WWU alums Caroline Van Hemert and Patrick Farrell on the adventure of a lifetime - sailing up the Inside Passage with their two small children.
“It never seemed possible to us,” Death Cab bass player Nick Harmer told The Bellingham Herald. “The first few years when we were in Bellingham, we hoped to play the Viking Union to open for a national touring act. We had dreams of driving down to Seattle and playing our own show at The Crocodile. That seemed attainable — a reachable dream.”
The cerebrally throbbing dance party continued under the moon, the stadium encircled by the silhouettes of towering pine trees against the night sky adding a touch of Northwest magic to the proceedings. ODESZA and Death Cab aren’t the first or last stars to similarly rise from a tranquil college town with a fertile arts scene. But last night’s all-star team-up felt like something that could only happen here.
In the climactic battle at Avengers headquarters in 2023, Thanos' blue-hued daughter Nebula confronts - and eventually kills - an earlier version of herself who had traveled forward in time, from 2014. But if she kills that version of herself, then that version cannot return to 2014, in which case she cannot do other things we know that she did from earlier films - make peace with her sister, join up with the Guardians of the Galaxy or fight alongside the Avengers. Even more basically, if the "later" Nebula kills the "earlier" Nebula, there can be no "later" Nebula.
Low familiarity with the name is likely a reflection of the relative newness of the term Salish Sea. The name was adopted in 2010 after two decades of leadership by Bert Webber, a natural scientist at Western Washington University. It pays respect to the Coast Salish, the indigenous people who lived in connection with the sea long before western settlers arrived.
Both bands got their start in Bellingham, when members attended Western Washington University, and the benefit concert will raise money for a WWU scholarship endowment fund.
It will be the largest music concert in Bellingham’s history, according to the city of Bellingham.
For some it’s a walk through Boulevard Park at sunset with a stop at Woods Coffee — others might covet a beer from a favorite local brewery.
But Odesza’s Clayton Knight says a stop at Super Mario’s Food truck for some Salvadorian food is an absolute must.
“It’s just not a trip to Bellingham without that,” Knight told The Bellingham Herald. “It’s something you just have to do. We’ll probably also want to drive along Chuckanut Drive and pick up one of our favorite beers at Boundary Bay (Brewery), but yeah, we’ve got to stop at Super Mario’s.”
Knight and Harrison Mills will return to Bellingham — the city where they formed Odesza in 2012, when both were students at Western Washington University — as part of Saturday’s “Double Major” concert with Death Cab for Cutie — another band that got its start in the City of Subdued Excitement while attending WWU.
Classes continued as usual Tuesday at Western Washington University, but with extra police presence, after an early morning manhunt failed to locate an apparently armed man who approached a WWU shuttle bus driver two blocks south of the main campus in the Happy Valley neighborhood.
Bellingham Police and Western Washington University officers searched the campus and surrounding areas after the bus driver reported seeing a man with a gun who said he had to “take care of” some “bad people” shortly after 4 a.m.
WWU Associate Art Professor Chris Vargas' artwork "Transgender Hiroes" accompanies "That But Not That," by T Cooper, one of nine personal pieces in Harper Magazine's June 2019 issue; Stonewall at Fifty.
They’re two of our region’s most prominent acts to find fame in the last 20 years, coincidentally hailing from the same college town. Yet ironically, the first time indie-rock giants Death Cab for Cutie and electronic stars ODESZA crossed paths, it was 1,200 miles away from their mutual Bellingham birthplace.
Last summer, the groups that formed while their members were attending Western Washington University were booked as the marquee names on a big radio-sponsored concert in Southern California — the type of gig that would land the otherwise disparate bands on the same bill. The backstage camaraderie was immediate.