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Downtown Sounds brings outdoor music to Bay Street

The Downtown Sounds concert series runs every Wednesday this July in the 1300 block of Bay Street. The band Polecat plays July 15.
The Downtown Sounds concert series runs every Wednesday this July in the 1300 block of Bay Street. The band Polecat plays July 15. The Bellingham Herald

Downtown Sounds, the family-friendly Wednesday concert series in the 1300 block of Bay Street, near SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention and Bayou on Bay, continues to grow every year, and its 11th year is even bigger thanks to a Levitt AMP Your City Grant, says Kyle Fuller, marketing director at Downtown Bellingham Partnership.

“Downtown Sounds and the new lunchtime concert series, Music at Maritime Heritage Park, which starts Aug. 7, make up the Levitt AMP Bellingham Music Series, and we’re thrilled to bring such great, and free, concerts to downtown,” he says.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the opening bands start at 6, followed by the lead bands.

The beer garden at Downtown Sounds is bigger than ever, Fuller says, with beverages from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro pouring every week, and Aslan, Chuckanut, Wander and Kushan breweries each being featured a different week.

“We have so many great breweries in downtown, and we’re excited to showcase them,” he says.

There also will be food trucks and a “kids’ corner,” Fuller says.

He says Lindsey Payne, events manager for Downtown Partnership, did a fantastic job picking the bands this year.

“Third World have been around for years, and we have been wanting to book Five Alarm Funk for as long as I can remember,” Fuller says. “It’s just not summer in Bellingham without Downtown Sounds.”

The lineup:

July 1: Third World with Yogoman opening.

July 8: Acorn Project with McTuff opening.

July 15: Polecat with The New Triumph opening.

July 22: Ayron Jones and the Way with The Scott Pemberton Trio opening.

July 29: Five Alarm Funk with Baby Cakes opening.

At Western Washington University, the free Summer Noon Concert series also kicks July 1, with Ky Burt, and continues each Wednesday through July 29. Details on Facebook.

And music lovers shouldn’t forget the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert series, also free, begins with music by the Offshoots from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, and runs Thursdays through Aug. 27. Details: cob.org (search for Elizabeth Park), or call 360-778-7000.

Downtown Sounds

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 1-29

Where: 1300 block of Bay Street

Cost: Free admission, food trucks and beer and wine garden on site

Details: downtownbellingham.com/downtownsounds, 360-527-8710

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