Best Bets: Portland's Tony Furtado at Green Frog

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 17, 2014 

Tony Furtado

Americana/roots/folk Portland, Ore., musician Tony Furtado who's a singer-songwriter and backs himself on slide guitar and 5-string banjo, plays at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

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Americana/roots/folk Portland, Ore., musician Tony Furtado who's a singer-songwriter and backs himself on slide guitar and 5-string banjo, plays at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

An indie record label's dream artist, Tony has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious and entertaining, on and off stage. He's been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar, and his own creative interpretation-hybrid of Americana and indie folk/rock is engaging and captivating.

Furtado has often been compared to Ry Cooder and Paul Simon in his latest albums as he guides his attention to detail and proclivity for traditional music into the pop framework.

Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.

Cover is $10. Details: acoustictavern.com, tonyfurtado.com.

SAUL WEISBERG'S "FINDING HOME"

Saul Weisberg will discuss "Finding Home: Exploring Place, Wilderness, and Civilization" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at South Whatcom Public Library, Bellingham, 8 Barn View Court, in Sudden Valley.

Weisberg is executive director and co-founder of North Cascades Institute. He is an ecologist, naturalist, and writer who has explored the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years.

He has worked throughout the Northwest as a field biologist, fire lookout, commercial fisherman, and ranger before starting the Institute in 1986.

This is a free Whatcom READS! event, funded in part by a grant from Humanities Washington.

MAT CLASSIC XXVI

Though there were plenty of medallists last year, Whatcom County boys' and girls' wrestlers were shut out of any state championships in 2013. That's something they'd like to change this weekend at Mat Classic XXVI when the floor of the Tacoma Dome will be covered by a rainbow of wrestling mats to host the state's best in every classification.

The first two rounds in each bracket plus consolation matches will be contested on Friday, Feb. 21, with the semifinals, placing matches and championship bouts to follow on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Action starts at 10 a.m. both days, and daily tickets cost $15 for adults and $11 for students with ASB card, seniors (62 and older) and children (5-12), while weekend passes cost $23 and $17.

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