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Bluegrassers Ickes and Hensley play the Green Frog

Bluegrass duo Trey Hensley, left, and Rob Ickes perform from their debut album, “Before The Sun Goes Down,” May 11 at the Green Frog.
Bluegrass duo Trey Hensley, left, and Rob Ickes perform from their debut album, “Before The Sun Goes Down,” May 11 at the Green Frog. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley released their debut album, “Before The Sun Goes Down” in 2015; a blend of contemporary bluegrass and the studio stylings of classic ’60s and ’70s country music. The album pairs Ickes, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of Year, with Hensley on electric and acoustic guitar; Hensley’s voice has been compared to George Jones and Merle Haggard.

They play at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Tickets are $12 advance through Brown Paper Tickets; $15 day of show. More on the duo at robandtrey.com.

Hip hop’s Aesop Rock at the Buffalo

Born in New York, now a resident of San Francisco, Aesop Rock has been a fixture in underground hip hop for nearly two decades. Widely hailed as one of the most creative lyricists in the game, Aesop is a master of layered metaphors and tricky wordplay. In a study by Matthew Daniels comparing the vocabulary of 85 rappers, Aesop Rock was at the top of the list with the largest vocabulary in hip hop.

He plays at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., in support of “The Impossible Kid,” his first solo record in four years. He’s joined by Rob Sonic, DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa. Tickets are $18.

Also playing Thursday

Bentgrass, 8 p.m., Graham's Restaurant, 9989 Mount Baker Highway, Glacier

Snug Harbor and The Staxx Brothers, 8:30 p.m., The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

J.P. Falcon Grady, 8 p.m., Main Street Bar & Grill, 2215 Main St., Ferndale

Marcel and Nakos, 8:30 p.m., Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St.

Robin Wallbridge, 6:30 p.m., Il Rifugio, 4505 Mount Baker Highway, Deming

Chicas Reinas, 5 p.m., Jansen Art Center Piano Lounge, 321 Front St., Lynden

High Mountain String Band, 8:30 p.m., McKay’s Taphouse, 1118 E. Maple St

J.P. Falcon Grady, 8 p.m., Main Street Bar & Grill, 2215 Main St., Ferndale

The Replayzmentz, 7 p.m., Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine

The Bad Tenants, Battle for Athens, Turntable Einstein, 2Troublesome, #Raccune, DJ Mango Dunks, 6 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St.

Marvin Johnson & Friends, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.

Also playing Friday

Rob Hutchings, 7:30 p.m., Beach Store Cafe, 2200 N. Nugent Road, Lummi Island

J.P. Falcon Grady, 3 p.m., The Beach at Birch Bay, 7876 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay

Jeff Reier and Dave Lewis, 5:30 p.m., Book Fare Cafe, 1200 11th St.

Gadjo Gypsies, 7 p.m., Eat Restaurant and Bar, 1200 Cornwall Ave.

The Skeptix, 8 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison

Johnny Dennis and Rachel Wallace, 8 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, 7 p.m., The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

Louis Ledford and Meghan Yates, 7 p.m., Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St.

Jeffrey Elvis and the Silver City Band, 9 p.m., Main Street Bar & Grill, 2215 Main St., Ferndale

Telefonic, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.

Dana Osborn Band, 9 p.m. May 6-7, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

Mr. Feelgood & the Firm Believers, Quinton Rundell, 7 p.m., Unknown Board Shop, 105 Grand Ave.

Slutzville, The Wednesdays, Kim Jong Illin', 9 p.m., The Waterfront Seafood & Bar, 521 W. Holly St.

Also playing Saturday

Badd Dog Blues Society, 3 p.m., The Beach at Birch Bay, 7876 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay

Sam Chue, 1 p.m., Book Fare Cafe, 1200 11th St.

Ebb, Slack, and Flood, Crooked Neighbours, 7 p.m., Cafe Bouzingo, 1209 Cornwall Ave.

Rick Rorex, 7 p.m., Eat Restaurant and Bar, 1200 Cornwall Ave.

Josey Wails, 8:30 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison

Cheryl Hodge and Friends, 4 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road

Carr Johnson and Bruce Parker, 8 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road

Trust Me, I'm Scared, 8:30 p.m., Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St.

One Lane Bridge, 7 p.m., Kulshan Brewing Co., 2238 James St.

Gin Gypsy, 9 p.m., Main Street Bar & Grill, 2215 Main St., Ferndale

Stink!, The Masses, The Requisite, Tin Can Symphony, 8 p.m., Make.Shift, 306 Flora St.

Damon Dmitri Jones, 6 p.m., Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St.

SpaceBand and Nashville Northwest, 7:30 p.m., Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale

Stirred Not Shaken, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.

Chuck Dingee, 9 p.m., Steakhouse 9, 115 E. Homestead Blvd., Lynden

The Muscle Relaxers, Delta Bones, The Illogicians, 9 p.m., Swillery Whiskey Bar, 118 W. Holly St.

Phutureprimitive, FXL, Jiminy Glitch, 9:30 p.m. The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St.

Also playing Sunday

Caleb Klauder Band, 5:30 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison

Freddy and Francine, Anna Tivel, 7 p.m., The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

Devilly Brothers, 7 p.m., Kulshan Brewing Co., 2238 James St.

Lisa Baney Trio, 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 and Folk Mondays with Howie Melzer & Friends, 6 p.m., Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St.

Acoustic Monday with J.P. Falcon Grady, 6:30 p.m., Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive

Also playing Tuesday

Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble, 7 p.m., The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

Milo Petersen Trio, 5 p.m., Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way

Aaron Carter, Invictus, DJ J-Will, 9:30 p.m., The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St.

Also playing Wednesday

Aaron Guest, 6 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.

Rebecca Kilgore Quartet, 7 p.m., Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St.

Continuing

Open mic

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.

DJ spin

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.

Karaoke

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!

Bar trivia

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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