Salmonstock raises money to protect wild salmon habitat

A blend of salmon, music, food, art and beer spread three days over the weekend at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds, where the gray, threatening skies weren’t enough to dampen the vibrant mood of the third annual Salmonstock festival.

Music fills the August air around Kachemak Bay

Old Songs Productions ReRun comedy performance will raise funds for Haven House tonight.

Orchestra lures patrons to musical bliss around the Bay

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform “Noon-Time Tunes” at the Duncan House today, Wednesday, as part of their marathon of free performances over the next two weeks. Performances begin at noon and last through the lunch hour, five days a week.

KBBI Concert on the Lawn

KBBI Public Radio’s 34th-annual Concert on the Lawn lured many music lovers to the sun-drenched grassy knolls of Karen Hornaday Park on Saturday and Sunday. Revelers of all ages turned out to celebrate summer with an interesting variety of 16 different musical acts under a deluge of sunshine and blue skies. Music moods drifted between […]

Kick up some grass at KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn

Blessed with so many outstanding musicians and performers, Homer residents and visitors have numerous opportunities to enjoy music and dance, topped by KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn this coming weekend.
Drawing mostly on local talent, KBBI public radio station stages one of the best-loved highlights of the summer. The 34th-annual concert will be staged at Karen Hornaday Park from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Popular pianist brings fun to Pier One stage

Rhythm of the North, featuring Johnny B. on piano, is a multi-media event at Pier One Theatre beginning on Thursday.
Johnny Bushell’s performance will be accented with Alaska wildlife video images by Daniel Zatz, as well as still photos by Brad Lewis.
Bushell composed and orchestrated the music for one of Zatz’s award-winning videos some time ago. He will perform his original songs, many of which he wrote last winter, July 4 and 5, and then on Wednesday evenings, July 10, 24, 31 and Aug. 7.

Homer’s renowned performer comes home

By Randi Somers Homer Tribune Alaska legend Hobo Jim (Varsos) is back on stage, playing here in Homer, and elsewhere on the peninsula. He is playing two shows on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at AJ’s Steak House on Bunnell Avenue (two doors west of the corner of Main). Varsos was out of action for a […]

Si Kahn headlines ‘Stop Pebble Mine’ performance tonight

International recording artist Si Kahn will perform with former Alaska state senator Suzanne Little tonight (Wednesday, June 19) in a concert at Pier One Theatre to help protect Bristol Bay by opposing the development of the Pebble Mine.
In August 2010, recognizing the role that music could play in motivating people to join the fight to stop the Pebble Mine and protect Bristol Bay, Palmer resident fisherman Dan Strickland invited Si Kahn to come to Alaska to write songs about the struggle to stop the Pebble Mine.
Former Alaska State Senator Suzanne Little, who had met Kahn some years ago at a gathering for progressive elected officials from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, joined Dan in this invitation.

Tumbledown House brings ‘Speakeasy’ music to Homer

Billed as “Modern Speakeasy Music,” the Tumbledown House musicians, Gillian Howe and Tyler Ryan Miller, are traveling to Alaska from their home in San Francisco again this month for their fifth Alaskan tour, with four performances booked in Homer.
On their web page they write: “As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to climb, we begin preparing for our fifth Alaskan Tour. We can’t wait to see all of our Alaskan friends, play with some of our favorite musicians and perform in some of our favorite venues.”
Called a “Sultry Song-writing Duo” they usually recruit other musicians to join in their performance, and they know they will find plenty of willing talent here to join them on stage.
Here are the song titles from their two albums:

Blues reigns at Alice’s Champagne Palace this weekend

Alice’s Champagne Palace is bringing blues guitarist Rick Brooks to town Friday evening and the harmonica man Gary Sloan (more Alaska bluesmen) Saturday night.
Brooks accompanies himself on acoustic guitar as he sings blues, rock and classic songs and more. He says he took his first guitar lessons at age eight in Oxford, Mississippi. His father wanted him to be Johnny Cash and his teacher favored Chet Atkins but he took more interest in blues, jazz, classical and folk music. In the late 80s he played in a series of rock, rhythm and blues and top-10 bands traveling around Alaska from Nome to Homer. He started on electric guitar but then switched to acoustic in the late 90s. He has also toured and played the west coast states California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Nevada.

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