.

Camping is available. Details: 360-383-0850,

Seattle Opera brings 'Our Earth’ to Bellingham

Seattle Opera and Seattle Youth Symphonies co-host a collaborative performance series around the state of “Our Earth,” a trilogy of new operas by Eric Banks and Irene Kelieher. The musicians perform locally as part of the Marrowstone Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center.

Tickets: 360-650-6146 and


'Sweeney Todd’ on stage at Bellingham Theatre Guild

The Bellingham Theatre Guild pres- ents “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” June 7-23 at the guild playhouse, 1600 H St. In the musical masterpiece of murder- ous barbarism and culinary crime, Sweeney Todd is an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th-century London to exact revenge on the lech- erous judge who framed him and abducted his young wife. Adult content.

Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, can be reserved at 360-733-1811.

Relive 19th-century sailing aboard Hawaiian Chieftan

People can book a romantic evening sail aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain, a contemporary interpretation of a 19th-century vessel that operates out of Grays Harbor Historic Seaport and travels the Washington coast each summer. The two-hour sail departs at 6 p.m. from Squalicum Harbor and features demonstrations of tall-ship handling, sea-shanty singing and maritime storytelling.

There are four sails to choose from: July 13, 16, 17 and 18.

Tickets are $39 for the July 13 sail, and $29 for the others.

Reservations and details: 800-200-5239, historic

Bellingham Festival of Music returns

The 2013 Bellingham Festival of Music brings classical music to Western Washington University, Mount Baker Theatre and the Bellingham Cruise Terminal July 5-21 and features such luminaries as Pepe Romero, Garrick Ohlsson, Frederica von Stade and Heidi Grant-Murphy.

Tickets: $10 to $45, are available at 360-650-6146 and


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