By Randi Somers
Public radio station KBBI has scheduled their two-day music celebration, Concert on the Lawn, a little early this year, with tickets being bought online before July 7 at a discount.
The show starts at noon, Saturday, July 12 and concludes at 9 p.m. Sunday. This year marks KBBI’s 35th anniversary. Homer’s first public radio station signed on the air Aug. 4, 1979.
As always, outstanding musicians from the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage and beyond are booked for the weekend. Some are performing at their first Concert on the Lawn.
Saturday features the Spur Highway Spankers, Hillary Arwen, Jon Crocker and Trina Uvaas, the Blackwater Railroad Company (a folk rock band from Seward specializing in upbeat, unique covers and catchy, danceable originals), a new local band, Raised by Humans, Gary Sloan’s American Music, Nervis Rex, a band from Anchorage and a modern rock band from the Mat-Su valley, The Quiet Cull, complete the Saturday show.
Todd Grebe and Cold Country from Nashville open the Sunday show at one p.m. They incorporate elements of bluegrass, swing, jazz and country. Amy Lou, Dan (Dirty D) Pascucci, The Slow Motion Riders, One Take, The Barroom Roses, Firelight, Pillage People and the Holy Santos Gang complete the show.
Booths around the grass “dance floor” provide a variety of food, crafts and creative children’s activities. Food booths offer crepes, salmon tacos, halibut gyros, fried chicken, hand-dipped ice cream bars, Thai steak sandwichs and steamed dumplings.
Some crafts and products on offer include naturally based cosmetics and skincare, wooden artwork, African arts and crafts, friendly plastic jewelry and tie dye clothing.
The kids’ activities offered by non-profits include the Wooden Boat Society’s art supplies for youngsters to make cards, paint cards or each other’s faces. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will be making musical instruments from recycled materials, HoWL will provide experiential learning through the trash timeline game and 10 essential for survival game. Green Dot Homer will provide bubbles and a bean bag toss game. And, the R.E.C. Room will be offering numerous youth activities mostly for 12-19 years olds, from healthy relationship games, spin the wheel of questions, to role-plays and more.
Tickets purchased online at www.kbbi.org before July 7 are $17 and after that tickets are $22 per day for adults. For young people, under 18, the tickets are $11 a day or free for children accompanied by parents or guardians. Tickets for youth are available only at the gate.
Organizers encourage people to leave their pets at home.
In the beginning, the event was actually held on the lawn of KBBI when the station had a larger lawn. But for several years now it has been held at the Karen Hornaday Park.
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