Busy jazz singer Cheryl Hodge welcomes new CD with gig at The Fairhaven

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 18, 2014 

Cheryl Hodge, The Fairhaven

Jazz singer and keyboard player Cheryl Hodge celebrates her new CD, "One Day When I Wasn't’ Looking," at a release party with guitarists John Stowell and Cliff Maddix, bassist Dylan Hodge and drummer Cary Stevens, at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014 at The Fairhaven, 1114 Harris Ave.

CHERYL HODGE — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Cheryl Hodge, who has a coveted weekly gig on Thursdays at the recently opened Star Club on Holly Street through June, is looking forward to debut her long-awaited CD, "One Day When I Wasn't Looking," from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at The Fairhaven, 1114 Harris Ave.

She will be accompanied by guitarists John Stowell and Cliff Maddix, bassist (and her son) Dylan Hodge, and drummer Cary Stevens.

The Bellingham jazz-blues singer, pianist and songwriter has garnered a large Northwest following during her 15 years of performances in the area. Hodge won Best Jazz Song 2013 at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her track "Tree People," which is on her new album.

Cover is $10, but a $15 will get you a complimentary CD to take home.

Later this summer, Hodge sings with her band at the Boundary Bay Brewery's beer garden at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 and with the Swing Connection big band from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at Fairhaven Village Green. For more on her, go to cherylhodge.com.

DONATIONS SOUGHT TO SUPPORT FREE DOWNTOWN SUMMER CONCERTS

Lindsey Payne, events manager for Downtown Bellingham Partnership, is seeking community support to help pay for the Downtown Sounds summer concert series, which kicks off July 9 on Bay Street by Spark Museum and Pickford Film Center, and continues each Wednesday through Aug. 6.

The city block is cordoned off from about 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for live, family-friendly music. Dancing in the streets is fervent, with kids dancing with parents, singles dancing unabashedly and couples swinging to the beats of local and regional bands.

There's also face-painting, chalk art and numerous food vendors, and a beer-and-wine garden provided by Spark Museum and Boundary Bay Brewery.

The events are free, but to help cover the ever-increasing costs, Downtown Sounds needs community support, Payne says. There are several ways to help, from paying for banners to advertising.

A donation of $25 equals $5 per show, Payne says, pretty reasonable for four hours of fun.

For details on this summer's lineup, which includes the March Fourth Marching Band, Hillstomp and Polecat, go to downtownbellingham.com, or call 360-527-8710.

JAZZ GROUPS LINED UP FOR BOUNDARY BEER GARDEN

Speaking of music series, Summer Jazz in the Beer Garden features local, regional and touring performers from Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles in all-ages shows through Sept. 30 at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., playing in the (sometimes) sunshine, thanks to Jud Sherwood and the Jazz Project. Here's the format:

Jazz jam (no cover): first Tuesday of each month.

Regional groups (no cover): second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Regional and touring groups ($5 cover): third Tuesday of the month.

School bands (by donation): fifth Tuesday of the month.

Among the performers this summer are the Mike Allen Trio, the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band (directed by Mark Kelly), the Blake Angelos Trio, and Zoo Patrol.

Details: bbaybrewery.com, jazzproject.org.

Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com.

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