The weekend of August 1–3 is a great time to be a music lover in Whatcom County, with not one but three music festivals catering to fans of every genre.
Birch Bay Music Festival is returning for its fourth year, and once again, it’s a music festival with a cause. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit animal rescue services in Whatcom County, including Fur Baby Rescue in Blaine and Creature Comforts Cat Rescue of Bellingham.
A total of 16 different artists are scheduled to appear, playing a wide selection of rock n’ roll, jazz, country and blues. Artists appearing this year include Pawnbroker, J.P. Falcon, The Electric Soul Society, Tim Senger, The Jaded Lovers and many more.
Brian Cronk, a local musician and craftsman, will once again offer one of his beautiful custom guitars for raffle. This year’s guitar is made from maple and Honduran rosewood, with an ebony fret board and Seymour Duncan pickups. The guitar is valued at $1,800. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5, and proceeds will go to Meridian High School’s music program.
In the spirit of celebrating animals, the festival is also hosting a pet photo contest on its Facebook page. Participants can submit their photos and cast their votes on the cutest dogs or cats, with a chance to win treats and gift certificates from Door Stop Pet Delivery and Bay Café. Winners will be tallied on Friday, July 25, and announced on Sunday, August 3. Visit facebook.com/dogdazeofsummer
The festival will be held at the corner of Birch Bay Drive and Alderson Road, across from Bay Café and The C Shop. Visit birchbaymusicfestival.com
The 19th annual Mount Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival will hit the Deming Log Show Grounds Friday to Sunday, August 1–3. This year, 15 artists are scheduled to play the event, which was honored in 2013 with the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award.
The festival has celebrated America’s musical heritage for nearly two decades, featuring hundreds of artists across several genres, from rock and blues to jazz and rockabilly.
This year’s lineup includes a rich variety of musicians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Industry veterans like Elvin Bishop and Scott Holt will share the spotlight with youngsters like Skagit County’s Josey Wails and 12-year-old guitar prodigy Caspian Coberly of Seattle.
Tickets can be purchased as day passes starting at $60, or as part of an all-inclusive weekend pass. The $125 weekend pass includes free campsite and shower usage and exclusive access to an all-star jam session with the performers, which will last from the end of each evening’s final set until 2 a.m. A VIP package is also available for $170, and includes a campsite close to the main stage, backstage passes and T-shirts.
Tickets are available for purchase at Avalon Music in Bellingham, Hugo Helmer Music in Burlington or online at bakerblues.com
The Point Roberts Arts and Music Festival, returning for its 19th year, is a celebration of world music, traditional dances from around the globe and Point Roberts’ distinct local flavor.
The festival, taking place in Lighthouse Marine Park on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, is a family-friendly gathering of artists, musicians and local food vendors. Fourteen different artists, representing dance and musical styles from around the globe, are scheduled to appear, including Delaney Rose, Eire Born Irish Dancers, Craig Jacks and the Jackalopes, Lummi Swan Clan Dancers and Los Gitanos Flamenco Dance Troupe.
With a plethora of local artists, food vendors and children’s games set up along the boardwalk, the festival aims to be a destination event for Point Roberts.