Best Bets for Nov. 22-24 | The Bainbridge Blab

For the final weekend before the earnest start of the true holiday season, there are several choices for those seeking a good time on Bainbridge.

Here are our Best Bets.

Leroy Virgil, founder and frontman of cult country band Hellbound Glory, will perform a special free concert at the Treehouse Café in Lynwood from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Donations will be accepted. Admission is 21-and-older only.

Distilled of equal parts melody and bar-room-thump, Hellbound Glory is a Reno, Nevada-based band packing venues with a growing legion of fans coast to coast.

Virgil’s songwriting consistently tests the boundaries of conventional country music’s lyrical playing field.

When asked to describe the band’s signature sound, Virgil said, “Country music was a big influence on the rock music I wrote when I was younger and still in Aberdeen. That same rock music echoes a bit in my country western music today. We’re really not afraid to piss off any of either genre’s purists. We’re just out there being ourselves!”

While doing that, he managed to do a duet with Tanya Tucker, share the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Guns n Roses, ZZ Top, Kid Rock, Sturgill Simpson, and Eric Church.

Visit www.treehousebainbridge.com to learn more.

Then, also at the Treehouse, Bainbridge-based rhythm-and-blues band Out of Order will return to Lynwood’s central stage to play at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Admission to this 21-and-older-only show is by donation.

Out of Order features vocalist Betsy Peabody, guitarists Mark Schneider and PJ McEwan, and Greg “Hot Sauce” Stevenson on harmonica. The combination of veteran bassist Rich McAllister and master drummer Chip Goodhue anchors the band and gives a rocking foundation and pulse to every tune.

The band plays music to sing and dance to — think Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Wilson Pickett, with some Johnny Cash and Elvis thrown in — at different venues throughout Seattle and Puget Sound.

Visit www.treehousebainbridge.com to learn more.

Also on Saturday, 10 great comics from around the country vie for fame and fortune in the 40th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition, and Bainbridge Performing Arts will host the concluding show of the semi-finals at 7:30 p.m.

The competition started Thursday, Nov. 7, and continues for 20 shows at venues throughout the region until a winner is crowned on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the famed Comedy Underground in Seattle.

It’s reportedly America’s biggest touring comedy festival: 25 days, 20 shows, a host of venues, 32 comedians, more than $15,000 in cash and prizes and talent executives from CBS, NBC, and more, with movie studios, managers, agents and producers in attendance, too.

There are two “preliminary” rounds of 16 comedians; each comedian gets 5 minutes to impress. Each preliminary round consists of five shows, and a combination of entertainment industry and celebrity judges and audience reaction determines who moves on when all the scores are tallied.

The top five comics from the two preliminary rounds make the semi-finals; all the semi-finalists win some cash, and get to compete for the title by performing for 10 minutes nightly for five shows.

The performance is suitable for ages 16 and older.

Visit online at www.seattlecomedycompetition.org, and track the nightly results at www.facebook.com/seattlecomedycompetition.

Tickets for the BPA-hosted round are $30 per person and may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).

Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

And finally, consider something special from the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Called “one of the most unique and innovative saxophonists on the scene,” and winner of a 2016 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, Roxy Coss will perform at BIMA at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Originally from Seattle, but now a decade-long fixture of the New York scene, she was listed in a Downbeat Critics’ Poll as a “Rising Star” for the past five years in a row, and a Downbeat Magazine review called her “an exceptional young talent”.

Tickets for the BIMA show, $25 to $29 each, are available now. Visit the “events” section of www.biartmuseum.org to learn more and purchase.

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