Albert “Tootie“ Heath, who will be 81 on May 31, performs at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, hosted by the Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. (use the Maple Street entrance). The drumming legend, the younger brother of double-bass player Percy and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, has long been a top, hard bop-based drummer with an open mind toward more commercial styles of jazz. He has played and recorded with John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Nina Simone, among others. For the concert, Heath plays with Randy Porter, piano, and Tom Wakeling, bass. Admission: $20 general, $10 students, $10 center embers. Details: http://wjmac.org, 206-612-5967.
Kris Orlowski returns home to play Green Frog
Bellingham-born Kris Orlowski and his band are on the road getting ready for the release of his new record, “Often in the Pause,” out May 6. They will perform with Valley Maker at 9:30 p.m. April 29, at The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. “I’m hoping this record brings some solace” Orlowski says in a press release. “Music has always been a kind of magical medicine for me; it’s changed my life. I’m hoping that by being really honest and sharing my life and my lens, others just might find whatever cure they need in my music.” Tickets: $12.
Melissa Manchester at The Skagit two days
Singer, songwriter, and actress Melissa Manchester performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, in The Pacific Showroom at Skagit Valley Casino Resort, 5984 N. Daark Lane, Bow. Manchester began her career in the 1970s as a back-up singer for Bette Midler. She soon took off with her solo career and has been receiving critical praise and commercial success since. Her most recent album, “You Gotta Love Life,” was released in February 2015. Her hits include “Through The Eyes of Love,” “Midnight Blue,” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” Tickets: $32 preferred seating, $28 general.
Bluegrass, funk and gospel Dustbowl Revival at Green Frog
Southern California roots orchestra The Dustbowl Revival blends a juke-joint song swap with folk traditions, bluegrass trombone breaks, jazz mandolin, funk fiddle solos, and gospel sing-alongs. They will play from their latest recording, “With A Lampshade On,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Tickets: $8.
Drummer Grant Wilson with local bands again
Longtime Bellingham drummer Grant Wilson is back in the saddle again after a bout with throat cancer. He performs with the Sonja Lee Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road. As Sonja Lee says, “It’s been a very tough battle for him as he underwent chemo and radiation at the same time. He confesses now that he came very close to ‘being a goner,’ but, thankfully, he pulled through and is getting stronger every day and is chomping at the bit to get back to playing.”
Also playing Thursday
Also playing Friday
Jeff Reier and Dave Lewis, 5:30 p.m., Book Fare Cafe, 1200 11th St.
Julianne Thoma, 7 p.m., Eat Restaurant and Bar, 1200 Cornwall Ave.
Thomas Sandblom, 8 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road
Willie D. Blues Band, 9 p.m., Main Street Bar & Grill, 2215 Main St., Ferndale
Battle of the Bands, 8 p.m., Make.Shift, 306 Flora St.
Justin Smith, 9 p.m., Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive
Walt Burkett and Tracy Jones, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Also playing Saturday
Spencer Redmond Duo, 7 p.m., Eat Restaurant and Bar, 1200 Cornwall Ave.
Heron and Crow, 6 p.m., Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St.
Also playing Sunday
Bow Diddlers, 5:30 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison
Julianne Thoma, 4:30 p.m., Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way
Also playing Monday
Also playing Tuesday
Julianne Thoma, 5 p.m., Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way
Also playing Wednesday
David Vergin, 4 p.m., Book Fare Cafe, 1200 11th St.
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.
Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3030 Northwest Ave., blues jam with Patrick McFarland.
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 Westwood.
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. 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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