Some of Western Washington University's most famous alumni are teaming up for a stacked Civic Stadium concert to benefit the alumni association's scholarship fund.
Just a few weeks before Western Washington University wraps its spring semester, a few of the Bellingham college’s most famous alumni are throwing a huge off-campus bash.
On Friday, Death Cab for Cutie and ODESZA announced a joint benefit concert on May 18 at Civic Stadium. Appropriately dubbed Double Major, the show aims to raise money for WWU’s Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment. Both the Ben Gibbard-led indie-rock titans and the big-shot dance duo got started during their respective times at the university and hinted at a possible Bellingham hookup yesterday on social media, posting photos of where they used to live. (Two years ago, Death Cab released a recording of its first acoustic show at a Bellingham house in 1997.)
The lineup also features buzzy local producer Chong the Nomad, Robotaki (who also plays Capitol Hill Block Party this year) and Bellingham pop-punks LipStitch. A pre-sale begins 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, with the general on-sale starting Friday, March 8. Fans can register for the pre-sale here.
“Bellingham and WWU is where it all began,” Death Cab wrote in a series of tweets. “We have so many memories of house shows, The Showoff Gallery, The 3B, Red Square and KUGS, all places we met friends and found our community. All places vital to the start of our band. And as we have continued on, it’s been amazing to … see and hear so much music continue to flow out of Bellingham too. So when we met @odesza, our bond of being ‘from Bellingham’ was an instant connection. We know the same spots, we hiked the same trails, and we share a similar … spirit that our days living there allowed to grow. It was only natural that we thought ‘let’s play a show together and celebrate our starts.’”
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Wrote ODESZA: “Bellingham has always held a special place for both of us. We met at WWU and started ODESZA there. We are super excited to come back to the place where it all started and do a special benefit show with our friends and fellow alumni @dcfc!”