Erin McKeown contends that she’s incapable of copying things. That’s not to say she’s without influences, however, with “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” Ani Difranco and Greg Brown all standing as inspirations to the multi-instrument songstress. Like many children, McKeown grew up writing stories and poems, fueling an ever-hungry imagination that has continued to guide her work through the release of seven albums since her debut on the music scene in 1999.
Much can be said about the political scope belonging to David Rovics. He’s a troubadour musician and independent artist, an advocate for free speech, outspoken critic of the military and the government, and has been providing soundtracks to various activist campaigns for a decade now.
Tim Easton seems to exist in a different era. He’s the kind of musician associated with the lost days of folk; of poets and troubadours who’d play their way from city to town, all for the meaning of living art.
Calling the small desert community of Joshua Tree, Calif. home, Easton has an appreciation for the simple things in life. But, behind his laid-back disposition, he’s a fiercely dedicated artist constantly seeking new ways to fuel the creative process.
There’s little doubt that Homer’s been building itself up as a substantial place to hear live music. Almost nightly, one of the town’s various stages will offer up a demonstration of its many local musical talents. Often absent from the spectrum, however, are the DJs. With the exception of the Alibi, which has long delivered electronic recordings from various mixers, an evening of DJ compilations has remained largely occasional. Team Danger hopes to change that. Combining both audio and visual medias for the total dance experience, Kevin Co is flush with diverse arrays of underground pop and world beat sounds accompanied by wildly weird projections.
Finding new ideas for fundraisers to benefit the Homer Haven House might not seem like such an easy task to set about tackling each year, but for local musician Shawn Zuke, the work of the shelter suggests many themes.
“Healing women and children is really important to the human process of the planet,” Zuke said. “That’s a theme I think it’s good to focus on. If we heal the women, we heal the families. They will be able to bring up the energy of the family core. When families heal, communities heal.”
Haven House serves women and children not only as a shelter, but also assisting in other ways to help them reach stability aft
Citing the musical influences of everyone from Radiohead and Broken Social Scene to Neil Young, The Smile Ease heads to Homer’s Down East Saloon for Friday and Saturday night performances with the The Jack River Kings.
Dana Lyons is the singer/songwriter best known for his dynamic performances and outrageous hit songs “Cows With Guns,” “RV” and “Ride The Lawn.” A global radio and Web hit, “Cows With Guns” was No. 1 for the year on Dr. Demento, No. 2 on the Australian Country charts, No. 1 in Seattle and spent six months on the Irish Top 40.
The Seldovia Arts Council presents the “Guitar Masters Concert” on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at Susan B. English School.
In almost every sense of the word, “intimate” best describes the performance of popular Alaska musicians JoAnn and Monte Davis. The duo returns home from Texas for a concert tour, resuming a 30-year musical career.
Some 20 years ago, the Homer community attended a fundraising concert put on by a local teenager, helping her raise enough money to attend a performing arts school in Michigan. Two decades, eight albums and multiple awards later, Jewel Kilcher returns to her hometown to play a sold-out concert benefitting the Bunnell Street Art Center’s Artist in Schools Program.
It’s just her way of giving a little something back to the community that helped her out.