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Headliner bands announced for Downtown Sounds’ 20th anniversary concert season

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership welcomes music lovers to five free Wednesday evening concerts from July 10 to August 7, 2024, featuring headliners from the funk and soul scenes of New Orleans and Brooklyn and the Pacific Northwest, to celebrate Downtown Sounds’ 20th anniversary season. The concert series transforms the Arts District intersection of Bay, Holly and Prospect Streets into a stage, beer garden, food truck and family activity zone where residents and tourists can experience unforgettable evenings of live music, food and fun. In anticipation of record crowds, two additional blocks will be closed to traffic to expand all parts of the event and allow for additional access points.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Bellingham Partnership

This year’s line-up features an impressive array of headlining acts, scheduled as follows:

July 10: Cytrus (Powerfunk from Seattle)
Cytrus, who describe themselves as a psychedelic power funk octet, are known for their infectious beats and captivating performances that blend elements of electronica, synth pop and dance music.

July 17: Acorn Project (Bellingham-based Electro-Funk)
Bellingham’s own Acorn Project brings their funk and groove to the stage, delivering a nostalgic evening of music and dancing with their blend of funk, rock and electronica from a mix of local musicians.

July 24: Daniel Pak (Soul/Reggae from Seattle)
Daniel Pak’s soulful sound and heartfelt lyrics are sure to captivate audiences, inspired by his Hawaiian roots and experiences performing with reggae legends like The Wailers.

July 31: The Soul Rebels (Brass/Soul/Funk from New Orleans)
The Soul Rebels bring the energetic brass funk of New Orleans to Bellingham, promising an evening full of infectious rhythms and irresistible grooves that will keep the crowd on its feet.

August 7: Pimps of Joytime (Brooklyn/Bay Area/New Orleans-Fusion Funk/Soul/Afrobeat)
The Pimps of Joytime are known for their infectious rhythms and soulful vocals that combine elements of funk, soul, afrobeat and dance music, delivering a night of non-stop dancing and high energy to close out the season.

General admission to Downtown Sounds is free and opens every evening at 5:30 PM. The opening acts will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m., followed by the main acts taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a meal at neighboring restaurants and on-site food trucks, create memories with photo booths and glitter tattoos, enjoy family-friendly activities and more.

For those over 21, the drinks garden offers local pints from breweries and cideries and a variety of wine options. Additionally, both hard and non-alcoholic seltzer options will be available from 2024 VIP sponsor Spindrift. Proceeds from the beverage garden will support the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the downtown through economic development, promotion, advocacy and celebration. Further financial support to make Downtown Sounds possible comes from Co-Concert Series sponsors BECU and Julian & Co. Real Estate, with additional support from SpringHill Suites, and community event tourism grants made possible by the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County.

For the ultimate Downtown Sounds experience, participants are encouraged to become Downtown Bellingham INSIDERS. This loyalty program offers members exclusive benefits including skip-the-line beer garden access and access to the Spindrift VIP lounge. For those traveling from out of town, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership has partnered with Hotel Leo and Four Points by Sheraton to offer discounted rates with a complimentary INSIDERS membership to make the most of Downtown Sounds and Downtown Bellingham’s iconic summer events to fetch. Discounts and perks such as transportation to and from the stage area, free INSIDER map and a welcome guide to Downtown Bellingham’s favorite bars, restaurants and shopping experiences are available. Find out more and book now at www.downtownbellingham.com/downtown-sounds-hotels

“Experiencing the growth and evolution of this cherished event is truly dear to my heart,” said Lindsey Payne Johnstone, executive director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. “We are excited to celebrate 20 years of Downtown Sounds with our incredible community.”

For more information about Downtown Sounds, including the full lineup, visit www.downtownbellingham.com/downtownsounds.

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