The Naughty Blokes are five musicians — Warren Meier, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist; Johnny Brewer, lead guitar and vocals; Tim Meloy, drummer; Tim Kraft, keyboards; and Denny Segel, bass guitar and vocals — known in Northwest Washington for their appearances with dozens of bands playing the smallest dive bars to large festival audiences. Now, as a new band, they play and record original blues, rock, roots and reggae songs that Meloy says are “from the pages of their lives; stories of clumsy, triumphant and even tragic experiences with love, work, the pursuit of enduring happiness and spiritual growth.”
The band’s accolades include the 2014 Bellingham’s KISM Road To Rockstar competition, the top popular vote at the 2015 Snohomish Blues Challenge showcase, and a spot on the bill of Mount Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival two years running. They will play in celebration of their just-released debut album, “We Rise,” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Tickets: $5. The band also opens for the Chris Eger Band April 10 at The Wild Buffalo. More on the band on Facebook.
Horn player Thomas Harris back in Bellingham
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Bellingham saxophone favorite Thomas Harris is back after spending a couple years at sea, playing and singing his signature classic swing and jazz tunes on cruise ships in exotic locations from Argentina to Antarctica. He will play reeds and sing at an all-ages dance sponsored by USA Dance Saturday, April 2, at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. (above Bellingham Bar and Grill). Harris has selected some of Bellingham’s finest to play with him: Jack Stafford on saxophone, Kevin Woods on trumpet, Julian MacDonough on drums, Roger Yamashita on bass, Julianne Thoma on piano, and Jimmy Austin on trombone. Janice Shepard offers a rumba lesson from 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by the band and dance party from 8 to 10 p.m.
Graceland, Tennessee in Bellingham
San Francisco Bay area band Poor Man’s Whiskey performs their version of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” Thursday, March 31, at The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Bellingham’s Rabbit Wilde opens. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9:30. Tickets: $10.
Benefit honors Aaron Bornemann
Living the Dream, a benefit that honors the life of Bellingham’s Aaron Bornemann, who died in April 2015, will raise money for the nonprofit music education program Bellingham Girls Rock Camp at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Suggested donation is $5; if you can’t afford to donate, just come in and dance. Sensebellum will provide a spectacular visual production for the stage; performers include XL, Shadow Variable, SWRV, HAAKEYE, 49th Parallel, Acid Bass, and Honesty. Details on Facebook.
Also playing Thursday
Marvin Johnson & Friends, 5 p.m. Jansen Art Center Piano Lounge, 321 Front St., Lynden
Walt Burkett & Friends, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Also playing Friday
Chuck Dingee, 7:30 p.m., Beach Store Cafe, 2200 N. Nugent Road, Lummi Island
Skeptix Duo, 8 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison
Marvin Johnson & Friends, 8 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road
Telefonic, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Also playing Saturday
Also playing Sunday
Julianne Thoma, 4:30 p.m., Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way
Also playing Monday
Ben Starner or Steve Meyer, 6 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.
Irish & Folk Mondays with The Porch Lights, 6 p.m., Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St.
Also playing Tuesday
Julianne Thoma, 5 p.m., Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way
Also playing Wednesday
Aaron Guest, 6 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.
The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St., 4 p.m. Sundays, slow jam; 7 p.m. Mondays, music hosted by Trace Rezideux; 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Guffingham (comedy).
Cafe Bouzingo, 1209 Cornwall Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St., 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, with Chuck Dingee.
The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., 9 p.m., Showdown at the Shakedown
Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3030 Northwest Ave., blues jam with Patrick McFarland.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Feb. 23, blues jam with Andy “Badd Dog” Koch birthday show.
Glow Nightclub, 202 E. Holly St., 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, with DJ J-Will; 9 p.m. Saturdays, with DJ Boombox Kid; 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Western Wednesdays with Gray Matter.
Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, 9 p.m. Thursdays with DJ Clint.
Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave., 11 p.m. Thursdays, with DJ Enz; 9 p.m. Saturdays with DJ Robby Clark.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Feb. 19, Elvish Freshley and Boombox Kid; 9 p.m. Feb. 20, Pressha, Pinky Promise, Dream Journal, Roman Candle, Sensebellum; 9 p.m. Wednesdays with Boombox Kid.
Bellingham Bar and Grill, 1408 Cornwall Ave., 9 p.m. Mondays.
El Gitano, 1125 E. Sunset Drive, Suite 110, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Royal, 208 E. Holly St., 9 p.m. Thursdays.
Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave., 9 p.m. Mondays, with Zack Zinn.
The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Aireeoke with Aireekah.
Swillery Whiskey Bar, 118 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3030 Northwest Ave., 8 p.m. Fridays.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Mondays, Lip Sync Battle!
Archer Ale House, 1212 10th St., 7 p.m. Sundays.
Kulshan Brewing Co., 2238 James St., 7 p.m. Mondays.
K2, 1538 Kentucky St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
McKay’s Taphouse, 1118 E. Maple St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Slo Pitch Sports Grill & Casino, 3720 Meridian St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Table, 100 N. Commercial St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
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