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Waterfront Bar hosts live music Jan. 22

Tin Foil Cat is among the bands performing Jan. 22 at the Waterfront
Tin Foil Cat is among the bands performing Jan. 22 at the Waterfront Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Waterfront Seafood & Bar, 521 W. Holly St., presents what is probably the venue’s first rock show at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

Robby Cleary, who is booking bands for the bar, says that for the first few months he would like to mix it up and see what works.

“I am open to trying just about anything,” he says.

The featured bands Friday are Tin Foil Cat, The Vaticxnts, Catbomb and AlcoJuana.

Cleary booked bands for about two years at the Cabin Tavern, which was sold in December and is set to reopen in February (but without bands, at least for now); as well as at the Swillery Whiskey Bar(both venues are on Holly Street), and for The Shakedown, on North State Street.

“The Waterfront is really a brand new venue and I think we all just want to check and see what feels right in the space,” Cleary says. “It’s much bigger than the Cabin and the Swillery. I’ll be able to bring in bigger touring bands than I could at the Cabin.”

Cleary says he’s likely to continue bringing in touring bands, and add locals to the bill.

The Waterfront is potentially a great venue because it has such a history in town.

Brian Webb of Tin Foil Cat

“I am open to supporting just about any genre as long as people are coming out and enjoying themselves,” he says.

Tin Foil Cat — with Mandy Cramer on stand-up bass and vocals, Lindsey Bear on drums and Brian Webb on guitar and vocals — has been playing for a little over a year.

“We like to call ourselves a rock and roll band with some punk, surf and rockabilly influences,” Webb says.

Cleary helped the band get their first album recorded.

“I am really excited about this show on Friday because I have no idea what to expect,” Webb says.

“The Waterfront is potentially a great venue because it has such a history in town,” he says. “It’s been around longer than most of the current other music venues, so people know the names — and the stories.”

“It reeks of dirty punk blood and tears; bottom-of-the-bottle rock and roll.”

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