Howdy, folks! We had a fantastic first week and that has everything to do with you! It is so good to have you all back in the Green Frog again.
There were a lot of you who came up to me this last week with a common comment: “This place feels just like the Green Frog.” There really is nothing else that could be said about the new space that means more to me than that. Throughout all the trials of the last ten months my biggest worry was that the soul of the Green Frog wouldn’t transfer to the new space. But it did. I feel it, and it seems others do as well. I could not be happier about it.
There has been a bit of confusion over our hours of operation. To be clear: I really want to be open earlier than 6pm. I really do. I want to be open for all of the happy hour crew that I grew to love and expect. But here is the deal: to move the Green Frog one block, across the street, into a building that has been standing here for 110 years, and to be open between the hours of 4 and 6 pm (peak hours) the City of Bellingham assessed a 24,000 dollar Traffic Impact Fee. Through built-in discounts that amount was reduced to about 8,000 dollars. So, until we can come up with that fee we can’t be open for those two hours of the day. They made us pinky swear. But hey, it gives me time to sit and count all the cars that go by anyway.
So for now, on the weekdays we open at 6pm. On the weekends we open at 10am for our Bloody Mary Bar. There are a lot of goodies out there for you to put in your drink. We just hand you a glass of ice and vodka with a salted rim and you do the rest. No one is telling you how it should look or taste. It’s all up to you. We charge you $9. It’s a deal, I promise.
The Grilled Cheese have gone over quite well, too. I hope you come in and try one soon. Friend makes a heck of a sandwich, folks. Honestly, I haven’t heard one complaint. Not only does Friend construct a mean Grilled Cheese, but he has me breathing down his neck to make sure they stand up to my elevated Grilled Cheese standards. And it is paying off. Delicious.
I’m really excited for the next week. We have some amazing shows for you. They are all amazing in their own right with a mix that should make everyone happy. If you come in and I’m not behind the bar it is because I have focused the majority of my time to a managerial role, with the majority of that honed in on booking the best music I can find and making them sound as good as I possibly can. I hope you enjoy the effects of those efforts.
Monday, March 19: Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack. 9:30pm. $5.
I’m really excited to have Rita back in the Green Frog. She has an incredible voice that is both distinct and familiar. Cousin Jack is every bit as talented and together they put on a great show. They are traveling from the Bay Area and would love, I’m sure, to have you in the crowd. That is one thing that they and I share in common.
Tuesday, March 20: N/A
That’s right, there is a night off. No music, no brewer’s night. So I’m going to do the one thing that makes sense…make all the beer $4 pint and drop the price of booze $1. Why pay full price all week? It’s what I can do to show my love for you. Also, I’ll be perusing the Seattle market for more beer. The first beer run of the new space. I can’t wait to see what I can find. To find out, come on Wednesday. Speaking of which…
Wednesday, March 21: Boxcar Millionaires. 9:30pm. FREE!
This show is the first of three nights of danceable bands. Scott Miles has been around the scene for a little while and usually you can find him with a banjo, mandolin, or acoustic guitar in his hands. He tends to stick with folk music, but Boxcar Millionaires is a departure from all of that. This time he has assembled a cast of alt-country pickers and he himself will pick up an electric guitar. This is going to be a great show with the type of energy needed to get you through the rest of the week. It will be great to see you!
Thursday, March 22: SmokeWagon. 9:30pm. FREE!
What’s that you say? Two FREE shows in a row, in the same week? Yes, it’s true. These Skagit County mad men will be playing their hearts out for you and all you have to do is walk in the door. Their style has been coined Spaghetti-Surf-Garage-a-Billy and although I’m not sure what that means, it translates into a good time. These guys put on a really fun show and front man, Dean Luce, helped build some of the new Green Frog! That right there is reason enough to support the man, but regardless of his selfless contributions to the construction of the Frog, Dean is a great dude who plays music with a bunch of other great dudes. That is a recipe for success if I’ve ever heard one!
Friday, March 23: The Lost Highway Band. 9:30pm. $5.
Over the past 10 months that the Green Frog was in hiatus the members of The Lost Highway Band struggled with depression, malcontent, and a general aura of disgruntlement. They scowled at newborns and pretended to kick kittens, played only minor chords and pretended to listen when their wives spoke, drank PBR and settled for creamy peanut butter. It was a miserable existence for everyone in their paths and all they could think about was their return to the former glory experienced while on the Green Frog stage. And now, after nearly a year of gazing at the ground and counting hipster’s Chuck Taylor’s, they will regain their place at the top of their game. It will be a momentous occasion that could only be topped by the creation of a website so that I, your narrator, didn’t have to resort to stories and lies in order to make things interesting. When there is no music to speak for them, this is what they get when I have to.
But seriously, they put on a really fun show and promise to give you “all you can hear for $5.” I’m not sure how they became such smart-asses, but I know how I did. One of those guys is who I call Dad.
This is one of those big ones that makes me think we’re on to something good. Cahalen has been at the Green Frog with several projects, each one of them fantastic in their own right, including his solo work. He seems to always be around people who have honed their craft to a science, like he has. And this time around it will be no different.
I’m very excited to say that Kelly Joe Phelps will be playing at the Green Frog. Not only is he an inspiring performer and song-writer, but he has greatly influenced one of my favorite singers (who will remain anonymous for his protection). I’m indebted to Kelly Joe for that already. It will be an honor to turn the knobs for this duo of acoustic giants. I sincerely can’t wait for it!
Sunday, March 25: Tracy Grammer. 9:00pm. $10.
Best known for her work with Dave Carter, Grammer has moved past his untimely death and created a niche of her own in the folk scene. Her voice is silky and sincere and a absolute joy to listen to. If you check out some of her links, I’m sure you will agree.
As this is a Sunday and the first time we’ve thrown a show on a Sunday, this is the first show I’ve been nervous about. But I hope you will trust that it is one that should be seen by as many of you as we can legally allow in the doors.
Monday, March 26: Anais Mitchell. 9:30pm. $10.
Yes, Anais Mitchell is going to be here. Yes, it’s also her birthday. Yes, you need to be here. I’ll tell you more next week!
Well, there you have it, pretty people. We have another week to look forward to. Another week to make the Green Frog the best venue in the Northwest. I sincerely believe it has the potential. The only ingredient left is you. In true Hardesty form, I am finishing this up at 4:30am. I need to get some z’s, so I will leave you all now. I hope to see you all very soon.