By John Christensen
The days are getting longer, the air is getting (a little bit) warmer, and music-season in Alaska is kicking back into gear. Here is just a small taste of what’s in store for the Anchorage-area music scene this coming weekend.
When the Rainbow Girls came up last summer for Salmon Fest, you had to know they would be back — and now they are! Fairbanks, Girdwood, Homer, and Anchorage had better get ready. This powerhouse female trio is coming to melt away all our winter blues. If you have been hibernating and doing some introspection this winter, like I have, a Rainbow Girls show is the perfect way to come out of your cave. Intertwining harmonies, folksy/bluesy riffs, and hard-hitting lyrics come together to break all the clouds away.
So get your dancing shoes (and your ice cleats… It is still slick out there folks!) on and break out of that winter rut with some live music.
They will be playing a private event in Fairbanks on Tuesday (2/25), before making their way down to The Sitzmark Bar & Grill in Girdwood on Thursday (2/27) for a FREE, 21+ show, Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer on Friday (2/28), and another private event in Anchorage on Sunday (3/1).
When not on-stage, the Rainbow Girls can be found at rainbowgirlsmusic.com, on Instagram at @rainbowgirlsband, on Facebook, and probably in their van, somewhere, jamming out with whomever shows up. Their music can also be found online on all streaming platforms (including Bandcamp!), at your local record store, and on the shelves of that one hippie-chick ex-girlfriend you had in college. No, don’t text her. Just trust me.
Kyle Hollingsworth Band
Kyle Hollingsworth and his band are also headed up to Alaska this week, playing three dates, February 27-29. For the past 25+ years, Kyle has been the keyboard player for the Colorado based jam-band, String Cheese Incident. But while SCI is on a late-winter break from touring, Kyle and his band, Kyle Hollingsworth Band are making the trek to Alaska. “I fell in love with Alaska a few summer ago.” Kyle said in an email. “Beautiful waterfalls and great hiking. I have yet to make it up there in winter, and I’m looking forward to it this week.” Kyle and his band play at Klondike Mike’s Saloon & Road House in Palmer on Thursday (2/27) heading down to Girdwood for two nights (Friday, 2/28 and Saturday, 2/29) at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. You might even catch Kyle on the slopes at Alyeska.
Kyle’s other band, String Cheese Incident, will be touring in the Lower 48 this June and July. Kyle also has a brand new EP called 2020 that will be available on all digital platforms on Friday. His and SCI’s music can all be found wherever you find your music: Spotify, Apple Music, or your local record store.
Anna Tivel & Maya de Vitry
While this will not be a first for Anna Tivel, but when her bandmate Maya de Vitry steps off the plane, it will be her first time in Alaska. “It’s very exciting! I have one really good friend who is a fisherman (from) Anchorage, who used to fly across the country with a cooler full of salmon, when we were both living in Boston — so (now) I am hoping to eat some fish while I’m up there!” Anna Tivel & Maya de Vitry will be here in Alaska this weekend, serving up their own soul food; buttery harmonies, sweet melodies, and lyrics to fill the soul.
Anna and Maya will be playing at Jitters in Eagle River on Friday night (2/28), starting at 7:30 pm. They will make their way down to Anchorage for a Saturday evening show (also starting at 7:30 p.m.), in the Elvera Voth Hall at the Performing Arts Center, and will end their tour with a Sunday show (6 p.m. start time) at Vagabond Blues in Palmer. All shows brought to you by Whistling Swan Productions.
Anna’s latest record, entitled The Question, came out last spring. Maya has a brand new solo album coming out March 13th, entitled How to Break a Fall — and she will be bringing a few pre-release copies with her to Alaska! Anna Tivel can be found at annativel.com, on Instagram and Twitter (@annativel) and Facebook. Her music can be found on all streaming platforms. Maya de Vitry can be found at mayadevitry.com, on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter (@mayadevitry), and her music can also be found wherever you find your music.
… and more!
Along with all these amazing acts coming from Outside, some of our very own Alaskan musicians will be cranking up the tunes too. Jared Woods, who was just recently featured on Parlor in the Round, is playing at Matanuska Brewing Company’s Midtown Anchorage location on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. And if you’re looking for a bit more of a mellow evening, on Saturday, Spenard Jazz Fest is hosting a Listening Room Experience at Charlou, beginning at 8 p.m., which is being live-recorded for a later project.
Whatever your taste in music, there is something out there for you. Be sure to check out all (or as many as we could find) the local music happenings across the state on the AK Concerts Calendar right here in The Press, or online at akconcerts.com.