By Randi Somers
From it’s humble beginning in a tiny studio on Lake Street with a concert across the street in the yard of the Yah Shure bar, KBBI Public Radio has grown into a major force in the community and its concert has become an annual rite of summer.
All grown up and mostly homegrown, KBBI’s 32nd Annual Concert on the Lawn is Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 at Karen Hornaday Park.
With numerous bands and booths offering everything from food and art to information, the two-day event draws large crowds of celebrants every year to listen to the music, dance on the grass, and just generally enjoy one of the highlights of the summer.
The Saturday action starts with a young group called Rufaro Marimba at 1 p.m. followed by Dan “Dirty D” Pascucci, Sally Wills and David Gerard, Seaside Farmers, Shawn Zuke, The Barroom Roses, and Bare Roots. The Milo Matthews Trio closes the day, scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday brings Work in Progress to the stage at 1:10 p.m. followed by Diana Z, Arlo Hannigan, Carlyle and the Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Bay Rockers, Yellow Cabin and Uplift with the Holy Santos Gang wrapping up the evening beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Rufaro Marimba also will be making an appearance as the only youth marimba band in Alaska. It is comprised of eight talented Homer High School students. They have been together for two and a half years and this is their second Concert on the Lawn. Band members are Brandon Beachy, Alex Gillam, Patrick Lattimer, Jonas Noomah, John Shank, JJ Sonnen, Paul Trowbridge and Drew Turner.
Dan “Dirty D” Pascucci asks, “how much damage can Dirty D do with one mandolin, a beatbox, and a microphone? LOTS!” Joining Concert on the Lawn all the way from sunny Soldotna, Dirty D is an environmental specialist for the Kenai Watershed Forum and combines learning with fun.
Dave Gerard and Sally Wills are two of the members of The Seafarin’ Strangers and play a wide assortment of acoustic music. Dave, an accomplished luthier, maker of stringed instruments such as violins, plays his own instruments.
The Seaside Farmers play old-timey, string-band music from various folk traditions.
A Homer-based singer/songwriter and intuitive healer, Shawn Zuke’s soul-felt music is described as “an expression of prayer with great messages of faith, hope and the resonance of her truth.”
Also hailing from Homer, The Barroom Roses have rapidly charmed their way into the hearts of music fans in Homer and beyond with their eclectic mix of indie folk and rock.
Bare Roots is a seven-piece reggae band from Anchorage, playing a mix of “island”, “roots”, and “progressive” reggae. Bare Roots plays original reggae music, twists songs from other genres to fit their irie vibes and favorite reggae tunes.
Another Homer talent, Milo Matthews will be performing songs from his double CD “Miles of Eva.” His production company, LoveLifeMusic Productions has been helping and recording local artists for the past two years. CD’s are available everywhere.
There’s no shortage of talent in this town. Work In Progress is Homer’s own eclectic, string-infused “bluegrassishness” band.
Traveling all the way down from Palmer, Diana Z is a singer/songwriter who is originally from Toronto, Canada. She has been performing on stage for over 10 years at various venues and festivals all over Alaska and across Canada. The title track off of her debut CD, “All I Want”, was chosen out of thousands of entries to be featured in the upcoming Indie film Moonpoint, which is expected to be out by the end of the summer.
From even farther away, Arlo Hannigan is a folk singer/songwriter who comes to us all the way from Nome. This is his first time performing in Homer. Arlo received an Independent Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation in the Spring of 2010.
Anchorage artists Carlyle Watt, Theresa Taylor and Miriah Phelps said they are happy to be playing their first Concert on the Lawn. More information about this group is available on line at carlylewatt.com.
From across the bay, the Bay Rockers is a Sugpiuq, home-grown band from English Bay. An Alaskan music mix with a rock and roll and garage sound, this group was inspired by the popular English Bay Band, the lifestyles of the village of Nanwalek and children.
Described as ‘fearless and intrepid,” the Yellow Cabin is one of the most original bands to ever come out of Homer. More positivity will be delivered by Uplift, a root reggae band with a message of love and life for the community, full of positive vibes.
Familiar to local concert goers, the Los Holy Santos Gang states that they are grateful to have such a supportive audience here in Homer, and are proud to be part of a wonderful community of musicians.
Volunteers guide the parking of vehicles with overflow available at Homer Medical Clinic, Drs. Raymond and McCullum, the Homer Independent Living Center and on the north side of Fairview. No parking is allowed in front of residences, South Peninsula Hospital nor Kenai Physical Therapy.
Admission is $20 per day for adults, $10 for youth under 18 (free if accompanied by parent or guardian and free for volunteers.” Pets are not welcome.
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