Free outdoor concert series begins July 26 at Bellewood Acres
A series of eight free outdoor concerts begins Friday, July 26 with Mr. and Mrs. Something, a Seattle-based duo, at Whatcom County’s Bellewood Acres.
Each performance in the Farmtunes Concert Series runs from 6-9 p.m. and features Pacific Northwest bands. Adults may enjoy the music and try samples from the Bellewood Acres distillery while their children play nearby in the tire garden. Food and beverages are available in the on-site country café.
The Farmtunes Concert Series schedule is:
July 26 – Mr and Mrs Something http://mrandmrssomething.com/
Aug. 2 – One Lane Bridge, from Van Zandt in East Whatcom County, plays in a variety of styles, from originals to classics, jazz, folk, country, pop and contemporary tunes. Specializing in vocal harmonies, the group often has its own take on familiar songs.
Aug. 9 – Lynden-based Queen’s Bluegrass presents hard-driving traditional bluegrass with sweet harmonies.
Aug. 16 – W Lovers offers a cultured blend of alt-country and Americana that rings of rustic small towns and makes the listener feel warm and at home. Their songs are about love, road trips, moonshine, old towns and rodeos. https://www.thewlovers.com/
Aug. 23 – Weatherside Whiskey Band’s five piece alt-country and bluegrass ensemble has been resonating with Pacific Northwest crowds since they stormed the scene with a seven-track EP, “Pickin’ the Pines,” in 2012. This “whiskey-swilling roadhouse outfit” is renowned for its down-home sound with three-part vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, percussion and upright bass. http://www.weathersidewhiskeyband.com/
Aug. 30 – With their bare-bones instrumentation and country-inspired, heartstring-tugging narratives, The Lowest Pair might be one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today. https://thelowestpair.com/
Sept. 6 – Handsome and Gretyl is an upbeat, indie folk pop duo, and a married one at that. Gretyl sings and writes the songs and Handsome, aka Brett, conveniently produces and records them. Their live show is an inviting and fun experience. http://www.handsomeandgretyl.com/
Moody Bear offers melancholic indie vibes accompanied by raw, honest vocals. Front man and writer Caleb Jacobson grew up in the Midwest and moved to the Pacific Northwest 5 years ago. Moody Bear’s music reflects the dynamic range in the Washington mountains and oceans. From dreamy melodies and guitar parts to driving bass and anthemic vocals, Moody Bear delivers a relatable version of the human experience through song. https://www.moodybearmusic.com/
Sept. 13 – Pickled Okra is in an entirely different category of Americana string band. Skirting the edges of many genres, their sound and style is perhaps the child of bluegrass married with funk, reggae, rockabilly, and some other surprises. At the core of it all is the Pickled Okra duo: Todd and Paisley Gray, a charmingly quirky yet well-dressed ol’ married couple. Their intricate harmonies weave together with the high tones of mandolin, and low bellows of the upright bass. Banjo is often added to the mix, and dished out with expertise by one of several renowned local masters. They have gained recognition for delighting audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest, and their recordings have attracted the attention of music industry fixtures as far away as the UK. http://getokra.com
Bellewood Acres includes 62 acres with apple and pear orchards and a 14,000-square-foot building containing a market and gift shop, café, bakery and distillery. The property is located at 6140 Guide Meridian, about halfway between Bellingham and Lynden.
Bellewood Acres is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (360) 318-7720 or visit www.bellewoodfarms.com