Best Bets: Polecat plays Bellingham's Wild Buffalo


Polecat gives Bellingham something to stomp their feet and dance to this Thursday.

Bellingham’s bluegras/Americana band, Polecat, is playing live Feb. 13 at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., with the band Fruition opening.

The five-piece band formed in 2010 and has been making a name for itself throughout the Northwest by playing more than 300 shows in four years.

Polecat has played at Bumbershoot, Subdued Stringband Jamboree and Summer Meltdown Festival and toured the Northwest over the past couple years. Polecat’s music is a celebration of life, love and fun that is fueled through the members of the band and their fans.

Polecat consists of Aaron Guest (vocals, 12 string acoustic), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Karl Olson (drums), Cayley Schmid (fiddle) and Richard Reeves (upright bass). Polecat’s last show in Bellingham was at Western Washington University opening up for Austin Jenckes.

The band Fruition, hailing from Portland, Ore., is opening for Polecat with their string infused quintet sound.

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Every advance ticket buyer will also get half off on drinks before 10 p.m.

The show is $7 advance and $10 at the door. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.



In honor of Valentine's Day, the poetry reading series SpeakEasy presents local couples reading poems - their own and their favorites - on love and all its entanglements - passion, desire, gratitude, compromise and more - at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Mount Baker Theatre's Encore Room, 104 N. Commercial St.

It's free, but donations are appreciated.

Participants will be reading together as a couple and individually for about 5 minutes each. No restrictions were imposed on content.

Details: 360-966-7105.


Are you ready to rumba on Valentine's Day? Sit up, stand up and jump up to the Valentine's Day Salsa Dance, brought to you by Rumba Northwest, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St.

Join Belllingham instructors Antonio Diaz and Heather Haugland as they lead lessons in salsa, bachata and merengue at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., with open dancing before and between.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase for those 21 and older.

Admission is $10 advance (purchase at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St.); $12 at the door. Reduced student rates are available.

Details: 360-595-7369.

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