Music in the Park in back in 2021!
Join us at lunch for Music in the Park, a free concert series every Wednesday at Peratrovich Park. Each Wednesday a different band from around the state and country will be filling the sound waves at Peratrovich Park with music and promoting the beautiful corners of our Downtown.
Here’s the lineup for this year:
- 6/2 – Ava Earl is a prolific young singer-songwriter from the small mountain town of Girdwood, Alaska. Known for her intricate fingerpicking and graceful melodies, Ava’s music reflects the landscape she’s grown up in—open, raw, beautiful. At 17 years old, she has written and co-produced three full-length albums. “Am I Me Yet?” is her latest work, released in July 2018. The collection of 15 songs features Ava on guitar and vocals, Andy Mullen on guitar and bass, and Anna Tivel on violin. The album was recorded at The Hallowed Halls studio in Portland, Oregon, and was engineered by Hawkins Wright who also co-produced the album.An engaging performer, Ava thrives in a live concert setting, drawing audiences in with her music and stories. She’s as comfortable performing in large auditoriums as she is on festival stages and in listening room showcases. Highlight performances over the years include opening for Maggie Rogers (Nov 2017); playing with Parlor in the Round (Jan 2020, Mar 2018); performing at Salmonfest (Aug 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); opening for Rhett Miller (Sep 2018); and opening for Tim Easton (Mar 2019). Ava traveled to Nashville in February to record a new album. It is her first project with full arrangements and is being produced by JT Nero of the Birds of Chicago. The album release date is ever-nearing…“One might (and probably would) say that Ava’s musical and song-writing prowess is impressive for someone of her age. While they would technically be correct, they would be missing the point. Ava Earl’s song-writing abilities are just downright impressive. ” — John Christensen // Anchorage Press. For booking in North America please contact Stacy Trombley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 6/9 – Justin Baker – TBA
- 6/16 – The SpeNerds – The SpeNerds use the power of instrumental surf music to awaken the soul of the common man and turn any occasion into a twistin’ beach party. They have been performing their mix of classic surf, spy themes, spaghetti western, and garage rock at numerous venues across Southcentral Alaska since 2012. Featuring Fred’s reverb-drenched guitar, Allen thumpin’ bass, and Christa’s energetic and lively drums, The SpeNerds present retro music at its finest. So grab your shades and head for the beach, all you ho-dads, ‘cause it’s always sunny in Spenard.
- 6/23 – Rosie Rush – Rosie Rush is a singer-songwriter from Anchorage, Alaska. She has an interest in a wide variety of genres including funk, indie, folk, and jazz, which she studies at the University of Southern California. Her sound is an interesting mix of elements from genres that have shaped her. Rosie’s music is influenced by the works of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Bon Iver, and Rachael Price. Rosie’s immense love of her family and the natural world have heavily affected her songwriting. Being a lifelong Alaskan, Rosie grew up outside in the summer sun and the winter snow.
- 6/30 – Jared Woods –Jared Woods resides in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife and sons. He’s got a big sound, a contagious laugh, and a genuine love for those who listen. Whether you’ve enjoyed live music in Anchorage your whole life or you’re a visiting artist looking to hear some tunes before a short stint under the midnight sun, you can’t help but to stop appreciating Jared Woods for a moment. He’s the type of talent Alaskans would proudly show off to friends in the rest of the US but would first consider hoarding for themselves. Anchorage fans often name him and his band (Woodrow) the town’s best in listeners’ choice competitions. Woods’ grew up in Alaska and his time in jazz band and choir at East Anchorage High School inspired him to start writing songs. His first album, “Carnival Ride” (2000) was recorded while he attended music school in L.A. Woods now has several albums released and even more songs that have yet to be documented. But there’s never a shortage of opportunities to hear him play live. He gigs sometimes upwards of five times a week, mostly in the Anchorage vicinity.
- 7/7 – Ginger & Ale – Anchorage’s premier jazz/blues group Ginger & Ale began performing in early 2016. Some favorite past venues include Reilly’s Irish Pub, Sullivan’s Steak House, The Blue Fox Cocktail Lounge, Inlet Towers’ PubHouse, I Luv Sushi, SubZero, Tequila 61, Girdwood’s Chair 5 Restaurant, The Alaska Botanical Gardens as well as numerous weddings and holiday parties. Their accessible and thoughtfully curated playlists delight audiences of all ages. Professionally trained vocalist Katie Strock is quite active in local theater and the performing arts. The exceptionally polished guitar skills of Mark Manners create the perfect musical blend. The group’s collective real world experience and significant achievements in music education marry in the most delightful fashion. Ginger & Ale is dedicated to bringing guests and/or patrons a truly enjoyable evening.
- 7/14 – Katie Chriest – Katie Chriest from the duo Katie and Tom, a local singer. Katie and Tom like to perform a huge variety of songs, genres, anywhere from 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today’s hits.
- 7/21 – Photonak – Alaska alt-rock group, Photonak, brings musical light to those in dark times. Their melodic jams artfully tap into the feelings of anxiety, fear, and isolation that have plagued all of us during the global pandemic. Photonak has mostly been hiding out in Anchorage’s music scene since 2014, but their music and voice has had a growing presence since the release of their praiseworthy debut 2020 album, “Tempered”. Now released unto the world, Tempered’s introspective themes and inspirational traumatic brain injury backstory have been a strong cathartic refuge for everyone during these difficult times. After the dark and dismal summer 2020 that was Anchorage’s music scene, Anchorage Downtown Partnership is excited to give Photonak the park stage and to rock out with original works that should bring much needed light to this summer 2021.
- 7/28 – The Forest That Never Sleeps – The Forest That Never Sleeps is Kat Moore’s ( The Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Two KatFish, The Chromies, Green Tara and Her Handsome Gents, Emma Hill and Her Callers, Slow Like Honey) solo project. As a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and poet, The Forest That Never Sleeps dives headlong into what makes us human, in all its joy and irreverence and pain. Kat Moore at the keys transports her audience with infectious enthusiasm and raw emotion through ballads, her unique piano work and lyrical piano compositions inspired by the Alaskan environment.
- 8/4 – Pipeline Vocal Project – Pipeline Vocal Project is Alaska’s first contemporary a cappella vocal trio. They are comprised of a lead, bass and vocal percussion. PVP is committed to promoting contemporary a cappella through education and performance in Alaska. They seek not only to inspire but to breathe new life into the vocal scene in Alaska and beyond.
The 2021 season will run from June 2nd – August 4th | Wednesdays | Noon – 1 p.m.