A gold beer can was the award, and whenever a winner was announced the crowd went wild. The night ended with dancing and cheering for the 15th annual What’s Up! Magazine award show at the Wild Buffalo House of Music.
What’s Up! Magazine hosted the show Saturday, Jan. 21, to honor some of Bellingham’s local music. The bands WMD, River to Roads, The Co Founder, No Guts and Bob Fossil performed alongside comedy skits and trivia.
Western graduate Hayden Eller is the vocalist and guitarist for indie rock band The Co Founder, and also writes for the magazine.
“[There are] different awards for different genres of music. They all have silly names because Brent Cole, the owner, can’t not slip one in there,” Eller said.
The Scott Greene Band won “Best Silver Platter,” Baby Cakes won “Best Booty Shakin’,” Girl Teeth won “Best Newby” and Tetrachromat won “Best Heavier Than Heaven.”
“It’s always wonderful to see the community come together to honor our local talent.”
Eller said the show celebrated more than just the bands.
“It’s a way for all of us to celebrate the important community pillar that Brent and his family are,” Eller said.
Brent Cole, owner of the magazine, said What’s Up! has covered local music since 1998. Cole ran the award show for about 12 years.
“I had a friend who suggested we have an award show,” Cole said. “Hayden Eller from The Co Founder convinced me to do it again this year.”
Western graduate Morgan Lanza helped announce and present the award show.
“It’s always wonderful to see the community come together to honor our local talent,” Lanza said. “It provides a space for everybody to celebrate what’s going on here in Bellingham. It’s exciting.”
The genre changed nearly as often as the bands. No Guts offered loud, hard-rock, while Bob Fossil wasted no time in performing their indie pop tunes. Rivers to Roads shared their folk influence and provided a positive stage presence that kept the audience moving.
Junior Mickey Wells said she decided to come to the award show at the last minute.
“It’s super cool. It’s a lot of bands I haven’t heard of before,” Wells said. “I liked their [River to Roads] whole folk vibe and how it was so energetic.”
What’s Up will be hosting a 19th anniversary birthday party at The Shakedown at the end of March.