A benefit event for Bellingham musician Scott Greene, called the Scott Greene Support Rally, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at The Underground, 211 E. Chestnut St.
Greene is a well-known Bellingham musician and front man of The Scott Greene Band, as well as for Luke Warm and the Moderates. He’s been writing and playing music in venues across the region for decades.
In November, Greene was diagnosed with a brain tumor and has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Because the illness has prevented Greene from working, his many friends in the music community created the Scott Greene Support Rally to raise money to help cover his medical and other expenses, and to show Greene that his friends are behind him all the way.
“Scott Greene is one of Bellingham’s most talented, giving and loved musicians,” says organizer Phil Carter. “We hope to fill The Underground with all the people he’s touched over the years and show him that we have his back in this fight.”
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The event will feature live music by The Moderates, SpaceBand, The Dts, Sunset Superman, Shasta Bree, James Harris Jr., Boris Budd, Adrian Clarke, Sher Vadimska and Green’s band.
Along with great music, there will be raffles for door prizes throughout the evening.
In addition, Bellingham artist Laurie Potter, another friend of Greene, hopes to find artists who would like to show and sell their work during the event. On Sunday, she says, there will be a space to place art for sale, with those sales to benefit both both Greene and the artists; it’s up to the artists to decide what percentage of their sales will benefit Greene.
Art will be up for sale that evening only, and can be dropped off Sunday and picked up Monday at the Underground; or other arrangements can be made with Potter, who says she will help with special arrangements to make art available for th event.
Electronic dance music meets contra dancing
If you’ve never contra danced, or have no idea what it’s about, you might want to come to a unique “Techno Contra” dance Sunday, March 8, at Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St., hosted by Bellingham Country Dance.
Julie Vaillimont and Noah VanNorstrand, known as the duo Buddy System, will be “laying down the sonic landscape” says organizer Virginia Prowell, quoting the duo’s website. They’ll be singing and playing on fiddle, piano, feet, didgeridoo and jaw harp, with cool loops, Prowell says.
Here’s how Prowell and her husband, Marlin Prowell, describe contra dancing, which is a bit like square dancing.
Marlin says nobody’s sure what “contra” means.
“The two guesses are that contra is the French word for ‘opposite’ or ‘against,’ or that it’s just the word “country” mispronounced over the years,” he says. “Our style of dancing has been around New England since the 17th and 18th centuries.”
Marlin says contra dancing is always done with live music. There’s always a fiddle, maybe southern Appalachian or Irish style.
Virginia says you don’t need to come with a partner, and that’s true for both men and women. During a contra dance, people switch dance partners a lot.
“It’s not expected that it’s a male-female paired situation all the time,” she says. “It doesn’t matter if there are uneven numbers of men and women. You go through a set of moves in groups of four. And women can always feel free to ask the guys to dance.”
Seattle’s Lindsey Dono will call the dance Sunday.
There will be a workshop for beginners at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dance from 7 to 10. Suggested donation is from $8 to $10.