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August Shows Summary

Three chances to see us just in the first two weeks of August! Details on our Shows page.

August Shows

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Gators in the Pig House!

This July 1st show, at Schweinhaus Biergarten, one of Bellingham’s gems, especially in the summer, should be a VERY good time!

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Beer, sausages, pretzels, cornhole, and good old Grateful Dead tunes!

We can all pretend we’re on the legendary Europe 1972 tour!


Also, check out our Shows page for other upcoming gigs.

Sleepy Alligators News: May 2017

18320877_656816134509021_7757466093290249545_oHey there, friends!

We’ve been having a blast getting ready for spring and summer shows, working up some songs we haven’t played before, and keeping the long, strange trip rolling along!

Our first show of the year…

5/21: Spring Family Fest

You know an elementary school is cool when their PTA chooses a Grateful Dead cover band to play at one of their fundraisers!

We’re excited to be participating in the Sunnyland Elementary PTA‘s Spring Family Fest at Boundary Bay Brewery on May 21st. At this all-ages (naturally) event, there will be more entertainment, as well as the great food and craft brew that the beer garden is known for.

8/5: 1st Annual Sunshine Daydream Music & Art Festival
Sleepy Alligators + Masquerade Wine Co. + Illuminati Brewing + Arts&Crafts = FUN!

This one’s a ways off and still in the early planning stages, but we are stoked to have been contacted by vinter/brewer Bill Kimmerly, who, in addition to making wine and beer, formerly traveled the world, attending over 250 Grateful Dead shows!

Well, courtesy of Bill, we’ll be bringing the music of the Grateful Dead to the 1st Annual Sunshine Daydream Music & Art Festival.

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017*, 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Masquerade Wine Company / Illuminati Brewing, 3950 Hammer Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226 (map)
What: locally-crafted wine and beer, music, arts&crafts vendors, and more!

(* The date is deeply significant! The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was born on August 1, 1942 and died on August 9, 1995, and ever since his death, Deadheads celebrate Jerry’s life and music every year from August 1st through August 9th, known as “The Days Between,” with the name taken from Jerry’s and Robert Hunter’s last great composition.)

We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this inaugural event!

More details to come!

Sunshine daydream
Walk you in the tall trees
Going where the wind goes
Blooming like a red rose
Breathing more freely
Light out singing
I’ll walk you in the morning sunshine
Sunshine daydream

~from “Sugar Magnolia” – Weir/Hunter, 1970

Sleepy Alligators News: March 2017

IMG_0188Despite our having shared no news for the last few months, Sleepy Alligators have decidedly not been hibernating!

Announcing New Gator: Jose Jimenez
Back in December, we said farewell to our founding drummer, OLar Maksin.

OLar made enormous contributions to the band in our formative first year, helping bring the project to life, going deep with his study of a body of music that he had not previously been very familiar with, and helping to craft the Sleepy Alligators vibe.

We are very grateful for OLar’s hard work and enthusiasm, we wish him well in his future endeavors, and we will always honor him as a founding Gator.

Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to welcome Jose Jimenez to the band. Jose has been drumming since he was 10-years old, and counts the Grateful Dead as one of his earliest influences. He’s known Sleepy Alligators keyboardist Orion Lackey since middle school, and brings great energy and passion with him.

Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series: August 10th
As we announced on our Facebook Page, we’re honored to have been selected as one of only nine bands — out of 40 that applied — to perform as part of the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series. A summer evening, one of Bellingham’s beautiful parks, food trucks, family, friends, community and live music … it doesn’t get much better than that!

Since the Grateful Dead’s free concerts in the park were iconic and a HUGE part of their early legend, we look forward to recreating some of that spirit and vibe this August!

Bellingham Bay Brewery Fryday Fish Fry: August 11th
For the second summer in a row, we’ll be bringing an evening of Grateful Dead music to the always awesome Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden.

We love the all-ages picnic vibe, always appreciate the yummy fish & chips, and of course the legendary Boundary Bay craft brew will be flowing!

More?!!!
August is a ways off, we recognize that, we’re working on booking some other gigs for the spring, so we’ll keep you posted!

Playing, playing in the band.
Daybreak, daybreak on the land.

Sleepy Alligators @ #GivingTuesday

#givingtuesdayWhile we were deeply disappointed, having been duped into canceling our last gig by what was supposed to be an historic and very dangerous typhoon, Sleepy Alligators are getting right back on the horse!

We are honored to have been invited to participate in this year’s #GivingTuesday event:

  • When: Tuesday, November 29th, 8pm-12:00am
  • Where: Wild Buffalo House Of Music: 208 West Holly Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Admission: $5+ suggested donation at door OR bring 2+ cans of food which we will then donate to the Bellingham Food Bank. No one will be turned away (21+), but everybody can give something, even if it’s your positive energy and smile…a million drops make a huge splash.

From the organizers:

#GivingTuesday was started in 2012 as an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A day to give to local non-profits and support your community’s future.

We will be holding an auction/raffle with all proceeds going to Camp Fire Samish and Camp Kirby (Samish Island, WA) to provide camp scholarships and fund essential programs for local youth.

Come on out, friends, for a good time and great cause!

Sleepy Alligators @ Vaudevillingham

gatorsvaudevillingham-blogAnyone who has had the pleasure to attend a Grateful Dead concert knows that the community of Deadheads who followed the band literally turned on, tuned in, dropped out, ran away, and joined the Grateful Dead circus.

It’s a match made in music heaven, then, that Sleepy Alligators has been invited by the Bellingham Circus Guild to be the musical guest at their October Vaudevillingham show. (see details below)

Vaudevillingham is a monthly vaudeville-style variety show, that includes anything from dance, aerial, comedy, magic, theater, juggling, improv, burlesque, music and more.

It’s also a fundraiser for the Circus Guild, an organization that boasts what may very well be the greatest Mission Statement ever:

Our mission is to assist and support the circus arts community of Whatcom County, to promote circus arts to the community at-large, and to radically proliferate delight at every opportunity.

Details For The Show

  • When: Saturday, October 15th – There is a 7:00pm and 9:00pm Vaudevillingham show, and Sleepy Alligators will perform from 6:15-7:00, and then again between the two shows.
  • Where: Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab, 1401 6th Street, suite 102 Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Admission: suggested $5-10 donation

Ok, so, we’re not running away to join the circus, but pretty close!

Hope to see you there!

Sleepy Alligators Waking Up!

imageIt’s been a long, fruitful incubation period, and now Sleepy Alligators are about to wake up!

We’ve been having a great time coalescing as a band, building up a repertoire of about 30 songs, and exploring the high wire of group improvisation.

Our first gig will be:

It’s time for Bellingham’s Deadheads and jam band fans to wake up too, so put on your tie-dye and your dancing shoes, come enjoy a locally-crafted beer, yummy fish fry, and the music of the good ol’ Grateful Dead!