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Green Frog Cafe Acoustic TavernHello pretty people! It’s another week and although I didn’t write an update last week, I still saw a lot of you at the Green Frog. I hope that that continues as a trend worth keeping up for all of you. I’ve been getting the question “so are you staying open or closing?” a lot these days. Well, against all better judgement, the answer is...open...for a while.

And that means that Thursday will be a celebration of staying alive rather than kicking the bucket. If you are unfamiliar with the significance of November 18 then I would love to enlighten you on two fronts. The first is that November 18 marks the 5th Anniversary of the Green Frog. That’s right, 5 years down and hopefully many more to come. It also marks the 5th Anniversary of Flyers Brewing Co. in Oak Harbor. I only mention that because Tony and Jason are awesome guys and have been doing a great job. I could not have made it this far without you, however, and I think you should all give yourselves a pat on the back.

You guys really pulled through for me the past few weeks. And if it were just present and future expenses that were of concern then we would be in great shape. That little thing called past debt still has me shackled, but I’m working the pins loose.

The benefit at the Wild Buffalo was amazing. It is so much fun to gather with so many friends in the same room, but to have you come together to try to save the Green Frog is just downright heartwarming. Really, it meant so much to have those who could attend, well...attend. Thank you so much to the musicians who performed as well. You guys are swell.

So, it’s business...but not as usual. There are some behind the scenes things happening to give us a better chance of staying around, although nothing is a quick fix. It always takes time to see if ideas work or don’t, and by that time it might be too late. This whole thing is a crap-shoot, folks! My ultimate goal is to never, EVER have to hold a benefit again. As much fun as it was, it was also pretty desperate. So, I’m going to try to keep the good attitude and outlook that I possess right now for the long haul. And I hope you are right there with me throughout the journey.

I have noticed a lot of new faces recently. I would like to say...welcome. You are needed and appreciated, so come play with us! As a matter of fact, there are plenty of good times headed this direction just this week! Let’s talk about those...

Maritime PacificOnce again, as this is our week for a Brewer’s Night, we will be hosting a fabulous party with the likes of Maritime Pacific Brewing out of Fremont. Not only will we be serving some delicious beers from them, but we will be featuring Jolly Roger Christmas Ale. This is one of the winter ales that are just amazing. And it will be fresh and tasty! Come try all of them out at 6pm on Wednesday evening. After all, it will have been dark for an hour already. What else would you be doing?

We still need folks to sign up for the beer bus that will be taking us to Winter Beer Fest at the Hale’s Paladium in Fremont on December 11. These tend to be a really good time. The $60 covers your ride, beer on the bus to and fro, and your entrance fee to the festival. This is one of the events that brings our statewide beer community together in one place for just a few hours. I do love the folks who make Washington beer and to have them all under the same roof is pretty cool. Hopefully 20 of you can make it!

So let’s talk about the music. I don’t know how many of you have noticed, but I have cut way back on the number of cover charges that we have put at the door in the past couple of weeks. I have a lot of bands that I already had agreements with and can’t do much about that, but for the most part I am trying to cut back on covers. There will always be a tip jar and I’ll be compensating some bands in other ways (like with a percentage of the bar...so drink up!), but I want to get as many people in the door as possible. It has worked out pretty well so far, so I’m going to keep going with that until it proves itself ineffective. With that said, let’s move on to the music for the week.


Tuesday, November 16: James Higgins and the Muddy Boots Band.  FREE.
James HigginsTo keep you company on a night in which the beer flows like water...but much better because this water has hops, barley and yeast in it and costs a mere 3 dollars a pint, we bring you some local lads in the way of James Higgins and the Muddy Boots Band. They will bring you good ol’ fashioned feel good tunes that might get your toe tappin’ in the peanut shells. So come on down, help us blow out some kegs to make room for the Maritime Pacific Brewer’s Night and enjoy some music while you’re at it.


Wednesday, November 17
No music, just beer. Some nights have to be like that. Although I may as well let you know of our plans to join the Trivia Night phenomenon. Wednesday nights at 9pm will be our day for the flow of knowledge to fill our cups. Well, knowledge and beer, that is. David Herbert, otherwise known as “Doc,” will be your host. This all starts on the 23rd!


Thursday, November 18: CURTIS ELLER’S AMERICAN CIRCUS!!! $5.
Curtis EllerI can’t believe Curtis Eller will be at the Frog for our Anniversary party. He is really something special and it has been over 2 years since he made his way to the West Coast from New York City. That’s right, this is "New York City’s Angriest Yodeling Banjo Player!" There are only a couple people I have ever seen who are as natural of an entertainer as Curtis. There is no way to tell where he will be during a song. On a table? The bar? How long will he stand on one foot? How does he kick so high? There are questions that are unable to be answered until the performance itself. I cannot do literary justice to what this man does on stage. He’s just that good. And if you are dressed in period dress from the 1920’s, I’ll give you happy hour prices all night. Take that.


Friday, November 19: The Paperboys Trio. $12.
The PaperboysThe PaperbosyThere is no shortage of amazing music for you enjoy this weekend at the Green Frog, that is for sure. I remember the first time I ever saw the Paperboys. It was at the Cosmo’s Bar on State Street in about 1996. They blew me away with the blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Celtic, Latin, and other influences that I am likely not aware of. The sound of the Paperboys has changed over the years as a band, but this trio is very much like the sound I remember from back then. Tom Landa is a genius in my book and he also has a knack for finding amazing fiddle players. I know that Tom and Kalissa will be in the house, the third is always a surprise. Let’s find out together!

I know the cover is a little higher than normal, but this is how they make their living. I hope you’ll give it a shot anyway. You won’t be disappointed.


Saturday, November 20: Petunia and The Vipers. $10.
I know that a lot of you have seen these guys in the past and will be here again on Saturday night. They have finally started to see some regularity in crowd numbers and it seems to keep getting more full every time. I am so glad to see it. These guys are amazing and they somehow seem to keep getting better. We made a deal a year or so ago to bring them down once a month so that they could get their work visas. I am certainly glad that I agreed and that they came to me with that proposal. The third Saturday of the month has become one of my favorites.

If you are not familiar with them, Petunia sings in the tradition of the yodeling cowboys of yesteryear with a band that consists of some of the finest musicians around. They are no slouches. As a matter of fact, there is a good chance they will blow your mind.


Sunday, November 21: Open Mic (8pm) and Slow Jam (5pm). FREE.
Start your Sunday evening off right with a little sit down at the Green Frog. You too can sit around with a pint nearby, just pickin’ and grinnin’ the day away. The folks who meet there every week are nice people and are more than happy to include everyone who wants to learn to play some old timey tunes with other people. It’s just a big ol’ jam session, folks. Nothing to be afeared about.

The Open Mic is pretty self explanatory. Bring your axe, or borrow one of ours, and the stage is yours for 15 minutes.


Well, there you have it, folks. Another week of great entertainment for my...er...your listening pleasure. Make no bones about it, I enjoy this music about as much as I possibly can. I just hope that you will too. In five years I have seen an estimated 1600 shows in the Green Frog. That’s a lot of music. I remember most of them. Thanks for allowing me to continue. I really do appreciate it. I love you all, except for that one guy that I really don’t, but you know who you are. Until next time...visit soon, visit often, drink as much as you can. Thank you.

Cheers!

James
Visit us at 1015 N. State Street, Downtown Bellingham and on the web at www.acoustictavern.com.

Our hours of operation: 4PM - 2AM Monday - Friday, 10AM - 2AM Saturday and Sunday.


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