Acclaimed Acoustic Africa comes to Homer

The soulful intimations weaving between the performers Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Afel Bocoum have conspired to form an unlikely testament to the recognition of traditional African custom: Acoustic Africa.

Jenny Martin writes the songs

Jenny Martin oversees about 35 Big Brothers Big Sisters along with their matching “littles,” a job that touches many Homer lives. For the past two decades she’s been a familiar face: She conducted outdoor camping trips for young people, oversaw a job training program at the Kachemak Bay Campus and helped local businesses while working for the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Play takes two souls across time

Bunnell Street Arts Center hosts the first staging of the newly rewritten play, “Time Immemorial,” which tells the story of two souls as they relate to each other through many lifetimes. Co-written by Jack Dalton and Allison Warden, who are also the only two cast members, the show was originally commissioned by Cyrano’s Playhouse as one of five plays celebrating Alaska’s 50th anniversary of statehood.

Alaska-grown band plays Homer

Alaskan-grown rock band Static Cycle is back home after touring 14 states and sharing the stage with the likes of Daughtry, Drowning Pool, Puddle of Mudd, Eve6 and 36 Crazyfists.
They are set to play their first show in Homer, plus gigs in Fairbanks, and Anchorage, before heading back Outside to continue touring.

Hard-driving string band keeps tradition alive

Whenever humans come together, there is music. Only relatively recently in our culture, did a separation arise between music performers and music listeners. In early America, playing music was a natural part of everyday life and everyone participated.
Portland’s Foghorn Stringband is part of a thriving revival that is keeping that old-timey music making alive and they are bringing this deeply rooted American tradition to Homer.

Dan Tyminski turns up the bluegrass heat

While Dan Tyminski may be best known as the artist who remade and sang the title song “Man of Constant Sorrow” for “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” his 13 grammy awards are certainly nothing to dismiss.
Tyminski’s updated version of the song won the 2001 Country Music Award for best single, as well as a Grammy for best Country Collaboration with vocals.

New and old music graces Homer stages

7 Days to Noon The four-piece band, “7 Days to Noon,” will perform at Duggan’s Pub Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23. Members of the band say they always look forward to playing in Homer. “Homer people are more open to the more obscure music we love to play,” said guitarist Dustin Aaronson. “We love […]

Concert-style singalong music

On their website, local band Yellow Cabin wryly lists their influences as “…loud crappy or borrowed amplifiers, smoky bars and their drunken patrons, epic bartenders, Guinness, not practicing original songs and of course Cabin Fever. Also the color green.”
All that “atmosphere” is missing when the band performs in concert at Pier One Theatre this weekend. What remains is solid entertainment.

Exploring the whimsical nature of song

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.

Finding social significance

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.

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