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Friday, January 31, 2014

Valentines Day Plans Are So Over... At Least In Bellingham

Posted by on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM


About five years ago while living in Bellingham I was sitting at Cap Hansen's on some weekday night. My friends and I were mulling over the dreaded misery of Valentines Day approaching. I forget how the topic came up, but I started thinking about how rad it would be to see the bro's in Livingston Seagull (by the way congratulations on the successful Kickstarter!) do a Blink-182 cover set. Word spread fast in this maybe-36-people-capacity bar. Bands like Alkaline Trio, Saves The Day, Jawbreaker, and Descendents were covered fast. By morning, the entire show was pretty much done being booked and set up as the perfect Bellingham-styled house show. But plans fell through fast.

Word got out on Facebook and the University's student forum too quick. A basement that held 40-55 comfortably had 180+ "attending." People I didn't know around town were talking about it. There was no choice but to move the night out of my friend's basement to a space where "legality" was at least on the iffy side. Last minute changes moved the bands and upcoming show handbills to JINX ArtSpace which is now the home to Make.Shift. What was about to happen was every punk kids dream and nightmare... The owner of the business had to work that night. All I received were the keys, a number for the sound guy to call, and a pat on the back.

It somehow magically all worked out! Everyone had a blast (leave it to punk songs to have seven bands on the bill and still end the show before 11pm). Because of the success and popularity, the night has become a tradition in Bellingham's all ages scene. Fast forward five years and it's now become the thing to do. This year in Make.Shift's newly fancy, fire code approved, and all ages 296 capacity space, a first is happening: a two night, double-feature special.

Click below to see who's playing what!

White Stripes - The Fire Organ, Porch Cat
Brand New - Vacationeer
New Order - Nick Thacker and friends
The Posies - Ben Sokoloff and friends
Descendants - Cat Sieh and the Jebs
Pavement - Pan Pan
Smashing Pumpkins - members of Rhombus, the Craisins
Limp Bizkit - members of Muppet Fetish, Beat to Fucking Death, and Shapeshifter

Blink-182 - Gonzo
Smash Mouth - Eagle Teeth and the Full Clips
Third Eye Blind - Creech
Avril Lavigne - members of Rat Riot, Go Slowpoke
The Breeders - Zach Zinn, Hollie Huthman, Nora Hughes (of I Love You Avalanche)
The Get Up Kids - Tyson Ballew, members of Bowlcut and So Adult
Hot Snakes - The Mark
Soundgarden - members of Scary Monster and the SuperCreeps, Devotion

If anyone thinks they're going to be bored, or have a need to get out of town that weekend, here are the traditional rules:
No Drugs
No Alcohol

For more information about the show or about the Make.Shift organization, you can go to


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Simone 1
Thanks for the heads-up.
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